Jan 27 Update Notes

You might notice when you go to log in today that there has been a bit of a patch! This is the update that includes the balance tweaks that were announced earlier. Below you can see the full list of changes:

LIVING WORLD
Rewards

  • Mordrem eye and kidney extraction devices are now available for purchase with bandit crests in the Silverwastes.

BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
General

  • Might: The power and condition damage provided by this boon have been reduced from 35 per stack to 30.
  • Confusion: The effect of condition damage on confusion has been increased by 33% in PvE.
  • The Log-in Reward Track is now visible from the achievement summary page inside the Hero panel.

Items

  • Superior Sigil of Battle: The might granted by this item has been reduced from 3 stacks to 2 stacks.
  • Major Sigil of Battle: The might granted by this item has been reduced from 2 stacks to 1 stack.
  • Rune of the Nightmare: The duration of fear applied from the sixth piece of this rune has been reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second. Its recharge has been reduced from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.
  • Fixed a bug that caused warhorns to drop from the Piece of Guardian Gear boxes in Log-in Reward chests.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed certain items purchased from karma vendors to be salvageable.
  • Updated the icon for the Superior Sigil of Blight.

Profession Skills
Elementalist

  • Drake’s Breath: Burning applied from this skill has been reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds per pulse.
  • Lightning Whip: The attack point of this skill has been delayed around .1 seconds on the first and second attacks. The aftercast has been reduced by 0.2 seconds. To compensate for the increased attack-rate potential, the damage of this ability has been reduced by 10%. When used with Signet of Restoration, this ability will only heal if the second attack executes.
  • Comet: The radius of this skill has been increased from 120 to 180.
  • Shatterstone: The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds.
  • Dust Devil: The velocity of this skill’s projectile has been increased by 66%.

Engineer

  • Shrapnel Grenade: Bleed duration on this skill has been reduced from 12 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Throw Mine: The proximity trigger for this skill has been increased from 60 to 120. Additionally, the explosion radius has been increased from 180 to 240.
  • Launch Personal Battering Ram: This skill now has a 1 second daze.

Guardian

  • Litany of Wrath: The percentage of health returned from this skill has been increased from 20% to 25%. The aftercast of this skill has been reduced by 0.5 seconds.
  • Shield of Judgment: The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 30 seconds to 25 seconds.
  • Shield of Absorption: The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 40 seconds to 30 seconds.
  • Zealot’s Fire: The increased cooldown component of this skill has been removed.

Mesmer

  • Deception: This skill no longer requires a target in order to cast.
  • Phantasmal Mage: The illusionary mage summoned by this skill now applies 4 stacks of confusion instead of 3 with its attack. The duration of the confusion has been increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds. The illusionary mage’s rate of fire has been reduced by 1 second.
  • Time Warp: The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 210 seconds to 180 seconds.
  • Illusion of Life: The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 130 seconds to 120 seconds.
  • Phantasmal Defender: The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 30 seconds to 25 seconds.
  • Confusing Images: The duration of confusion from this skill has been increased from 5 seconds to 7 seconds.

Necromancer

  • Locust Swarm: The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds.
  • Corrosive Poison Cloud: The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds. The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 40 seconds to 30 seconds.
  • Signet of the Locust: The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 60 seconds to 40 seconds. Base healing has been increased by 4%, and bonus from healing power increased by 108%.
  • Signet of Undeath: The passive life-force gain of this skill has been increased from 1% to 2%.

Ranger

  • Throw Torch: The projectile travel speed of this skill has been increased by 25%.
  • Bonfire: The base area of effect of this skill has been increased from 120 to 180.
  • Heal as One: The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1.25 seconds to 1 second.
  • Hunter’s Call: The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1 second.
  • Call of the Wild: The cooldown of this skill has been reduced from 35 seconds to 30 seconds.

Thief

  • Blinding Powder: This skill no longer interrupts your own skills.
  • Dancing Dagger: The projectile speed of this skill has been increased by 33%.
  • Needle Trap: The bleed duration of this skill has been increased from 3 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Shadow Pursuit: The duration of might granted by this skill has been increased from 5 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Invigorating Precision: The health gain from this trait on a critical strike has been increased from 8% of damage dealt to 15%.

Warrior

  • Kill Shot: The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1.75 seconds to 1.25 seconds.
  • Arcing Slice: The damage from this skill has been increased by 10%.
  • Brutal Shot: The casting time on this skill has been reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds.
  • Rush: Adjusted the animation and attack radius of this skill to hit more consistently.

Structured Player vs. Player

  • Added Rune of Scavenging.
  • Added Superior Sigil of Torment.
  • Added Sentinel Amulet.

World vs. World

  • Fixed an issue in Emerald Sanctum and Sapphire Sanctum that allowed the Enormous Mistwrought Chest to be opened without keys.
  • Fixed an issue with Garnet Sanctum’s Enormous Mistwrought Chest that prevented it from opening with a key after an attempt to open it without a key.
  • Added Empyreal Fragments to WvW jumping puzzle reward chests.

BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions

  • Our end-of-season sale for Living World continues. Check out all the specials in the Promotions category of the Gem Store.
  • The Pact Fleet Survival Pack is now available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 1600 gems.
  • Lovestruck weapons are available from the Black Lion Weapon Specialist for a limited-time price of 2 Black Lion Claim Tickets. Tickets and ticket scraps can be found in Black Lion Chests.
  • Black Lion Chest drops have been updated. Keys are available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems each.
    • A new Mini Kasmeer Meade has been added as a rare drop.
    • Home instance resource nodes for mithril ore, platinum ore, ancient wood logs, ghost peppers, and Orrian truffles have been added as very rare drops.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in which outfit dyes reset when changing outfits.
  • Fixed a bug in which finishers would sometimes reset to the default finisher after interaction with the Hero panel.

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