Guild Wars 2 Judgment episode is unleashed April 27 – here’s the new trailer

    
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Back in March, ArenaNet hinting that the fourth and final episode of Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga would roll out in late April, and now we’ve got a hard date, as the studio just announced this morning that Judgment is upon us next week on April 27th.

“With ally Braham, norn of prophecy, on the cusp of confronting his destiny, two of Tyria’s largest and most enigmatic threats emerge to do battle in a clash of supremacy over control of the world’s magic. Players will be thrust between these two forces of nature to stop the conflict by any means necessary, and nobody is getting out unscathed.

“This fourth and final chapter of Episode 5 of The Icebrood Saga, titled Judgment, brings with it a host of dragon-related rewards, the thrilling conclusion to the last 18 months of storytelling, and a massive world boss encounter for up to 80 players.

“By playing the main storyline, players will be able to max out the Dragon Slayer mastery, granting them access to rare item drops. Players will be able to earn new dragon-themed rewards: a new cape, a dragon eye infusion to channel their inner Elder Dragon, a special icy greatsword skin, and new dragon-themed minis. Additionally, the chapter’s world boss encounter will become available in a special private squad version for up to 50 friends and guildmates, as well as a public version for up to 80 players that will occur on rotation every two hours.?”

The studio is promising a new cape, ascended greatsword, new glowy eye infusions, and the world boss version of Dragonstorm. Naturally, there’s a new trailer and pics too!

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Greaterdivinity

While I enjoyed the last chapter’s story more, this overall arc has been pretty underwhelming for me, especially with the focus on DRM missions. I’m gonna be glad if this wraps it up, even if it means we enter a quiet period before Cantha drops.

Just really hoping that whatever they’re cooking up for Cantha isn’t MORE DRAGONS, AND MORE DRAGONS, AND DRAGONS ON TOP OF THOSE DRAGONS! I don’t remember the teaser trailer, but if we can get more grounded stories that aren’t about some world-ending threat that’d be gggrrrreeeaaaatttttt. Those are totes my faves.

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TomTurtle

It’s going to be more dragons with world-ending threats. Hopefully ArenaNet focuses on the Canthan civilization enough to make things more interesting beyond the major dragon plot point.

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Greaterdivinity

Damnit…if they can at least put more of the racial stuff front and center to paper over the fact that we’re still dealing with more boring-ass dragons that’d be grand.

I can’t think of another MMO that’s been so doggedly determined to have the same boring-ass enemies for nearly a decade. We’ve had a few side-trips with Balthazar/Joko and some of the charr civil war stuff (pretty much all of which I enjoyed vastly more), and they at least try to give the dragons different personalities but like…god damn man. WE NEED SOME BLOODY VARIETY. I guess all the LSS1 stuff with Scarlet, but I missed most of that : (

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Bruno Brito

I mean, isn’t GW2 basically all about said dragons? I’m all for the Charr civil war and banditry but it’ll all end up towards the world-ending dragons.

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Greaterdivinity

They’re a big part of it for sure, and I don’t have any problems with that. But like, it would be nice to have a bit more variety to the bigger enemies a la Joko and whatnot.

The pace we’re defeating what are supposed to be the most powerful beings capable of destroying the world is…underwhelming. I get it, other MMO’s like WoW do this too (with their own spin), but going from one expansion to another with yet another dragon being a big baddie (either for the expansion or the post-expansion LS) is just…boring to me. I’d rather those actual encounters be much more rare and infrequent, both with longer buildups to impress their significance upon players and more side-stories that have nothing to do with dragons to prevent “boss fatigue”.

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Tony Lone

1 elder dragon killed in the champain
2 build up seasons before the expansion where the pact was destroyed
season 3 and PoF of build up before we kill Kralkatorrik in the end of season 4 after half a dimension being devoured by him, took 4 battles to finish the thing and we lost on the first one, but aurene got back to life thanks to eating joko.
I don’t get it, you say is boring to have that much focus on elder dragons but still want EVEN MORE buildup? I think nothing can please you

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Bruno Brito

I don’t get it, you say is boring to have that much focus on elder dragons but still want EVEN MORE buildup? I think nothing can please you

Drop the condescending tone. You’re the only one who didn’t get GD’s point, because i got it loud and clear, and i actually agree with them.

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ShinigamiKenji

The threat of the Elder Dragons are kinda the whole underlying plot of GW2. Removing them would be like Harry Potter without Voldemort, or Lord of the Rings without the One Ring.

We did have some other villains like Scarlet, White Mantle, Balthazar, Joko and Bangar in the meantime. But it will always come back to dragons at some point; as it should, because they’re the big baddies of Tyria. Even the Six Gods went to find somewhere without dragons.

I’d say that the pace is still good. We killed one in the personal story, another in an expansion with 2 LW seasons leading up to it, then another in LW4. Jormag and Primordus are probably going to finish each other off by the time we arrive at the new expansion. And the next expansion should be the end for the last one. If we did it much faster than now, then their threat would be pointless.

Though I’m with you about exploring more other plot points, some of them were mostly wasted. Would love to see some Raids, Fractals and Strikes dealing with them.

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TomTurtle

I’m with you. That’s why I’m hoping we get Jormag and Primordus out of the way here in IBS, even if they may not have been given the full attention they might have gotten otherwise.

The whole Elder Dragon story got stale a long time ago. If ArenaNet can keep GW2 afloat, I’ll be very interested to see where the story goes after End of Dragons. Stories like you mentioned have been much more interesting than whenever we pivot back to the Elder Dragons.

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Tony Lone

I think we are not playing the same game, dragon shit is been only half of the plots after HoT, have you even played the game? A few side-trips? White Mantle? Joko’s been half of the season 4 and Balthazar (the worst villain in the series) had dragon stuff involved, the actual saga is been 40% charr civil war and 40% norn lore, wich have dragon stuff. If you don’t want dragon stuff go back to WoW, the lore of all races of Tyria was moved by the elder dragons, now they made a dragon with charisma that is less than a force of destruction and more like a villain and people still complain because he is a dragon? Jormag is different from all the other Elder Dragons, this is the season you should not complain about being like the others

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Greaterdivinity

If you don’t want dragon stuff go back to WoW

Thanks but no thanks. And yes, the dragons thankfully have some personality to them now, but they’re still functionally the same threats.

The norn/charr stuff was far more interesting than anything else in this arc, though the fact that all of it was just a way of getting to dragons really took the wind out of the sails for me. Like, if the entire arc had been purely about a charr civil war absent dragon involvement I’d be stupidly here for that in a major way.

White Mantle? I barely remember that honestly, outside of being horribly confused as to why we were even doing it and why it was such a brief detour.

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SmiteDoctor

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Holden Nagata

sounds like it’s the time to catch up… I’m also waiting on a full expansion like others are, but the LS additions have been adding their own fair share of content in the meantime. this looks like a great ending to their saga

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Matthäus Wey

With this update, one of the worst chapters of Gw2 finally comes to an end. Hopefully the use all the resources for the expansion delivers in the end. The trailer looked good, but nothing that seems exciting or new.

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TomTurtle

At least this finale looks to be more interesting than the Dragon Response Missions. I’m glad we’re just about done with the Icebrood Saga. Hopefully we can cross Jormag and Primordus off the list.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

A year and a half on one chapter of living world story?

I get that the break neck pace of GW1’s full game releases was too much, but these chapter drops are not a suitable replacement.