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      Changes to the Application Process   08/03/2016

      Hello Everyone!   I'm creating this announcement to inform every vVv applicant that I have introduced a few short-term goals that we all will be working toward accomplishing over the next few weeks. One of these goals directly affects your application process.  If you would like to read the full post in detail, and maybe learn a little about me, follow this link. The TL;DR of why I'm addressing this announcement to you is to inform you that our application process will be undergoing a few dramatic changes that will affect your application. vVv Gaming wants to be as transparent as possible when it comes to what changes our Staff team makes and why. We will be changing the applications themselves as well as how they work. Our community wants and needs a larger say in who is accepted and who isn't. We also want to encourage community interaction as much as possible. With these changes, we are wanting to allow members the ability to give constructive criticism to applicants, provide the opportunity for applicants to interact with members and other applicants that they normally may not, and open a platform for discussion and the sharing of ideas. With the reimplementation of the Endorsement System, vVv Gaming is looking to give the power back to our Members and put the fate of the Applicant (and their application!) in their own hands. Applicants will need to receive 5 endorsements from current vVv Members (Staff endorsements work as well!) to earn their pre-interview. If an Applicant fails to receive a new endorsement every 3 weeks the application will be closed. Full details on how the Endorsement System works can be found through this link. Because we are introducing new application forms and a different way of how the application process works, we will be closing all currently open applications. Once the new application forms are posted, all applicants that had an application open during this time will be able to immediately reopen their applications. This means that those applicants do not need to wait 30 days as the new rule states, this will be a one-time exception due to circumstances under which these applications were closed. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a private message. I apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause. Thank you for your patience and your enthusiasm for joining vVv Gaming!
    • vVv Bagzli

      We have moved to Discord   08/04/2016

      There has been a strong desire among the community to migrate to Discord for quite some time. As of today, our community will be using Discord and as a result, we will no longer be actively using our TeamSpeak Server.  The TeamSpeak server will temporarily stay active to help inform all of our move to Discord. Within the next couple of months, it will be shut down completely.  For a quick invite to our new Discord server, you can click here.  
      For a full detailed guide visit http://www.vVv-Gaming.com/Discord
    • vVv Bagzli

      vVv Gaming Presents: ADL Season 10!   08/12/2016

      TL;DR: Season 10 of the vVv Gaming LoL ADL begins Friday, August 19th @9pm EST/6pm PST! Discord Info              Just be on Discord at the check in time and have a level 30 with at least 16 champions to participate! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ vVv Gaming has had a long history in competitive e-sports; and, while the LCS may be a long way off for the organization, we can still participate in semi-competitive LoL activities as a community. The ADL has, and will continue to be, our main way to achieve this. However, let’s be honest, the ADL has had a rough time over the past few seasons. This comes from both participant enjoyment, as well as coordination and structuring of the event as a whole. While I do not plan on completely fixing the system from the start, I do believe that there are some short (and long) term changes that can make the experience better for everyone: ·         We are keeping participation points for this season, as well as the Elo ranking system used for previous seasons. ·         We will have people recruiting more in the game from the community, and attempt to bring more LoL community members to the discord that we feel would be good for the vVv community. ·         We will be implementing new rules for the drafting phase. Some of these rules will be introduced as the season progresses and are covered below. ·         Unfortunately, at this point in time, there is no information regarding a prize. If a viable prize method/opportunity comes about in the future, current season winners will be rewarded retroactively. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rules and Details (Read if new):          Nights will consist of two matches per night. You must be able to attend both games (Don’t be that guy, play it out).          Be on Discord NO LATER than 8:55pm EST/5:55pm PST for Check In. This will be slowly changed to 8:45pm EST as the season progresses. We want the drafting phase this season to be as smooth as possible.  We want to give people time to announce their roles before hand.           Check in will happen in the ADL Check In Discord Channel BEFORE players move to the regular ADL channel, and at 9:00pm EST people will move to channels matching their Dynamic Queue rank. Missing the check-in deadline means that you will not be able to participate that night and will not receive a participation point.          During the Check In, participants will announce their top 3 preferred roles for a staff member to place in a spreadsheet (Discord does not allow for your descriptions to be changed, that I am aware of).          Have a level 30 account, at least 16 champions, and be ready to have some fun!          Additional Questions? Contact vVv Eternal or vVv Yui        The ADL will last for 10 weeks this season, there will then be a three-week break before the next season starts (Currently scheduled for Nov. 11, 2016).        Cheating or Smurfing in the ADL is not permitted. Anyone caught doing either of these this will be suspended from the ADL, no exceptions. Cheating will result in a permanent suspension, smurfing will result in a 5-week suspension.  New Drafting Process: So, in previous seasons of the ADL, the highest ranked players were given the priority in being team captains for any given night. While this was not a bad system, it did leave some players feeling left out over the course of the season. That being said: ·         Highest ranked players will no longer be automatically chosen as the team captain. ·         Team captains will be chosen by the number of participation points that a player has (you earn 1 point for each night you attend, REGARDLESS of whether or not you are picked). ·         No player can be captain more than once every 4 weeks (depending on overall participation). ·         The first weekend will have captains from an arbitrary division and lower. So here is my logic (bear with me). With some outlying cases, most of the team captains would pick from highest available skill in a role down, until all of the top players (and a few peoples friends) were picked. I don’t expect this to change at all; however, this allows for both new and lower skill level players and community members, as well as frequent participants, to always have a shot at playing. They also get the benefit of knowing (eventually) in advance that they will be captains. Additional Information: I would like to try and address the speed of the drafting process. For now, the primary way of doing this will be the check-in time; however, if another feasible method is suggested, any changes will be updated in this section. After the Games: ·         Players will join the winning team's discord channel, and all players will be given feedback if they desire it. ·         Players may also provide criticism and suggestions for the ADL. (We are still seeking to improve the event if the community desires it) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Darn Rules ·         Teams will still be matched by alphabetical order of Discord channel for the time being. ·         The winner of the first match will play the winner of the second (both matches are played out simultaneously), and the same goes for the losing teams. ·         The higher team alphabetically will be chosen to be on the blue side for the first game, and the lower team will get blue side when the second game is played. Leaving/AFK: If someone leaves a game for any reason and does not reconnect, they will be given a 2-night suspension from the ADL. The player may appeal the suspension with an ADL Staff member if there was a legitimate reason for the disconnect. However, all appeals must happen at least 24 hours before the next ADL event. You also may only appeal a disconnect once per season. Pausing: Players may pause the game for UP TO 10 minutes if a player on their team is having connection issues. PLAYERS MUST INFORM AN ADL STAFF MEMBER IF A GAME IS PAUSED. If the reason cannot be resolved in 10 minutes, the team whose player disconnected will concede the match. If the enemy team agrees, they may also use their 10-minute pause to give the other team more time. Teams only get two pauses per game. Replacement Players: Player replacement will be handled the same as in previous seasons. A player may be replaced by another player of the same rank or lower, provided both teams agree to the replacement. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So that’s it folks.  Thank you for sticking through the whole announcement, we understand it is somewhat lengthy, however the information had to be provided.  You are now ready for the 10th season of the ADL! If you have any questions feel free to contact vVv Eternal     See you on Friday, August 19th at 8:55pm EST/6:00pm PST!     ADL Staff: vVv Eternal   To join the discussion click here!  
    • vVv Bagzli

      vVv Gaming Returns: Community Game Nights! (CGNs)   08/15/2016

      Rocket League Community Game Nights (CGN) with vVv Gaming are back starting on Monday, August 22nd!  These CGNs will allow teams and individual Rocketeers to continue to bring their A game and level up their gaming skills in two unique events each week! Whether the goal is to improve teamwork, find suitable opponents, or just acquire valuable feedback on how to improve one’s game-play, these events will help accomplish just that! Mondays will continue to be our draft night and due to your feedback, we will be returning to a format of random captains with the ability to opt out of being a captain. Wednesdays will continue to be a night for pre-made 3v3 teams. Supersonic Series Season 4 is happening and we will be announcing information on that and the start date at a later time.   Monday Night Draft
      When: 9PM  EST (6PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30PM EST and closes at 8:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Discord Server  (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf)  Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Captains are chosen at random and each captain picks their team-mates. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister on the day of the tournament to register.  While signing up you will be able to volunteer to be a captain.  If there are more volunteer captains than the total number of tea`ms, the captains will be picked at random from the pool of volunteers.  If there are not enough volunteer captains, then the remaining number of captains needed will be chosen at random from the remainder of players.  Captains will take turns picking their teammates in a “snake-style” (A, B, C, C, B, A) draft until all teams have 3 players each. Participating with friends is encouraged, however, there is no guarantee that you will be on the same team. The captain’s name will be entered into the Challonge bracket and will be used to represent their team.  Voice channels will be created for each of the teams on our Discord server.
          Wednesday Night Teams (Games are counted towards Power Rankings!)
      When: 9:00 PM  EST (6:00 PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30 PM EST and closes at 8:45 PM EST
      Where: vVv Discord Server  (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf)  Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Teams are pre-made by the players. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister on the day of the tournament to register.
        Participating as an individual: After filling out the signup form you will be in a free-agent pool available to fill up spot a team might need or you will be placed on a team with others who have signed up individually. Check-ins will be 15-30 minutes before the start time so we can get everyone organized. A team may contact you to play with them before the event starts.  We also encourage you to talk with any other free agents signed up to form a team!
        Participating as a team: After filling out the signup form above, your team is all set. All you need to do is show up in the discord server during the check-in time.  If you are seeking a third player for the evening, you can view the list of free agent players signed up at http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister and contact them to be part of your team for the evening. If you are unable to acquire a third team member on you own, then please show up on the Discord server at least 30 minutes prior to the event starting and we will assign you a third team member if one is available for the duration of the night.   Click here to join the discussion!
    • vVv Bagzli

      August Chopping List   08/20/2016

      As I have stated when I became the president, I will be removing all inactive members from vVv Gaming.  I have given everyone 3 weeks to reach out to me and get in touch with me.  Some have reached out and decided not to vVv members anymore, due to time constraints and other reason.s  Some reached out and promised they would take certain action to show they want to be members but it did not happen, and lastly, some have never reached out to me at all.  I really wish that things could be different, but as it stands the following people are being removed from vVv Gaming.  We wish them the best of luck with their future endeavours and hope to see them come back to us one day.   The following is a list of donor members who will be returned to Donor rank on the forum, but will no longer be vVv Members. vVv Brocco vVv Koala vVv Krewel vVv Rising Dawn   The following is a list of vVv Members being returned to normal forum rank. vVv Acai28 vVv AmpeD vVv Arkaine vVv Blazek vVv Buzz vVv Cherp vVv Cr0nus vVv Deadaim vVv Falcodile vVv Matchu vVv Oriklad vVv ShySluShy vVv SilverSpoon vVv Spike vVv TyTy vVv UkogMonkey vVv Zeeb
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Bunker Builds - Guardian

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Guardian

Bunker/Support Builds

guild-wars-2-guardian-profession.jpg

How's it goin everyone!

Since i've been playing heavy defensive builds for guardian and warrior since the first beta weekend event. I figured it was time to share some of the awesome builds i've encountered and had the chance to play. Since my GS warrior guide is going to be covered in a video i thought it only right to make a written guide as well. My warrior guide is due to be released tuesday if all goes well with finishing editing and gaining a few more clips. With that being said let's get into it!

What is a bunker build and why do i keep hearing the term "bunker"?

A bunker build is someone who builds heavily into defensive trees with their profession. It can range from bunker necromancers to the more used guardian/warrior builds. Hell you'll even see bunker eles.... so get used to hearing the term. Bunker build professions are mostly used to hold nodes in tournaments and sPvP until your team can come back and defend the node you were keeping controlled.

Why should i play a bunker guardian?

Most people frown on the healthpool of the guardian.. but you need to try and not focus so much on the low healthpool and focus more on that crazy amount of utility they have. With the insane amount of toughness/retaliation for those high DPS professions to take the pressure off and the insane amount of condition removal for condition professions and also the crazy amount of team support you can provide while playing a bunker build guardian. It's an extremely popular build in the competitive PvP scene and you're gonna see it everywhere.

Builds

Pubstomping 2 hander / Mace - Shield:

http://gw2skills.net...SOkkIt2YAxOkJGA

Description:

This build is aimed more at pubstomping/solo q'ing in sPvP hence the ogre runes and bloodlust sigil. This build can be used in tournaments but if you intend on using it i recommend swapping the ogre runes for earth or soldier runes for increased toughness. The amount of heals generated in this build give you enough self sustain and condition removal with meditations and the damage with mighty blow on a reduced cooldown gives a good amount of cleave damage on a node. With this build you do have 2 knock backs with one coming from your 2 handed maces and the second coming from your #5 skill with shield. you also have 2 stun breakers with comtemplation of purity and stand your ground plus significant condition removal with COP and absolute resolution in your traits. Retaliation from stand your ground gives heavy melee a huge thing to worry about when attacking you and also gives you the stability to stomp in the heat of the fight without having to worry about incoming cc.

1H Sword/Shield - Scepter/Focus:

http://gw2skills.net...Oudk7swYgxOkZIA

Description:

This build for me i went a little bit more offensive to provide some steady DPS for my team while maintaining my support role. Lets face it scepter damage is fast and it does a ton of damage for a one handed weapon. With the buff they made to smite it is also a good AOE to put on a node for cleave damage to support your team. I chose earth runes for my defensive stats to give me a little bit more toughness and the 5% chance to pop protection. This build has a significant loss in healthpool due to running soldiers amulet with beserkers jewel. But with right handed strength you are pushing 35% chance to crit and if you went for ogre runes you could also get to about 40% chance to crit while maintaining a support role.

while it isn't as beefy i enjoy playing this build the most as shield of wrath blocks a great amount of damage while being able to put out sustained DPS with scepter with a decent amount of burn damage. Scepter also has good chase value with chains of light as well as being able to swap to sword for flashing blade and zealots defense. I know i can get a zealots to hit for roughly 4000 - 4400 on a light to medium armor target. This is a good build to switch to if you're facing a more condition based team as i went for save yourselves for the support capability in team fights. But as always with Save Yourselves you have to be wary on if there is a necro around because corrupt boon can change the tide of the fight on you in a second. Almost every necro will be running corrupt boon. If you want you can swap out sword for mace and adjust accordingly to your preferences.

More builds will be added over the course of the next few days.

EDIT: Accidently chose the instant meditations down the valor tree. I suggest going with honorable shield. Sorry for the confusion.

Signet of Resolve vs Shelter:

I see a lot of guardians still running shelter and i ask myself why? I get that you are drawn to the 2 seconds of blocking but you are also only getting half a heal as well. With Signet of Resolve you are getting a condition removal every 10 seconds and a full heal. so this means if you are taking a substantial amount of damage... you pop your condition removals for regen and hit your heal for a full heal and get back on the defensive. 2 seconds of blocking is just not worth it in my eyes to only get half the health back. While for other clases that go for things that like that (IE sword pistol mesmers with blurred frenzy) your job is to keep conditions off you and your team at all costs. You need to be open to the fact that guardian is a tanky support role and is meant to be played that way. And just losing the condition removal and a full heal over 2 seconds of blocking is just not worth it to me.

I hope this guide shines some light on bunker guardians for some of you and gives you the urge to try and learn how to play one. I know some of the guardian skill sets can have a medium to high skill cap when chained together properly and i wouldn't recommend this for any beginner player. Node holding is a key role in tournament style play and can change the whole course of the game. So i would advise only playing the role when you feel comfortable that you can perform it.

This guide is a work in progress and will be updated when new builds are found or game mechanics are adjusted by Arena-net after patching.

If you have any builds to suggest or comments feel free to post them below for discussion.

- Re - VOK. =P

Edited by RevokUS

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Waiting for more weapon combos because I love using the 2h just wondering if I could use that against and I use the sceptor and shield because of its one of the most ranged weapons for guardian and the shield just for extra protection/defense..

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Weapon sets are more of a preference and with bunker builds you have more options for that. I just use mace and shield because it's what i feel comfortable using and i use it for more support in team fights with the regen and and the protection . Scepter and shield is obviously viable and if you feel better off using that. Then i would say go for it.

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If you strongly recommend shield, I would probably go 2h for mobility and 1v1's and dmg then go sword and shield for team fights.

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The 2 handed mace / mace - shield combo is a heavy bunker build. When i'm running tournies i usually run this build to just outlast with regen and the protection buffs you get and not worried so much about the increased damage output that 1H sword can give you. But yeah it's viable to do that. I guess it just boils down on how your playstyle fits into it.

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Thumbs up to this build. Using the 2h / Scep/Shield and its amazing!! Watch out enemys, I have the upper hand now!

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Yea, I see what you were saying online last night, this looks great but I don't have a Guardian yet to try it on.

Can't wait to see your thoughts on the warrior!

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On Shelter vs Signet of Resolve. If traited for Blocks granting might, DPS based builds benefit from the 15-20 stacks of free might during the block. Otherwise Signet of Resolve outclasses Shelter in almost every way especially if traited for 20% reduced Signet CDs it runs on a 32 second CD for about an 8-9k heal while Shelter runs on 30 sec CD and heals for 5k-ish.

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Exactly Sargon I only use signet of resolve and love using the reduced cooldowns for signets. I always trait at least 10 in radiance for signet mastery and Blind Exposure if I'm using a sword.

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critique my bunker guardian build, I am more partial to using sword shield for the blind and a little more damage but I have been told mace shield is the only way to go. I just came up with the build yesterday. Let me know what you think.

http://gw2skills.net...GrNObk2s2YEyOEA

Altruistic Healing is only really good if your able to put out boons like a mad man, The heal is about 75-100 per boon If your wanting to be a support role and supplying those boons I would suggest using the staff. Resolute Healer as it currently stands is technically bugged, it doesn't knock back enemies but it does create a dome that projectiles cannot go through. As for the Ammy/Jewel I would go for soldiers instead vitality and toughness are your friend precision is a stat that won't be missed in a bunker build.I would swap out the Sigil of Sup water for Sigil of Bloodlust The damage increase as it stacks up is hugely noticeable. As for runes dolyak is an interesting choice but not a bad one.

Finally for the Sword vs. Mace argument the Mace is bugged which is the only reason it is remotely viable at this point. The mace was intended to block one ability and grant protection in the area around you. However if you cast the block and attack right after it block 4-5 attacks IIRC (Will retest this later). As for the sword you don't gain the ability to apply regen or prot, but you gain a blind and tele-port which is infinitely more useful in point control/defense. When playing a bunker your mentality should always be if you lose the point you've failed. The fact that it only takes 4-5 seconds to neutralize a point means eating one hard CC off the point can lead to it being neutral, using the Sword Flashing Blade ability you can get right back on the point.

Just my 2 sense I've had bunker vs bunker many times and have never lost my point with the sword vs. a mace using guardian. In fact Majority of the time I can cap the point against them.

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