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August 21st, 2019

Vampyres Bane's WvWvW Profession Importance Theorycrafting Session

Like many of you pvp’ers out there, I am foaming at the mouth waiting for good, heart pounding battlefield pvp and consequently Guild Wars 2 (GW2). There’s some information on how Realm fighting will work (aka WvWvW), but not a ton. When faced with a lack of information, one must inevitably theorycraft! Granted there will be assumptions abound so take all of this with a grain of salt, but I’ll base as much of this on what Arenanet has actually stated. So let the theorycrafting begin!

Two main things have to be taken in consideration for WvWvW: #1 There will be no healing class in GW2. #2 Assuming taking keeps will give realms the most control/points, the ability to take keeps will be extremely important. Arenanet has mentioned that you can fight guerrilla type wars, attacking farms, smiths, etc with smaller forces in order to either strengthen your keep guards or make the opposing side’s weaker, but ultimately you’ll find yourself fighting at the keep and whoever does this best will be the better realm...

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August 21st, 2019

Giving “A Warm Welcome in the Nick of Time”

Boy it seems like eons ago to me when Craythur and I met. Arguably in a way it was the real “beginning” of my Warhammer career. I had previously played Destruction on a different server as a 40 sorceror, got so angry once I had found myself doing pve to get gear to pvp that I quit. I had done similar things in WoW and had vowed never to do it again. At the time, most players were doing Bastion Stairs and the various city dungeons to get geared up. The thing that set it off was that I had signed up earlier that week to join 5 others to do a dungeon at 6pm PST. Well I had been playing off and on that day to gain renown and had taken a break at 4:30pm or so. When I had come back at 5:30pm, they had already gotten 6 players and started. I went ballistic. Just nuts. Anger and curse words just poured out of my mouth. When I had calmed down a bit (keywords: a bit), I had realized, yknow it’s really not a big deal what they had done. Sure enough it was stupid and disrespectful, but I shouldn’t have acted the way I had...

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August 21st, 2019

A glimpse

"You reuse your stakes?"

The Warrior Priest, older, gruf, and battle tested, briefly looked up, then redirected his attention to pulling an old worn and aging stake from the recently disposed of vampire corpse.

"Why throw them away?" was his response, short and to the point. He briefly wiped off the tip, but didn't bother much more with cleaning it and replaced it back into its carrying slot along his belt.

"Well I's covered in unholy blood...It surely can't vanquish the undead as well, right?" asked the new sigmar novice.

"It's a stake," came the grim response. "They really don't get worse with age."

The novice looked like he was about faint.

"Don't worry Mathew. There won't be a test," Vampiresbane commented and then winked at the new priest. Mathew immediately relaxed and straightened from the hunched, disapointed position he had been in earlier.

"But do remember, holy water does need to remain pure until you use it. Granted tainted holy water won't do much to us if we spill it, but it won't do anything to the undead either, and that's problem...

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