Guild Wars 2: Division Overview

Tilce | 22 August 2012 | 6 comments (off)

What is Guild Wars 2?

Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game in development by ArenaNet. Set in the fantasy world of Tyria, the game follows the re-emergence of Destiny’s Edge, a disbanded guild dedicated to fighting the Elder Dragons, a Lovecraftian species that has seized control of Tyria in the time since the original Guild Wars. The game takes place in a persistent world with a story that progresses in instanced environments. 

The Guts

There are five playable races that you can choose for your character in step one. That choice determines your starting location, personal storyline, and racial skills, as well as differences in appearance and lore. The races are designed to be balanced, and no one race possess an unfair advantage over other races.

These alchemagical inventors may be short in stature, but they’re intellectual giants. Among the asura, it’s not the strong who survive, but the clever. Other races believe they should rule by virtue of their power and strength, but they’re deluding themselves. In due time, all will serve the asura.

The charr race was forged in the merciless crucible of war. It is all they know. War defines them, and their quest for dominion drives them ever onward. The weak and the foolish have no place among the charr. Victory is all that matters, and it must be achieved by any means and at any cost.

Humans have lost their homeland, their security, and their former glory. Even their gods have withdrawn. And yet, the human spirit remains unshaken. These brave defenders of Kryta continue to fight with every ounce of their strength.

The race of towering hunters experienced a great defeat when the Ice Dragon drove them from their glacial homeland. Nevertheless, they won’t let one lost battle - however punishing - dampen their enthusiasm for life and the hunt. They know that only the ultimate victor achieves legendary rewards.

Sylvari are not born. They awaken beneath the Pale Tree with knowledge gleaned in their pre-life Dream. These noble beings travel, seeking adventure and pursuing quests. They struggle to balance curiosity with duty, eagerness with chivalry, and warfare with honor. Magic and mystery entwine to shape the future of this race that has so recently appeared.


Guardians specialize in protective and defensive magic. A deep sense of loyalty to their allies fuels their passion and power.

Warriors are masters of martial skills. They rely on speed, strength, toughness, and heavy armor to survive. They’re versatile in combat and benefit from offensive and defensive abilities. Warriors inspire allies and demoralize enemies.

Engineers are technological and alchemical masterminds. They employ turrets, grenades, elixirs, a variety of other impressive devices, and concoctions to overcome their enemies.

Rangers are proficient with the bow. They rely on a keen eye, a steady hand, and the power of nature to slay their targets. Their loyal pets, which rangers tame and train, distract enemies while the rangers strike safely from a distance.

Thieves are adept at the art of stealth. They utilize surprise and shadow to get close to their enemies, and they’re deadly in one-on-one combat. They have an affinity for setting traps and going where they were never meant to go.

Elementalists have harnessed Tyria’s natural forces. Their powers of destruction are drawn from an affinity with the four elements that make up the world. They conjure air, fire, earth or water to assault their enemies.

Mesmers are maestros of mirage. They weave mental magic that confounds, controls, or evokes emotion in their enemies. With a wave of the hand, they can shatter their own illusions to produce even greater special effects.

Necromancers are masters of the dark arts. They summon the dead to fight for them, channel blood energy and rend their enemies’ souls. Necromancers draw on life force and use it to strengthen or heal themselves and others

Game Styles

PVE: Player Verse Environment:

refers to the combat and activities in the game which are not focused on competing against other players to succeed. PvE content is designed to be completed cooperatively with other players or as a solo player, so if combat is involved it is against computer controlled enemies. PvE is the opposite of Player versus Player (PvP) which focuses on combat against other players. In Guild Wars 2, PvP and PvE content are completely separate; a character playing PvE cannot be killed by another player.

PvE is designed to encourage fluid, natural cooperation between players. Any player contributing to a fight is rewarded and has a chance at loot and gets the same amount of experience regardless of how many other players were involved. Dynamic level adjustment scales higher level players down to the level of the area. Events and other encounters scale in difficulty as more players join in. Every player is able to revive others who have been defeated. Traditional MMORPG player roles such as healing classes have been eschewed in favor of each character being able to perform a hybrid role in combat and provide all of the three facets of the Guild Wars 2 combat system; damage, control and support.

Structured PvP: Player Verse Player

Structured PvP is a Player versus Player mode which allows competition on an even footing. There are two primary modes of play; tournament and hot join play.

A character used to enter structured PvP will retain race and profession. The character will be given a fixed maximum level, and all skills and items will be available without the need to unlock them first. Scores are tracked on the scoreboard. Player statistics will be tracked and used to generate a player ranking.

Contrary to World PvP, structured PvP doesn’t grant rewards usable in PvE. On the other hand, players can earn glory and use it to buy better looking equipment from glory vendors. They also earn rank which gives random pvp awards.
There are several different maps for structured PvP which may have different objectives, though the only objective which will be in release is conquest. 

WvW: World vs World

World versus World (also known as WvW, WvWvW and World PvP) is a Player versus Player game mode where players from three different servers, or worlds, battle in the Mists. It features open-world combat on 4 large maps with up to several hundreds of players per map. In World versus World, players can besiege structures such as Keeps and Towers with siege weapons, battle over resources, and win rewards for their world.

The Social Side

TOG’s greatest asset is its members and the social interaction between its members is an important part in making this division a place people want to visit on a regular basis.

We try to cater for members who either like a competitive or social environment with regards to their gaming. This could mean PvP Comps, Newby Zone Walkthroughs, Crafting Exhibitions or other fun stuff to keep members entertained.

TeamSpeak plays a significant role in this aspect and its use is encouraged in the division. It may be a good place to have a laugh with friends or group up for some teamwork in-game. Its also a very useful in finding information out first. 
Not a TOG member and would like to join up? Are you 25 or older? See the Barracks in the forums for more details. 

6 Comments so far

FaolanConall | 09:59 am - 23 August 2012

Tilce, mate, I didn’t know you could write more than two sentences in a go.

This is a great summation of things, at least as I reckon it.

LOL thanks Faolan. Nice to see you round these parts :)

Nice article Tilce!

Hi guys, I am brand new to GW2 so apologies if this is a stupid question or has been answered on another TOG members play on a specific GW2 server or are we ‘scattered’ across the server multiverse?

Thanks for the help!

Captian Aleassia | 08:30 am - 18 October 2012

Hey Guy can i get a TOG guild invite? not sure where to post this im a TOG member for a couple years now played Perpetium and WoT with quite a few here , now im in Yaks Bend and needing an invite to the guild Thanks oh btw my characters name is Saffona

I also need a guild invite.  My handle is Rohan.5047 on Yak’s Bend.  Thanks in advance.

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