Having crawled into bed last night at 1:30am, after six and a half hours playing Guild Wars 2 and needing to wake at 5:00am, I’d like to think that the stress test was a success.
In comparison to the last beta phase that was plagued with problems; being kicked from servers, an inability to login, getting stuck on loading screens or just generally being plagued by poor performance, I couldn’t believe the difference last night. Going into the stress test, I was half expecting to spend the vast majority of my time staring at the title menu.
Perhaps my merry band of men and I were fortunate to avoid the issues that many appeared to suffer from (the beta forums were awash with technical problems the moment the servers opened) however, I did notice a huge improvement in game performance and encountered no login issues.
The one problem I did face and my colleague Sardu suffered the same, was taking part in Defending Shaemoor more than 3 times and only warping out of the tutorial area after relogging and completing it a fourth time.
This minor inconvenience aside, I was pleasantly surprised. Perhaps the servers had far less people playing this time around (although zones still looked just as busy) and so perhaps could handle the strain better. Either way, it all made for an incredibly enjoyable evening, where 99% of my time was spent in structured PvP.
The elementalist is a profession I’ve never once played (despite being asked to play it many times) but is probably, even after all this time, the biggest surprise I’ve ever had in Guild Wars 2; powerful, mobile, complex and adaptive, it reminds me a great deal of my Druid in World of Warcraft where forms are replaced by attunements. I’m amazed that I’ve never played it before and I’ve thought about playing nothing else since I awoke this morning.
I’m not sure there is anything more satisfying that using Ride The Lightning from the clocktower gantry to land near a control point, using Burning Speed to sprint into the middle of a pack of opposing players, followed by Ring of Fire and Earthquake. It’s simply epic and I can’t wait to take the profession for a test run in World versus World.
So what did you do during the stress test and how did you find it? Did you even take part? Did you try new professions? Do you have withdrawal symptoms already?
Let us know!