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News - Friday, December 22, 2006[]

Wintersday Greeting & Gift

To all Guild Wars players, we offer a special holiday greeting and a chance to celebrate the season with a special desktop decoration, too. Happy Wintersday, everyone!

Wintersday Art Contest Winners

The cups of seasonal joy have truly overflowed in our offices with the arrival of many hundreds of entries in the first annual Wintersday Art Contest. Today, we are proud to announce the winners of the contest along with those who received honorable mention, as well. As you enjoy the Wintersday Festival, enjoy the art offered by these talented players. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all the winners, from everyone here at ArenaNet!

Winterfest Tournament Skill Charts

Are you curious about which of the Core and Nightfall skills were used during the Guild Wars Winterfest Tournament? Would you like to know what the NPCs were up to? Check out the skill use charts here for all the details.

GvG Tournament Ladder Resets for Final Time

The Guild Wars GvG ladder will be resetting for the final time on Jan 1, 2007 at 08:01 GMT (12:01 a.m. PST). As stated in the History of GvG article, this is the final reset for the ladder, which will now be maintained primarily for historical measurements. The ELO rating for free-play GvG games has been lowered to 5K (The ELO system is explained in Appendix B of Universal Tournament Rules). The ELO rating for automated tournaments, when they begin, will be higher.

Competitive Play: Past, Present, Future

Our tournament coordinator has written up a thorough analysis of our competitive play system, and in an article today, he provides information on our exciting plans for the future. Find the article here.

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