The most recent edition of the State of the Game article series has been posted of the Guild Wars site. This time they interview members of Heart of Ashes and Dust [HAnD], the third guild to win two monthly tournaments.
By winning in November, Heart of Ashes and Dust [HAnD] became the third guild to win two Monthly Automatic Tournaments (ATs) in the Guild Wars $100,000 Tournament Series (Virtual Dragons [vD] and Rebel Rising [rawr] were the other two). Unlike the previous repeat winners, [HAnD] went six months between its May and November wins, while [vD] won back-to-back in June and July, and [rawr] won back-to-back in August and September. The members of [HAnD] were gracious enough to meet early morning (1-2 AM their time) to accommodate an interview. Members of [HAnD] present at the interview included: Andkun, Smith, Aris Kick, Fle, Mashiro, Rufa, Pixy, and Noji. Also participating was Mehdi, an ArenaNet interpreter present to facilitate the interview. Below is a summary of the topics discussed during that interview.
[HAnD] originally formed by the merger of two other guilds, Free Will [FW] and The Atomic Clock Tour [TACT]. The main emphasis for the new guild was to participate very actively in PvP. From March to December of this year, [HAnD] played more than 1,300 GvG rated matches, winning nearly 1,000 of them. This is an extraordinary amount of GvG activity, especially considering they accomplished it primarily with the same eight players. [HAnD] has a core team of eight, with only two additional inactive players in the guild. This core group typically plays two to three hours a night, which translates roughly to five or six GvG matches. Because of the small size of their core, Andkun, the guild's leader, often has to invite one or two guests to play.
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