July 28 – Update Notes

Today we got a sizable update to GW2, featuring some balance tweaks, graphic options additions, and even a Living Story Season 1 re-cap cutscene! You can see the full notes below and can check here for any further patches or changes.

Please Note! Many are reporting some serious bugs with this update, including the appearance of having all collections, miniatures, hero points, etc removed from their character. You can report any issues you have here. ArenaNet are working on the issue and have said it is merely a display issue, and that your traits/achievements/minis/etc are not actually gone forever.

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LIVING WORLD
Magister Ela Makkay of the Durmand Priory has been busy chronicling Scarlet’s War (known outside of Tyria as Living World Season 1). She’d like to share her research with you when you’re ready. Simply activate “Season 1 History Lesson,” located under Scarlet’s War in your Story Journal, to learn more. (Note: You must use a level 80 character to access this recap.)
NEW FEATURES AND CONTENT

  • We’ve added new graphics options for players with higher-end machines.
    • Tune the look of your scene with ambient occlusion or light adaptation.
    • Choose between two extra antialiasing options: SMAA Low and SMAA High.

BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH
World Polish

  • Lion’s Arch
    • Added a dungeon vendor marker.
    • Added repair-station markers.
    • Fixed the marker for Fractals of the Mists.

General

  • Changed the color of squad chat to blue-green to make it more distinct from GM whisper.
  • Fixed an issue in which equipping the Monk’s Outfit caused characters’ legs to disappear.
  • Fixed a bug in which achievement points and titles for Hall of Monuments were incorrectly given to some players. The points and titles have been removed. Any achievement chests that were received as a result of this bug were kept intact but will not be given out a second time.
  • Fixed a bug in which a cryptobotanist gave too many bandit crests in exchange for a Mordrem heart.

Personal Story

  • Fixed a bug in the Story Journal that activated the most recently unlocked Living World episode upon Personal Story completion. The system will now check for the next available episode in release order. If that episode is already unlocked but not completed, it will be activated. If it is not unlocked, the user must manually select the desired Living World episode.
  • The Living World Season 1 recap video has English voice-over only. VO and subtitles for additional supported languages will be implemented in a future release.

Items

  • Sigil of Doom: Updated this sigil to apply poison for 4, 6, and 8 seconds, based on the item tier.

Profession Skills
Elementalist

  • Ferocious Winds: Fixed an issue that caused this trait to contribute toughness to ferocity instead of precision as intended.
  • Fresh Air: The internal cooldown for this trait has been correctly removed.

Engineer

  • Hip Shot: Increased the range to 1200.
  • Net Shot: Increased the range to 1200.
  • Blunderbuss: Increased the range to 700.
  • Overcharged Shot: Increased the range to 600.
  • Jump Shot: Increased the range to 800.
  • Over Shield: Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from properly reducing the recharge of the Static Shield skill.
  • Mortar Kit—Flash Shell: Fixed an issue that caused this skill to pulse every 2 seconds instead of every second.
  • Bomb Kit—Smoke Bomb: Fixed an issue that caused this skill to detonate at the player location rather than the bomb location.

Guardian

  • Sword of Justice: Removed the unnecessary skill fact when Expeditious Spirit is equipped.
  • Invigorated Bulwark: Fixed an issue that caused this ability to apply for 8 seconds instead of the full 10 seconds.
  • Wrath of Justice: This skill no longer incorrectly sets Signet of Wrath on cooldown.
  • Judge’s Intervention: Fixed a bug that caused this skill’s recharge to be reduced by Smiter’s Boon.
  • Justice is Blind: This trait no longer penetrates through defenses such as block and evasion.

Mesmer

  • Mender’s Purity: Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from working with the last charge of Mantra of Recovery.
  • Imagined Burden: This trait now grants might only while you are in combat.
  • Malicious Sorcery: Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from properly applying its increased attack-speed effect.
  • Blinding Dissipation: This trait no longer penetrates through defenses such as block and evasion.
  • Confounding Suggestions: Fixed a bug that caused this trait to function improperly with some runes and sigils.
  • Ineptitude: This trait no longer penetrates through defenses such as block and evasion.
  • Mirror Blade: Reduced number of bounces from 4 to 3.
  • Mantras: Fixed a bug that caused mantras to begin recharging as soon as the preparation skill was complete instead of when the last charge was expended.
  • Mantra of Distraction: Reduced this skill’s recharge from 30 seconds to 20 seconds.
  • Harmonious Mantras: Reduced the damage bonus per stack of this trait from 4% to 3%.

Necromancer

  • Signet of Vampirism: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to heal for more than its listed value.
  • Chilling Darkness: This trait now activates on all targets that are blinded by a single area-of-effect blinding strike before it goes on cooldown.
  • Spinal Shivers: Removed an incorrect unblockable skill fact from this skill. While this skill does remove aegis before striking, it is not unblockable.
  • Unholy Martyr: Reduced life-force generation from 10% to 7% when transferring a condition.
  • Corruptions: Self-applied, nondamaging conditions from these skills no longer have their durations increased by condition duration stats.

Ranger

  • Pets: Increased the power, precision, toughness, and vitality of pets by up to 150 at level 80.
  • Crippling Talon: Increased the range to 1200.
  • Throw Torch: Increased the range to 1200.
  • Bonfire: Increased the radius to 240.
  • Hunter’s Call: Increased the range to 1200.
  • Call of the Wild: Increased the radius to 750.
  • Whirling Defense: Increased the reflection radius to 150.
  • Path of Scars: Increased the base range to 1200.
  • Nature’s Vengeance: Fixed an issue that caused spirit effects to list a 70% chance on hit when using this trait.
  • Light on Your Feet: Fixed an issue in which this trait granted 3 seconds of the effect instead of 4 seconds.
  • “We Heal as One!”: Fixed an issue that prevented this skill from displaying the bonuses from the Resounding Timbre trait (the bonuses were still being properly applied).
  • “Strength of the Pack!”: Fixed an issue that prevented this skill from displaying the bonuses from the Resounding Timbre trait (the bonuses were still being properly applied).
  • Natural Healing: Fixed an issue that prevented this trait from affecting pets as frequently as it should have.
  • Go for the Eyes: Fixed an issue that prevented this trait from activating while in a downed state.
  • Wilting Strike: Fixed an issue that prevented this trait from activating while in a downed state.
  • Beastly Warden: Fixed an issue that prevented this trait from activating while in a downed state.

Thief

  • Unrelenting Strikes: Fixed an issue that prevented this trait from functioning correctly with missile attacks.
  • Deadly Trapper: Increased the duration of might granted from this trait from 8 seconds to 10 seconds. Vulnerability now correctly applies for 10 seconds.
  • Ambush: This trap now correctly applies might to the thief when triggered while Deadly Trapper is equipped.
  • Shadow Trap—Shadow Pursuit: Fixed an issue that prevented this ability from recognizing the Deadly Trapper trait when applying might.
  • No Quarter: This trait now applies ferocity bonuses to all instances of fury applied to the thief instead of all instances of fury that the thief applies (which included ferocity applied to allies).
  • Feline Grace: Increased the duration of vigor from 2 seconds to 4 seconds.

Warrior

  • Blademaster: Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from reducing the recharge of Riposte.
  • Signet of Might: Added a description for the unblockable effect caused by this skill.
  • Berserker’s Power: Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from functioning when used with the longbow burst skill Combustive Shot.
  • Rampage: Lowered the duration from 20 seconds to 15 seconds. Increased the recharge from 150 seconds to 180 seconds.

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