Annual Lunar New Year Event Now Live in Guild Wars 2
The annual Lunar New Year Event for Guild Wars 2 is in full swing now with celebrations for the Year of the Dog. As in previous years, players can try their luck at opening lucky red envelopes to earn essences of luck, special event food, fireworks, valuable vendor loot, or this year’s new Lucky Dog Lantern or Lucky Great Dog Lantern backpacks. The Dragon Ball PVP arena has returned as well with updated and rebalanced skills and reduced match times. Two new activities have been added this year: anl adventure that has participants lighting fireworks under a time crunch and a race event which utilizes Path of Fire’s mounts (players who have not unlocked mounts yet can still temporarily rent them for the event). The event runs until February 22nd. The event patch also introduced many class balance tweaks, focusing substantially on the elite specializations introduced in Path of Fire and the overhaul of the Mesmer profession (specifically, phantasms and alacrity).
Pre-orders for WoW: Battle for Azeroth Now Open
Pre-orders for World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion, Battle for Azeroth are now open in the Blizzard online shop. The expansion has two versions: Standard for $49.99 and Digital Deluxe for $69.99. Both versions come with complete expansion content, a 110-level boost, and early access to four of the six allied races introduced in the expansion. The digital deluxe version additionally comes with special mounts, a special pet, and various cosmetics for four of Blizzard’s other games (Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Starcraft II).
For those who have already pre-ordered Battle for Azeroth, the aforementioned four new allied races are now available for recruitment: Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne for Horde and Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves for Alliance. After meeting the unlock requirements and playing a scenario, these allied races become unlocked for character creation. Each allied race comes with its own set of racial traits, a unique mount, and special racial armor that’s unlocked over the course of leveling up. The other two allied races (Zandalari Trolls and Dark Iron Dwarves) will be available on the expansion’s launch (September 21st, 2018).
That wraps it up for this month. If you’re playing ESO, what do you think of the new combat changes? If you’re playing Guild Wars 2, what do you think of the balance patch? If you’ve pre-ordered Battle for Azeroth, how are you enjoying the new allied races?