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Guild Wars 2 Stronghold PvP Public Beta Now Live

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By rogerDate: Jun 02 2015 Views:

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ArenaNet has kicked off a new Stronghold public beta event today at 12PM Pacific, which will run a full 24 hours through to 12PM Pacific tomorrow (19:00 UTC).

Guild Wars 2 Stronghold PvP Public Beta

This stronghold test includes several additions and tweaks from its first run, including map changes, adjustments to the rules, stronger guards, and even a "devastating" new attack by the stronghold’s lord.

Map Changes

  • A number of crates/boxes have been added inside the strongholds around the lord gate to provide opportunities for line-of-sighting.
  • Made a number of terrain changes.
  • Realigned the trebuchets to be able to hit the "Mist Essence" summoning areas.

Lord Updates

  • You can no longer resurrect the lord after the match ends.
  • You can no longer kill the enemy lord after the match ends.
  • When an opposing team’s lord is defeated, the winning team’s lord will now celebrate the victory with a cheer.
  • New skill: The lord will now execute an attack that pulls nearby enemies in, knocks them down, and then does a devastating 360 degree spin. Don’t let it hit you.

Lord Room Defending NPCs

  • The locations for the defending NPCs in each stronghold are now identical.
  • The defending NPCs in each stronghold have had their health increased by 10%.

Stronghold Guards

  • One set of guards (between the inner and outer gate) have been removed for a total of 4 guards.

Mist Essence

  • Mist Champions now spawn at the following minute marks: 12:00, 9:00, 6:00, and 3:00.
  • The 12:00 Mist Essence will now spawn nearest to the side that is behind on score.

General

  • Defending Npc names have been simplified from archer, soldier, ect. to all be called “Guards”
  • NPCs that cannot be resurrected lose their icon on the map after being defeated
  • The objective icons appear on the mini map upon entering the map, rather than when the match begins.
  • Trebuchets has been adjusted to make hitting important objectives easier
  • Red-side doorbreakers can no longer be summoned before dropping down from spawn.
  • Players holding max (2) supply can no longer pick up player dropped supply.
  • Players will drop any supply they were carrying when they are defeated
    This means that if you have 2 supply and die you will drop 2 supply!

A 16-team tournament will be running during this test as well, with players competing for a coveted mini llama and gem codes. The stronghold PvP map will be but one of many features coming with this year’s Heart of Thorns expansion pack. ArenaNet will also be broadcasting tournaments for both NA and EU today, beginning at 12:30pm Pacific (19:30 UTC) at their official Twitch channel.

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