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Zeroth
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(10-23-2015, 01:10 AM)
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Originally Posted by grandwizard

I get it, but I really loved how on GW2 launch those early zones were filled with players. I played it some then but then put it down for awhile and when I came back the zones I were in were pretty barren of players. I expect the same will likely happen with the new zones, when this expansion releases there will be a huge surge of players running through it for the first time but later on if I ever get my character to that level they'll probably just be populated by people running specific things and not just progressing through them.

Around mid 2014 ArenaNet introduced MegaServers to the game. Before, maps were separated by servers, so it was hard to find people in maps that weren't overflow when you were playing in some servers. Now maps don't care about your server, and will just fill up with players regardless of what server they are from. As such, ALL maps have players because it's a universal system.

Furthermore, there are dozens of new players starting every day, so any level zone will be populated :)
MikeDip
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(10-23-2015, 01:11 AM)
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The OT is great but Retro you are missing something very important.

Where the heck is Logan. He deserves a section.
Kanik
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(10-23-2015, 01:11 AM)
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All I need is spicy junk food to complete my Gaf Guild setup.
Stuart444
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(10-23-2015, 01:12 AM)
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Pre-purchased it but I'm not going to be able to play for a bit. Maybe next week if I get some free time.

Still nice OT :D I look forward to playing the story of this. Loved Season 2 despite some of the fights that felt stupidly unfair/tough :P
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(10-23-2015, 01:15 AM)
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Originally Posted by Spirit of Jazz

Well I just purchased the expansion despite not having played the game since launch or any intention of buying it prior to seeing this thread. Thanks for creating such a rad OT I guess?

You're welcome, that's the highest compliment I can get, really.

Originally Posted by MikeDip

The OT is great but Retro you are missing something very important.

Where the heck is Logan. He deserves a section.

I tried to take a screenshot to include him in there, but he kept running away before I could get a good one.
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 01:15 AM)
I don't remember any of guild wars 2 lol. I'll probably start over.

what has been done to the core leveling experience?


I also remember event farming in the beginning but due to population I remember them getting really hard to do solo at certain points. Did they fix event scaling?

Skill changes that I missed as well?

Do we get a tag along hero lol.....it makes solo leveling so much more enjoyable


Also damn it OP, I just bought my cousin and I the expansion now
Trey
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(10-23-2015, 01:19 AM)
hello friends.

Originally Posted by Sir Abacus

Best part of the OP. Hilarious!

still hilarious.
Zeroth
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(10-23-2015, 01:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by ViciousDS

I don't remember any of guild wars 2 lol. I'll probably start over.

what has been done to the core leveling experience?

Leveling at first is faster, the game gives you tips and rewards for each level up til lv 80, introducing all the game stuff you may need to know.

I also remember event farming in the beginning but due to population I remember them getting really hard to do solo at certain points. Did they fix event scaling?

I can't speak for how it was before (I started playing in Jan 2014) but events are fine.


Skill changes that I missed as well?

Yes. You are better off playing and seeing what changed :P

Do we get a tag along hero lol.....it makes solo leveling so much more enjoyable

Sadly not. There is always the LFG tool to look for players in a similar situation as yours though. Alternatively, roll a ranger.

Also damn it OP, I just bought my cousin and I the expansion now

one of us one of us
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The Tree of Liberty
(10-23-2015, 01:23 AM)
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Edit: Beaten by Zeroth, ouch.

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

what has been done to the core leveling experience?

They completely changed a lot of the leveling process; story quests are now every 10 levels, you get rewards each time you level up, there's a "Content Guide" that's always pushing you towards something new, lots of tutorial changes... You can read about it here; https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Sep...yer_Experience

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

I also remember event farming in the beginning but due to population I remember them getting really hard to do solo at certain points. Did they fix event scaling?

Event scaling hasn't been an issue for a while, though most World Bosses still die too quickly because of all the players ganging up on them.

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

Skill changes that I missed as well?

3 years worth of 'em, I couldn't even begin to list them.

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

Do we get a tag along hero lol.....it makes solo leveling so much more enjoyable

In the Personal / Living Story chapters, you get a whole team of people to help out and move the story along. Otherwise just bunch up into informal parties with whoever's nearby and doing events or use the LFG tool. Asking in Guild Chat always helps too.
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 01:28 AM)
hahaha

awesome

Thanks Retro and Zeroth

that core leveling stuff with the content guide sounds fantastic!

Really wish we would get a dervish like class and scythes though....I miss them :(
PatzCU
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(10-23-2015, 01:29 AM)
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Awesome OP!!!

Can't wait to dig into HoT this weekend.

Is there any reason I should pre-order the expansion prior to launch? I haven't purchased yet and was just going to buy it tomorrow when I have time to play.
Zeroth
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(10-23-2015, 01:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by PatzCU

Awesome OP!!!

Can't wait to dig into HoT this weekend.

Is there any reason I should pre-order the expansion prior to launch? I haven't purchased yet and was just going to buy it tomorrow when I have time to play.

ya:

Originally Posted by Baleoce

Bought the expansion yesterday. Btw, I don't know if it's mentioned in the OP or not (and it's probably too late to do anything about it now considering the time), but:

"If you registered your core Guild Wars 2 game before 23 January, 2015 and register a pre-purchase serial code for Heart of Thorns any time before the expansion is released, you’ll receive a free character slot! Once you apply a pre-purchase serial code, you’ll be eligible for the slot regardless of where you bought the core game."

PatzCU
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(10-23-2015, 01:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by Zeroth

ya:

Booya - buying now, thanks!
Lulubop
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(10-23-2015, 01:33 AM)
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Arah!
Trey
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(10-23-2015, 01:34 AM)
I would adore it if the world bosses all got the taco treatment.
Anno
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(10-23-2015, 01:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by PatzCU

Awesome OP!!!

Can't wait to dig into HoT this weekend.

Is there any reason I should pre-order the expansion prior to launch? I haven't purchased yet and was just going to buy it tomorrow when I have time to play.

If your main GW2 account was registered prior to 1/23/2015 then a pre-order will get you an additional character slot.
Retro
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(10-23-2015, 01:35 AM)
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Originally Posted by Trey

I would adore it if the world bosses all got the taco treatment.

Absolutely, starting with The Shatterer.
Mxrz
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(10-23-2015, 01:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by MikeDip

The OT is great but Retro you are missing something very important.

Where the heck is Logan. He deserves a section.

Logan is the shit Rytlock can't see.

Leveled up under all three systems. First one had the most freedom. Second one was tedious. Current one has more direction and free loot, but a bit less freedom than the original. I still think of 1-80 as the tutorial, and honestly wouldn't mind if levels disappeared altogether.
cj_iwakura
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(10-23-2015, 01:38 AM)
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That's amazing work.
Parfait
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(10-23-2015, 01:41 AM)
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I don't own heart of thorns because i'm poor beyond belief, but I'm hella logging in to take in the action cam whenever the patch happens.
Retro
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(10-23-2015, 01:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by Parfait

I don't own heart of thorns because i'm poor beyond belief, but I'm hella logging in to take in the action cam whenever the patch happens.

Midnight Pacific, 3am Eastern, about seven hours.
NoMoreTrolls
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(10-23-2015, 01:46 AM)
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This OT may have convinced me to buy the expansion. Great job!
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 01:48 AM)

Originally Posted by NoMoreTrolls

This OT may have convinced me to buy the expansion. Great job!

you.........are not the only one lol

omg.....I might have a new avatar once I start playing again.........whoop!
Astral/H3X
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(10-23-2015, 01:48 AM)
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Originally Posted by Retro

You're welcome, that's the highest compliment I can get, really.



I tried to take a screenshot to include him in there, but he kept running away before I could get a good one.

Goddammit Retro. Cut the guy some slack!
angrylamp
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(10-23-2015, 01:49 AM)
Join the guild please!

optimus.1279, Blastershift
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 01:50 AM)
hey ashodin......go to the AFK channel when.............afk, I'm sitting here talking to myself lol
Zeroth
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(10-23-2015, 01:53 AM)
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Originally Posted by angrylamp

Join the guild please!

optimus.1279, Blastershift

Done. Once in your character, press "G", then click on "Accept" and "Represent"!

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

hey ashodin......go to the AFK channel when.............afk, I'm sitting here talking to myself lol

You can't talk on the AFK channel, for the record :P
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 01:54 AM)

Originally Posted by Zeroth

Done. Once in your character, press "G", then click on "Accept" and "Represent"!



You can't talk on the AFK channel, for the record :P

I'm in the General Chat.....I'm aware of mute in AFK lol


lol Retro
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(10-23-2015, 01:54 AM)
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Originally Posted by H3XAntiStyle

Goddammit Retro. Cut the guy some slack!

It's just a... running joke...

Originally Posted by angrylamp

Join the guild please!

optimus.1279, Blastershift

Looks like Ike just got you!

Hit "G" to open the guild panel, then click "Join" and "Represent" (you can be in up to 5 guilds, but only represent one at a time). Guilds are account-wide, but you'll need to represent on each individual character. /g is the shortcut for guild chat.

Welcome aboard!

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

hey ashodin......go to the AFK channel when.............afk, I'm sitting here talking to myself lol

I moved him!
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 01:55 AM)
noticed.....surprised you don't just have rules to move people after 5-10 minutes of inactivity....
Aeana
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(10-23-2015, 01:55 AM)
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The Highlights theme is really nostalgic even if I don't understand what it has to do with the game.

I haven't really played GW2 since near launch, but hopefully I can find the time to give it another go now that there's apparently some possibility of healing.
Parfait
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(10-23-2015, 01:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Retro

Midnight Pacific, 3am Eastern, about seven hours.

Oh hell yes, then I could just pop into bed now and wake up in time for it.
Ferrio
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(10-23-2015, 01:59 AM)
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I keep trying to get back into this game, but as much as I like it I don't really wanna spend the huge amount of dedication MMOs require. Even so, still tempted to buy the expansion.
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 01:59 AM)
oh dear heavens.....I forgot my character isn't on stormbluff because....I wasn't apart of GAF when the game launched.....welp there goes more money lol
Anno
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(10-23-2015, 02:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ferrio

I keep trying to get back into this game, but as much as I like it I don't really wanna spend the huge amount of dedication MMOs require. Even so, still tempted to buy the expansion.

It's definitely a great MMO for that. No subscription and no steadily-increasing gear/level ceiling invalidating your past accomplishments. Makes it super easy to enjoy in small increments or take time off.
shysaursoft
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(10-23-2015, 02:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by Aeana

The Highlights theme is really nostalgic even if I don't understand what it has to do with the game.

I haven't really played GW2 since near launch, but hopefully I can find the time to give it another go now that there's apparently some possibility of healing.

I doubt it'll ever become like healing in other MMOs, more along the lines of how a Guardian provides the whole party a series of buffs. A Revenant with the right Legend (or Ranger Druid) will heal better than anyone else, but healing won't be the primary focus of any one party member, but a group effort where certain players/builds can contribute a bit more than others. And as people get used to content, the need for a heal crutch will become less, and people will run more damage focused builds to burn enemies down faster with more risk.

I think it's by design, that needing a healer should never been a requirement, just useful for people who need/want it, but it's not optimal for people to overly focus on it. But as a retired raid healer, I'm also glad to see the option to help players a bit more as a focused healer exists. I just don't want to see 40 minute LFG queues due to damage/healer/tank imbalances (looking at FFXIV here).
Ferrio
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(10-23-2015, 02:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by Anno

It's definitely a great MMO for that. No subscription and no steadily-increasing gear/level ceiling invalidating your past accomplishments. Makes it super easy to enjoy in small increments or take time off.

Ya it is the most friendly but still requires quite a big timesink, especially when I'm the type that has to have the best shit in an MMO.


edit: Question: My character has a bunch of shit gear, how friendly will the new content be to me? Does it offer exotics naturally through the new content?
weevles
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(10-23-2015, 02:02 AM)
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Fun OT, OP! I wanna jump back in. Haven't played since original GW2 launch as I just couldn't get into it, but now seems like as good a time as any to give it another go.
spiritfox
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(10-23-2015, 02:03 AM)
It's today! I can't believe it. Hopefully there are no major server issues.I thought there's going to be a preload?

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

oh dear heavens.....I forgot my character isn't on stormbluff because....I wasn't apart of GAF when the game launched.....welp there goes more money lol

There's no need to switch servers to play with us unless you want to do WvW with us. A lot of the guild isn't on SBI and we still play together due to the megaservers.

Unless you're on EU of course, but you can apply for help with us if you want to transfer.
ViciousDS
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(10-23-2015, 02:06 AM)

Originally Posted by spiritfox

It's today! I can't believe it. Hopefully there are no major server issues.I thought there's going to be a preload?



There's no need to switch servers to play with us unless you want to do WvW with us. A lot of the guild isn't on SBI and we still play together due to the megaservers.

Yes WvW isn't really my stick unless I'm in the mood

Also, been nearly 3 years since logging in, I logged in on my 80 with a circling camera and my character just laying there dead hahahaha
Retro
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(10-23-2015, 02:17 AM)
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Originally Posted by Aeana

The Highlights theme is really nostalgic even if I don't understand what it has to do with the game.

The short version: I was looking for something fun and interesting to do instead of the usual Community OT, and while wandering around google looking for inspiration I noticed there's a TON of jungle-themed coloring / activity books. It appealed to my dark sense of humor to contrast the in-game events (The combined military might of the world was just violently destroyed in like 20 seconds and an entire race of allies was revealed to be minions of the expansion's villain that can turn at any second) with the bright and colorful themes. It was different from anything I've done before creatively and I wanted to give it a try, and it ended up being really fun to make.

When it came time to make the OT for the expansion launch, I decided to carry the concept forward with a few changes. GW2's moment-to-moment gameplay reminds me so much of the games I grew up with (one GAFer made a very apt comparison to old-school brawlers like Golden Axe and I haven't been able to not see it since), and the developers have specifically mentioned both Zelda and Metroid as inspiration for the new progression mechanics. I felt like the Highlights reference and catalog clipping both fit comfortably with the same brand of nostalgia as coloring books and old-school games (and how could I pass up that iconic "H"?).

I guess the theme really only applies in so far as I wanted something unique and visually interesting but not so image-heavy that it becomes impossible to read, but I wanted to convey the kind of excitement I'm feeling for the launch, the kind I had when I was a kid and completely hyped for stuff like Mario Bros. 3 and such.

Originally Posted by Ferrio

I keep trying to get back into this game, but as much as I like it I don't really wanna spend the huge amount of dedication MMOs require. Even so, still tempted to buy the expansion.

See this post here;

Originally Posted by Retro

It really doesn't have as much of a time investment as you'd think; because there's no gear treadmill (and no level cap increase with the expansion) you could have started playing 3 years ago at launch, gotten full Exotic-tier weapons and stopped playing this entire time. You'd be able to log in and pick up right where you left off, the only thing you'd have missed was the huge amount of content they've added.

You can pick it up and play it when you have free time and never worry that you're falling behind everyone else or missing out on whatever's new. Heck, you can even replay the Living Story (they add a bunch new content in episode-format every two weeks during each "Season") on your own time now, for free if you remember to log in when each episode is live.

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

oh dear heavens.....I forgot my character isn't on stormbluff because....I wasn't apart of GAF when the game launched.....welp there goes more money lol

No worries, as long as you're on a North American server you can play with GAF in every game mode except WvW (which is restricted since it's server vs. server play).

Originally Posted by Ferrio

Ya it is the most friendly but still requires quite a big timesink, especially when I'm the type that has to have the best shit in an MMO.

edit: Question: My character has a bunch of shit gear, how friendly will the new content be to me? Does it offer exotics naturally through the new content?

If you had gotten full exotics a month after launch, you'd be in the same position you'd be now; capable of doing all of the existing content except high level fractals (Ascended gear is needed, but it's a long-term goal).

To answer your second question, Exotics are perfectly fine for the new content, I imagine they tuned it to be doable in rare (yellow) or even masterwork (green) gear. This isn't the usual MMO expansion where everyone's work is immediately invalidated by new gear tiers, so you're all good.
Indignate
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(10-23-2015, 02:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by ViciousDS

oh dear heavens.....I forgot my character isn't on stormbluff because....I wasn't apart of GAF when the game launched.....welp there goes more money lol

I'm on a different server too, but the guild isn't big on WvW as of now so it hasn't been that much of an issue.

Originally Posted by weevles

Fun OT, OP! I wanna jump back in. Haven't played since original GW2 launch as I just couldn't get into it, but now seems like as good a time as any to give it another go.

og gunm
Scum
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(10-23-2015, 02:22 AM)
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Awww yeah!
Snapshot King
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(10-23-2015, 02:24 AM)
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Did the expansion or any of the patches add controller support in?
Astral/H3X
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(10-23-2015, 02:25 AM)
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Hrm. I should go and actually finish S2.

(I've basically only started)

Originally Posted by Snapshot King

Did the expansion or any of the patches add controller support in?

Officially, nope! But, with the addition of tonight's Action Camera, the steam controller will be a VERY GOOD way to play the game. It's already *pretty good*, but there are a few annoyances that prevent it from being AWESOME -- until tonight that is.
shysaursoft
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(10-23-2015, 02:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by Snapshot King

Did the expansion or any of the patches add controller support in?

Not yet. There are stopgap solutions (in the first post of the OT), but no official support yet.
spiritfox
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(10-23-2015, 02:26 AM)
No preload. I hope the files are not too big.
Grivenger
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(10-23-2015, 02:32 AM)

Originally Posted by ViciousDS

Really wish we would get a dervish like class and scythes though....I miss them :(

The new profession, Revenant, and Thief's elite spec, Daredevil, gain access to melee staves, which they wield similarly to how dervishes wield their scythes. Some of the staves in this game also have scythe skins, although they're uncommon, so you can pretty much simulate a dervish-looking character. Thieves also have access to hoods, which it helps. Somewhat related, Necromancer's elite spec, the Reaper, wields a huge looking scythe whenever you transform them with their profession mechanic.

Back to the new profession, one of the legend's stances that Revenants have allow them to use an elite skill that transfoms them into an avatar, similar to Dervish elite skills. They have no boon stripping mechanic, though, but Revenant's elite spec is all about mantaining passive effects and sacrificing them for immediate effects, so you can geta somewhat similar playstyle to dervish, even if only vaguely. (In reality, it plays a lot more like a bard-ish kind of support profession, because it's all about aoe/ party-wide passives, but the concept of stripping passive effects for active effects is there nonetheless).
Anno
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(10-23-2015, 02:38 AM)
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Originally Posted by spiritfox

No preload. I hope the files are not too big.

I suspect we already have a decent amount of it downloaded somewhere amongst all the normal patches of the last few months. At least I hope.
Mr_Antimatter
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(10-23-2015, 02:42 AM)
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Ready to rock here, though I won't be able to play a ton till this weekend. Took vacation for next week though.

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