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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Guild Wars: Nightfall PvP updates

Despite Nightfall's announced "PvE focus", there's quite a bit on offer to PvP players and the latest GW Insider gave out some more juicy details.
  1. Build Templates.
    With the click of a button you'll be able to:

    * Save to Template. Save a build of skills and attributes to your computer. You can even access these files outside of the game, allowing you to transfer them from computer to computer.
    * Load from Template. Upload a build from a saved file on your computer into the game.
    * Manage Templates. Rename, delete, and move saved templates.

  2. Hero Battles.
    To win a Hero Battle, you must outscore your opponent. Points come in two ways: [1] holding the center control point and [2] killing members of the enemy team. In addition to the center control point, each Hero Battle map has additional control points that confer bonuses such as additional Health or control of an NPC ally. Control points are captured much like the points you can capture in Alliance Battles.

  3. Near-equivalence between PvP and PvE characters. Previously, really competitive PvP players had to grind their way to getting the best PvE equipment.
    Part of our goal was to make it so players didn’t have to delete and remake PvP characters so often, so we’re also adding a “PvP Equipment Builder.” You can use this Equipment Builder whenever you’re in an outpost with a PvP-only character and make any item you could make during PvP character creation. Unlocked a new rune at the Priest of Balthazar? You can immediately make yourself some armor with that rune in it. Want four full weapon sets? No problem.

  4. In-Guild Observer Mode.
    And for everyone out there who likes to play a little GvG, we’ve upgraded Observer Mode to include recent GvG battles by your guild.
Add 2 new professions and a whole bunch of tasty-looking skills. Shake well and serve with relish.

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