The Scrying Pool: The Tempest

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The Scrying Pool is a Guild Wars 2 column where I simply ask what if? Nothing is off the table as I dive into possible features and future content, looking at what currently exists in Guild Wars 2 before I answer my own what if question with how I think the feature and content could be implemented.

Normally that intro holds true, but with the Elementalist’s elite speculation reveal I will be flipping the tables. Instead of looking forward, the Scrying Pool will be looking back as we pick the Specialization series back up. The specialization series focuses on my impressions of each of the Elite Specializations after they get revealed while throwing in some of my previous articles and speculation for flavor.

The City Festival Starts Tonight!

The Kelethin City Festival is back! It will run from August 1st at 12:01am PDT through August 7th at 11:59pm PDT. The Far Seas Caravan can be found in Greater Faydark on the Green Knoll. Visit the caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and check out the Greater Faydark Aether Race!

Film Friday: Sixteen New Trailers (Part Two)

The second half of this week's Film Friday has eight more flicks from Diablo III, Endless Space 2, Final Fantasy Explorers, The Swindle, Total War: Warhammer, Toy Soldiers War Chest, Van Helsing, and ZOMBI.

Film Friday: Sixteen New Trailers (Part One)

The first half of this week's Film Friday has eight flicks from Corpse of Discovery, Gryphon Knight Epic, King's Quest, Legend of Kay, Lost Dimension, No Pineapple Left Behind, Rocket League, and Tinertia.

Guild Wars 2: First Beta Weekend Announced

ArenaNet is going to be at Gamescom next week for the Guild Wars 2 World Tournament Series which will face the top four teams against each other for the first time on a stage in Europe. Those attending Gamecom next week will get an early preview of the first official Beta Weekend Event (BWE) which ArenaNet is today announcing for players that have pre-purchased Heart of Thorns. Players won't have to wait long as the first BWE will launch next weekend starting on Friday, August 7th at Noon Pacific and lasting to the following Monday, August 10th at Noon Pacific.

Deck Tech: Grand Tournament Cards (Part 1)

HS Spacewizard is back with another Hearthstone Deck Tech. Instead of building a deck this week, he's taking a look at some of the most interesting revealed cards from the upcoming Grand Tournament expansion.

Downtime - Thursday, July 30, 2015

US servers will be brought offline on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7am PT for an update. EU servers will come down at 9pm PT (5am London Time on July 31st) for their update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately one hour. Here are the patch notes:


PVP
General
Fixed an issue where players could mentor below the minimum PvP mentor level while inside PvP exempt zones.

Time-Locked PvP

  • Pumice stones are now available from gratified merchants.
  • Qeynos andFreeportnow correctly flag opposing faction players for PvP.

ABILITIES
PvP
Evac spells will no longer work on characters that are in PvP combat.

ITEMS

  • Spirit Totem of the Wolf will now grant a small “in combat” speed bonus.
  • Fixed a bug with personal depots that increased status and coin rent for the houses they were placed in.

MARKETPLACE
Increased the size of the depots on the Marketplace. Their description now displays how many items they will contain.

EverQuest Producer's Letter: July Update

Yesterday afternoon, Executive Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale discussed the current progress of the EverQuest team's plans. The campaign expected out later this year is still in development, with the team continuing to also work in monthly bug fixes and improvement updates. The Ragefire and Lockjaw servers will have transfers enabled later today, and soon Ragefire's voting timer will be modified to a quicker pace. The team is also looking at a special rules server (potentially a "no boxing" progression server) to come out this winter. Crash issues are being looked into, while CS is working through petitions due to a failure on the Lockjaw server this past Monday.

Read the entire letter after the jump and leave your feedback on the official forums.

Downtime - Ragefire & Lockjaw - Thursday, July 30

The Ragefire and Lockjaw Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 1pm PT in preparation for transfers between the two servers. They will be unavailable for approximately one hour.

Get more information on the progression server transfers here.

Xbox: August's Free Games

Microsoft's Games with Gold program continues with more great offers for Xbox Live members in August!