You Probably Shouldn’t Raid Guild Wars 2 Spirit Vale Unless…
Guild Wars 2 has created what they call the greatest challenge in the game’s history: Spirit Vale. And if you haven’t played the game for a while, you probably received an email about this great challenge asking for your help to participate in overcoming the dangers that await inside of the Vale.
This is the first raid that players are able to enter into in the Heart of Thorns expansion, which was just released on November 17, 2015.
This is the ultimate test of skill where you and 10 players will face the greatest challenge in the entire expansion. But, you shouldn’t go into Spirit Vale blindly without fully preparing yourself for the dangers that await.
Spirit Vale Brings New Enhancements
Before I give you my checklist of what will be needed to conquer the vale, I’m going to discuss a few of the enhancements and extra features that have been added to the game along with the first raid.
You don’t want to be just any player – you want to be legendary. The raid brings along an epic quest where conquering raids will allow you to begin your journey of building legendary armor. Not only is this armor aesthetically pleasing, it’s completely overpowered and will propel you into further raids in the future.
But you’ll also find other great rewards, including:
- Ascended gear
- Weapon skins
You’re going to be rewarded for your courage and dedication.
Join Together in The Fight
No one player alone can conquer Spirit Vale. You’ll need 10 of your closest allies to join together in the raid. You’re going to need a unique chemistry, and weeks or months of building the perfect team to conquer the Vale.
If you’re reading this and haven’t given Guild Wars 2 a try yet, it’s time to join in on the fun and see what the Hearts of Thorns expansion has to offer. The base game is completely free, so don’t waste any time and download it today to begin your journey.
Enhanced Squad UI
The user interface has been revamped to allow you the utmost in control over your raiding experience. What does this new UI allow? Organization. You’ll be able to lead a group of 10 players and take full command right through the interface.
You’ll also be able to lead a squad of 50 players in World vs. World content.
From my perspective, this allows you for more fluid gameplay and for players to have the most fun possible. You won’t be stuck with annoying raid bars that are unintuitive and difficult to manage. With the enhanced squad UI, you really have complete control when you’re the leader of an amazing force.
Remember, your allies need you to be the strongest, and you need to be the best player you can possibly be.
Preparing for the Spirit Vale Raid
The first raid wing that players will experience is the Forsaken Thicket, and it’s epic. You’ll enter the Vale in an attempt to find a pact of soldiers who have gone missing while scouting out the dangers that await north of the jungle.
I don’t want to spoil the fun, but I do want to mention that the Vale Guardian boss is one of the most epic encounters in any MMO. You’ll find three bosses prior to reaching the Guardian. The Guardian is a combination of all three bosses, and will test your skill and dedication to the max.
Making matters worse, this boss has five different phases – so you’ll need to master them all.
Mastering Spirit Vale requires that you have the following in an attempt to prepare for the raid:
- Currency – and a lot of it.
- Potions to give you a little extra advantage during the fight.
- Consumables that act much like potions to enhance your character’s statistics a little bit more.
- Equipment is perhaps the most important way to upgrade your character. You’ll need to either farm, or buy the best equipment if you have any hopes of beating the raid.
A little extra gold can be immensely helpful for both you and your team. If you haven’t been preparing for the raid, it’s time that you get that extra gold you need to get the upper hand in the Vale.
Only the best geared players will be able to survive.
Don’t get me wrong, you can farm for the best gear and start creating potions that you need. While this is definitely an option that a lot of people will take, it’s not something that I personally find fun. When you’re scrambling to get geared up for a brand-new raid, you’ll find that you could spend months casually playing before you can enter the raid. Meanwhile, everyone else has already conquered it.
You can even buy Guild Wars 2 items to give you the upper hand.
I know – you’re reluctant to spend money to upgrade your character. But grinding for gear is really a waste of time. Do you want to sit there for hours trying to get the materials you need just to enter a raid? I find it much easier to invest a little bit into my character, especially when there isn’t a subscription tied to GW2.
What I personally do is get the items I need and farm in the meantime. I’m usually able to acquire items that people want to buy, and sell them while trying to raise enough funds to buy the best gear in the game. This allows me to make a little bit of money in the process, and gear up much faster.
And you can even sell off your account if you find that the game is just not for you anymore. Many people do this with World of Warcraft when they come back to a new expansion, and quality accounts are always in demand in Guild Wars 2. If you’re looking for more casual gameplay, you can get a new mobile game account and dominate in a more casual game.