Author Archive - Alaris


Are rangers actually under-powered?

I’ve heard it a few times lately… rangers with pets are terrible in dungeons. Rangers with pets are no good in small places. A ranger without a pet is just worthless. And so on. This leads to rangers not trying to get into difficult content, and/or not being accepted/invited to play there. Fortunately, I’m in […]

The Molting Alliance

If you just came out of coma as I did, it may seem that a new story dungeon has just appeared out of nowhere! But no! Apparently there’s this cool extended ad going on in Guild Wars 2 (they called it living story) that has been playing for a while to announce this new dungeon. […]

10 Tips to playing Guild Wars 2 better

I create the opportunity for learning, so that I can keep improving. I do that by seeking ways to challenge myself on specific gameplay skills. Here’s 10 ways you can use to keep learning too. 10 Trigger combos You can trigger combos by yourself on many professions by using a skill that creates a combo […]

I thought it meant Super Plants vs Pandas!

I found out that sPvP wasn’t some minigame that pokes some fun at the latest WoW playable race in a juiced up sequel of the game Plants vs Zombies… Instead, I got another monthly done in maybe 4-5 hours of play on my first real try playing sPvP, and I am close to getting it […]

Dailies: an updated guide

Dailies are easy extra income, mystic coins, laurels, and karma. This is a short guide giving some pointers on ways to make the dailies easier, by giving hints on how to incorporate them into normal play or combo-ing them. I would suggest you start with the following if you plan on completing them… they are […]

Dailies and Monthlies: A Starter’s Guide

This is a short guide giving some pointers on ways to make the dailies and monthlies easier. Dailies and monthlies are a relatively easy way to boost your income and get some extras like laurels and karma. However, some have complained that they make you deviate from normal play… that is not necessarily so, and […]

Endgame: An alt-a-holic’s perspective

I’ve always liked playing different characters, and now that I have a few at max level and with somewhat decent gear, I feel I have some *cough*authority*cough* to talk about what to expect from your characters in endgame. The good news is… the game remains pretty similar to early- or mid-game, so whatever profession you […]

Psst! Your noob is showing…

One thing I like about dungeons is that every once in a while, it makes you feel like a noob. And the way to get past this is to figure out how to change your gameplay to adapt to the situation. However, dungeons are made for 5 people, so this means that your noobiness will […]

Dungeons: don’t just zerg, think!

I’ve done a few dungeons now, mostly in pick-up-groups, mostly with people who don’t know the dungeon well. And while we almost always complete the dungeon, here’s a common scenario… we get stuck, we die and wipe a few times, we struggle, we find it’s dumb and frustrating, and we finally succeed. But there’s a […]

Some facts about GW2 skills you might have missed…

So you think you are a Guild Wars 2 pro by now, right? You have your favourite skill rotations programmed into muscle memory, efficiently dispatching foe after foe? But don’t be fooled. The true martial artist doesn’t stop at being an efficient killer… the true martial artist seeks true mastery of his weapons. Here’s a […]
Welcome to Guardian weapons training. My name is Zervish Alaris, I will be your instructor today. This training is meant to give you a brief review of weapons and how to use them. It is not an in-depth analysis however… for this, you should talk to a scholar, or try it out on foes in […]

PvE Levels 1-50, What Changes?

I have often played games, only to find out that the more I played it, the more things changed. In MMORPGs, I find that generally, as you level up, you start having to manage your energy more and more, and you are also pushed into specializing into a role. I also find that leveling slows […]

Combat Training 101

Welcome to Combat Training 101. My name is Zervish Alaris. I am a Guardian. I will be drawing specific examples from my own experience, however, I mean for this class to be useful to most professions. We will be covering basics of weapon selection, combat movement, combat awareness, and numerical advantage.

1 Day Left To Wait !!!

I am so looking forward to this. I finished the install, and then I downloaded the patches. Wait… done? So fast? Wow, I was expecting hours of downloading patches like its main competitor, but this game downloads only what it needs so you can get into the game faster. Sweet! Character editor… which profession to […]

Guild Wars 2 a.k.a. MMORPG 2

As we look back, Guild Wars 2 isn’t just a sequel to Guild Wars 1, itself a successful franchise. It is a sequel to the whole MMORPG genre. You heard me right. Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to every single MMORPG out here. All of them combined. Although providing more of the same is […]