Guild Wars 2 defends World Boss Rush event drops as the final Requiem story goes live

    
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Yesterday, Guild Wars 2 kicked off a rather unusual event for the game: its World Boss Beatdown, which promised a “Bonus Box of Goods” from world boss takedowns. ArenaNet even said that “there’s a rare chance for these to contain especially shiny items like cosmetic infusions and invisible footwear.” (Yes, this game has a thing for bare feet.)

Anyhoo, ArenaNet has posted a few clarifications about the bosses that count as “world bosses” for the purposes of this event, as well as the rewards themselves – apparently folks aren’t that happy about the booby prizes.

“Reading through your comments so far since the event has started, the main feedback that I’m seeing since the World Boss Rush started is that the box doesn’t feel rewarding, with most players calling out that they ‘only got a few mats,'” the studio’s Chris Cleary wrote on the game’s official forums. “I do want to point out that a Piece of Rare Unidentified Gear is a guaranteed drop unless you get a Rare/Super Rare drop. Going into this event we know that we have a lot we can improve on, and making repeatable rewards that feel rewarding is one of them. There are a number of designs internally to accomplish this, and getting rewards right is a critical part of making these events fun.”

In other Guild Wars 2 news, the final Requiem story is now live, this one focusing on Caithe. (Apparently some folks are having issues reading it. “We’re looking at the issue with progression of the Requiem story getting stuck right now,” the studio tweeted.)

Looking forward to the next living story update more than the event? Check out the latest preview of the Skyscale mount from the team:

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styopa

“Piece of Rare Unidentified Gear” is nearly a junk drop.
I was clearing zones the other evening at after a small handful of hours, I think I had more than 20 stacked in my bags?

Honestly, I’m doing HoT because I’m looking forward to watching Trahearne die (someone said we actually get to off him…./excited!). He’s the most terrible, self-pitying, self-doubting, emo biatch of a “hero” I’ve ever encountered in any game, ever.

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imayb1

It is fun killing Treesus. >:D

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Dilly Dolly

My sibling’s favourite character could be Trahearne because the way he says “Well, done, Commander.” (We don’t have HoT)

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Godnaz

Bitter Rant incoming:

Unless you were already running the world boss train for the rares and super occasional high gold drop (like me), this event didn’t do anything to bolster confidence or fun. It got people to login and realize the .0023% chance of getting a good event drop, brought out the worst in the community.

The world boss rotation isn’t your typical guild crowd event. It’s generally the lowkey, anti-social, odd ducks who multi-box a few accounts for maximum-minimal effort in playing videos games. It’s a way to make money on the side while watching Netflix and writing code. Generally a quiet crowd.

This event attracted the immature, mouth breather, toxic asshats that generally stay in World vs. World or troll Heart of Thorn and Path of Fire events for fun. The sheer amount of commander/mentor tags who want to be in charge and get noticed. The eye rolling tits, ass and penis references and jokes. The arguing and petty bashing of politics, religion and poorly placed memes. The volume of aura, skill and uncontrollable ADHD jumping spam is a good reason for any world boss rotation regular to take a break for a week. Focusing this much instability into one continuous event brings the realization of how fucked we are as a society.

Odds are that only one Chak Egg Sack (the most expensive item in the game) will drop because anymore than that would unbalance the economy. Can you tell I’m bitter that ANet would come up with this event? Regardless, it gives me a week to delve in ESO and frankly something I should pull the stick out of my ass and just let happen.

Does it drive anyone else ape shit when the entire community rains down on your little niche in an online game?

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Jeremy Barnes

MMOs still seem to struggle with the realization that Social is the driving force of the game. Bringing people together is good ways is what keeps people logging in…but since that is hard and requires thought…just throw a bunch of people together based around the reward at the end! That will certainly foster community and a great experience for all! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the in-game Fyre Festival!

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Axetwin .

So, in other words, business as usual for GW2.

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imayb1

Huh. I jumped into a few world boss fights just because I happened to be around. I didn’t see any toxicity, sexual jokes, or politics… which is kind of unusual in retrospect. There was some joking, but it was about the game itself. All of the events ran smoothly, too. I didn’t get anything spectacular, of course, but I didn’t expect it either.

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Dilly Dolly

The only place I could hear some jokes… only happens at the Caledon Forest World Boss.

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TomTurtle

Nice to have the final story. No trailer today, and I doubt we’ll get one later this week so the earliest date we’d probably get the update is the 21st, though still totally possible to be on the 28th as well, if not later.

I ran a few of the world bosses to see what the rewards looked like, and I stopped after that. I’ve done enough of the world boss train long ago so it isn’t that fun to me anymore and the bonus event rewards on average are pretty uninteresting. I’ve never really been interested in focusing on directly chasing ultra-rare drops.

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Bruno Brito

Ectos aren’t what they were before, the game has changed economic-wise.

So, a piece of rare gear isn’t really much. GW2 always had a problem with giving you actual useful stuff. Their reward systems were always lacking.

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ihatevnecks

The amount of trash gear drops that flow through your bags in this game make most ARPGs envious.

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Bruno Brito

Which made me “happy” ( just honestly satisfied since i’m not a gw2 player anymore by a long shot ) when they put multisalvage.

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Dilly Dolly

Does any other MMOs has the salvaging system?

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Mordyjuice

I used to get a lot more gold in GW2 doing Open World PVE, 2 years ago I could easily get close to 20 Gold a session; now with deflation I’m lucky if I can get 2 to 3 Gold in that same session with there not being a corresponding drop of prices in the Auction House for things I’m actually interested.

I know that ESO Gold is worth less than GW2 Gold because of the volume but it sure is a nice feeling to open my mail and get at least 20,000 Gold for my 30 Auctions even though it’s closer in value to my 20 Gold I used to get in GW2.