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Posted: Oct 2nd 2009 9:37AM GaaaaaH said

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I'd prefer that some of them have ANet approval/spellcheck instead of the creators names.

"Eric The Devistator"
"Our Guild Is Leet"
"Rolol Lololol"
"Leet T H E O R Y"

What happens to the builds when the balance cycle affect them though?

Posted: Oct 2nd 2009 11:24AM Minofan said

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Those aren't the names that will make it into the game, thankfully - those are just the winning players.
They've always said they will negotiate the henchmen names with the winners, and just make up their own ones if the player suggestions till aren't good enough.

Of course the bigger controversy is that the contest rules claimed that the entries had to be original and robust - stressed further by dev posts on the forums - only for the live team to then turn around and pick the least original and least functional entries imaginable.
Seriously; a number of those builds are quite literally copy & pasted from PvX (the Guild Wars build wiki), and almost every black-listed skill (the ones AI sidekicks won't use/can't use right) appears in a winning build.

It's pretty much the biggest triple-whammy of "competition FAIL" imaginable:

* The henchmen implemented will be - on the whole - completely worthless.

* The loyal-est/most enthusiastic players have been slapped in the face, as everyone who spent weeks planning & testing original/AI-appropriate builds lost to copy & pasters and people simply entering their Human builds.

* Anet themselves implemented new 'build capture' technology to take entries and report that they have spent week sifting the 30,000 entries - colossal investment from such a small team when the outcome could have peen achieved spending 15 minutes on PvX.

In perspective of course this is an inconsequential blip at this point in GW1s lifecycle, but it still deserves to go down in the annals of MMO infamy as an example of promotion gone bad.

Posted: Oct 2nd 2009 12:07PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, when I saw the winning builds, I immediately recognized many as builds that have been around for years(some, if not most) and most of them can be found to have counterparts on PvX, but it's PvP, which is dead to me ever since Factions was released, so I could really care less, so now I'll just wait for the PvE henchmen contest! =D

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Posted: Oct 2nd 2009 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Oh man...they could've just gone to PvXwiki.

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 3:54AM (Unverified) said

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Man, did they actually think about how badly henches tend to spam skills? E-management ftl on many of those wiki builds, tbh.


Biiiig fail, ANet, big.

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