Guild Wars 2’s ‘Balance’ episode launches March 9 – here’s the new trailer

    
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Guild Wars 2 next big thing – Season 5: The Icebrood Saga: Episode 5: Champions: Chapter 3: Balance – is launching next week. ArenaNet put a date on that mouthful of an update name, March 9th, this morning, along with a new trailer and rundown of what to expect. And yes, ya boy Braham is at the center of it all, though the Tengu faction might actually pull more at your nostalgia heartstrings.

“Three new Dragon Response Missions will be available in Caledon Forest, Bloodtide Coast, and Fireheart Rise, where the devastation wrought by the Elder Dragons Jormag and Primordus has left the countryside in calamity. A new story mission will shine the spotlight on Braham, whose bond with the Spirits of the Wild will move him one step closer to fulfilling his destiny.

“Faction recruitment continues, with the elusive Tengu availing themselves to the fight while also making their unique weapons available to their new allies. Three additional factions will become available after the episode releases, with a new one arriving every two weeks until April 20. Episode 5’s Dragonslayer weapons will reach a new third tier, bestowing their ultimate power to their wielders, while a new unique skritt scepter will sparkle alluringly for those who desire more shiny baubles for their weapon inventory.”

As usual, this chapter will be playable on Path of Fire-enabled accounts. We’re expecting the fourth and final chapter of this episode, Judgment, in “late April.”

Source: Press release
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Rob Hagaman

Eh. Until I see a date for Cantha, I don’t really care. Of course, I’m worried that’s gonna be as underwhelming as the Living World story has been.

Well, back to Valheim.

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James Crow

and just like that the steam launch is not mention :D
not that i care, the moment they said we play with our characters was the moment i didnt care about the steam launch… but im saying this for all the players who want to start on steam.

anyway free “dlc” are always welcome

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Colin Henry

Steam launch is “on hold for the time being”:

Guild Wars 2 postpones November Steam launch indefinitely to focus on End of Dragons expansion and living world


At this point, I’m guessing it will launch with End of Dragons.

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James Crow

yes i know about it being “on hold” im just joking about how its disappear from arenanet news.

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SmiteDoctor

Guess I better log in to make sure it’s unlocked even though I haven’t played in years.

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James Crow

same, i’m just collecting those episodes and than doing it before the next expansion :D

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Paragon Lost

That has always annoyed me about GWII. I do the same damn thing, logging in just for the unlock. 😕

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Malcolm Swoboda

We alllll do it.

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Dankey Kang

I thought this was a balance patch.

I am disappoint.

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TomTurtle

Come on Braham, let this be a shining moment for you and not another frustrating mistake.

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SmiteDoctor

The character is basically a slow moving Shakespearian trajectory to a inevitable fall due to a fatal flaw.

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AnanCuS

I don’t care either way at this point. He’s a boring stereotype done irritatingly and shoved in our face for 2 expacs and 3 story seasons. The only thing I really want from this latest season is for him to leave so I never have to hear him again. Retired, dead, whatever, I’m just completely over him.

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Holden Nagata

a reminder of so much to catch up on… I’m guessing the factions & their rewards are time-sensitive?

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

I play every day and I have no clue what any of that faction stuff is about. Occasionally I get some item related to them in the mail but I just leave it there. None of it seems to have anything to do with the game I’ve been playing.

I think at this stage the story-related content is as siloed as sPvP, raiding or WvW. Different audiences for each and many people only interested in their own segment. Not knowing anything about all the others has little or no effect on your gameplay.

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Colin Henry

Not really. There are periodically “Mobilizing Allies” events associated with dragon response mission releases. During those events, there are special dailies that will give you support marks. If the community spends enough support marks to fill up the event bar (visible while you’re in the Eye of the North, where DRMs launch from) that faction will be recruited, and may sometimes show up to help you in a DRM. If they don’t fill up the bar, the faction is recruited after a week, so it’s not really that exciting.
The faction rewards are easier to get with support marks, but even after the event you can also buy them with Tyrian defense seals, which come from just playing DRMs.

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Holden Nagata

oh thank you! i was really sad to see that i missed the Deldrimor dwarf week, good to know i can see my rock buddies

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AnanCuS

Yep! They’re in the game, you can play through their missions with them still and get their items. The prices in defense seals (dropped from dragon missions) is just a bit higher than the ones in the time-limited faction currency.

Honestly, the DRMs don’t take long, so the story is easy to play through. I’m happy about that – there’s so much else to do that it’s nice to have a less demanding LS chapter while I catch up on other things I missed during breaks from the game.