xx Alpine Borderlands are BACK!
May 03, 2016, 12:56:17 PM by solitarysumire
The day is finally here, friends. ArenaNet has rotated the Alpine borderlands back into WvW, with updates that are consistent with the updated WvW mechanics, including upgrading with dolyaks, scaling champ health, and disabling Siegerazer. This round of patches also includes the reduced duration time of most types of tactivators.

Full notes can be found here:

Get out there and enjoy!

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xx Spring Quarterly Update: Update ALL the Things!
April 19, 2016, 04:45:40 PM by solitarysumire
ArenaNet dropped the massive Spring 2016 update today, and oh boy does it have a lot of stuff. So much stuff that I can't list it all here, but I can tell you there are BIG updates to WvW, including the following:

-WvW now has reward tracks like PvP! This means new ways of earning loot!
-Addition of the WvW exclusive Triumphant armor set
-New Provisions Master skill set (AUTO LOOT IN WVW PEOPLE)
-Changes to Desert Borderlands (barricades have been removed)

There are three changes that everyone should for sure know about:

WvW World Linking Beginning Friday, Aprill 22nd
ArenaNet has released a world linking system, saying that most worlds starting this reset will have a second world they will be linked with to help offset population gaps between opponents. No servers are being combined, simply allied with another server for the duration of the matchup. More info should be coming with how this will affect scoring and rank.

Scouts and Roamers Will Have Their Day (and Experience)
ArenaNet finally tries to fix the support role/reward discrepancy: "We’ve leveraged our squad system to solve this problem; for every five people in your squad, your commander will be able to assign one person to share squad participation. These players will no longer earn their own participation, but will instead earn participation based on the actions of the rest of the squad. This frees them up to man the defenses of an objective, seek out the enemy, or do any number of other tasks that are important but don’t see a ton of action, and they still earn a portion of the participation that the troops they are supporting earn."

Stability is Back(ish)
The devs have increased the wait period between when stability can be stripped from players from .05 sec to .75 sec. Let's get out there and test how this works out! Maybe the pirate ship meta can be history once and for all.

There is so much more to talk about here, and I hope you all get the chance to go through the full release notes here:

We'll be talking about these new changes to WvW at the Thursday WvW Reset meeting (9 PM EST)- please feel free to send a rep or attend yourself. Many of the features are still in beta, so we can expect some adjustments in the future. Now, let's all get out there and check it out!

For the Henge!
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xx April 19th Patch Preview
April 14, 2016, 05:25:29 PM by solitarysumire
Today we got a sneak peek at what will be included in the much speculated Spring Patch, happening April 19th:

-Updates to fractals, including changes to Cliffside
-Finally unlocking the legendary back piece
-The new legendary short bow (RIP everything else)
-changes to Mega Destroyer
-Updated Tarir rewards

As we all know, some other things are wrapping up that day, so get them while they are hot:
-PvP League
-Super Adventure Box (Moto will stay open as a vendor for a while after the event)

There is still no word as to when the updates for WvW will be taking place, although the devs have said that they are expecting to switch the Alpine borderland maps back in soon.

Here's the short preview clip:
April 16 Sneak Peek
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