Beta weekend #2 for GW2 is coming to an end. While playing this weekend I took note of a few things. Some of this is WvW feedback that I’ll probably post on the official forums, and some of it is pure observation about things I found fun or stuff I experienced.
- Performance has improved
- Keep Lords need to be tougher
- Trebuchet range is ridiculous, maybe broken
- Rangers are fun but pet AI sucks
- Put items in the Forge
I was really laggy in WvW during BWE1. It was laggy to the point that I didn’t have fun. My frame rate have improved to a playable state. We had a battle for one of the keeps in our borderland with a truly massive enemy team attacking our walls with multiple trebuchet, cannons, and a ton of people. The particle effects were out of control. I didn’t hitch much, and I felt like I could play well. It wasn’t ideal, still lower FPS than I want, but it was an improvement. One more improvement like that and it will be perfectly fine for my rig — your mileage may vary.
Keep Lords need to be tougher
In the massive keep defense mentioned above, we held out for over an hour against a force 2-3x our size. The attackers were never able to take one of our doors down; Instead they used trebuchet to take down our walls. We fought them in the water, on cliffs, and ultimately in our keep. For such a long siege, it all fizzled out in seconds. As soon as they had a decent number of people in our keep, the Keep Lord died in under 15 seconds. Keep Lords need to be tougher, and need to provide us time to counter the attackers and get them off the Lord. Even if we would have lost, our boss put up no fight.
The attackers put 3 trebuchet on the walls of the tower so far in the distance all we could see were silhouettes. That is, until the massive fireballs kept bombarding our outer wall. The enemy was able to destroy the wall without getting near it, putting themselves in no harm. With number restrictions on how many people we can bring into the map, we were unable to form a group to go behind and take that tower. Shooting a keep from another holding can’t be working as intended, can it?
Rangers are fun
The ranger is the class I’ve played the most now. I started one yesterday and now I’ve changed my mind about playing an Elementalist. The Ranger is far more traditional, with fewer abilities and a more traditional combat style, but for some reason I love the pets and the idea of sitting on a keep wall plinking arrows down at attackers. Melee attacks are also fun and useful — I feel like I could actually play a melee ranger like the old EQ days.
Use the Forge
The new forge added this BWE lets you dispose of blue and green items you can’t/won’t use for a chance at something better. Insert four blues and get a new item. Several of my friends found fantastic items like putting in a few blues and getting greens (Greens are better than blues in GW2). My luck hasn’t been so great with it, though. If you don’t craft, this is an ideal way to find upgrades over vendoring/salvaging your gear.