PvP League Season 8 Begins Soon

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PvP League Season 8 begins next week, on August 22. Get ready to enter the Mists and battle for glory and rewards!

On August 18 through August 20, we’re launching a demo where you’ll be able to create and play new preview-exclusive characters in both Player vs. Player and World vs. World. These characters will come with each profession’s new elite specialization, so check them out!

EVE Online August release is live – Deployed on 16 August

The EVE Online August release has been published on 16 August. With this release we can enjoy “Lucky Clash”, a new week-long event from The Agency. We also introduced changes to combat mechanics for structures and corp insurance in Upwell structuresUI/UX improvements for the new map and a full overhaul of the NPC standing display are also part of this release.

In addition to this, we see several small and useful improvements (such as persistent scanning results for cosmic signatures) as well as bug fixes.

Quick info

Additional info

Several threads are available with further info and for feedback. Please use the threads listed below:

New SKIN for CONCORD ships: Firewatch for Pacifier and Enforcer

We are excited to present a new SKIN for your CONCORD ships. Enjoy the brand new Firewatch SKIN for the Pacifier frigate and Enforcer cruiser.

  • Pacifier Firewatch SKIN – 110 PLEX
  • Enforcer Firewatch SKIN – 110 PLEX

These amazing new SKINs feature a prominent graphite-colored base decorated with bold, fiery red stripes. A must-have for your CONCORD ships!

Check out the New Eden Store for further details on these SKINs.


Purchasing SKINs is easy:

  • Log into EVE Online
  • Have sufficient PLEX
  • Go to the New Eden Store (press ALT+4 or use the Neocom to access the store)
  • Purchase the SKIN(s)
  • The SKINs are then available in your redeeming system

Developer Diary: Elite Specializations

Hello and welcome, Tyrians, to a deeper look at the nine new elite specializations coming in Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™! Watch the developer diary video above to learn more about the process of designing the new specializations, and read on for more details on each one.

Weaver (Elementalist)

The benefit of the weaver’s ability to dual-wield elements is primarily their access to dual-attack skills, which combine both of the currently wielded elements in the third skill slot. As an example, the staff’s Pile Driver skill combines both air and earth to produce a violent effect similar to a rail gun.

Elementalists have traditionally been able to change elements at will with a cooldown on the ones they’ve recently attuned to. The weaver’s elements are all tied to the same cooldown, so activating one prevents an immediate swap to another until the cooldown is up. There are a few ways to modify this limit: taking the Arcane specialization line lowers the global recharge—as does using the elite skill Weave Self—while the utility skill Unravel temporarily removes dual attacks and grants access to single-element attunements.

Holosmith (Engineer)

In Elona, Land of the Golden Sun, engineers work to harness solar power for their experiments and inventions. The innovation that’s made the most impact in recent history is the Photon Forge, which allows engineers to create solid constructs of light. It’s extremely powerful, but dangerous—when it overheats, it causes damage to the user. While the holosmith enjoys a large amount of damage dealing and utility, they need to monitor their resources carefully.

That said, holosmiths can take advantage of their heat output in a variety of ways. Their sword and utility skills gain a plethora of bonuses and damage increases while the Photon Forge cools. More daring holosmiths can take trait options that cause their forge to retain its heat, forcing a manual overheat that deals damage to nearby enemies as well as the engineer.

Firebrand (Guardian)

Firebrands are the remnants of a secret order of loremasters committed to staunching the corruption that’s spread through the desert since Palawa Joko’s rise. They cleave the battlefield with their axes, and their tomes and mantras have potent effects that deliver direct support, utility, and offense.

The firebrand has healthy access to quickness through traits and skills. The Stalwart Speed trait grants quickness to allies under the effect of the firebrand’s stability or aegis; this allows Mantra of Liberation, Mantra of Solace, and Tome of Courage to apply quickness to allies, in addition to the native quickness gained from Mantra of Potence.

To make your firebrand a supporting healer, consider taking the Loremaster and Archivist of Whispers traits. These will allow you to use Tome of Resolve—and its significant healing skills—more frequently.

Mirage (Mesmer)

Instead of physically dodging attacks, mirages use their Mirage Cloak to force attacks to pass harmlessly through them. The Mirage Cloak can be used both defensively and offensively, so a mirage must make conscious choices on how they spend endurance.

Activating Mirage Cloak offensively via the dodge button will enable ambush attacks. Ambushes are available on the first skill of every weapon set and are designed to complement each weapon’s playstyle. It’s also possible to force all of your illusions to use ambush attacks via the Illusionary Ambush utility skill, or by taking the Infinite Horizon trait, which, when active, applies Mirage Cloak to all of your illusions.

Scourge (Necromancer)

Scourges forsake their death shrouds for the ability to create areas of power by summoning sand shades. These shades restock regularly for frequent use. The scourge’s second through fifth skills cause both the necromancer and their shades to emanate the effects of those skills, providing everything from protective barriers for allies, to fear for all enemies in range.

The scourge gains access to punishment skills, which remove boons as a secondary effect and corrupt them into cripple and torment.

Soulbeast (Ranger)

The soulbeast gains benefits from merging with their pet based on the pet’s archetype. Each pet fits into one of the following archetypes: stout (defensive), ferocious (power), deadly (conditions), supportive (healing), or versatile (utility).

Each pet family can contain pets of multiple archetypes. If you want a supportive canine, merging with the sylvan hound will grant bonus healing power and access to the Spiritual Reprieve profession skill. If you want the power archetype and access to the Worldly Impact profession skill, merging with the drakehound canine will provide those in addition to the canine family skills.

Renegade (Revenant)

Renegades perform well with an offensive support playstyle, enhancing allies’ damage and disrupting enemies by summoning members of Kalla’s warband to the battlefield. They gain Kalla’s Fervor as they fight or perform critical hits, which greatly increases the renegade’s damage output and grants might to allies through the Heroic Command skill.

Renegades can also gain Kalla’s Fervor through their adept trait choices: Ashen Demeanor, Blood Fury, and Wrought-Iron Will. Each grant fervor under unique conditions, met respectively by crippling a foe, gaining fury, or successfully evading attacks.

Deadeye (Thief)

The deadeye is a rugged thief who uses rifles to take out their foes at long ranges. Their Deadeye’s Mark replaces the Steal skill and allows them to maintain their distance. This mark retains modifier choices made through traits, but instead of stealing items from enemies, the deadeye steals aspects of their target, such as movement, strength, and warmth. They gain boons while their enemies are afflicted with negative conditions.

Deadeye’s Mark brings with it a new aspect: marking a target and building malice over time. Deadeyes inflict extra damage and bonus effects against these marked targets, gaining numerous boons upon reaching maximum malice. Additionally, if a marked target dies, the mark itself is refreshed and can be cast on another target. As such, it may be more beneficial for some builds to kill targets quickly and use the mark again rather than waiting for maximum malice.

Spellbreaker (Warrior)

When Palawa Joko overthrew the Sunspears and took over Elona, he issued an execution order for any person in his kingdom who wielded or owned a spear. The remaining Sunspears went into hiding, breaking their traditional spears and forging the heads into daggers. Spellbreakers now wield those daggers, specializing in exploiting their enemies’ strengths and weaknesses.
Many spellbreaker traits nullify or punish magic. Loss Aversion grants adrenaline to the spellbreaker and deals damage to foes upon removing their boons. Enchantment Collapse synergizes with this by removing additional boons in the area around an enemy whose boons have been stripped. If your enemies don’t have many boons, it’s possible to change traits to focus on Full Counter, which enhances a spellbreaker’s defensive and offensive capabilities.


On August 18 through August 20, we’re launching a demo where you’ll be able to create and play new preview-exclusive characters in both Player vs. Player and World vs. World. These characters will come with each profession’s new elite specialization, so check them out!

Turn Back Time with Abaddon’s Mask and Season 1 Memory Box!

This city’s seen its share of trouble in the past few years, and with humanity letting their gods run amok, I’ve made it my priority to not be taken off guard again. Some people call it catastrophe—I call it opportunity. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see if those refugees down at the docks need any supplies.

  • Season 1 Memory Box—Flame and Festivals

    I had the foresight to pack some miscellany away as collector’s items, just waiting for the best time to ride the nostalgia wave. Five years should about do it, don’t you think? Oh, don’t give me that look—here, you can even have one on the house.

  • Abaddon’s Mask

    I’m not superstitious, but ever since I got this thing in stock there’ve been some…unusual incidents around here. The things on the head have a mind of their own. I had to have it looked over by two necromancers before I could even get it on the shelves. Take it off my hands.

  • Anniversary Sales – Week of August 14

  • August 15: 50% off all mail carriers, Raven’s Spirit Glider and Super Cloud Glider return, and one free Season 1 Memory Box—Flame and Festivals
  • August 16: 20% off Bat Wings Backpack and Glider Set
  • August 18: 20% off Storage Expander and 50% off selected minis
  • August 19: 30% off additional character slots
  • August 20: 30% off Crystal Savant Outfit and Exemplar Attire, 20% off Golden Feather Wings Glider Combo
  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

  • Save the Date: ESO and TES: Legends Meet Up @ PAX West

    Are you a fan of The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls: Legends? If you will be in the Seattle area during PAX West this year, you won’t want to miss our PAX West ESO and TES: Legends Community Meet ‘n Greet on Sunday, September 3rd. Get the full scoop, including how to RSVP, and exclusive goodies you can get for attending below.

    EVE Online August release to be published on 16 August

    The EVE Online August release will be published on 16 August. Originally scheduled for publication on 15 August, we decided to move the release by 24 hours to the 16th.

    This release brings “Lucky Clash”, a new week-long event from The Agency. We will also get changes to combat mechanics for structures and corp insurance in Upwell structures. UI/UX improvements for the new map and a full overhaul of the NPC standing display are also part of this release.

    In addition to this, we see several small and useful improvements (such as persistent scanning results for cosmic signatures) as well as bug fixes.

    For a high-level overview of this release, check out EVE Updates.
    For the full details, check out the August release patch notes.

    Coming Up: Elite Specializations Week

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    In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be giving you more details on elite specializations, mounts, and the story you’ll experience as you explore the Crystal Desert. This week’s focus is on the nine new elite specializations you can unlock in Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™.

    Log in this Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20 to try out your favorites in PvP and WvW during the elite specializations preview weekend!

    • August 15 – Elite specializations developer diary video and blog
    • August 17 – Elite specializations on Guild Chat
    • August 18 – Elite specialization preview weekend begins
    • August 28 – Mount Week begins
    • September 3 – Crystal Desert and Story Week begins

    Don’t forget—we want to see the best screenshots you took of your character’s journey to the Crystal Desert during the PvE preview weekend! The Elonagram Screenshot Contest runs through August 20.

    EVE Vegas Pub Crawl: The Highroller Experience

    The High Roller Experience!

    The legendary EVE Vegas pub crawl has developed and changed over the years as more and more pilots attend the constantly growing celebration of all things New Eden hosted in the Nevada desert.

    For this year, we’re kicking it up a notch and will be taking advantage of the brand new location that’s hosting EVE Vegas this year and it’s adjoining facilities – namely The Linq Promenade.

    We’re also re-introducing a ride on the world’s tallest observation wheel, the Las Vegas High Roller, as part of the experience. As always the Friday-night event is first and foremost a chance for pilots and developers to meet, kick back and enjoy good company.

    Here’s a quick taster of the schedule for the event:

    • 18:30 – Drinks at the LINQ pool area reserved for us only!
    • 20:00 – Ride on the High Roller *
    • 21:00 – Open bar & pub games at Virgil’s BBQ, with the 2nd floor & patio reserved for our event

    *The ride on the High Roller takes 30 minutes or so, and each cabin is limited to a group of 25.

    Ticket buyers to this event can sign up for a High Roller group when they check in for EVE Vegas 2017 at the LINQ. Each group consists will consist of 1-3 game developers and is limited to 25 people.

    There is no group division for the remaining program of this event, at the LINQ pool area or Virgil’s BBQ.

    You can pick up your tickets for the High Roller Experience here and if you haven’t already got your tickets for EVE Vegas, be sure to get them here!

     

    EVE streamers taking over the CCP channel this week

    Howdy, streaming fans.

    Starting Monday August 14, we’re kickstarting a little experiment where a selection of experienced EVE streamers will be popping up on the CCP Twitch channel to stream for a couple of hours each. We’ve re-hosted streamers on our channel before but we want to try having them stream their own content directly on our channel, both to promote their content and to breathe life into the CCP channel between our own broadcasts. A schedule is coming together and those of you who follow the CCP channel will get notifications when each streamer goes live, so now is a great time to follow!

    We’ve contacted a few active streamers for this first round but if you’re one we haven’t contacted and find this interesting, please feel free to contact us via share@eveonline.com. Odds are you’re already on our radar and if this goes down well we´re very likely to continue with the experiment.

    Stay tuned for more info and enjoy watching the rest of this weekend’s Alliance Tournament action!

    This week in Minecraft — August 12th

    Minecon Earth and Minecraft Community Events are announced, there’s previews of upcoming art changes to Minecraft and the Minecraft: Story Mode, Season 2 Episode 2 trailer and release date are announced.

    The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of August 14

    We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

    Streams for the Week of August 14

    Tuesday, August 15

    Peachy Party! (by AuroraPeachy) (English)
    9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
    Join AuroraPeachy’s friendly community as they celebrate everything Guild Wars 2!

    Wednesday, August 16

    GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
    11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
    The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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    The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Sayael)(English)
    Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
    Ride the hype train with Sayael in this episode of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show. Next stop: the Crystal Desert!
    You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

    Thursday, August 17

    Guild Chat (by ArenaNet)(English)
    Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
    Join Rubi Bayer and her developer guests for Guild Chat, where they’ll discuss the nine new elite specializations coming with Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™!

    Saturday, August 19

    Holosmith PvP Building (by Chaith)(English)
    8:00 AM Pacific Time(UTC-7)
    Chaith will take a first stab at the new light-bending engineer elite specialization, the Holosmith.

    Sunday, August 20

    The Sunday Class Stream (English)
    Join us for the third edition of our monthly creative workshop! Our guests will share tips and answer your questions while demonstrating specific art techniques. Don’t be afraid to get technical!

    • 4:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7): Sayael – Outfit and armor design
    • Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7): LiLaiRa – Mounts and creatures
    • 4:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7): VooDoo_Val – Character portraits

    If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool. Thank you for watching!

    Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Coverage Roundup

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    Last Tuesday, we announced Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™, the next expansion for Guild Wars 2. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of fantastic coverage across the world! Here’s a small selection of links to help you get caught up on the news.

    News

    English

    German

    French

    Spanish

    Additional Global Coverage

    Expansion Announcement Livestream

    Official Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Wiki Articles

    August Release Patch Notes Now Available!

    We are happy to announce that the August 2017 release will be deployed during regular downtime on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017.

    This release brings “Lucky Clash” a new week-long event from The Agency, as well as changes to combat mechanics for structures and corp insurance in upwell structures, along with UI/UX improvements for the new map and the in game display of standings.

    In addition to this, the August release brings the introduction of persistent scanning results for cosmic signatures, and a new pair of SKINs for the Pacifier and Enforcer.

    The August release will be deployed during regular downtime, starting 11:00 UTC on August 15th. We expect the Tranquility cluster to be back online and accepting connections at 11:15 UTC.

    For full details of this release, take a look at the full patch notes, and head on over to EVE Updates!

    Alliance Tournament XV: Two Weeks Down, Two To Go

    Hello Capsuleers

    After two weekends of explosions and last minute victories, we are now in the third week of Alliance Tournament XV. If you missed the action from the first two weekends of the tournament, you can find matches on EVE_NT’s YouTube channel, as well as simulation replays of every single match at https://eveonline.pvp.tools/alliance-tournament/ (Shout out to Bierkof for putting it together). A big thank you also goes out to everyone at EVE_NT from CCP for all their hard work during the first two weekends of the tournament.

    While 44 teams have already been eliminated, only 24 teams remain in the tournament. Eight of these teams are in the undefeated bracket, having managed to defeat every team they have faced so far. They are:

    • A Band Apart.
    • Exodus.
    • L A Z E R H A W K S
    • Northern Coalition.
    • Pen Is Out
    • The Initiative.
    • The Tuskers Co.
    • VYDRA RELOLDED

    The remaining 16 teams in the elimination bracket have all stumbled briefly and lost at least one match, but are managing to hang on and forge a path through other teams in a bid to reach the finals. They are:

    • Brave Collective
    • Bright Side of Death
    • HYDRA RELOADED
    • Mercenary Coalition
    • Pandemic Legion
    • Rote Kapelle
    • Salt Farmers
    • Shadow Cartel
    • skill urself
    • Snuffed Out
    • Solyaris Chtonium
    • Test Alliance Please Ignore
    • The Bastard Cartel
    • THE R0NIN
    • Thermodynamics
    • WE FORM V0LTA

    The full brackets for the tournament can be found here.

    The third weekend of Alliance Tournament XV starts August 12 at 15:00 UTC on https://twitch.tv/ccp with THE R0NIN versus Snuffed Out. The full match schedule is available here on the community website. We’ll be brining you every match live from the studio in CCP Iceland alongside our expert commentators who you have already heard with EVE_NT. We asked them what they thought were some of the highlights of the last two weeks of play and what matches they’re looking forward to this weekend.

    Rahne Chocolate: My highlight match was definitely Solyaris Chtonium vs No Handlebars, featuring expert MJD usage by Panthone. After watching their performance in the first two weekends, I’m looking forward to their upcoming matches, especially their first match on Saturday against Pandmeic Legion. It will be a super exciting thanks to SLYCE’s unpredictable nature.

    Elise Randolph: My highlight from this weekend was definitely the tournament micro jump unit. While the unit has been in the AT for years, this weekend we saw them finally used to great effect. Most notably in the matches involving SLYCE, as they had a pilot single handedly winning the match versus drone swarms. This lead to an increased importance in scram tackle frigates – standout performance by Wasa QC in this role. I’m really excited to see the juggernauts clash in the elimination bracket – with tournament winners Hydra, PL, R0nin, and V0lta. PL and hydra have a 50-50 record, with PL winning in elimination matches historically.

    Mawderator: One of the highlights for me so far this tournament was The Bastard Cartel vs Ghost Legion. Ghost Legion managed to take a small but seemingly solid lead in the match, but with less than a minute left TBC managed to start getting kills. In the end, TBC managed to pull ahead with just 21 seconds left, and hang on with their own ship with just 16% structure remaining. I’m eager to see which of the teams from the lower half of the undefeated bracket will make it to the undefeated finals, as these are teams that largely haven’t been able to make it that far in the tournament before. Who will get a shot at the final day?

    Jin’taan: The highlight match for me has to be A Band Apart. vs WE FORM V0LTA, which for me really showed the impact individual piloting can have in the tournament, from ABA’s Logi pilot, to Tikktok in the interceptor, all making these little minute plays that drastically changed the flow of the match, all topped off with a split-second decision on the Blackbird pilot to keep momentum in ABA’s favour. I’m looking forward to the upcoming match between skill urself and Rote Kapelle, as the captains of both teams (CapQu and Ben Booley) are bitter rivals, so both can be expected to bring everything they have to try and drive the other out of the tournament. Both teams are gearing up for this fight, so expect them to bring everything they have to the table.

    Something else to note with the third and fourth weekends is that teams will now have the ability to ban up to three ships instead of just two. This is a big change for the tournament, and is sure to result in some changes in strategy by the teams competing.

    Which matches are you looking forward to? Who do you think will win the tournament now that we’ve seen what teams can bring to the table? Tweet to us using the hashtag #ATXV and let us know. We’re just as excited to see what unfolds over the next two weekends as you are, and we hope to see you in twitch chat cheering for your team (or cheering against your nemesis’s team). Until then fly safe!

    -CCP Logibro and the Tournament Team

    The Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Elonagram Screenshot Contest

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    The Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ preview weekend is coming up fast, and soon your characters will set foot in the Crystal Desert for the first time. We’re excited to see them begin their journeys, and we’re hosting an official screenshot contest on Instagram to celebrate!

    How to Enter

    Take plenty of screenshots of your character visiting and exploring the Crystal Desert during the Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire preview weekend. Then, create an Instagram post using a screenshot to tell a visual story about their journey. You can submit your screenshot as is, or use image-editing software to add filters or create a collage. Your character must be visible in the image, any shots used must remain recognizable as Guild Wars 2 screenshots, and the image must not contain any added text.

    To qualify for entry, you must follow the official ArenaNet Instagram account. Create an Instagram post including the following:

    • A single image portraying your character’s adventures in the Crystal Desert (this image can be a collage of multiple screenshots taken during the Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire preview weekend);
    • 50 words or less (in English only) describing your character’s adventures;
    • Followed by the hashtags #GuildWars2, #GW2, #GW2PoF, #GW2PathOfFire, #Elonagram, #GW2CrystalDesert, and #GW2OfficialContest;
    • Then the statement, “This is submitted as an entry in the Elonagram Screenshot Contest.”
    • And finally, your country of residence. (Please note that not all countries are eligible.)

    Posts that don’t follow these criteria or the contest rules exactly will be disqualified, so make sure you double-check your entry! We’ll only accept one post per entrant during the contest, which begins on Friday, August 11, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) and ends on Sunday, August 20, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7).

    Entries must be your own original work and will be judged on their creativity, adherence to the theme, and visual storytelling.

    Prizes

    1st Place: 1 Sennheiser GSX 1000 audio amplifier, 1 Sennheiser Game Zero white gaming headset
    2nd Place: 1 Corsair Scimitar mouse, 1 Corsair STRAFE keyboard
    3rd–12th Place: A WeLoveFine Guild Wars 2 T-shirt of your choice
    13th–50th Place: A code redeemable for 400 gems

    We’ll be waiting to see your vacation pictures—best of luck!