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W00T izzy in tha good mood :D[]

whatthe hell? xD i think he's ill or somethin =P

Nerf here nerf there nerf everywhere[]

I've had enough of this pathetic shit, Isaiah that dumb idiot is destroying this game right in front of your noses. Covered as a "PvP/PvE split" they have already started their campaign of slowly destroying Guild Wars subtly. Just subtly, not to a point that makes you quit, no, they are just subtly nerfing just so much that you think "ah it's getting worse and worse...anyways..Guild wars 2 will ROCK i bet!". But not with me. Assassins are nothing but a shadow of themselves anymore, incapable of doing any real spiking. Why would I use an Assassin over a Warrior now. First it was fine, when you could still play alternatives like a scythe-sin. But then that got nerfed too. Maybe escape into a shutdown build? Nerfed. A critical bow build? Heck, rangers are running around with scythes, staves, everything, just not bows cause they suck so hard and have so little good elites (burningarrowkthxbye). Buuut maybe you could use the assassin as a farm character? I mean after all we have shadow fo- ... oh it got nerfed to death, just like Shroud of Silence - first buffed so it takes no skill, then nerfed so it STILL takes no skill and is a bother to use... They're destroying this game, and when Guild Wars 2 is out and has sufficient buyers, they will take it off I bet. -- 19:48, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

I laughed when he said that Rangers don't use bows. Apply poison and D-Shot is all that is needed for a good ranger build. 22:16, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, rangers suck with bows, this is why a vast number of top 100 guilds use them. Lord of all tyria 22:18, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
He does have a point tho. 05:23, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
DShot=god, attach it to ANY build that either uses a bow or doesn't need a weapon (so you can have a bow with you) and you're gonna give the entire other team a massive headache. And honestly guys, the PvE/PvP split is probably one of the best ideas Izzy has ever had (if you can even call that HIS idea, since it's the most hideously obvious thing in the world to do) --Gimmethegepgun 05:29, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Top guilds use rangers? Since when? --Lady Raenef 12:17, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Since the damn Dawn of Time, all the way till this very day. Also, new comments go on the bottom. Not between 2 people's messages. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 12:23, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Really? When did Guild Wars have invisible dye? I sure want some. --Lady Raenef 12:30, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Seems you've never seen a good guild GvG, eh? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 12:31, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Seems you don't watch enough... Paragon > Ranger. --Lady Raenef 12:33, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
DShot > Chants, ololz. Paragons aren't really uber anymore. Anyhow, go look at top GvGs, adn count the Paras and Rangers in normal teams. Rangers will massively outnumber Paras. Defo. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 12:35, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Whatever you say. Point is, Shadowsteps are ruined. No one likes it except for those who don't use assassins.--Lady Raenef 12:39, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

(indent reset) Great. Now, in Izzy's desire to fuck up over-stepping bastards, he as inadvertently drawn my ire, for he has nerfed the one skill that made my ele awesome in PvE... Guess I could switch to a E/N and use Consume Corpse when I want to Star Burst the hell out of someone. Still though... Le sigh... RHSig.jpg talk 20:45, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Gee wiz, havent you ever seen them undo a skill balance before? Im sure they will see how crappeh sins are without spikeability and rebalance sins again, chill man, theres a skill balance every freakin month. (GW-Kiron 21:36, 13 July 2008 (UTC))
Eeh, I'm not bein pissy, just sayin it seems slightly contrived. Maybe a .5 second aftercast would be more acceptable. I tested it, and the aftercast is so barely noticeable when I'm starbursting that it hardly matters. It might kill me in PvP, but that draws so little of my attention nowdays its not even worth mentioning. RHSig.jpg talk 07:40, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
"Why would I use an Assassin over a Warrior now." Ah, you see, that is the point. It's called balance. The point is to have a situation where Assassins are better than Warriors in some aspects, but weak in others. Sure, the game has tipped the balance in ways, but that's completely out of player creativity. What's a guy to do but adapt to current trends? We can't have one build winning 'every single time.' It just doesn't work out. ThetaRepublic 06:08, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Its called balanceschmalance, stop talking BS, you know just as well as every other Guild Wars player that assassins have become totally useless over time. Noone uses them anymore, since they can't do what they were designed to do anymore: Surprise and spike. Izzy Cartwrong failed horribly and destroyed the class. Warriors have superior armor, damage and aren't as suspectible to block. While it is true that it's easier for a sin to stay clear from blind, what use is it if you tickle an enemy with your weak daggers every 12-15 seconds of a daggerchain? (Chainconcept is broken anyways.)
"What's a guy to do but adapt to current trends?" Thats what we did. And the new build got nerfed. We did it again. It got nerfed again. And now there is no effective build left. Class is useless. -- 12:33, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

Not at all! I use my sin as my main, he has been my main and i pretty much only play him. The A/D death blossum farmer rocks in PvE, and for PvP take an assasins promise snare sin. I use the ap sin in PvP when i go in, and save my teams but, ab that is. In Gvg and others, SA is good. In pve, just make ur own build. Heck, I have seen people make elles beastmasters with AoE fire skills. Use ideas from different classes to make sins useful again. A-net nerfing every good build was tough, but they r supposed to be hard to play. I dont want my build to be leaked ,but my elite is heal as one, and it works FINE in pve. It does great in hard mode. SO i dare any of you to say sins are completely useless!!!--Murderer Bomb 02:44, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Sins are useless. Any other physical class outstrips them by far. --Shadowcrest 03:01, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
They aren't useless yet, but are slowly becoming underpowered to the point where they need higher armor and some other buffs. Shattering Assault Sins are still great for PvP, and Moebius Strike+HotO can take down most foes. ــѕт.мıкε 03:07, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

See theres a little thing called spike once tanks rush in. You let the tanks rush in, THAN you jump in and kill. You dont rush in right away to just die. And if they are 'useless', how come my friend with ursan died just the same as me, he was a warrior, when i came in right with him, let him fight and me fight, minions taking damage,he died first. All sins need r blocking skills and armor + skills. Critical agility FTW!!!!!--Murderer Bomb 03:11, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Sins still pwn PvE, but it's PvP that they're beginning to become underpowered in. Their ability to spike was nerfed pretty hard, but they still deliver high amounts of DPS if used right. ــѕт.мıкε 03:15, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
(edit conflict) PvE spiking just doesn't work well, particularly with assassins. Foes have higher armor and too much health for assassins to take advantage of. And strip enchantment > assassin. Ele > blocking. Sins can still moebius/DB, I think. But other than that, why take a sin over anyone else?... --Shadowcrest 03:18, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Sins can still open a spike, combined with another player, and duo in pve more or less. in pvp yes, they r weakened, but they just need a different strategy than just 1, 2, 3, 4, HEAL. They need different roles than spike

I think you mean 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-REZ for PvP. XD ــѕт.мıкε 03:36, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

" I dont want my build to be leaked ,but my elite is heal as one" Yeah. Saying your effective build uses an elite from another profession says already - a lot.

Well yes, i needed to say SOMETHING so im not another person lieing. ANyways when a builds good, and becomes popular, anet will find an excuse to nerf it, sometimes a good reason. So in keeping it secret im keeping it good,-- 16:31, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Lol, sorry, but it seems like you'd be confined to alliance groups that trust you, pugs always want you to "ping" what you got, plus people can watch you and see what skills you use... Good luck with you "secret." RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 16:40, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
I was never a big user of assassins, I have one but I dont play it much, but at least for me its hard to create a decent attack chain for pvp, maybe im the problem maybe im not, about sins in pve, for me they were never pve oriented, but the way shadow form was before the pvp/pve split it was possible to do perma, needed some sync but I did it anyway, then the split came and it took a huge buff, so everyone could perma easily, and the famous/infamous planes farm started, then to correct the things what izzy did? instead of changing the durations, lets add a -50% damage and also the spectres to UW so any other teams can have some new problems too. For me the best way to solve that would be reduce the SF duration back to its old duration, because before the buff other classes could use it pretty well for things like boss farms. This is my point of view about the sins, there is also the ursan problem but I dont want to start another ursan war here. floWenoL 10:52, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

I stopped playing Guild Wars a little while after Ursan Blessing took hold. Guild Wars no longer offers anything in the way of incentive to play beyond doing everything once. Titles and Economic achievements once provided for a great deal of extended play, but the implementation of Ursan Blessing turned them into a farce. I am not going to be buying GW2, or anything A-net or NCSoft produces ever again. I was watching for this nerf thofor the last year or so though, I knew they eventually would have to do something about it. The nerf shows some thought I guess, but it is way way way too little way way way too late. Here is a suggestion for A-net: Why don't you guys just put an "auto-battle" option into the game? It seems like you are trying to gear Guild Wars towards the underachievement crowd. I know they are very happy with Ursan because they no longer have to bother with things like reading skill descriptions, mis-aggro and what skills enemies are using. Think about how much happier they would be if they could just check in a box for auto-play and then just walk away or watch as thier characters dominate areas that once too skill and an explorative spirit to conquer. It really wouldn't be any more detrimental to Guild Wars than Ursan Blessing was...... and at this point the game has been weakened and devalued to the point that it is beyond any kind of fix anyways. Also you may as well let the people using Auto-Play keep all thier Loot and be awarded the same titles as the people who actually took the time to learn the game and earn the titles. This would make the crowd that likes Ursan very happy, and since they are obviously the only customer group you want to keep as you go into GW2 it will insure more sales. People that use Ursan don't really care wether they have earned something or not, they just want to have it. They are the type of players that buy in-game gold online because they want to have Voltaic Spears and FoW armor , but they don't want to be bothered by anything as pesky as having to earn them, after all they are all very busy and have too much of a life to spend the time necessary. Who cares how that impacts the honest players that earn stuff legitimately, right? If they don't want to be effected by stuff like that they can just choose not to use it ,right? A-Net you have failed on a scale so epic that you can never hope to undo it. Enjoy the new community you have custom built for Guild Wars 2. I won't be there, I prefer to play games, not find ways to not play them.

July 10th[]

Anyone know what it was? It's not on the GW website. Bunneh.jpg ~Bunny 22:55, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

New Tonic, reward pts, not sure what else... ICY FIFTY FIVE 23:00, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
Info's now up on the official wiki, the just raped shadow steps :S ICY FIFTY FIVE 23:15, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
wtf why did they kill Signet of Judgment? Why does ANet hate smite so much? --Gimmethegepgun 23:20, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm guessing Mesmers were still spreading too much AoE disruption with it. It's a shame too, it's really all the use it ever got. Powersurge360Violencia 23:22, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
i think anet should nerf everything til it's completely useless. the end.-- 00:55, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Is actually the A/Mo that are abusing the SoJ, they keep knocking down the key player in RA and make sure they are down. - TofuES
ANet could've just added a bit more recharge. It's a signet after all... Half the normal range is just... too weird for signets. And I believe the problem was with Me/Mo smiters, not A/Mo spikers... J Striker 05:46, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Well I never got kill by Me/Mo and after Mantra of Inscriptions had been change, I do not see that many Me/Mo but there are alot A/Mo. - TofuES
It makes little difference to A/Mo casters as they use dancing daggers which are already half-ranged. --Evenfall 07:21, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Enfeebling Blood[]

Anyone know why that got nerfed? Powersurge360Violencia 00:14, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

I think I'm the only person who ever abused that skill, but that's only in PvE... O_o RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 00:17, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
It was basically a cheaper Enfeeble (which could be used with Masochism, btw) but was AoE. Enfeeble was toned down, so I guess it's only right to do the same for Enfeebling Blood, even though I never saw a lot of use of it. Enfeeble was usually taken over it, though. >.> ــѕт.мıкε 00:20, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
lol, Must've been caught on the backswing from the Shadow Step nerfbat. Powersurge360Violencia 00:25, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Ride the Lightning, and the conditional/delayed Shadow Steps (like Scorpion Wire, Augury of Death) were untouched (and some other unused ones.) I didn't think catching a shadow step spike was that hard, though. >.> ــѕт.мıкε 00:30, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
I assumed they were nerfed do to the abuse of spike builds that completely murder unprepared teams in the lower arenas. They would often use PBAoE ele spells and shadow steps combined with Iron Palm to make short work of unexpecting players. Powersurge360Violencia 00:36, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Ya, the whole Aftershock/Shockwave spikes. What's funny, though, is that Searing Flames isn't nearly as obvious (no Shadow Step or need to get into close range) and will likely deal more damage if done in groups of eles. Getting hit by 5-6 Searing Flames followed by Glowing Gaze and another round of SFs sounds more painful, and you can only prot so many allies at once. XD ــѕт.мıкε 00:41, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
From the Dev Updates: Enfeebling Blood has been far too effective at spreading Weakness everywhere, especially at low Curses attribute. We've adjusted the duration scaling and increased the health sacrifice to add cost and enforce some more attribute investment. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 00:59, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
This is a very good way to stop SF Spikes lol. ICY FIFTY FIVE 01:01, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
"Incoming!" can slow down any spike, tbh, but it's rather unused lately, even the new PvE version. ــѕт.мıкε 01:18, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm more pissed at the Death's Charge aftercast... should make running with it a bit harder, since you can't dash right afterwards to escape aggro.. >.>--Cosmitz 02:47, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Dash is a stance aftercast doesn't do anything to it. - TofuES
You wouldn't be able to move because of the aftercast Powersurge360Violencia 05:23, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
^My point. 0.75 is enough to get into a messy situation while running. >.> --Cosmitz 05:28, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Enfeebling Blood was used in GvG. Rebel Rising(rawr) won the last monthly AT with 3-4 Mo/N with Enfeebling Blood. --Evenfall 07:25, 11 July 2008 (UTC)


No more shadowstep spikes...-- 05:05, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

No, slower shadowstep spikes. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 05:29, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Actually more to the point of "your target will have 0.75s more time to see the spike and do something". — Poki#3 My Talk Page :o, 06:12, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Depends on skill. "All your attack skills are disabled for 1 whole second and you lose all gained adrenaline gained for them.", or "If your target is a Monk, he will cast Guardian on himself and you fail with spiking." J Striker 06:16, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
um no if its a monk the aftercast is too short for a monk to cast a guardian, unless he 4040 his guardian but the monk would more likely cast spirit bond or prot spirit. ImpulseDestiny 07:21, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Attacks are not instant, so the monk has 0.75s + attack speed to react and cast guardian. --Evenfall 07:30, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Mmhm, even assuming the assassin uses Iron Palm or something, the monk still has .5 seconds of free time. Felix Omni Signature.png 07:32, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Good point but still you still have to account for the monks reaction time and his ability to know what to do in tht situation. ImpulseDestiny 18:22, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
From the perspective of a decent PvP Mesmer (mine, that is) 1.25 is a HUGE window of time to react and cast a moderate spell (.5-1s cast time). If a monk can't prot in that window and have any degree of experience under their belt, then they have no business in PvP Powersurge360Violencia 23:03, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Nope, sins can't do shit now, and don't give me that "Guardian takes 1 second to cast" bs, you won't be able to get to your off-hand attack before he casts Guardian.
Sins can still do something... - AdVictoriam1.PNGAd Victoriam 05:31, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Sure, let's use a skill that's glitched. It wins. Also, why Guardian? Use Reversal of Fortune. It's easier to cast. Not to mention, if the monk was moving, he's got quite a bit of distance from the assassin. Shadowstep + Cripple is a thing of the past, unless the assassin is lucky enough to shadowstep in front of them, the direction they're running. But since it's random of when that happens, you can't say it's a buff. I agree, this update destroyed the assassin. I vote Critical Strikes affects shadowstep aftercast, and all shadowsteps have 4 attribute or lower, 50% chance of failure. --Lady Raenef 12:29, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Shat Assault isn't bugged/glitched. It used to be bugged, though, where it dealt >200 damage if the target was enchanted. Twice. Now it just functions differently from other skills. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 12:33, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Gosh, it sure would be nice if some genius at ANet actually buffed some of the never-used Assassin elites/skills to counteract constantly nerfing the FEW most commonly used elites and now too basically all the shadow steps. I could deal with the constant Sin nerfs if they actually bothered to fix Shroud of Silence or buff other elites to make them more attractive. I'm sick of these constant "Updates" "Nerfdates". - insidious420 15:21, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

I semi-agree with Lady Raenef. Like many other spells, let shadowsteps fail 50% if attr 4 or lower (use Shadow Arts for non-attribute shadowsteps), so that other classes can't take advantage of it as easily. That said, the aftercast should be removed, since it pretty much defeats the purpose of the shadowstep... By the time the aftercast wears off, the target is shortbow range away, so what was the point of the shadowstep in the first place? This update was trying to fix a legitimate problem, but Anet royally failed at it... RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:29, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Mass skill revert[]

Who else is in favor of reverting EVERY skill to its original function? Before any nerfs/buffs were made. Who knows... this may even make Ursan-haters happy.-- 15:15, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Nyyyyoooooooooo. That would make all of this PvE/PvP balancing worthless, and a lot of the buffs/nerfs were necessary, tbh. ــѕт.мıкε 15:30, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
These cross profession nerfs (see WY for a previous example) make sense from a developer's standpoint, but I feel like there are ways to limit the effectiveness of such skills without destroying them for the class for which they were originally intended. Perhaps forcing the player to lose all adrenaline after a shadowstep? Even an energy cost increase would be prohibitive for Warriors abusing these skills. It just seems that Assassins have enough trouble with speed already. As it is, they have to devote their secondary profession to an IAS in PvP. Lazuli 15:39, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
I don't think that the adrenal attack skills were the only issue; there were so many AoE spike builds that used skills like Shockwave, Aftershock and Shadow Steps. To compensate for it, though, mebbe Way of the Assassin and/or Flashing Blades should be made to increase your attack speed (by 33%)? Way of the Assassin as is sucks because of how critical hit chances stack, and because of Way of the Master's introduction, while Flashing Blades is just plain bad because you have to be attacking for it to function. EDIT: An IAS might make it redundant with Critical Agility (which is basically equal to an Elite skill), but some additional effect would be nice; if not an IAS, maybe increased damage for attacks. ــѕт.мıкε 15:48, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
A lot of buffs/nerfs were needed to combat skills not entering at the same time. Granted this would kill the current meta... but the least it would be fun-- 16:16, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
The shadowstepping Shockwave spike left the meta a while ago. The increased cast time saw to that (Cry of Frustration). In general, Warriors cannot spike without adrenaline, and they were the reason these skills were nerfed. Regardless, the developer notes mention underpowered elites being improved as soon as next month. Personally, I think Assassins are about due for an IAS that they can actually use in PvP. Your suggested improvements to Flashing Blades seem to hold some promise. And maybe Shroud of Silence, perhaps the most laughable elite ever (after the nerfs), will get some love. Lazuli 17:07, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
SIGNET OF MIGHT. Lord of all tyria 17:08, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Amity, Assault Enchantments, Decapitate, Double Dragon, Magehunter's Smash, Magehunter Strike, Peace and Harmony, Ray of Judgment, Stone Sheath, Wastrel's Collapse, Word of Censure... There are so many more, but I'm getting bored. Lazuli 17:18, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
And now on that list as of this update, Signet of Judgment. However, we can ALL be completely certain that Ray, Word of Censure, and Siggy will NEVER be buffed, as Izzy despises Smiting for some reason --Gimmethegepgun 17:22, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Because if smiting gets skills that can deal big damage at range, you could end up with something like ritspike. And ritspike was fucking gay. Lord of all tyria 17:27, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Except even now Channeling can still be used by a Rit PRIMARY. No monks out there (except for me) use Smiting, because because quite simply it has no synergy whatsoever with DF, and more can be gained from combining with other attributes and skills (like FC and Mantra of Inscriptions) than from being able to have more than 12 in the stat. In fact, it is the ONLY attribute line that has seen more use in the past as a secondary rather than as a primary, being used by FC Mesmers and also by various Elementalists (most notably MoM smiters) --Gimmethegepgun 17:35, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
[rawr] had a smiting monk in the last mAT. [dR] had one as well when they won. Lord of all tyria 17:40, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
No synergy? lol thats why they made smiters boon then add divine boon and skills like smite condi, hex, Reversal of dmg you easily get ~150hp heals every cast and AoE holy dmg aswell. ImpulseDestiny 18:29, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

I Can't Believe[]

Assasins got nerfed AGAIN. Lemme tell you this - I have played gw for 2years, I have also like most people played most professions extensively all with the exception of paragons because their just gay. now that i have experienced each class. I tend to get bored of them after a while - got bored of being wammo - deleted him, got bored of being a mes - used for storage, got bored of being ele - used for storage, dervish - errrr almost bored but not quite. Assassins has to be one of the most fun classes that I have tried & stayed with through out my time in gw. their amazing to play & I enjoy playing assa as much as i <3 my ranger & I really <3 playing ranger.

I'm really hoping for a major buff as i dont want to have to demote my favorite char to storage muppet & sit there in my GH crying like some emo about the days I use to pwn in PvP.

assassins have been nerfed so many times its not worth playing them anymore 01:23, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

You dont need to use crummy nerfed skills to be effective in PvE. Seriously. My Assa still sees use, whenever I feel like playing GW. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 01:25, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
You forgot the most winnage skill of all for sins in PvE. And, of course, this non-sin but still winnage skill. - AdVictoriam1.PNGAd Victoriam 02:11, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Shadows Steps weren't nerfed because they're Assassin Skills, but because they're Shadow Steps. If a frontliner was an /A, 90% chance he had a Shadow Step. — Poki#3 My Talk Page :o, 05:55, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Damn you for mentioning Ursan as a win skill. :P PossessedLinebeck 19:55, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Ursan Blessing's status as a "win skill" might not be long for this world. Lazuli 14:10, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Hawt... <3 --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:47, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
the thing is i rarely use my sin in PvE at all thats why i pissed off - PvE im cool with but the PvP nerfs are ruffling my feathers. i love takin my sin into PvP 18:55, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

I wonder if people will ever quit whinging about updates, or am I being to optimistic --BeeD 10:07, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes, you are being "to" optimistic, because if A.Net continues slowly breaking established systems/skills in the game, people have a right to be "whinging". Almost every "update" for the past couple months has been full of nerfs and few, if any, meaningful buffs to balance.... - insidious420 14:26, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
The Dev updates of this update contained information about the next update; they want to buff underused crappy skills. So, be without fear (Be Without Fear is an awesome song, btw). --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 14:44, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
Omg...imagine Flare spam becomes the new meta... -_- - AdVictoriam1.PNGAd Victoriam 01:40, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Imagine this:
  • Flare: increased damage to 20...80. Changed damage type to holy. This skill no longer has an aftercast. Felix Omni Signature.png 03:41, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Reduced energy cost to 0. Reduced activation time to 1/4. This skill cannot be interrupted. This skill cannot recharge slower than normal. This skill cannot be blocked by terrain. - AdVictoriam1.PNGAd Victoriam 04:53, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
A la Final Fantasy style! Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:13, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
More a la Gwen during Preview Weekend style. XD RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 16:25, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

@ insidious, Granted that there have been a lot of nerfs lately, admittedly it hasn't affected me since I don't play the professions that the updates have been largely aimed at. However, you say that Anet is breaking established systems/skills in the game, *gasp* I would have thought that breaking established systems/skills was a good thing, it prevents stagnation and encourages creativity. Ok, sure your favourite combo isn't as powerful anymore or is difficult to sling together because of timing issues or whatever else, that's a good thing! It increases the challenge of the game. Again, granted that certain regions will become more of a grind if use the same combo, then find another combination! Remember the days of Diablo 2 when patches came out every 18 months or so, as enjoyoable as the game was, it became too boring too fast. I'd rather not have that happen to a game that I still love. --BeeD 17:01, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

They haven't really broken anything until The Holy Combo is nerfed. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 18:29, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Sever-Gash is a great combo and all, but it definitely isn't overpowered. I'm a little surprised that Dismember/Eviscerate+Axe Rake/Twist isn't meta. It's an easy way to cripple, tbh. ــѕт.мıкε 02:06, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Too many conditional skills, too few slots. Needs more +damage. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 03:17, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
BeeD: While I do agree with you that change is necessary to keep things interesting & balanced, I have to disagree in context of this set of Sin nerfs. Sins are low-armor melee characters and shadow steps have always been their strongest form of offense and consequently defense ("the best defense is a strong offense"). Sins are much more susceptible to standard melee counters, especially blind, since missing a single attack skill in a chain ruins the whole chain. Warriors can tank thru conditions and (typically) spam whatever skills in any order at any time. Shadow steps give a slight edge to the Sin, but are not overpowered in themselves. Shadow steps in my mind gave a Sin an alternative to Assassin's Remedy; ie: jump the blind bot before they have a chance to blind you, instead of precasting AR & doing the typical Golden+Wild+Shattering combo all while tanking thru conditions.
This round of nerfs to shadow steps was aimed at stopping non-primary Sin tele-spikes, which it did, but it also basically destroyed tele Sins as well: I cannot use Shadow Walk anymore PERIOD in at least 3 builds I used to commonly use on my primary Sin; I used to use Dark Prison but it's nearly useless now; I have never sacrificed my elite for Shadow Prison since months and months ago, but now I will surely never again. My ultimate point in this long-winded post is this: shadow steps are good for Sins and should probably only be usable by them, period, instead of breaking them for everybody. - insidious420 17:42, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Like I had said in the Assassin topic above, they failed fixing a legitimate problem. I think the answer here is in attribute investment, with a 50% chance of failure with low ranks. Kind of like Well of the Profane. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 18:07, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Or like Oath Shot? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:38, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Or like Plague Signet?--Cobalt6.jpg - (Talk/Contribs) 18:42, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, like all of those skills. Is it really needed to list them all?Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 18:47, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Oath Shot has a use to list, since it's a different clause; <8, rather than <5, or something like that. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:49, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I guess.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 18:55, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Or like Unyielding Aura? (sorry)--Cobalt6.jpg - (Talk/Contribs) 19:00, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
The sheer number of sin nerfs in a row though is getting rediculous. A while ago, I stopped playing GW, as my sin was my main and with all the nerfs I couldn't really find a build that didn't fill a role another class could do better, until there was something that the sin was actually effective at something.
Now I've switched to playing an ele and I just keep shaking my head at all these nerfs. It seems to me that the problem is that all these other skills are okay on assasins as their flaws balance them out, but become borderline OP on other chars (eg shadowstep + PBAoE is as damaging and much harder to stop compared with dagger attacks). On the whole, I just find that what makes the assasin deadly has long since been stripped (Eg shadowstep + high damage attacks). Now, and this is from my experience of RA, TA (so I may not be the most qualified), assasin's kinda make me lol when they come up against them.
Sorry, should clarify. It's not like this nerf is bad, or particularly, crippling, it's just a case of kicking somebody while they're down128.250.6.244 11:30, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
Assassins just don't fit in GW. They are a broken concept since Factions. Either you cannot stop them, or they're easy to stop. There's no real possibility in between, it's just how GW is. Shadow steps are rather broken too, but as for Melee spikes, they're generally been fixed. Or, shall I say, slain. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 11:47, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
I thought they were better how they used to be, easy to stop, but devestating if not stopped. Now they're easier to stop, and if you don't stop them, they kinda tickle. Their spike damage isn't even as nasty as warriors's. 12:18, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
Nerfs make power creep less gay. Sins were in a similar place to now before NF anyway. Lord of all tyria 12:40, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
Insidious- I'll concede the point. I haven't played my sin in so long that I'm way out of touch with them. --BeeD 10:50, 1 August 2008 (UTC)


.75 aftercast for spells .0 aftercast for attacks
Put "This skill makes you lose all adrenaline." after every step
Fixed. -- 23:22, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

A skill has an aftercast, or it doesn't. Also, .0 aftercast = imba. Means every shadowstep is as fast as Shadow Walk (when it comes to chaining). That just breaks everything a little more tbh. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 23:24, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
None of the Shadow Steps had aftercasts, so the suggestion is that the aftercast only applies to spells, meaning Aftershock/Shockwave/whatever spikes will be nerfed, along with any Warriors trying to use a Shadow Step to make spiking easier. Backbreaker Sins would still have to find an alternative (probably just Dash/Rush.) ــѕт.мıкε 00:30, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Every SStep had an aftercast. .25 or something small you'll never notice. SWalk was much faster than others, since it was a Stance and thus had literally no aftercast. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 00:31, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Aftercast seems to show no aftercast (except for the nerfed ones.) A quarter of a second is hardly a difference, though. ــѕт.мıкε 01:46, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Weird. I always noticed a slight delay after a shadowstep. I must be stupid. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 01:48, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Mebbe the moment you Shadow Step is so intense that it's in slowmo as you deliver your first strike/Iron Palm? =O ــѕт.мıкε 01:53, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
I usually started with Starburst tbh. The only times I've used shadowsteps was when I went capping with Progger. E/A is kinda win when you have 5. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 01:56, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Maybe 0 aftercast and disable all adrenaline and non-attack skills for .75 or 1 second? Though that might make it a bit difficult to use other things, since you can't queue it up when they're disabled --Gimmethegepgun 02:10, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
As I suggested before, I'll say it again: make shadowsteps fail 50% with attribute 7 or less, kind of like Oath Shot, and remove them from No Attribute completely. Also, play with different ones and do an aftercast here, adrenaline loss there, non-attack skill disable elsewhere, but not ALL OF THEM the same... Mix it up a little. There is not single solution to all of them. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 05:42, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
So what would we do with Shadow Walk? Critical Strikes so no one else can use it? lol ــѕт.мıкε 13:50, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Actually, the developer updates page suggests that they wanted all melee spikes to be nerfed, including those of a Sin primary, so mebbe Shadow Steps were always overpowered? ــѕт.мıкε 14:01, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Doesn't have to be critical strikes, but the attribute investment would force the user to lose points in their "spike" attribute, making it less attractive. But without shadow steps, the sin is dead. That was their whole selling point at the release of factions!! "Get in, spike, get out before you get killed in 2 shots." Now they can't shadowstep OR spike, so WHAT are they supposed to do? I'm just wondering what Anet's idea of the sin is at this time. Let's see what their promised "buff of unused skills" is gonna do... As it is, only the core professions are still what can be considered "powerful" and the rest are just kind of there using ursan and secondaries to survive (yes, the imbagon is using ursan too, cus that's the one team build that really really uses it, though they're the most useful of the 4 "new" professions at this time, but that's their only remaining strength, wait do I see a nerfbat over their heads?). RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 18:09, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Wow, so ANet's goal is to make caster and melee damage exactly equal - only that casters can rape you from distance and can block and kite and blind.... - FABULOUS ANET!! -- 18:13, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Warrior. Frontliners are still the best domage dealers. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:14, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Uh... not really? And that's even without elites... RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 18:24, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
You won't kill as fast with RI as with Evis. IP? Remove Hex says hi. Stacked? Expel Hexes, Divert Hexes, heh. Backfire is never used in PvP beyond RA/AB/CM, where AB/CM is more PvE-esque. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 18:26, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
True. But hex removal has relatively long recharge, or is expensive in energy, good luck removing all the hexes and still being able to heal. Slap a little hex, wait for removal, follow with Backfire and 2 covers and watch the monk stand there. With dual attune, RI is some pretty nasty stuff, good luck if you don't have protection, shatter ench will only help you in the long run. Bring some blind with enfeeble and laugh at the allmighty warriors. The point is, everything has a counter, and every counter has a counter, the hard part is having the right counter at the right time. I'm sure there have been dozens or hundreds of discussions like this, and they all lead nowhere, because the point of guildwars is that it's like rock/paper/scissors. Argue that scissors cut paper all you want, but there's still the rock. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 19:39, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Fact remains Warriors are the best spikers, and can pressure between spikes. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 21:14, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
BB Sins are still my favourite spikerr, while MS/DB easily deals the most DPS (and can still kill in 6-7 seconds if used right), although there are a bunch of gimmicks out there, like a Rt/D using Spirit's Strength, Great Dwarf Weapon (cast on each other) etc. Also, melee was made to deal the most damage, but they're also the easiest countered (Blind is more common than Daze, Weakness is very common, kiting is good, and anti-melee hexes are thrown around a lot these days.) ــѕт.мıкε 03:56, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
"Fact remains Warriors are the best spikers, and can pressure between spikes." And that is why assassins are useless now. They should be the best spikers. -- 12:33, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
Too right :( ... still whinging about assasin nerfs >>> 07:58, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Network problems?[]

Anyone experiencing lag, disconnects and loss of guild tag&cape? At least in AB... Pretty annoying right now -Flameseeker Mage 12:45, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

I've just got code 40 chain. Lord of all tyria 12:54, 25 July 2008 (UTC)
Lots of lag and un-reconnectable disconnects here out of the blue. Makes death leveling very frustrating.... - insidious420 16:00, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

3 Weeks with no update[]

Come on Anet, you can nerf Ursan faster than this. Bunneh.jpg ~Bunny 13:58, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

If they fix VoD in the next one, I don't care. Lord of all tyria 14:34, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
This being a new month I actually had a dream last night that Anet had just released the newest patch and reverted all the shadowstep nerfs but I woke up to check and it was not so T_T 13:28, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
^^LOL. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:22, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Wouldn't it be fun if ANet hosted an "Overpowered Day" where they temporarily reverted all skills to their best ever? That would take the sting out of nerfage, a little bit. Or maybe do something like allow PvE skills in PvP for one day. Ursanway in Halls...that would be hilarious. :) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 19:14, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

I could do without seeing yet ANOTHER ursan group thx

  • sigh* I could also do without forgetting to sign all the time :P Hopeless Situations 19:18, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
I've been wandering around with an idea, which I kinda stole from a mate. Basically, it's a mode that makes every monster and every player the same level (depending on area, ranging from 5-30 or something like that), everything has 2 professions (like Aatxes with Light of Dwayna and Healing Breeze), and everything has 2 elites. Weapon resitrctions are non-existant (rawr, Backbreaking Wand Attack!), and no xp nor loot is gained. Just wishful thinking :P --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 19:30, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Hell yes, unlocking the Guild Wars Test Mode would be so much fun. You get to be a dev for a day! Actually...if ANet released a "Guild Wars Campaign Editor" (StarCraft fans know what I'm talking of) then that would probably be endless fun, even more than the game itself. Of course, you could not get voiceovers except for whatever is already in GW.dat, but...possibilities abound. If only. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 19:33, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Campaign Editor? Lulz. I remember the World Edit from Warcraft, being able to make a whole campaign by yourself, and with some 3rd parties, even your own models and stuff. Or just a simple map, where the goal is to kill the other person :P Anyhow, yeah, some form of GW Editor would totally rock :D --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 20:07, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
I do have to agree that if Guild Wars released a version of Guild Wars that people could use to create their own campeign's with it would be pretty interesting. But I think it would kinda distract people from playing with each other. :S Other than that, I would have a blast with it too.-- 05:08, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

Skill Updates[]

Give us something. Anything. Even if it's something like:

  • Power attack now causes cracked armor. (which actually would make it an amazing skill.) or an update to:
  • Peace and Harmony. Amity. Boon Signet. Ray of Judgment. Mirror of Ice. Soul Twisting. Scribe's Insight. Decapitate. Soldier's Stance. Scavenger's Focus. Signet of Suffering. Symbols of Inspiration. Mark of Insecurity. Hidden Caltrops. Soldier's Fury. Reclaim Essence. Reaper's Sweep. Onslaught. Wastrel's Collapse. Light of Deliverance. Seeping Wound. Flashing Blades. Siphon Strength. Way of the Empty Palm. Empathic Removal. Marksman's Wager. Quick Shot. Divine Boon. Holy Haste. Spell Shield. ^^^Withdraw Hexes^^^ <(Needs a BIG update). Unyielding Aura. Healing Burst. Shield Guardian. Scourge Sacrifice. Smite. Symbol of Wrath. Kirin's Wrath. Light of Dwayna. Viper's Nest. Archer's Signet. ^^^Snare^^^ <(Useless trap. Completely useless). Belly Smash. Staggering Blow. "I Will Survive!". Griffon's Sweep. Deflect Arrows.
  • ^^^"On Your Knees!"^^^ <(change of function. Maybe strength based and make it deal a condition if target is knocked down.) Frenzied Defense (not sure why defending would make you take more damage but whatever.) Atrophy. Cacophony.
  • ^^^Envenom Enchantments^^^ (change to remove enchantment and cause poison. but keep the poison duration short so it doesn't just become a better version of rip enchantment. Very short. i'm talking 1-6 seconds.)
  • Spinal Shivers (change functionality to something else. there doesn't need to be a duplicate of this skill at all. keep factions version how it is.)
  • Vocal Minority (remove this skill from the game. it's TOO mean to 1 profession and 1 profession only. or make it only target 1 person.
  • Well of Ruin + Well of Weariness (weariness needs to cause weakness as well. Ruin needs to cause 1 health degeneration or something.) Feast for the Dead. Fetid Ground (even with update it is still not very good unless co-ordinated with someone...) Price of Pride.
  • Shatter Hex (reduce energy cost and greatly reduce damage caused.) Symbolic Celerity (kinda pointless really) Imagined Burden.
  • Soothing Images (change to make hexed character gain 25%-50% less adrenaline, reduce energy cost.) Hypochondria (never. NEVER have seen this skill used by players OR monsters. make it useful.)
  • Chilling Winds (change to water magic, reduce hex effect length)
  • Ward of Stability (change something seeing as how it is neither used by players or monsters.)
  • Burning Speed (change to an instant casting time to off-set the downside effect.) Elemental Flame...(make it useful).
  • Armor of Frost (remove fire magic condition or add fire magic condition to Frigid Armor to make skills make more sense).
  • Swirling Aura (change to block attacks).
  • Winter's Embrace (change to touched foe moves 66% slower and you move 66% slower. foe takes x-xcold damage. Increase recharge so it cannot be used over and over.)
  • Deadly Haste (make deadly arts.'s in the name and everything. deadly haste deadly arts).
  • Fox Fangs (increase damage or reduce recharge and make it do a little less damage).
  • Jagged Strike (also causes cracked armor. increase recharge).
  • Enduring Toxin (increase degeneration or increase the time that it lasts).
  • Lift Enchantment (change to offhand attack. removes 1 enchantment if target foe is knocked down. basically another "falling" skill).
  • Mark of Death (decrease recharge.)
  • Scorpion Wire (change from knocked down to poisoned. keep the shadowstep part in. Add after-shadowstep if needed.)
  • Shameful Fear (add in a re-apply effect.)
  • Signet of Shadows (change to randomly shadowstep to a nearby location. you are removed of blindness. (failure of deadly arts 4 or less)
  • Vampiric Assault (make dagger mastery.)
  • Blinding Powder (make it a dupe of ranger version.)
  • Mirrored Stance (make it just a skill. Enter stance that your foe is in, copies remaining duration time.) Wastrel's Collapse Wastrel's Collapse Wastrel's Collapse (have I said Wastrel's Collapse yet?) Lamentation.
  • Spirit Boon Strike (reduce recharge)
  • Armor of Unfeeling (change to +24-36 armor while casting.)
  • Dulled Weapon (add in damage reduction.)
  • Mending Grip (increase health gained).
  • Pure Was Li Ming (remove earshout condition.)
  • Spiritleech Aura (change to when spirits within earshout hit with an attack, you gain x-x health).
  • Spirit to Flesh (make ranged.)
  • Signet of Creation (make it effect only spirits. increase time to 45 seconds.)
  • Renewing Memories (remove item condition. It's hard enough as is to keep the enchantment going).
  • "Can't Touch This!" (make it "Target ally")
  • "Find Their Weakness!" (reduce energy cost).
  • "Help Me!" (make it "target allys spells target target ally 50% faster").
  • "Never Give Up!" (change to 90% hp).
  • Burning Shield (greatly...GREATLY increase burning time.)
  • Hexbreaker Aria (change to next time allies within earshout use a skill, 1 hex is removed).
  • Leader's Comfort (do not include a health cap.)
  • Slayer's Spear (change to adrenaline or...something).
  • Spear of Redemption (change to, loose 1 condition. deals no additional damage. OR transfer 1 condition from yourself to target foe. 50% chance of failure with spear mastery 4 or less).
  • Unblockable Throw (reduce damage and adrenaline cost).
  • Wild Throw (reduce adrenaline cost by 1 or 2).
  • Remedy Signet (make it up to par with antidote signet...or make it "target ally looses 1 condition).
  • Signet of Aggression...(make it do something different. Like change to leadership: target other ally gains 50% more adrenalin from attacks for x-x seconds).
  • Armor of Sanctity (change to mysticism.)
  • Sand Shards (increase damage dealt if scythe attack misses. DO NOT let it stack with illusion weapon).
  • Shield of Force (add in crippled or cracked armor).
  • Eremite's Zeal (remove the max energy cap. or increase it).
  • Meditation (increase energy gain).
  • Farmer's Scythe (reduce recharge).
  • Irresistible Sweep (remove enchantment removal, increase recharge to 10 or 12 seconds, change to scythe attack).
  • Reap Impurities (reduce damage and energy cost).
  • Twin Moon Sweep (increase health gained).
  • Grenth's Aura (reduce casting time to 1 second. reduce energy cost. greatly reduce or remove damage dealt.
  • Grenth's Fingers (reduce energy cost or increase cripple duration).
  • Natural Healing (change to If you are not under the effects of an enchantment you are healed for 40-128 health. If you are under the effects of an enchantment you are healed for 20-70 health). Onslaught (change energy cost from 25% to 25%-50%).
  • Intimidating Aura (add in second effect. Target foe suffers from weakness for 10 seconds). Winds of Disenchantment (increase energy cost, increase area effected).
  • Diversion (increase recharge by 2-3 seconds. change hex duration to 4-6 seconds).
  • Wastrel's Demise (increase conditional damage slightly).
  • Feedback (reduce recharge slightly. Reduce energy lost to 1-3).
  • Chilblains (reduce energy cost to 20. reduce enchantments lost to 1. causes target foe to be poisoned. OR Add sacrifice cost. Reduce energy cost. Increase recharge. reduce area effected).
  • Defile Enchantments (dupe of this skill is not needed. Change function to hex: When target foe casts an enchantment target foe takes x-x damage. OR change to When an enchantment ends of target foe, target foe looses x-x HP. Desirably a low amount of health as to not become overpowered).
  • Seeping Wound (make this skill worth even considering to bring on a skill bar).
    • This is pretty much every skill that is either not used at all, used rarely, or needs to have it's function changed, or would just make more sense if it did something else. How you address this, doesn't matter really; it's just the thoughts of 1 person. Unless a great outcry follows what has been said here, or unless you think that one of the skill suggestions would be interesting (like changing the duplicate skills to be something else) it most likely should just be water under the bridge. If you have read all that was written here, I commend your patience. "Ikimono"-- 05:03, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
... you must be even more bored than I am. --Shadowcrest 05:11, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Woa, How long did it take you to write this? And I support most of the skills listed here. And I did read all the skills. Bravo for this line up of skills that need improvment.Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 10:06, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Hey, mind if I make it more readable? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 10:29, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
I would like that as well... Silver Sunlight SSunlight.jpg 11:26, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
I added a bulletpoint to every update, so sometimes there's stil la small wall of nonsense (no offense). Most "balances" either do nothing, make a lot of shiz imba or something similar to point 1 and 2 combined. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 11:34, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks a bunch! It took me like an hour and a half to look through every skill and see what skills were either never used or way underused; by that point i just wanted to go to sleep. thanks for making it more readable.-- 15:05, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
No problem :> --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:08, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Can't you wait like... 2-3 days? — Poki#3 My Talk Page :o, 16:36, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
If it's really only 2-3 days, then sure. But we've been waiting just shy of a year for a desperately needed Ursan nerf, and it still isn't here.
And surely you're not claiming that Wild Throw and Blinding Powder are useless. I've gotten a lot of use out of those. Quizzical 16:47, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
I solo'ed Progger with Viper's Defense, Blinding Powder (and Jagged Strike/Wild Strike to trigger) , Extend Conditions and Heart of Shadow. He forgot to take a heal :P --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:52, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Most of those I think are great ideas, though Leader's Comfort is a VERY bad idea, maybe making the cap be based on Leadership would be better --Gimmethegepgun 16:52, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
I like a lot of these...but you are aware that shouts/chants/echoes can't be stripped...right there OP? It seems perfectly reasonable to have necros shut this down considering their role as general anti-melee (esp Curse line). I could see increasing the cost or dropping the duration, but flat out removal of something any decent monk can pop right off? Seems a tad extreme when overuse, if there even is any, is probably limited. 22:34, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
No, i do not thing that Wild Throw or Blinding Powder are useless, they are very useful, but they require too much for practical use. how often do you see anyone running these skills outside of farming or using it against Shiro in Nightfall? Little to none. Or in a beginner area. A lot of these skills are fine as is, like the duplicate skills. But because they are duplicates, they are unnecessary. (excluding the vamp bite-touch skills). Then there are just skills that you don't ever see players use. and to that extent, you dont even see monsters use them because they're that crappy...-- 00:19, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

<reset indent>If they go through and wipe dupes you will see plenty of QQing, mark my words. We are talking about a measly 30 skills here (5 in each primary profession) but I can promise you wiping out defile/desecrate, sympathetic/ancestors or dodge/zojun's will piss people off. They need to come to a static equilibrium in PvE now that its split from PvP, not a dramatic skill disembowelment 3+ years in. 01:30, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

You're not really listening to what my point was, that or I didn't word the duplicate skill part right. If it's a duplicate skill that is used commonly, like vamp touch and vamp bite, or any situations like that, then yes, it's perfetly reasonable to keep those skills how they are. But for skill like Spinal shivers and Shivers of dread, you never see those 2 skills being used at the same time, so there is no point in having those skills do the same thing if they aren't used together or often.-- 00:42, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

To be honest, most of these skills are perfectly fine as is (with a few true total crap - Snare lol) but there are just skills which do the same thing better. Ward of Stability for example - it's a good skill to have in some PvE areas, but even better counters are Blindness or Daze to stop those KD from occurring in the first place. Some I think are totally wrong though...Signet of Aggression is awesome because of Rage of the Ntouka for example. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 08:14, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

You mean awful? --Progr.jpg - talk 14:32, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Sig of Agression is hot. I insta-BB'ed you because of it :D Twice. Much fun. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 15:17, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm not saying that there are skill's that aren't perfectly fine as is, but if they were changed or updated a little bit, they could make the game to a much more rounded and "colorful" game.-- 21:10, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Next update timing[]

At the Guild Wars website, the top news option is about Maestro, but the text asserts, "This change will occur on Thursday, August 7 after the live update." This means that, as rumored, there really will be an update tomorrow (or today, depending on your time zone). Well, either that, or it won't come until at least 2014. With so many rumors flying around and so little in the way of official information, this was the only official confirmation I could find. Quizzical 06:46, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

I thought the first thursday of the month was the 'standard' update day? --MLegion 14:26, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
It used to be that every Thursday was an update, and they've only recently slowed down the update schedule, so it's difficult to predict whether there will be an update for a given week or not. Last week, though, Linsey Murdock posted in her journal that there would be a "monster" update today. This, of course, generated endless speculation on the GW forums about what would be included in the update. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:17, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
In some way, they must do an update for the tonic in the zaishen chest.. (witch is an Armored Cave Spider this month.. Corsaire 20:19, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Soon and very soon. Ursan will be getting nerfed(confirmed somewhere on gwguru) Less damage and can not maintain it as long. Sf is getting a buff of some sort. Underused elites and skills are getting buffed a bit. Other than that, hopefully there will be some more beef added to the game to keep players in for a while.21:08, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

oh lawdy. Zefirsig.jpgGod Zefir 21:10, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
That new Tease is going to be monstrous. Powersurge360Violencia 21:29, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Way of the Assassin. YAY!! I liked it the way it was before anyways, sure made crit agility/defence work wonders in PvE, but now, Crit defence for PvP might actually be fun :P }{Ipo™}{ 21:33, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
With Golden Skull Strike, what exactly is that supposed to mean? Does it mean that if you do lead->offhand it will daze for 4...10, but if you skip lead it will do 0...5? Or does it mean he's making it last shorter but turning it into a skip? --Gimmethegepgun 21:35, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Hahaha, Unyielding Aura is now a PvE Only skill? That's lame, I liked messing around with that in RA. Theta Republic 21:38, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
It'll be PvE/PvP split Zefirsig.jpgGod Zefir 21:39, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Re Gimme: I'm assuming that he's turning it into a skip, but making it last shorter (as you said) but just pure speculation until it actually happens. Also, wow, Lyssa's Aura might actually be a fun skill to use :D. }{Ipo™}{ 21:40, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Would be cool if it became what I said earlier though. Also, Flashing Blades is like Glad's Defense. STOP ECing ME! QQ --Gimmethegepgun 21:45, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Did you notice he registered on that forum in 1970 or something like that? Doesn't that scream "FAAAAAKEEEEE!!!!" to you? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 21:44, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

I'm not completely convinced those are real, tbh. A couple of them look like nerfs, (Expert's Dexterity, Battle Rage, "It's Just a Flesh Wound and OoU <-I liked the extra damage), tbh. Way of the Assassin and Flashing Blades are very nice, however. I lol'd at Vow of Strength. XD ــѕт.мıкε 21:47, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
For the record, IJAFW would be a buff, if that means it doesn't give DW. New OoU would suck. And Izzy is forum admin, he can change his join date. That being said, we'll see if this is true.
I'm sorry Gimme, it wont happen again :P. I actualy like the updates, but if they are fake, I might have to cry myself to sleep QQ. If these updates come to pass, I will begin to start playin PvP/PvE a lot more, rather than just standing in my GH all day talking to members :P. I am thoroughly looking forward to these. And talking about EC ..... :P }{Ipo™}{ 21:53, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
..... How is Expert's Dexterity a NERF? And you did it again :( --Gimmethegepgun 21:54, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
ED is only really good for its IAS, which sucks. Spreading DW was what IJaFW was good for, otherwise it's just like RC, but faster recharging (although energy heavy if you're dumb with it), can't be interrupted, but also doesn't heal. Order of Undeath could be used for some different minion bombing or even a Dwayna's Sorrow spike heal (use Shambling/Jagged Horrors+Jagged Bones on another party member). The Xinrae's are also kind of weird with the Weapon of Remedy/Vengeful skills. ــѕт.мıкε 21:55, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Did anyone else notice how bad Izzy (or whoever the poster is) is with his grammar? lol ــѕт.мıкε 21:57, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
ED is completely changed from what this says, so you can't really call it a nerf. And it's definitely WAY better than the current one --Gimmethegepgun 21:59, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
@Mike, Enlgish isn't Izzy's native language IIRC
Wow, MoM looks great. Triple Ele spike, with only 1 ele? And again Gimme, i'm sorry, but I just got triple EC'ed so I know how u feel :P.And yet another EC for my records. }{Ipo™}{ 22:01, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Lyssa's Aura=WIN.--Gigathrash sig G.jpgìğá†ħŕášħ 22:04, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Indeed master of magic seems overpowered to me :/ floWenoL (Talk to me) 22:07, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Quick! Stock up on Prismatic Insignias before the update hits! --Gimmethegepgun 22:08, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Well im gonna fully abuse MoM before Izzy realises what he's done then nerfs it back into oblivion. Wow Gimme, you managed to get a comment before i EC'ed you, and no EC for me :P. }{Ipo™}{ 22:09, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
You'll want to take Glyph of Elemental Power, though, because 12 is pretty low. It means you can invest into a secondary for a couple buffs, if you're careful with the end effect. ــѕт.мıкε 22:12, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
I'll get the staple gun, a couple of boxes of staples, MoM, and Shatter Enchantment --Gimmethegepgun 22:12, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
And oh geez, it has no scaling on it, so everyone WATCH OUT FOR THE MESMERS! --Gimmethegepgun 22:14, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
And thus the rise of the mesmer comes to beat the living out of every other class. That is until the smiting monk makes it's appearance...oh wait...never mind, that will never happen. Sorry for wasting your time.-- 22:27, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Pain of disenchantment will now be used for rainbow spikes.-- 22:31, 7 August 2008 (UTC) Thunderclap would be cool as an AoE spell. Kinda like Searing Heat only a lighting spell with armor penetration. Perhaps an additional effect of some kind as well.-- 22:34, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Onslaught looks too much like Whirling Charge, tbh. I don't think those will be the final changes, because people were commenting on them, and some of them are kind of dumb. XD ــѕт.мıкε 22:38, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
And it seems only Elite skills are being updated. :/ ــѕт.мıкε 22:42, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Maybe regs will be updated after these are implemented? }{Ipo™}{ 22:44, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Anyone else having connection issues at the moment? Maybe update time? All the connection tests worked fine, I can not login on 2 different internet connections.Noggieca sig.pngNoggieca 23:16, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

I connected fine, must just be you. }{Ipo™}{ 23:20, 7 August 2008 (UTC)


--Gimmethegepgun 23:51, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

YAY!!! Time 2 experiment b4 i head off to bed :P }{Ipo™}{ 23:52, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
URSAN NERF! let the sh*t hit the fan! --MLegion 23:55, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Im sad :(, Glyph of Elemental Power doesnt stack with MoM :( and MoM sets your attributes to 12 (no matter of runes), like Journey to the North or w.e a while back for eotn }{Ipo™}{ 00:02, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Ah, good, they made MoM scale with Energy Storage, at least Mesmers won't be running around in god mode with it --Gimmethegepgun 00:03, 8 August 2008 (UTC) now has the updates, can someone who's wiki savvy copy them over to here? --MLegion 00:06, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Ebon Sniper does 800 damage. Nice. It's not a typo either. Zefirsig.jpgGod Zefir 00:06, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Ursan nerf didn't change anything don't get excited. Slight damage reduction (because half is now "slashing") and removal of the slight edge some professions had in Ursan (like wars). I am unimpressed. 00:11, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Best. Update. Ever. Might actually go back to PvE with my sin and screw around with Crit Defence/Agility AND Way of the Assassin just for the sheer fun of it :D. Also to anon, dont forget the new time limit, bye-bye infinte ursan. Damn EC. }{Ipo™}{ 00:14, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
What time limit? There is no countdown fact when I just went on to test it before posting here I still had 4 pip energy regen rather than the typical static GG anet if anything the skill is better not worse. Just checked again and nevermind. 00:16, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
So when does the ursan nerf patch come out? This wasn't it. Quizzical 00:18, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
"You lose all effects and take on the aspect of the bear (60 seconds)." That time limit }{Ipo™}{ 00:19, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
So basically, you can only be ursan permanently while in combat, and have to be non-ursan part of the time while out of combat. That's not a nerf. Quizzical 00:19, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
This raises another interesting possiblity...since it reads like it purges everything does it wipe out consumable effects when you enter Ursan? If so its totally dead as a tactic. 00:20, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Wouldnt think so, but I have no idea. Since cons cant be removed at all, other than time, they wouldnt update 1 skill to remove cons.Also, 60 secs recharge would slow things down a lot, but I do agree that it wasnt much of a nerf, but they wouldnt nerf it into oblivion, and they believe that this is a suitable replacement. It has some advantages. This will slow down all ursans group, and what could be cleared in1hr 30 mins, will now take 3 hrs due to the recharge of ursan. }{Ipo™}{ 00:22, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
If it doesn't, then bug report it. I hope it does, as that would at least make people pick ursanway or consumables, rather than both. Apart from that, it looks like the main nerf is that your vanilla attack will do less damage while you're in Ursan, since you won't meet the attribute requirement for it. Quizzical 00:23, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

<reset indent> it does not strip...poo :( 00:24, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

...well THAT was a random crazy update...I wasn't expecting any of this. Kyroth Vyzaltar 00:29, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Another possibility for a hidden nerf is if the 100 armor is some fixed amount, and can't be increased by other skills. It would probably be good if someone tests that. Quizzical 00:30, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
i'm happy with this update, however i know many ursans will want to disagree with me that their beloved ursanway go bye-bye. MoM is a nice elite now, too bad glyph of elemental power won't stack :P. According to Anet, 16 in all 4 elements (4 sups ftw) is bad, very bad. Re Quizzical: i'm gonna go out on a limb here and suspect Anet has covered all the bases with this update, as they have completely removed the whole extra energy for some classes. }{Ipo™}{ 00:36, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
They removed the extra energy that some classes get for ursan while making that energy not matter at all. It's like saying, necromancers will no longer get extra energy from soul reaping; instead, soul reaping will make all necromancer skills now cost only 1 energy. That would hardly be a nerf for the class. Quizzical 00:42, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm just saying that if this 100 armor can be increased by the players armor, then wars/paras obviously have an advantage over squishy ursans. But, due to anet removing the whole soul reaping/energy storage from necros and eles, i would think that this 100 armor cannot be increased by either a classes armor (due to wars and paras having the highest rating for armor) or shouts or anything else. This is why i believe that the soul reaping/energy storage was removed to make ursan balanced. }{Ipo™}{ 00:51, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
A shield should still add +8 though. Felix Omni Signature.png 00:53, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
lol, we can all get shields, the real trick is gettin a monk with 80 base armor :P. }{Ipo™}{ 00:55, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
If a shield still adds armor, then it's not setting your armor to 100, so that change would be more of a buff than the update page states.
As stated on the ursan talk page, someone said that "It doesn't add more health and armor.... you armor is set too 100 and you get 800 health." I'm not saying this is correct/incorrect, just saying that this seems like a decent "trade" the extra-energy gain from attributes for their high base armor. }{Ipo™}{ 01:18, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
If you'd have had 90 armor and 730 health with ursan before, and now you have 100 armor and 800 health, do you not have more than you had before? Quizzical 01:22, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
And why are you going on about energy so repeatedly? Energy doesn't matter a bit while you're in ursan form. Your energy is removed once the form ends, is it not? Quizzical 01:24, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Actually, now that I look at it, the new skill description under "functionality changed to" no longer mentions losing all energy when it ends. If that's the case, this is a huge buff of what was previously a game-breakingly overpowered skill. I hope that's just an omission in the release notes. Quizzical 01:29, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Energy is being repeated so much because before this update, your energy remained the same. Eles had a lot longer 2 wait before their energy got to 0 and necros would recieve energy whenever something died (which happens a lot in ursanway). Paras also got energy from ursan roar. You fail to realise that energy is an important factor in ursan (more energy = longer from in ursan). "You have +10...20 armor and +100...200 maximum Health.". The armor level is the same for paras/wars (80+20=100)and it was possible to have way more than 800 health before this update (weapons/runes/insignias). So yes, the armor is increased for casters, but ele/necro energy management is taken out to balance this boost in armor. Health can be an buff or a nerf, depending on how you played ursan (i.e pumped full of runes to maximize your primary attribute or maybe a weapon attribute or no sup runes and just vitae and vigor with a +60 staff or +30/+30 sword/shield combo). So, the only "buff" I see in this is the armor for casters, but they also paid tha price (well 2 of them did anyways). }{Ipo™}{ 01:35, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

<reset indent>Soulreap/E-Storage didn't provide a huge benefit under Ursan, high base AR classes did, or didn't you guys wonder why as an additional party discrimination they all began to request high rank wars? Now that everyone gets a 100 base its less discriminatory on armor, energy has been completely removed from the equation as it no longer is the "timer". If anything in many ways this is an improvement over the original with a slight damage reduction and easily worked around "nerfs". A typical caster can hit into the 50's with ease, so who is going to last longer under a potential energy draining situation...a 50 something energy caster with 100AR or a 20 something energy warrior with 100AR if 0 energy sends you out of Ursan still. 01:38, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

But, with ursan on thats + armor for casters. At higher levels , they are getting closer to war/para armor, witch is good enough for basic tanking. So with this + armor gets them playing with the big boys with lots of armor. People generally look for rank 6 ursans. That was +16 armor, and thats is only 4 armor away from war/para armor rating. People looking for war/para only ursans are too stupid to realise the + armor helps and gives csters a slight advantage. Also, whats to say that the warriors havent got max armor, or the caster has got 6 Stalwart insignias on? }{Ipo™}{ 01:51, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
You'll have to show me how to put on 6 stalwarts...I'm teasing you. You are right yes, but what they have done is remove variability which to my mind makes this easier than ever. The only thing they really have to worry about now is chording their UB when under extreme pressure so half the party doesn't drop out at the same time outpacing the monks ability to keep them alive. You are still giving people the ability to do 113 spammable damage vs. a 100AR target (instead of the old 150) which is a massive advantage from a single skill. 01:56, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeh, this does give casters(aka squishes) the chance to play with the big boys. And yes, they will have to coordinate their UB. A monk's worse nightmare is 6/8 players dieing in less that 10 secs :P. That is why farming, which used to take 1hr 30 mins, will now take 3hrs due to recovery time. I believe the sorted out this issue well, as not too many players will moan, as they got some sort of bonus (well casters did anyways), but now they actually have to do something other than spamming 1,2,3,1,2,1,2,3 etc. Hopefully people will start to drift from ursan and my ele/necro/monk will start getting back into the swing of 5-man UW/FoW. I'm glad that they "nerfed" this. I believe that people will be annoyed that eles/necros/para have a sort of energy bonus over everyone else and revert back to farming using their wits and skill. Anyways, i'm going to bed, said I would when the update was released :P. }{Ipo™}{ 02:03, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
So is Defiant was Xinrae the new prot spirit or will we be seeing the 300hp spirit bonder? --MLegion 02:05, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
300 bonder would be fun 2 see :P. (ok now im really going to bed) }{Ipo™}{ 02:07, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

As an ele with prismatic insignias and a defense mod on a sword with a shield for 93 base armor before ursan, then with ursan making it 113 ac along with the old energy system and a zealous mod on your sword, this is a huge nerf for eles that knew what they were doing. I'm happy they nerfed it tho, needed doing (zeta eridani)

PvE skill buffs[]

It isn't immediately obvious from reading the page what the PvE skill changes are. Most of them leave the max rank skill unchanged, and merely make lower ranks of it have an effect nearer to the max rank. Dwarven Stability probably does this, too, as an "increased health gain" to a skill that didn't previously have a health gain doesn't make a bit of sense.

Some skills got pretty unequivocally buffed, in that in addition to the lower ranks now being closer in effect to the top rank, the top rank is also clearly stronger. The list of these is:

  1. Asuran Scan
  2. "Don't Trip!"
  3. Ear Bite
  4. Snow Storm
  5. Ebon Escape
  6. Ebon Vanguard Sniper Support

Regarding the last of those, I'm hoping that the +900 damage was a typo, with an extraneous zero added. If not, we may have a brand new game-breakingly overpowered skill.

Some other skills got changes that made some portions stronger and others weaker. The list of these is:

  1. Feel No Pain
  2. Lightbringer Signet
  3. Technobabble
  4. Ursan Blessing
  5. Raven Blessing
  6. Volfen Blessing

I'd argue that Technobabble is pretty clearly stronger. The main change to Lightbringer Signet is making it not elite, though the adrenaline gain at high ranks was also nerfed. The rest are debatable whether they make the skill on net stronger or weaker. Quizzical 01:21, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Feel No Pain was nerfed, I used it for running before. It's maintainable now, but unnecessarily so. Felix Omni Signature.png 01:23, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
can i say that glass arrows, brutal weapon, and asura scan - OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! Roland Cyerni 01:26, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Sniper support is supposed to be a head shot... god i love ANET :) Roland Cyerni 01:28, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Snowstorm wasnt updated ^, and the mesmer and elementalist hero updates are the same :) gg ANET, talking to myself.... Roland Cyerni 01:35, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
The 900 is not a typo and its actually 990 vs. a 60AR target, 700 vs. an 80 and so on and so forth. 10% chance so its relatively low but if it connects you get an interesting quote on your screen. 03:37, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Accodring to the Dev Update page on the official wiki, the PVE skills got a boost at the lower end of the ranks so that they had a bit more impact earlier on without having to grind up to higher levels. Basically their lowest level damage is the same as rank 3-4 pre-update. It won't have any effect on those who have already maxxed out their titles--BeeD 09:13, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Pain of Disenchantment[]

No one else goin nuts over this? 3 enchants, 100 health from target and adjacent. So not only does it kill a monk's defenses, it cuts a large chunk from their health. PoD >>> Corrupt Ench--GerrOh! 01:43, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

I prefered the old one, slap this on a bonded opponent/derv/55/terra-tank and gaze of contempt them.Yes, this has life-stealing, but I still miss the old 1. }{Ipo™}{ 01:53, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
It does not have life stealing. Felix Omni Signature.png 02:24, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Whoops my mistake, meant life loss, not just reg damage. }{Ipo™}{ 02:34, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Actually, i was playin with it, unfortunately it is regular dmg--GerrOh! 06:33, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

functionality changed to... just give us new skills[]

There comes a point where the number of "functionality changed to..."'s become a bit excessive. But they're ONLY at 40-something skill changes (is 50 that magic number?). Maybe we need something new to buy for GW1, like a chapter, expansion, or skill pack. I know they changed functionality of a number of underused skills, but there were some major changes. Surprised to not see "Icon changed to...".

So now, not only is there the difference on PvE vs PvP skills to remember, but they completely change the concept of what a skill does too in many cases. Certain changes are neat, I'll give them that. But this becomes a bit much for some to keep track of. With the PvE and PvP differences it was easy... just gave up on one of those categories of play. Nothing you can do to manage this info but always assume you have no clue what the general concept of each skill is. Yet for some reason I think it's easy to remember one version of new skills no matter how many there are. --Mooseyfate 02:20, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

There are so many new build possibilities! I'm gonna go build crazy!-- 02:48, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Umm... only 3 changes are a PvE/PvP Split: UAura, SBond and WoW. And having Less usable skills is always better then more skills, but only some of them usable. If a skill is unused, why not change it? You won't miss it, and it's like you got something totally new. — Poki#3 My Talk Page :o, 03:05, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm kind of glad they change the not so frequently used skills to something new, instead of the constant rebalancing Ninjasks89 04:17, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

OK, Izzy has crossed the line imo[]

Most of this stuff I'm ok with (Ursan mini-nerf, Defy Pain buff, etc)... But nerfing Inced Arrows?! Can someone who plays more halls than I do explain how this fubar'd the meta? Considering I avoid the halls like it was an AIDS-ridden pool, I know naught about it and what was used there. Now that it has no interrupt capability, its useless to me! I used to love this skill with Dwarven Stability and Serpent's Quickness. Throw in a Poison Tip Signet, and this skill was gold! Now, it's crap... Izzy, please, step down and let someone who looks at more than just the bloody HALLS to determine "to nerf, or not to nerf." Ach mein gotte! RHSig.jpg talk 03:23, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

No AoE is bad in PvE, that's why it was changed. OoU and Battle Rage took bigger hits, imo. ــѕт.мıкε 03:25, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Battle Rage got a buff, imo. Now you don't lose all adrenaline when it ends. If you use a non-adrenal skill, you can still have the adrenaline to just start it up again. Then again, I haven't actually played with it yet. But I certainly intend to. :-) --Aubee91 13:36, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
It's not a nerf when it is completely changed in pretty much all respects. That's a change. Try throwing on Choking Gas or something, this doesn't remove preps like Barrage or Volley --Gimmethegepgun 03:29, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Change, nerf, whatever you want to call it, it still kills the skill's main use: A source of burning and interruption. They could've easily replaced the burning with AoE fire damage, like Ignite Arrows, but they changed it completely except for the burning! I still think, for all his crimes against the GW community as a whole, Izzy should be taken from his home, arrested, and thrown into Guantanamo Bay as a terrorist. RHSig.jpg talk 03:51, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm with RH on this one, and i agree that OoU got destroyed. That thing is absolutely useless now. One minion, whoopty fuckin doo. OoU with 10 bone fiends meant dead mob, if used right. Now it means dead minions. And "If it's not elite", is that really necessary? OoU is elite, so it'd be hard as hell to get a Flesh Golem with it.--GerrOh! 06:36, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
The OoU change isn't that bad. You can use it for bombing and stuffz76.182.200.38 08:22, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
It now allows Primary necros the ability to do an instant death nova nuke without a timer, unlike the previous one that relied on Signet of Creation which had a 30s timer, by which time the fight should have finished. --BeeD 09:05, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm actually pleased with the I Arrows. How many times, as Gimme said, can you place choking gas (or any other prep) on volley/barrage. This is burning arrow + barrage/volley + any other prep you want. Splinter should be fun now. Im still undecided with OoU. I never used it, but from what I read, it seems ok, and can maybe work on celestial horrors, but that is unknown at this time. Overall, I like the updates, it has rekindled my love of some of the classes. }{Ipo™}{ 13:46, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

He made a bad skill do something else, but didn't change its badness. He's not making you any less effective. If you were concerned about that in the first place, though, you'd be running barrage/splinter or something similar. -Auron 13:55, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

To be honest, pre-update, the only time I ever used I Arrows was when I capped it (but even then, I had Practiced Stance). However, now, I can see myself running this. Barrage is good enough, but if you were able to add preps to that, then your sorted. This deals a condition and allows other conditions to be added through the use of preps. If anyone is saying this is a bad update, then what did they think of the older version? Recharge was longer than duration. It could only be kept up using serpents quickness or practiced stance. This is the a great update and I salute Izzy. (N.B I only ran splinter barrage for duncan and when it first came out) }{Ipo™}{ 14:04, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Actually, this skill wasn't bad at all, it served a very important purpose, interruption with every successful hit. The burning, imo, was an added bonus. Granted, it only hit one target, but it allowed you to prevent most any action an enemy caster would attempt. Throw in a Savage Shot for good measure, and you would have the ability to rip casters apart, especially over-confident nukers. To balance it out, however, they made it so you would need something like SQ or QZ (or both) to cut down the recharge so it could be kept up a decent amount of the time. It, when used correctly, would mean a highly localized shitstorm for the enemy back/midline. RHSig.jpg talk 12:09, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
Actually, you'd be a stationary turret vulnerable to anything thrown at you if you want to interrupt. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 12:12, 9 August 2008 (UTC)


It is COMPLETELY impossible to play anything right now, 2 seconds or so of LAG and a rubberband every 5 seconds --Gimmethegepgun 03:39, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, but that's prolly because I'm downloading Buffy and have 2 GW clients running + am surfing through the net on my 7 year old pc ^^ Didn't expect it to affect your pc as well (lol) :P --Birchwooda Treehug 04:16, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Ecto price and larger updates[]

How come just right after this update the ecto price was 5.5k at the trader again (without any steps between its low price before)? Same happened after the last underworld/shadow form nerf (the shadowform buff before ruined the ecto price and it never recovered from that). It raised to 5.5k then too just to drop again a little later. I thought it was because of the uw sf farm nerf but now it happened again. Is there something like a trader reset for it? I can assure that there were no panic buyings because I offered my ectos for 4.9k and they sold badly, so this must be related to the update. 2-3h later the price started dropping again (as expected, since there was no real reason for it to raise anyway). Weird. Explanations? --Birchwooda Treehug 04:23, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Market speculators, they aren't just in oil! XD 04:47, 8 August 2008 (UTC)


Order of Undeath update FAILED, but Paragon elite changes are good, A N D Reapers become invulnerable when all quests are done. F I N A L L Y. -->Suicidal Tendencie 11:17, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

I think the OoU change is interesting, you could trigger one massive spike if you get the time needed to set it up...definitely a more PvE viable strategy than PvP but you never know... 14:45, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Aggressive Heros???[]

Has anyone else noticed that after this update your heros and henchmen (its mainly the warriors i think) aggro mobs that are only NEAR the aggro bubble? even if you dont aggro the mob, if you just get near it the h/h start attacking it. Shogankiller 14:58, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Maybe the heroes/hench aggro the mob, but their reaction times have increased, so it looks like the aggro mobs for no reason? }{Ipo™}{ 15:03, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
The update before this one was meant to improve Hero and Henchmen AI, mebbe there were some nerfs, too? XD ــѕт.мıкε 15:07, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
As im typing this my heros have just finished walking into a mob on there own, Olias and Vekk just agroed on a mob that was a good way out of the agro bubble and without me pinging :[ --Veyka 15:12, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
My heroes have been doing this too, it got us kicked out of The Deep at Kanaxai. I'm rather put off. Felix Omni Signature.png 15:16, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Noticed the same thing. Was playing a dungeon in EotN and was over half an aggro bubble away from the next mob when Talon Silverwing gets it into his head to charge ahead without the rest of the party and ruined the next pull I was planning. Shadowlance 16:31, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
That bastardly bird-brain. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:50, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Skills Quick References[]

will have to be updated because some skills were moved attributes (Aura of Faith, the Xinrae's...?) I'm too lazy to do it myself, though. >.> ــѕт.мıкε 16:35, 8 August 2008 (UTC)


THIS SHIT IS RETARDED.Mr Prash 18:24, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

nou --Gimmethegepgun 18:25, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Hello there valued contributor! Unfortunately, I'm not certain what you're trying to say. Several of the updates will have annoyed the less pro among the community (The Ursan Blessing Nerf), but I'm not certain what you're referring to. Have a nice day! :) —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 18:26, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
The first of many angry ursans? I think this is one of the better updates GW has ever had, but then again, im a regular non-ursan. }{Ipo™}{ 18:27, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I've only ever used Ursan for the quests to receive it. I've played the Imbagon in an Ursan group once, however. ــѕт.мıкε 18:35, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Closest ive got to using it, is gettin it as a reward (although im rank 9 from no ursanway groups :P). Hopefully more people will be annoyed and come back to 5 man farmin. My monk might actually get 2 be bonder again :P. }{Ipo™}{ 18:38, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Heh, I luve the Ursan change. My necro might have a chance to get into a UW-clear for once... I mean, really, all it did was make all classes equal when using Ursan. Whoopty-doo! End of the world! RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 19:40, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
WTF is that guy talking about? Complaining about this update is retarded. Just enjoy the last best months of Guild Wars 1.Ereanorsign.jpgreanor 20:13, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Actually I agree with the guy. This is retarded. Some of the changes appear quite good, and some seem dumb at first sight. I have to try them all out before forming an opinion on them. However, this updated should have been intelligently done in a couple of steps. There are some radical changes here - too many of them to hit all at once. Most players play the game to have fun. Spending hours trying figure out what has changed and how it affects their play is not in it. Also, I can't help but note that you are all trying to express yourselves as some kind of GW elite or "pro's" as May put it. I think that's pretty pathetic, and it's the reason I very quickly decided not to be active in this community. You are no better than anybody else.... Havoc (Talk|Contribs) 20:46, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
How did you reach the conclusion that we see ourselves as pros. We are just expressing our joy/relief watever, that Ursan has been "balanced" and at the rest of the updates. If expressing your beliefs and joy makes us all seem as though we believe we are pros, then all of GW has beliefs and differing feelings towards this update, so are they all pros as well? }{Ipo™}{ 20:59, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Joy? hahah. Not for me. Come on, IAS in the Assassin line, which happens to increase your Energy gain and damage, all in one packet. Assassins are a broken concept, and to give them IAS in their profession was plain RETARDED, as per Mr Prash.
VoD completely got removed. Mehhhh. First revision of VoD was the best imo. Just -25% max hp and +25% domage.
And the most fun skill in the game became a bad, dupe, with a 3-second-delayed rez, which is not only clunky (random, delayed), but also exploitable (lol Deep).
BIG FUCKING DOMAGE that doesn't stack with anything else you plan to toss at that foe. Craaaaapppppppp...!!!!!11111
I find this rather retarded, yes. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 21:12, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
So theres no change that you were happy with? If you say no, your obviously just saying it for an arguement. I am happy with about 85%-90% of this update, but everyone must have liked 1 thing with this update. }{Ipo™}{ 21:20, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Golden Skull Strike perhaps. Zealous Vow = wtf? Not needed. WS > ZVow any day, any build. MoM is for Tank Eles (say hello to Prismatic Insig and 9 Tactics for a shield, base 96 armor on a squishy), but could be fun. Air of Disenchantment is very interesting, since it should let Enchantments end 3 times sooner than they're applied (Izzy is horrible at English). Recasting Extend Conditions will interrupt everyone affected by it, when used with Daze. EPIC LULZ. SoM = braindead, yay. Visions of Regret is worth a damn now. Not much about Monk. Necro got assraped with bad changes. Life Transfer is still meh, Vamp Spirit is shit, OoU is only for Minion Bombing, and that's meh. IJAFW got uberbuffed olol. Soldier's Fury is even hotter now, like. Ranger: Not much to say, besides "epic /care". Ritu is just weird, dunno.... Warrior: yes, yes, yes, yes. Good.
That's what I'm happy about, or what I don't see the point in. Sorry for the mess. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 21:29, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

(reseting indent)Well there you go. They made you happy ie they made you joyful. Theres your joy right there. Self-contradiction is bad :P. }{Ipo™}{ 21:34, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Still, the most important things are the things used: the imba-ness. That which makes me /ragequit. And most skills are gimmicky at best. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 21:36, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
And Way of the Assassin got way overbuffed --Gimmethegepgun 21:38, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Well gimmicky is always fun for Pve :P, but im guessing that in the coming months, many will have a PvE/PvP split. Until that time, however, I will use and abuse the "half-decent" skills for as long as i can :P.Damn EC (payback for the other day Gimme :P). but yeh , Way of the Assassin was overbuffed. }{Ipo™}{ 21:41, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

There it goes[]

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand nerfed way of the assassin just this second, fuck you izzy again.

19% IAS at 14 Crit now......fucking crap. -- 00:24, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
I thought Assassins are "supposed" to wield daggers... /endsarcasm RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 00:36, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
Kinda shoots down my crit bowasin build, which utilized this elite for quite some time now. Crit Agil still > this Ias either way. -- Isk8.png I~sk8 (T/C) 00:39, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh cry, it was overbuffed surely you didnt think that it would stay that way BeeD 00:40, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
OMFG DONT!!!!!!!!! give me that shit "it was overbuffed" of course it was EVEN I KNOW THAT - AND I WAS FINE WITH 19% BUT WHAT THE HELL!!!!! When I read the "while wielding Daggers" part after noticing that I wasnt attacking faster anymore with my weapon, ENDLESS RAGE CAME UP IN ME: ITS SOOOOO TYPICAL ISAIAH CARTWRIGHT, he buffs a skill a little too strong, then NERFS IT TOTALLY INTO THE GROUND INTO USELESSNESS!

or that puny 19% of 1.33 faster!?!? It is absolutely WORSE than before and useless, TY-PI-CAL IZZY!The preceding unsigned comment was added by (contribs) 00:42, 9 August 2008 (UTC).

The OP is actually right...this skill IS worse than it was to begin with, the IAS benefit is a small token to offset weapon conditionality. Had they left the IAS buff alone it would probably be better. I just think its hilarious they actually release skills like this only to revert immediately...its like here you go guys IDDQD ohhh wait...I changed my mind revert cause we don't ever actually playtest shit XD. One other thought, if they want to discourage cross profession weapon mastery ala crit (which it sure seems they do) just make Way of the Master and Way of the Assassin both stances that way you can't stack the effects and need to sacrifice your elite for the IAS bonus (no weapon type restriction). 01:40, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
WotA was freakishly imba with 35% IAS and Crit chance for every fucking weapon. An A/R could basically lock down a Monk by spamming 90 damage shots. Don't be ignorant. It was overbuffed.
Another fine example were A/Ps, spamming Vicious Attack like fuck and dealing a steady stream of 90 DPS. The only way to stop em is to gimp your whole team into just getting WotA down. But that's all you'll accomplish, and you'll still be raped by anything else they brought.
A/Ds were stupid too. Assassin's Remedy made sure Deep Wound spamming was without downsides. And since the enemies cant do shit against you, this is a 100% certain 50%-slow snare. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 09:56, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
I honestly can't believe how many stupid people play GW. Lord of all tyria 11:20, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
I agree Lord, you wanna rape that OMGIMBA assassin? Empathy, Insidious Parasite, blindness. kthxbye. There's a counter to everything, but instead of searching for it you scream NERF ASSAS THEY DO WHAT THEY WERE DESIGNED TO DO THEY SPIKE ME Q_Q
Blind doesn't work. Assa's Remedy. Also, hexes can be removed with easy, but are expensive.
And, how many Warriors, Monks, Eles, Rangers, Paras, Dervishes etc do you see with Empathy and IP? --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 13:40, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
Hey Viper, normally I'm with you buddy but flipping your shit on the OP just ain't right here. There was nothing about this that couldn't be countered by popping off the stance and/or stripping the enchants off. To get that 35% IAS buff the sin had to max out crit. This elite did get overbuffed but now its worse than before, Flashing Blades or even Locust's Fury owns WotA. 15:52, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
You are so right Also, ever heard about 8-slot limitation? 2-class limitation? I wanna see how you remove hexes on your A/P or A/D easily...for that, A/Mo is needed which can only use daggers anyways. And assassin's remedy costs 10e and takes up yet another skillslot, where you already need WotA, Critical Defenses, 1-2 selfheals, 1 rez, 3-4 atk skills and way of the master.
I'm still thinking about an assassin stupid enough to spam attacks through punish on hit hexes with WotA or Locust's would be like squeezing your arm when a mosquito is biting you XD 20:30, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
Squeezing the area around where a mosquito is biting you makes it explode from the pressure --Gimmethegepgun 18:53, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Skill set updates[]

So apparently a couple of bosses now have skillsets that can actually work with the new Glimmering Mark. So, uh... --Gimmethegepgun 06:30, 9 August 2008 (UTC)


new hero ai sucks. I'm doing pogahn passage mission, and I'm trying to follow Dunkoro's "Hide behind the waterfall" suggestion. Standing there, heroes are standing with me, la de la de-- and then dunkoro runs how and.. starts wanding the corsairs we're supposed to be avoiding. And he's set on avoid combat. Wtf? —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 22:25, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

Heroes will now give up on targets that exit their combat range instead of staying locked in pursuit, if what you say is true my dreams of my heroes to stop devonaing is crushed.. 19:49, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Yeah seriously wtf, a waterfall in pogahn passage?-- 00:27, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

I think he was actually doing Moddok Crevice. Rsz PLSig.jpg 00:29, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
Also, with the new VoR, Jotun are completely lame to deal with using H/H, because they're too retarded and kill themselves through it --Gimmethegepgun 00:33, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Isle of nameless pvp version[]

At the bottom of update notes it mentions a pvp version of the isle of nameless, and a master of the isle. neither have an article...I imagine this is cause everyone is distracted with the skill updates but is there any info on this at all?.-- 02:25, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Ran a quick test myself. Entering gives you the pvp version of all your skills and removes any pve only skills upon entering. Should probably make an article for master of the isle and update isle of nameless for this.-- 02:25, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Be bold. You can make the article yourself. — Poki#3 My Talk Page :o, 13:49, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

August 7th update[]

Is it just me or was this update the largest skill change in guild wars history? 15:26, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

It's just you. --- Ohaider!-- (s)talkpage 16:37, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
As far as functional changes, I believe it was. (GW-Kiron 17:39, 11 August 2008 (UTC))


Does anyone else think it's time to archive this monster? O_o I'm not sure how to do it this fancy way... RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.jpg 17:52, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

I'll do it.--Gigathrash sig G.jpgìğá†ħŕášħ 19:00, 11 August 2008 (UTC)