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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:02AM moakh said

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I play it from time to time, although I never really got sucked into it. I was an avid WoW player back when GW was fresh and even though I had the box sitting on my shelf for a long time, it took until last year to finally get myself to play it.
I played the Prophecies campaign and quite enjoyed it. So, I login from time to time in anticipation of GW2.

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:05AM Eamil said

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I started playing GW1 in anticipation of GW2 over a year ago. Had fun with it, but I'm sitting on 27/50 HoM points and having a hard time motivating myself to get those last 3 points.

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:07AM DarkWalker said

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HoM is a quite effective drawn :)

(Had a copy of GW for a few years already, just had given up due to my inherent desire to "complete" any character I play, and the inability to do so due to two auto-exclusive titles; now I'm slowly progressing towards the Legendary Defender of Ascalon title, and should increase my gameplay time - and purchase the other campaigns - after getting the title.)

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:07AM belgeode said

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Nope. I am playing SWTOR right now in anticipation of GW2. i have my GW1 characters, and I check in with them from time to time... But I am on a tight schedule... I have 6 months to get all 8 class stories done, before GW2 comes out (providing ANet plays along and launches in the summer).

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:41AM hassaun2006 said

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@belgeode hopefully sooner than that, i dont know if my poor heart could take another six months of this wait. :(
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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:09AM (Unverified) said

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I booted it up again yesterday to see what had changed in the last 2 years. Is it bad that I still haven't completed any of the campaigns? I don't really know anyone else who plays the game, and finding a guild with people who still play through the Prophecies campaign seems a little difficult.

Regardless it was nice to see my old characters.

As a side question to the community, I never got Eye of the North, but with GW2 coming, and the Hall of Monuments playing a role in your characters for GW2, is it worth it to get EotN at this point?

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:32AM Arkanaloth said

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@(Unverified) Yes it is worth it to pick up Eye of the North for the stuff you get in GW2 for playing.

for a "fast track" to 30 points...

level to 20, if starting a new character start in Nightfall or factions, prophecies is too slow and you can always go back to it. Factions is the fastest, Nightfall you begin with heroes early on and can get max level armor *long* before 20.

Do the side quest to unlock Olias

go through nightfall far enough to select Master of Whispers and do his mission series to unlock him.

go to Eye of the North, start with the Asuran storyline (yes I know they throw Norn at you first but go Asura) and unlock Livia.

Now that you have triple Necromancers, you'll need to likely capture and buy skills necessary to setup a DiscordWay team: http://www.gwpvx.com/Discordway

congratulations, in normal mode and a fair chunk of hard mode your team is now nearly unbeatable. I run a team combination. Discordway with triple necro. I play a mesmer so I bring Gwen and she and I make up "Mesway" which is a twin mesmer team, Xandra for "SoSRit", and then finish out the team roster with whomever will fit... usually a smite / heal monk or whatever fits your fancy.

Discordway was designed to allow one to vanquish without help and it is *extremely* effective. There are a few areas where it's not useful though.

1) fighting Shiro Tagachi at the end of Factions. Discordway is built on the concept of enemies dying *fast* to fuel the necro energy bars... Shiro does *NOT* die fast.. and there's nothing else on the field to kill.

2) areas with *EXTREMLY* strong Hex and / or Condition removal and / or HIGH degree's of Holy Damage, such as a spot in Ragar's Menagerie that has about 5 smiting monks in a pack all of them with Beam of God.

there are other areas where you'll have to think smart and vary your team, but those are the first two that come to mind. Running GW solo with just your team can be tough, but a buddy of mine got GWAMM *before* 7 hero parties and with very little help from anyone, it won't be a cake walk, but you can at least ping 30 points in about 3 or 4 months or less if you're diligent.
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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:49AM Arkanaloth said

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@(Unverified) OHH the reason for mesmers...

almost all Mesmer damage is armor ignoring.. so if a mesmer spell does 100 points of damage, and assuming the target isn't using damage negating / cancelling buffs, then it does 100 points of damage, period. Hard mode, Normal mode. Fissure of Woe, Underworld, Great Northern Wall,... doesn't matter... up against a mesmer an enemy may as well be stark naked.
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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 9:28AM (Unverified) said

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@Arkanaloth I'm looking for to get back into a guild after being away from the game for so long. You seem like a mature and knowledgeable player. Are you in a guild and if so, do you guys have a website/application process?
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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 11:00AM Arkanaloth said

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@(Unverified) I'm currently spending the bulk of my time in TOR these days running a static trio with my wife and brother in law. I helped them ping 30 points in the calculator about 6 months ago give or take and in the process pushed myself to 35 / 50, even got my obsidian set...

so I'm *sorta* done-ish... I still log in from time to time, especially for event weekends that mesh well with some of the easier titles I have to grind.
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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 5:10PM Mhaer said

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@Arkanaloth
Nice post!

I tried to start up GW1 purely for the unlocks in GW2, but got a bit bored / distracted before doing too much.

I might try again before release though and take a look at what you have just suggested ( and show it to post to other people who are also interested in GW2 ). Thanks.
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Posted: Feb 29th 2012 10:04AM Arkanaloth said

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@Mhaer np, it's a bit of an over-simplification... but that's the "core" so to speak. Once it's created and heroes have the proper HP and stat boosting mods in their gear, the DiscordWay team is *STAGGERINGLY* powerful. A friend of mine was visiting and we were talking about GuildWars and to prove the point I logged in, clicked it to hardmode, went to a zone and aggroed a group then got up from the computer and walked away and told him "They'll handle it."

I've got one of every class and have tested running discordway with all of them, some are more challenging than others.. in general martial classes (warrior, ranger, etc..) have a harder time and have to be a touch more energy minded than casters (mesmer, necro, ele...) but they *can* do it. However IMO Necromancer is *THE* best / easiest class to play with a DiscordWay team.

Like I said, it's not a "Magic Bullet". There are a times where that team will have difficulty and you'll have to get a little creative, but outside of those areas... even in hard mode... you're practically a god.
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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:12AM Arkanaloth said

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been playing GW long before GW2 was announced.... but it did bring several friends into the game mainly for the 30 points, so I helped them through it real fast.

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:12AM Krude said

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Went through the EotN -campaing after signing up for the upcoming GW2 CB :D Gotta admit, that it was a refreshing trip, and got more points to my Hall of Monuments also (Yay, more gear when GW2 launches officially!!!)

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:13AM drginger said

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Yes, I am in fact. I should've played it a long time ago, but better late than never, right? The art style is beautiful and the gameplay is solid. Always having to be grouped with other players or your trusty heroes/henchmen took a while for me to get used to. Being a complete noob, I often find myself running into areas where I get my ass handed to me, even when I'm grouped with 4 heroes and 2 henchmen. This only really seems to happen in EotN and Factions. Still enjoying it thoroughly, though.

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:14AM smartstep said

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No.


I am planning to play GW2 ,well at least try this game ,but not played and not planning to play GW1. Too instanced.

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 2:38PM DancingCow said

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@smartstep

Same here. I never liked GW. Never felt like an MMO to me.

I installed it again and played for a couple of hours and still don't like it.

Forcing myself to play a game I don't enjoy just for a few rewards in another one..... nah.
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Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:15AM SkuzBukit said

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Tried it for about a week but it didn't click with me at all, no intention to go back through it prior to gw2 release either.

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:15AM (Unverified) said

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I am awaiting GW2 like the second coming...

...but nothing could get me to play GW again. Never liked that game. Took a brief period away from DaoC to play it, and soon went back to DaoC.

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 8:17AM Grumms said

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I reinstalled it not too long ago. Still a beautiful game in my opinion. Although, GW2 will be much different, I still love GW1 for its own reasons.

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