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Griffon Masters

Hello Gamers! Hardstuck strikes again with another competition for you to sink your claws into. For the very first time, the Griffon community will have a Arenanet Prize Sponsorship! Hardstuck presents The Griffon Masters Competition! Players will compete by showcasing their flying skills and ultimate stunt game! These stunts can include going through small obstacles, sharp cave turns, showcasing your Griffon control in such situations and more! The details for the competition are as follows: Rules: No speedup or slow-motion videos. we want the real footage. This means no edits. No copyright music in your video. (if you would like to do so, just note that I have to mute the video on stream for DMCA purposes) • One submission per person (add your account ID into the video so that nobody can make double entries). The map for this…

Hardstuck Welcomes All New Steam Gamers

Hello everyone! To those that are new here, welcome to Guild Wars 2 and Hardstuck! Hardstuck is the biggest social and gameplay-oriented community in Guild Wars 2. We strive to create a fun, dynamic and inclusive environment, where all players can feel welcome and find resources to upgrade their in-game experience. Over the past few weeks, we've been working hard on creating guides that help educate new players on the professions, what to look for when creating your first character, and much much more! We invite everyone to check them out - maybe you'll even learn something new as a veteran that has been with the game over the past years! The best and community's brightest have done a deep dive to give you a good look at the 9 playable professions in Guild Wars 2. Profession Mechanics, skills and traits,…
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Congratulations to Zeromissing: Our New Masters of the Arena!

The dust has settled on the battlefield in the Mists... Last Sunday we watched Zeromissing battle their way through the Global Finals, triumphing over the Soo Won Slayers, their long-time rivals Rank Fifty Five Dragons, and Ultrascuffed in the Grand Finale. Zeromissing has earned the right to call themselves "Community Conqueror" and permanent access to Champion's Rest in the Heart of the Mists. In addition to these already awesome prizes, they'll also be taking home 25% of the total gold prize pool and 75% of the cash prize pool. During the Masters of the Arena II tournament, the Guild Wars 2 community has managed to raise a staggering of $10.234,20 for Cure Rare Disease. A Hardstuck record when it comes to fundraising and we're looking forward to working with them on future Hardstuck events. You can still donate and help…
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Masters Of The Arena II: Watch It Live This Weekend!

Greetings Guild Wars 2 Gamers, It has been two long years, but we are back with another MASSIVE PvP tournament: Masters of The Arena II. Over the past two months there have been 3 qualifiers leading up to this event and now that the dust has settled, it's time for the main course! Join us this weekend for a 3 day PvP extravaganza shoutcasted by none other than MightyTeapot and legendary PvP players Lord Helseth, Rom and Nos. We've teamed up with Cure Rare Disease during their July 28th-31st 'Game For Cures' streaming marathon, to join the battle against rare genetic conditions! You can donate to this awesome event by clicking here. If you want to learn more about Cure Rare Disease and their mission, you can check out their website: https://www.cureraredisease.org/ Masters of the Arena II consists of 3…
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Fractals reborn? Hop in and check our guide and builds.

Today, Arena Net released a patch introducing significant changes to Mistlock Instabilities. Most Instabilities have been reworked to reward players for properly handling their mechanics. These changes are sure to create some interesting counterplays! With such Fractal tweaks, some of you may want to hop back into this game mode, and some may be willing to give it a shot for the first time. We know how overwhelming Agony resistance, Tiering systems, Mist Potions, Mistlock Masteries, and Instabilities can be, which is why we've prepared an introductory guide which explains all of this, and more! You will have your first character ready to try out Fractals in no time! With this introductory guide, you will learn about every system in Fractals; how to gear, how to prepare, and where to start. When you are ready, you can jump right into…
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Masters of the Arena Qualifier #3: Sign up now!

Hello everyone! Get out your calendar, because it's time for the 3rd and final qualifier of Masters of the Arena. This qualifier will take place on the 24th of July, and will feature both an EU bracket and an NA bracket. The EU bracket will start at 5 PM CEST / 11 AM EST and the NA bracket will start at 9 PM CEST / 3PM EST. This tournament qualifier will feature a double elimination format, where upper bracket games are a 'best of 3' and lower bracket games are a 'best of 1,' with the lower bracket finale comprising a 'best of 3.' Both EU and NA will have a seperate bracket. The teams who reach the Grand Finale in each bracket will both qualify to play in the next installment of Masters of the Arena. For any additional…
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Colorblind mode commanding

What we want to talk about today is color blindness, there are more than 350 million colorblind people in the world (and only 1 million strong players in GW2 😉), so it's very important to think about them while we are playing.
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The Legendary Treasure Has Been Found!

9 days after the initial announcement, on June 11th, a secret password was inserted in an even more secret field, and after 162 tries from multiple users, the treasure hunt was conquered! It was a fun project, we released 21 letters, and 8 of them were repetitions. Our evil plan even included releasing red herring in the code and in form of letters H, A, R, S, T, U, and C in the beginning, to make you think the password has something to do with "Hardstuck". In reality, it was nothing like that, the password was: "i am echo of scarlet briar" That's not all! We know how hard the hunt was, 2nd (and only other) person to guess the correct phrase, a treasure hunter named Los, will be rewarded with 250 . We received some good feedback about this contest, and we hope you…
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Accessibility Challenge Recap

Thank you all for your interest and support in the Accessibility Challenge! We had a blast putting on the competition and I'd like to give you all a recap. We had just under 130 submissions for the contest! There were a few participants that submitted multiple builds, but wow, this was quite the turnout and we were blown away! All of the builds were a joy to look through and there truly were some real gems in there! We expected to see some great builds, but there were cases where low APM builds were competitive with "meta" builds and absolutely dominated in the videos and logs that were submitted. Mechanist is a very notable example of this and I've personally started playing a low APM condi Mechanist after seeing what it can do from the contest. Additionally, I'd love you…
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2022 Community Events Roadmap

It's been a long road to get here but our website has finally arrived - mostly. It's been a gargantuan effort and I'm pretty sure Czokalapik and Sognus don't even remember what outside looks like because of how many hours they have been putting in! We hope you will enjoy the content and features the team has been working hard on over the past months. We've taken massive strides in our organization and are confident we'll be able to continue to deliver even more quality content and community events going forward into 2022! What's described here is just what we have confirmed for now because we want to make sure that we don't make plans that can't be followed through with. There are several projects in the works that although they are very likely to happen, are not at a…
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Drift Masters

Ladies and gentlemen, salads and charr... start your engines! It's time to kick off the first Hardstuck beetle racing tournament. The Hardstuck Drift Masters tournament takes place on saturday, May 7th, at 20:00 CEST! Beetle racing is one of the most adrenaline-fueling, heartbeat-raising, crazy insane technical things you can do in Guild Wars 2. And now, you can participate in the action with the Hardstuck Drift Masters, held entirely in the custom built Hardstuck Drift Masters guild hall track. You can start practicing now by joining the practice squad on /sqjoin Hardstuck Eu, and teleporting into the isle of reflection waypoint. In beetle racing, one of the most exciting things to do is beetle-to-beetle racing action. We want everyone to be able to have that experience, and that's why its important that you can race against people of similar skill…
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Spring Fashion Contest & Charity for Ukraine

Raid your wardrobe, spruce up and join us in our upcoming contest to turn your fashion endeavours into a chance to support the victims of the on-going war in Ukraine! Meet us in The Grove this Sunday, April 24th at 17:00 BST/18:00 CEST and decide the rise and fall of each contestant by voting live on Twitch! The launch of End of Dragons has sent a tsunami of renewed hype, as we officially entered the Spring of Guild Wars 2. There is much ahead of us to look forward to! Naturally, this calls for a massive celebration. However, we would like to see this waging of “Fashion Wars” as an opportunity to think about the war currently being waged in Ukraine and perhaps turn our in-game shenanigans into meaningful actions. We are happy to announce that we will be hosting…
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The Guild Wars 2 Accessibility Challenge

Hardstuck and Accessibility Wars are happy to announce a new competition - We want to find the ultimate Low APM (Actions Per Minute) builds! This competition will be open to the entire community, and we are looking for DPS and Support builds for each profession, as well as any kind of secret sauce creative build you might have cooked up. Our goal is to make the game as accessible as possible to as many players as possible - we love playing the game, and we want you to love playing the game too. So then, what’s in store? We have and the Community Hero Title! Each profession will have 3 winners, for a total of 27 winners: Best DPS, Best Support, and Most Creative. Each of these 27 winners will receive 650 Gold and a Community Chest! The Community Hero…
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Lunar New Year Charity Fashion Contest!

This Sunday 13th 8PM UTC Hardstuck is going to be running a fashion contest for charity! During the entire stream, we'll once again be raising money for Cure Rare Disease, a non profit charity that develops custom therapeutics for those that have been diagnosed with very rare genetic diseases that don't currently have any treatments or cures. There are two fashion war categories to compete in: Lunar New Year/Cantha Theme Fashion Free For All Each category will be judged separately and you can only enter one! The winners are going to be the 3 most popular entries per category on each server for a total of 12 winners! This will be determined live by the audience rating outfits through Twitch chat! It's a new idea we're trying out so expect pure chaos! Of course, no contest would be complete without…
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Hardstuck Launch & Legendary Treasure Hunt!

It's been A long time coming but the shiny new version of this site has finally arrived! Hardstuck is a community dedicated to bringing players together and making it easier to get into all content in Guild Wars 2 and our website is a reflection of that vision! We want to create the ultimate nexus for all things Guild Wars 2 and the perfect entry point for all content and activities in the game and this launch is the first step in that direction! The first thing we have fully completed are a set of visual guides for every almost PvE encounter in the game - including the new Strike Mission Challenge Modes! We worked hard to make sure the guides are as visual as possible so you can get a great overview of how the fight flows before you…
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Annual Raid Training Day

Hello Guild Wars 2 Community! Have you ever looked at Raid LFG? Almost all listings have something in common. They ask for KP (Kill Proof) or LI (Legendary Insights). You're new to raids so how are you supposed to do raids if you need raid experience? This event is dedicated for people like you but not only. On 19th December [UAW] is organising the Annual Raid Training Day, dedicated to training as many gamers as possible in one of the hardest end game contents. Take a break from your Christmas preparations and have some fun while learning new encounters, bosses and more about your class. And don't forget to spread the word about this event to your friends, family and your cat if it plays GW2. The day will include many different activities suited for EVERYONE. Those will include Standard Raid Trainings, Class tutoring, Commander Tutoring, Raid related information…
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Mistlock Madness

Hello Gamers! Hardstuck is bringing you the Hardstuck Mistlock Madness (HMM) a Guild Wars 2 Tournament revolving around Fractals. Watch as the teams speed through head to head LIVE on stream and see who can survive the mists! Tournament will take place on October 9 &10 all times 2PM EST Saturday & Sunday twitch.tv/guildmm and 2k USD prize pool so far! *10k gems & community chest for the winning team (sponsored by Arenanet if 8 teams sign up) To keep up with all our events, join the Hardstuck discord and be part of a community that looks to bring something for all players of this beautiful game. Discord See you in the Mists,  
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Griffon Rider Contest!

Hello Gamers! Hardstuck strikes again with another competition for you to sink your claws into! The griffon community will be helping us put together this competition. Hardstuck presents the Griffon Rider Contest! Players will compete by showcasing their flying skills and ultimate stunt game! These stunts can include going through small obstacles, sharp cave turns etc. The details for the competition are as follows: Rules: • No speedup or slow-motion videos. we want the real footage. This means no edits. • No copyright music in your video. (if you would like to do so, just note that I have to mute the video on stream for DMCA purposes) • One submission per person (add your account ID into the video so that nobody can make double entries). • The maps for this competition will be Caledon Forest & Queensdale. Note that you…
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The Hardstuck Competitive Roadmap

WELCOME BACK! It's been a little while since the last Hardstuck roadmap, and since ArenaNet just released one it's about time we copy that and follow suit! This post contains some updates regarding competitive events over the next few months and our vision about what it means to have a healthy community that represents itself well, fosters growth and leads by example. It's been a bit of a break but thankfully scourge is finally getting a bit of a hammering so it's time to get the big tournaments rolling again! The Hardstuck Conquest League returns October 2nd & 3rd! Once again it will feature the same Open Bracket/Invitational Bracket format with the invitational bracket taking place two weeks later on the 16th & 17th. The Invitational Bracket will contain the best of the best, top teams from both regions will skip the open bracket allowing newer…
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Community Response Party

Hardstuck is back at it again by organising another PvE tournament. This time it will be all about Dragon Response Missions! INTRODUCING THE HARDSTUCK COMMUNITY RESPONSE PARTY (HCRP)! The tournament will feature a double elimination bracket format wherein every match two teams will duke it out LIVE on the 3RD AND 4TH OF JULY 5 PM CEST over at twitch.tv/Plenyx for a chance at part of a 10k in-game gold prize pool. Prizing will keep increasing by the time the submissions deadline is reached, so feel free to send more items over at Super Fohd.6245 if you would like to contribute! 1st place: 50% of the total prize pool 2nd place: 25% of the total prize pool 3rd place: 15% of the total prize pool 4th place: 10% of the total prize pool The team that manages to take 1st place will also…