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  1. Screenshot Reenactment Challenge - February 2018

    Since there have been some questions about this, I'll clarify the intention of the prize We are talking about normal, craft-able ascended items - not precursors or special skins. The intention of the prize as stated was to give the winner something useful, thus it is focused on the functionality
  2. If you have never raided before, this is a good place to start at We'll try to familiarize ourselves with the mechanics of the first raid encounter, the Vale Guardian. Since this is an introduction we cannot promise that we will clear the encounter, but we will at least be able to provide some insight into what type of content to expect in raids. You don't need any prior experience with raids or the Vale Guardian to join! All mechanics will be explained during the raid. If you are unsure about your character's equipment, check out What kind of gear do I need before I can join raids? in our Q&A section Important! Vale Guardian will follow the person with the highest toughness (the tank). The toughness of our tanks is usually around 1,400. If you have higher toughness than that and can absolutely not lower it, make sure to include that in your signup, so that our tank can prepare to increase their own toughness! Masteries: Blazing Speed Mushrooms can be helpful, but is not required. We will need: 1-2 Chronomancers for Quickness/Alacrity (not necessarily a tank) 1 Standard Bearer Warrior for Empower Allies/Banners 2 Healers (1 Harrier Druid) at least 1 Condition DPS any DPS Remarks: The raid starts at 19:00 CET. We only take experienced tanks to our introductions to ensure that the group will get to see and practice as many of the phases and mechanics as possible. If you are interested in learning to tank, please contact a member of the Raid Team and we will see what we can do, but this is unfortunately not the right place for it. If you have any questions before the raid, you can send me a private message or contact me via Discord!
  3. "All We Can KILL" Run

    Viridian.6015 Anything but Chronomancer & Warrior, I'd prefer Healer. EDIT: Healer please
  4. ''All We Can KILL'' Run

    Viridian.6015 EDIT: Any kind of DPS, please
  5. Bastion of the Penitent

    Viridian.6015 Firebrand Quickness DPS (Mursaat Overseer, Samarog)/Tempest Staff Healer (Cairn)
  6. We'll try to familiarize ourselves with the mechanics of the first three encounters in Bastion of the Penitent: Cairn the Indomitable, Mursaat Overseer and Samarog. Since this is an introduction we cannot promise that we will clear all the encounters, but we will at least be able to provide an overview of the mechanics and the opportunity to practice hopefully all of them You don't need any prior experience with raids or any of the encounters to join. All mechanics will be explained during the raid. The introduction is primarily aimed at raiders, who have never tried these encounters before, but more experienced players are welcome as well Although the first encounter can be a bit overwhelming at first, this raid is a good place to start at for beginners! If you are unsure about your character's equipment, check out What kind of gear do I need before I can join raids? in our Q&A section Masteries: Glider Basics is required to get to the first encounter, you will not be able to participate without it. Rift Forger is useful, but not required. We will need (probably, who knows what that patch on Tuesday will actually do ): 2 Chronomancers for Quickness/Alacrity 1 "Standard Bearer" Warrior for Empower Allies/Banners 1 Harrier Druid for Might/Spirits/Spotter 1 additional Healer any DPS Remarks: The raid starts at 19:30 CET. If you have any questions before the raid, you can send me a private message or contact me via Discord!
  7. January has passed and as we enter into February it's time to unveil our new Monthly Screenshot Reenactment Challenge! But first, we'd like to announce the winner of January's Screenshot Challenge! Congratulations to @llandshark, who won a Mini Karka Hatchling, a Karka Helm Skin and a Southsun Remembrance Package! Enjoy The rules are the same as always: The locations can be on any map, including Heart of Thorns and Path of Fire maps The locations are accessible by running, jumping, gliding and using basic mount abilities (no leaps, Griffon mounts or other tricks required) Cheap tonics or bundle items that can be obtained through the trading post or from vendors in the world may be used Character race / class matching is not a requirement, a 100% match can score you points, but original solutions will also be rewarded Only one entry per person is allowed, in case multiple screenshots were posted we'll judge the first one submitted You have time until February 28th to enter your screenshot We'll be judging the screenshots in two different categories: Recreation: How closely did you match the location and what the people in the picture are doing? This includes emotes, number of players, use of bundle items (if applicable), but also camera angle, field of view, day/night and such! Race / class matching will only be used in the event of a tie. Creativity: If you thought it would be too boring to just recreate a screenshot someone else already made, you can decide to rather work with the theme and hand in some original interpretation! What you can win: We wanted to give away something useful and because of that decided that this month, you can win an Ascended Piece of Armor or an Ascended Weapon of your choice! This is a bit complicated, as ascended items are account bound, so we will supply you with everything you need to craft it yourself. You will however need the appropriate crafting discipline on level 500 and should you choose a stat combination where the insignia/inscription is account bound, you'll need the recipe. But other than that we'll cover all the materials you'll need. And here's our screenshot for February 2018: Who let the Slublings out?!? Good luck and have fun o/
  8. Gorseval the Multifarious

    Viridian.6015 Whatever is needed I'd like you to tank with a Chronomancer ~Nasu
  9. Slothasor

    Viridian.6015 Tempest Staff Healer
  10. Slothasor

    We'll try to familiarize ourselves with the mechanics of the first encounter in Salvation Pass, Slothasor. Since this is an introduction we cannot promise that we will clear the encounter, but we will at least be able to provide an overview of the mechanics and the opportunity to practice You don't need any prior experience with Slothasor to join. All mechanics will be explained during the raid. The introduction is primarily aimed at raiders, who have never tried this encounter before, but more experienced players are welcome as well Slothasor requires a fair amount of situational awareness, so I wouldn't recommend this encounter to first-time raiders. Masteries: None required We will need: 2 Chronomancers for Quickness/Alacrity, 1 "Standard Bearer" for Empower Allies/Banners (Warrior), 1 Harrier Druid for Might/Spirits/Spotter, 1 additional Healer, any DPS Because group stun-breaks are very valuable at this encounter, having a Tempest with Gale Song in each subgroup would be nice. Epidemic can also be extremely useful, so this a good encounter for Necromancers. Remarks: The raid starts at 19:30 CET. If you have any questions before the raid, you can send me a private message or contact me via Discord!
  11. What GW2 Raidar does Unfortunately you cannot argue against something, without at the same time advertising it, so here it goes. GW2 Raidar is a website that analyzes all uploaded arcdps log files and among other things compiles statistics on how popular certain professions at certain encounters are and how well players on average fare when playing those professions. Just to prevent any misunderstandings, I don't have any problems with this part of what the website does. However, I strongly object to the next part. When a member of a squad uploads a log file, GW2 Raidar compiles a statistic for this particular attempt. This is automatically added to the list of encounters the individual squad members have participated in, so in essence automatically shared within the squad. It also at this point creates a link, which can be shared with anyone, even outside the squad. This is something that can't be prevented. What this in essence means is, that any squad member can make this statistic publicly accessible and freely share the data with anyone (GW2 Raidar isn't the only website that creates shareable links like this, but I'll stick to this site in this post). If you don't want just anyone to know how often you got teleported at Vale Guardian or Cairn, you can adjust your privacy settings to at least not show your account and character's name. However, players that were in the squad will obviously still be able to deduce who you were. How to prevent your account/character name from being publicly shown I wish website providers would finally properly understand how privacy settings are meant to work, because this should be the default setting. It is unfortunately not. (Moreover, "private" should in my opinion mean that my data isn't shared at all, not only that my name isn't shown... oh well.) Anyone that wishes to set themselves to "private", will need to create an account and link an API key for an existing Guild Wars 2 account. Step 1: Create a Guild Wars 2 API Key for GW2 Raidar Step 1-1: Go to API Key Management Log into your Guild Wars 2 account here and go to the "Applications" tab. This will give you an overview of all your API Keys. As you can see in the screenshot, I have already created a key for GW2 Raidar. If you haven't, click on "New Key" to create a new API Key. Step 1-2: Create a new API Key Enter a name for your new API Key. According to GW2 Raidar's rules, this name must contain "gw2raidar" in some form, but it is case insensitive and can contain additional symbols. The only permission you need to grant is "account", which is required for all API keys anyway. Anything else is unnecessary. Once you are done, click on "Create API Key". The new key should now be listed in the overview. Mark and copy it. Step 2: Create a GW2 Raidar account Go to GW2 Raidar and click on "Register" (the link should take you there). Enter Username, email address and a password (twice), as always when registering anywhere. I don't think you need to worry about providing an email address, so far the site has never sent me any and you don't need to confirm your registration. Paste the API key you created in Step 1 into the field reserved for it. Click on register. Step 3: Adjust your privacy settings When logged into GW2 Raidar, click on your username to bring up the user settings. Here you can for example also add additional Guild Wars 2 accounts, should you have more than one. Adjust the privacy settings. There aren't many options. Your character and account names are now not shown to others anymore. As an afterthought Different people have different reasons for raiding. For some raiders, this website is an awesome tool and very helpful. For others it is shocking and scary that their performance data can be shared without them even being aware of it. In my opinion it should be up to each individual player to make the decision to participate in the website's program for themselves. I am sure nobody can deny that when used with malicious intent, the site could potentially cause quite a lot of harm to individual players. It would be nice therefore, if we could respect each others wishes and before uploading or sharing any data via this site (or any other, for that matter), ask the members of the group whether they are all ok with it. And if they are not, just skip uploading the data for that one raid.
  12. OC Raid Etiquette!

    Addendum to the Raid Etiquette: On the Subject of “DPS Meters” The subject of DPS Meters has been widely discussed and has been brought up frequently in OpenCommunity raids as well. Therefore we have decided to make an official statement to clarify the intention behind our rules and clear up any ambiguity there might be in them. Why we are against DPS Meters There are community members which have expressed concerns about DPS Meters being used in our raids. OpenCommunity is meant to be a place where members treat each other with kindness and respect. It is meant to be a community that strives to create a positive and supportive atmosphere within Guild Wars 2. This responsibility lies with every single member and all of us agreed to this upon joining the community. Ignoring other members’ concerns, discomfort, or even fear is very far from that - and it starts with members being afraid of being told that their concerns are unjustified and silly already when they are considering voicing that they have them. We are not trying to restrict our raiders when asking them to not use DPS Meters in our official raids, but are trying to protect those players that have concerns but find themselves unable to express them. Players that do not share concerns about DPS Meters have considerably broader possibilities to gain access to raids than the other way around. Consequently, we wish to be there foremost to help those players that are made uncomfortable by DPS Meters and the toxicity level in the general raid community. This is a choice we as the Raid Team made when we formed. What this means In official raids You do not have to share our agenda or our views. However, if you do want to participate in our raids, you will nonetheless have to abide by our rules. If you find yourself unable to do so, then please feel free to go elsewhere to raid. Our rules are not subject to discussion. In any other raid It is up to your own conscience to decide how to handle DPS Meters or anything else that would be subject to concerns in our official raids. It doesn’t concern us and it is not our place to meddle. Sharing Log-Files We discourage the use of DPS Meters in our official raids, but we obviously have no means to force players to not use them. However, sharing log files created during an official OpenCommunity raid by a DPS Meter addon, let alone in a way that makes the data publicly accessible, is in violation of not only the OC Raid Etiquette, but the General Community Guidelines, specifically A.III and indirectly D.II and is therefore not something we can tolerate. Should we either be made aware of or find out ourselves, that such data has been shared somewhere, the person who uploaded it will be prohibited from joining any further official raids.
  13. "All We Can KILL" Run

    Viridian.6015 Dragonhunter Power DPS/Daredevil Condition DPS/Tempest Staff Healer Edit: All of the above
  14. Samarog Challenge Mode

    Viridian.6015 Thief Condition DPS
  15. The Samarog Challenge Mode introduces quite a number of nasty changes to the regular mechanics that make the encounter pretty difficult. This is why it usually takes some practice time before it finally dies ... so lets get started! For this raid you will need to be fairly experienced with the regular encounter We will need: 2 Chronomancers for Quickness/Alacrity either 2 Phalanx Strength Warriors for Might/Empower Allies/Banners, or 1 Harrier Druid for Might/Spirits/Spotter and 1 Berserker DPS with Banners/Empower Allies, 1-2 Healers any DPS Recommendations: I would recommend Chronomancers to use Minstrel gear, if they have it available. Samarog CM is doable without, but it is considerably easier with. Chronomancers usually "kite" Samarog and are often far from the group while still getting damaged - the Minstrel build helps with that. Druid Healers should bring Search and Rescue, they will probably need it rather a lot If we discover that our Druids don't have Search and Rescue available often enough, we might have to ask any Rangers in the group to additionally bring it, even at the cost of their personal damage. If you can't decide between two classes you could bring, choose the one that has more ranged Crowd Control skills available - otherwise choose the one that feels less squishy to you Classes that have some form of ranged damage are easier to play than pure melee classes, but it is possible to play with melee characters. Remarks: The raid starts at 19:30 CET. Tactics and mechanics will only be explained where they differ from the regular encounter. If you have any questions before the raid, you can send me a private message or contact me via Discord!
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