Guild Wars 2 Live: Summer 2021

by The Guild Wars 2 Team on 27th April, 2021

Hello, Tyrians!

Today we released Chapter 4: Judgment, wrapping up The Icebrood Saga. To thank you for your support this year and to aid you on your future adventures, players who’ve completed every episode of The Icebrood Saga—today and in the future—will receive a special ascended accessory. Visit Eye of the North after you’ve finished and it’ll be sent to your in-game mailbox.

We know everyone is excited to hear more about Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons, so let’s take a look at what’s on deck for Guild Wars 2 in the next few months.

27 July—Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons First Look

Our first major step on the journey to Cantha is coming soon. On 27 July join us for a livestream event with a tidal wave of information about the third Guild Wars 2 expansion, including features, an introduction to the story, a new trailer video, and elite specialisation beta event information.

Keep an eye on the website and our official channels for more details about the event as 27 July approaches. But for now, save the date!

11 May—Skills and Balance Update

We’ve taken an in-depth look at the current state of play across the entire game. This update includes changes to boons and conditions (spoiler: retaliation, resistance, and torment), making sure professions can take advantage of the changes, and increasing the viability of several underused elite specializations. We’ll be back with a full breakdown of the changes on 29 April.

We’ll continue to monitor game balance and play rates for all professions and elite specializations and release additional balance updates as needed before Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons.

Beginning 25 May—Living World: Complete the Cycle

Living World is the story of the dragon cycle, and now is the perfect time to look at everything that’s happened on the path that brought us here. Join the mission to catch up on Living World episodes you’ve missed—for free—and jump-start your legendary journey in Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons! (Legendaries confirmed.)

Starting 25 May Living World episodes will be in the spotlight chronologically. Episodes are free to unlock during their spotlight week, and we’ll update them with new achievements. Complete all the new Living World Season 2 and 3 achievements to earn a voucher for a Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons precursor weapon. When the expansion launches, you can redeem it and begin crafting your very own third-generation legendary weapon.

After completing the new meta-achievement for all three playable Living World seasons and The Icebrood Saga, you’ll receive a legendary amulet as a powerful reminder of your role in shaping Tyria’s destiny.

The new achievements and their rewards will be available permanently, so you can always complete them even if you miss the spotlight weeks.

13 July—The Twisted Marionette

Living World Season 1 set Guild Wars 2‘s story in motion, ending with the city of Lion’s Arch in flames and Mordremoth’s awakening. Scarlet Briar left the ruins of her corrupted genius strewn across Tyria, from the broken Tower of Nightmares in Kessex Hills to The Breachmaker’s wreckage in Sanctum Harbor.

Shortly before she launched her war on Lion’s Arch, Scarlet used Lornar’s Pass as a testing ground for her colossal watchwork superweapon, the Twisted Marionette. An army of heroes organized a three-pronged assault strategy, destroying Scarlet’s forces, surviving the Marionette’s attacks, and severing the chains tethering it to The Breachmaker.

Until now, the Marionette has lain scrapped in False River Valley. But on 13 July one of the most memorable battles of Living World Season 1 will return to Guild Wars 2 as a bonus event. We’ve preserved the flow of this highly requested encounter, with some adjustments to bring it up to our current design standards.

13 July—The Legendary Armory

The Legendary Armory is a new and improved way to manage your legendary gear and upgrades. Once a legendary item is added to the armory, it will be available to every level 80 character on your account. No more visiting the bank to share one weapon between multiple characters!

More information about the Legendary Armory will be available closer to its release.

Ongoing Summer Events

We’ve got a full slate of competitive and PvE events lined up in May, June, and July.

14 May: World vs. World Weeklong Bonus
Receive a 100% bonus to World Experience, a 25% bonus to reward-track progress, and a 50% bonus to magic find for a full week. There’s never been a better time to unlock your warclaw mount or earn your legendary WvW armor.

25 May: PvP League Season 27 and Weeklong Bonus
Prepare for battle! Call of the Mists will be active during the first week of Season 27, granting a 15% bonus to PvP rank point gain, a 25% bonus to reward-track progress, and a 200% magic find bonus.

1 June: Fractal Rush
The Fractals of the Mists have gone haywire, and we need your help to stabilize them! Play Fractals of the Mists and contribute to the community goal to earn extra rewards during this weeklong event.

18 June: World vs. World No Downed State Event
A fluctuation in the Mists will remove the downed state in WvW for a week. We’re sure you’ll be fine! You’ll receive bonuses to world experience, reward-track progress, and magic find.

22 June: Dragon Bash
The annual Dragon Bash festival returns to Hoelbrak. Enjoy the terrifying dragon holograms, spectacular fireworks, and smorgasbord of dragon bashing activities (awful dragons only).

5 July: sPvP Tournament Week and the Tournament of Legends
Prepare for a full week of special tournaments and the return of the Tournament of Legends! Emerge victorious in the Tournament of Legends on July 11 to earn a Generation 1 or 2 legendary weapon—just in time for the Legendary Armory update.

23 July: World vs. World Weeklong Bonus
Another week of bonuses to reward-track progress, magic find, and world experience in WvW. Don’t forget to take a break from conquering your enemies to catch the Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons livestream!

As always, thank you for being part of our community. We can’t wait to adventure with you in the future, and to show you what’s next.

–The Guild Wars 2 Team