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  SBFord

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OP  11/14/12 5:58:04 PM#1

Yesterday, ArenaNet announced the coming addition of a new high-end dungeon for Guild Wars 2 called Fractals of the Mist. We take a look at Fractals in a brand new preview. Read on and then tell us what you think in the comments.

The Fractals of the Mists is a bit like ArenaNet’s “lesson learned” from the dungeons GW2 launched with.  There is no “explorable mode” or “story mode”: there is only “The Fractals”.  Essentially, the Asura have figured out a way to teleport people into different parts of the Mists (the fabric of time and space that holds Tyria together).  For the glory of research (and loot of course), players of any level can enter the Fractals and take part in a series of nine mini dungeons that are cycled at random and become more difficult as you progress.  Though you can enter at any level, the intended design is for level 80 players.  Loot scales for your level appropriately, as it does in WvW, so level 2 players shouldn’t expect to find any Ascended loot while doing the Fractals until they’re level 80. 

Read more of Bill Murphy's Guild Wars 2: Exploring the Fractals.

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  QSatu

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Joined: 10/14/06
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11/15/12 9:14:54 AM#2
I'm especially excited about Jade ocean fractal. One of the best areas in any game I've ever played.
  arobi

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11/15/12 9:15:01 AM#3
Nice looking forward to this
  Jaggens

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11/15/12 9:36:13 AM#4

It does look like improvement in arenanet dungeon design.

Whole Fractals concept sounds like a big experiment to see whenever certain new mechanics will work (random environments, increasing difficulty and reward scaling, less tank'n'spank and more variety). I do hope that they made something different to current dungeon pool, which is 80% same boring stuff, and would take succesful components forth into new content.

  gandles

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11/15/12 9:53:46 AM#5
thats funny my guild is also HOT, hammer of thor...>.> nice one bill =D
  Anthur

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Posts: 614

11/15/12 9:55:35 AM#6

"The second run-through would have been a different story, and since the dungeon won’t reset for a week, if you beat the Maw once, the difficulty will remain boosted for the week."

Man, Anet is really trying hard to seperate the community with this new content. Add fusions as a new gate mechanism and than also freeze the difficulty you acheived for 1 week. So no going back to lower dificulties to help others or even join them if they missed the first run.

So the spam in LA will look like this the next weeks:

"LFG fractals level 1"

"lf2m fractals level 3"

"Anyone fractals level 2?"

"lf1m fractals, level 5, full ascend only, got guardian."

  Blessings

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Joined: 10/24/07
Posts: 67

11/15/12 11:21:33 AM#7
How they plan to individually track fractal progress seems like a nightmare.

  BlueLantern

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11/15/12 11:48:14 AM#8
you can set the difficulty, please update this article with the correct information.


  BlueLantern

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11/15/12 11:57:25 AM#9
Originally posted by Anthur

"The second run-through would have been a different story, and since the dungeon won’t reset for a week, if you beat the Maw once, the difficulty will remain boosted for the week."

Man, Anet is really trying hard to seperate the community with this new content. Add fusions as a new gate mechanism and than also freeze the difficulty you acheived for 1 week. So no going back to lower dificulties to help others or even join them if they missed the first run.

So the spam in LA will look like this the next weeks:

"LFG fractals level 1"

"lf2m fractals level 3"

"Anyone fractals level 2?"

"lf1m fractals, level 5, full ascend only, got guardian."

and now for the truth. you can set the difficulty scale when your group enters based on the highest common attained level of your group members.

 

http://www.guildwars2hub.com/guides/basics/complete-guide-fractals-mists


  wildwing

Novice Member

Joined: 4/28/10
Posts: 2

11/15/12 12:34:53 PM#10
when will it be accessable?
  valere

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Joined: 10/26/06
Posts: 2

11/15/12 12:44:59 PM#11
Going to be interesting to watch how much this new armor tier will muck up the game.. The fractal system in of itself sounds pretty neat, but the introduction of a gear treadmill will spell doom for Anet..  Nomatter what they label or disguise it as, they should not have strafed from their design manifesto.
  jakin

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Joined: 7/27/04
Posts: 235

11/15/12 12:46:47 PM#12
Originally posted by BlueLantern
Originally posted by Anthur

"The second run-through would have been a different story, and since the dungeon won’t reset for a week, if you beat the Maw once, the difficulty will remain boosted for the week."

Man, Anet is really trying hard to seperate the community with this new content. Add fusions as a new gate mechanism and than also freeze the difficulty you acheived for 1 week. So no going back to lower dificulties to help others or even join them if they missed the first run.

So the spam in LA will look like this the next weeks:

"LFG fractals level 1"

"lf2m fractals level 3"

"Anyone fractals level 2?"

"lf1m fractals, level 5, full ascend only, got guardian."

and now for the truth. you can set the difficulty scale when your group enters based on the highest common attained level of your group members.

 

http://www.guildwars2hub.com/guides/basics/complete-guide-fractals-mists

Anthur is correct.  Because the difficulty level is based on the lowest difficulty achieved in the group you will absolutely see people LFG with certain difficulty cut-offs.  People looking to progress will not be keen on continually running through the early difficulties with new PUG members.

 

As with most dungeons, this mechanic favours setting up a group that's willing to run a few evolutions in a row together, either on a static basis or at least a one-time commitment.  Hot-join PUGs will be tougher to form.

  QSatu

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Joined: 10/14/06
Posts: 1765

11/15/12 12:50:52 PM#13
Originally posted by jakin
Originally posted by BlueLantern
Originally posted by Anthur

Anthur is correct.  Because the difficulty level is based on the lowest difficulty achieved in the group you will absolutely see people LFG with certain difficulty cut-offs.  People looking to progress will not be keen on continually running through the early difficulties with new PUG members.

 

As with most dungeons, this mechanic favours setting up a group that's willing to run a few evolutions in a row together, either on a static basis or at least a one-time commitment.  Hot-join PUGs will be tougher to form.

Yea it might be a problem but at least it resets each week so on mondays everyone will be starting from lvl 1 anyways.

  hercules

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Joined: 4/21/03
Posts: 4786

11/15/12 2:20:51 PM#14
Really looking forward to it,sad its heading to gear grind
  KhinRunite

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Joined: 11/05/10
Posts: 897

11/15/12 8:29:15 PM#15
Have fun guys. I'll get to experience all this after work, which is 10 hours from now...
  Homitu

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Joined: 10/01/09
Posts: 2026

11/15/12 10:12:10 PM#16
Originally posted by BlueLantern
Originally posted by Anthur

"The second run-through would have been a different story, and since the dungeon won’t reset for a week, if you beat the Maw once, the difficulty will remain boosted for the week."

Man, Anet is really trying hard to seperate the community with this new content. Add fusions as a new gate mechanism and than also freeze the difficulty you acheived for 1 week. So no going back to lower dificulties to help others or even join them if they missed the first run.

So the spam in LA will look like this the next weeks:

"LFG fractals level 1"

"lf2m fractals level 3"

"Anyone fractals level 2?"

"lf1m fractals, level 5, full ascend only, got guardian."

and now for the truth. you can set the difficulty scale when your group enters based on the highest common attained level of your group members.

 

http://www.guildwars2hub.com/guides/basics/complete-guide-fractals-mists

Which is exactly why people will be shouting for players currently on the same difficulty level or above.  Unlike the other guy, however, I don't have a problem with this.  

  FizbanFizban

Novice Member

Joined: 11/10/12
Posts: 6

11/15/12 10:14:30 PM#17
casual game, next one?
  grimm6th

Novice Member

Joined: 10/22/10
Posts: 978

11/15/12 11:27:45 PM#18

This looks amazing, but there is one thing I am unsure of...

Does any other game have something that compares to this?

I used to TL;DR, but then I took a bullet point to the footnote.

  Mothanos

Elite Member

Joined: 10/20/10
Posts: 1789

11/16/12 1:01:35 AM#19

Wonder how many will make it trough the final stage :)

Some dungeons where already harder then anything ive ever been in, dont like PvE, but i always check it out for some reason :P

http://speedtest.net/result/2112016336.png

  Scot

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Joined: 10/10/03
Posts: 5146

11/16/12 3:22:05 AM#20
So these are not raids, but more top end dungeons?
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