Guild Wars 2 fans currently live in a kind of limbo: On the one hand, this year could be great for them, after all, the developers have announced the third expansion, End of Dragons, which sends adventurers to Cantha, the popular continent from Guild Wars: Factions. On the other hand, it almost seems like Tyria is standing still until the expansion is released. Theoretically, the developers bring out new content, but the last story update "Champions: Chapter 1" did without a new area and instead sent us back to known areas of Tyria, in instances. These dragon aid missions were not well received by many players. Too much recycling, boring fights, dreary rewards. Chapter 2 has now appeared and attracts with new missions. The burning question is of course: M.Is it all fun if you didn't like the first kite aid missions?
The repeatable story instances still rely on the same strengths and weaknesses as before. You visit well-known places in GW2 history, tackle dragon minions there, learn more about the development of characters and the story, and defeat a relatively strong boss to end up going home with tokens that you can use to get additional loot can. This description can be transferred 1: 1 to the first chapter, only the locations, actors and rewards have been changed. So if you have avoided kite aid missions before, you will not suddenly find it great.
Where do the Dragon Aid missions of Chapter 2 go?
After we were allowed to strike back in Chapter 1, for example, at the gates of Löwenstein and Rata Sum's destroyers, Chapter 2 leads us into four more areas, some of which are more, some less old:
• Ebon falcon fortress
• Smithy at the Donnerkopf summit
• Doric Lake
• Groove heights
The areas are of different interest. While the flaming tunnels of the forge and a completely frozen Doric Lake feel refreshingly new, the Schneekuhlenhöhen and Ebonfalke fortress are disappointing. At least this time there is more variety in the opponents. Because not only destroyers terrorize the inhabitants of Tyria in the new missions, but also the armed forces of Jormag.
How are the fights in Chapter 2 of Champions?
While the destroyers torment us again and again with incendiary effects, but also throw us through the area with thrown rocks and powerful attacks, the Icebrood warriors rely more on cool effects. So be sure to bring stability against the fiery Primordus servants, they definitely turned out to be worse opponents when played. Especially the boss at the end of the forge instance requires more thinking than you are used to from the instances. But don't think now that you can expect strike bosses or raid levels! The dragon aid missions remain as difficult as story instances (at least without activated challenges).
The bright spot: Lore and World Building
The many lore insights remain a highlight. What about the human-charr tensions in Ebonhawke? What is Jormag up to? How are the residents of Lake Doric? Who actually takes care of the smithy in the Donnerkopf summit? Why suddenly appear for the first time in Guild Wars 2 history (buy now € 39.95 ) real living dwarves away from Ogden? The latter in particular represent a fascinating lore anchor: the petrified dwarfs have been fighting the troublemakers for centuries and see the people of Tyria as newcomers to "their" struggle. These interesting insights quickly lose their appeal, because we only need to have heard / read them once in a dragon aid mission.
The Dragon Slayer Mastery: Nothing new
The new levels of dragon slayer mastery cannot be compared with paragliders, mount expansions or EMP charges: They only work in the exclusive instances and even there do not cause any noticeable changes apart from increased values and additional sources of blessings and states.
Old skins repainted: Two more dragon slayer sets
If you haven't had enough of the existing version of the dragon slayer weapons from Chapter 1, you can look forward to two new sets that simply represent new colors. Crimson red is based on destroyers with a fiery lava look, while azure blue captures the frost of the ice brood. In the end, it's just "Recolors", the model is the same. The only impressive new weapon skin is the Longbow of the Exalted, who join the fight against the dragon minions. He and the exclusive Deldrimor Stoneskin Infusion are available, like the Crystal Blossom Ax, from trader NPCs of the respective factions.
For whom is the update worthwhile?
We sincerely cannot make a real game recommendation this time. It is always worth logging in when a new Guild Wars 2 update is released, as you don't have to pay for it later. However, Chapter 2 has nothing more to offer than Chapter 1 and so you can wait for the release of Chapter 3 with a clear conscience and then complete all the dragon help missions of the story in a binge session in order to see the interesting development of the characters and the story experience. Overall, however, the chapters represent watered-down episodes – free of interesting domination, strikes or new territory. Hardcore fashionistas can of course sit down to build the new dragon slayer weapons and earn the stoneskin infusion. If you are looking for ANYTHING new in Guild Wars 2, you will have fun with the update – the key is to lower your expectations.
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