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Guild Wars 2 Guru: Current Trait Unlock system will be removed in Heart of Thorns

Taoiseach de na Arach Glas
Taoiseach de na Arach Glas
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Posted On: 01/26/2015 at 10:17 AM
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Current Trait Unlock system will be removed in Heart of Thorns

Arenanet has just confirmed on their official forums that the current trait unlock system, which requires players to complete specific events or activites to earn them, will be removed in the upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion.  It was also confirmed that other grind/annoyance-based progression systems are being evaluated to be placed in the mastery system.

The mastery system has been confirmed to be account bound, meaning traits will also become account bound.

It has also been confirmed that masteries will be removing some other RNG/grind based system, including the acquisition of a precursor weapon.

Now that the HOT is out of the bag, we’re able to update this thread with more details. With the introduction of the new account based mastery system for end-game progression and growth in PvE, we’ll also be re-evaluating our other systems of character progression to ensure they match our over-all pillars and goals for Gw2.

In doing so: we’re going to be removing the current trait unlocking system currently on live and replacing it with a more simplified system that supports where skills-traits-specializations are going in the future. We’ll go into more details between now and the release of HOT on how skills, traits, and specializations will work in the new Gw2 world.

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Banlaoch de na Iomproidh Dubh
Banlaoch de na Iomproidh Dubh
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Replied On: 01/27/2015 at 02:37 AM PST
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This news is such a relief, I liked the idea of earning the traits, but the last implementation was at best tedious and at worst irrelevant to the trait that you were trying to unlock. It was also costly in gold and well as skill points. The account bound traiting systems looks good in print, however I will reserve judgment until we see how they actually work with the game. Hopefully it won't include spending so many skill points to purchase the traits.

I am also looking forward to seeing what the new acquisition of precursors looks like it game. Any hints of if they are going to be adding new weapons or just revamping the system? I have my fingers crossed for the former.

I am glad to see so many people joining us, or coming back to the game, and more specifically to our beloved server.


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Laoch de na Iolair Dearg
Laoch de na Iolair Dearg
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Replied On: 01/27/2015 at 11:07 AM PST
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Glory Hallelujah!  Buh-bye tedious system that punishes new players!

Aoibheann - about your precursor questions, here's what we know so far:

  • A new method of obtaining precursors will be available via Masteries.  You can spend your mastery points to unlock a collection that will reward a precursor.  Sounds like a lot of travel/questing will be requred to complete the collection.
  • Yes, brand new precursors will be added!

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