Guild Wars Nightfall PvP Preview Event

I took some time to play around with the two Nightfall Professions, the Paragon and the Dervish in the Random Arenas. I had to delete my Assassin because I didn’t have extra character slots, but that’s fine. I didn’t take a shine to the Profession once I had played it a bit.

I used the pre-made PvP builds to try out the new Professions. One could create only female Dervishes. I created an Assassin/Dervish (named “Narutard Uzumaki”) first, but I didn’t like it much. I kept dying. The two Professions seem similar, because they are light-armoured melee Professions, but I am not sure whether the combination worked all that well. In retrospect, maybe a Warrior/Dervish might have been a better choice. I didn’t play long enough to know for sure. Apparently the Dervish is overpowered right now. After my Dervish experiement, I decided to play around with the Paragon.

Paragon Empyrean Armour


Players could create only male Paragons. I started with ArenaNet’s Paragon/Ritualist (named “Captain Enn”) combination, which used all Paragon Skills. This worked fairly well, and I was on a few winning teams. I think the two are a good combination because both Professions are ranged support fighters. I have found that I enjoy playing those sorts of characters, but up to this point I have mostly played spellcasters that are more on the offensive side rather than strictly support. Next, I tried out the Paragon/Warrior (named “Cmdr Folken”) and this combination also worked well for me. This build had Skills that were split between the Paragon and the Warrior. I do like the Profession, I hope that Paragons will work as well in PvE with Henchmen.

Turning off Local Chat is great. I didn’t have to deal with any abusive or immature language from opposing teams at all. I was playing in the International District, and chatter on the teams I was placed in was sparse. I am not sure whether it’s because people didn’t speak English, or whether they were using Local Chat for issuing instructions.

During the Guild Wars Nightfall PvP event, you could win Zaishen Medallions for victories in the arena. These could be exchanged for Crème Brûlée, Flasks of Firewater, and or Flames of Balthazar.

I didn’t win too many Medallions — I didn’t have enough to exchange for anything, and I certainly didn’t earn enough to get a Flame of Balthazar, of which you need 50 to get 1 Flame. 10 Flames of Balthazar can be exchanged for a Celestial Sigil. A Celestial Sigil can be exchanged for a Guild Hall. My guild does not have a Hall yet. However, because there were loads of people exchanging Flames of Balthazar for Celestial Sigils, and many people then sold their surplus Sigils to the Sigil Trader, this meant that the market had more Celestial Sigils than usual. This pushed the price of Sigils down to reasonable levels. I was able to get a Celestial Sigil for 11 platinum. The price of a Celestial Sigil usually hovers between 17 platinum and 30 platinum. Now we just need to figure out which hall we want. Any suggestions?

In other news, I am a couple of Missions and a few Quests away from finally being able to choose a faction in Guild Wars Factions.

Somehow I feel that I haven’t quite found my legs as a Warrior/Mesmer. Whether this is due to the fast progression in Factions, or whether I just haven’t been as effective as I can be in combining Skills, I’m not sure.

I created a Monk in Prophecies. She’s still in newbie land. I’m looking forward to checking out the Catacombs, as apparently ArenaNet have finally added an in-game map to that place.

In a little over a week, I will be back in full effect, so there will be more Guild Wars posts to come. It is unlikely that I will post before then.

  5 comments for “Guild Wars Nightfall PvP Preview Event

  1. 30 July 2006 at 18:33

    Ack! I forgot all about the preview weekend. :( I better log on and check it out quick…

  2. bigwig
    30 July 2006 at 20:59

    I don’t have a free slot, and wasn’t willing to delete any of my chars, i have grown attached to them. So i wasn’t able to play as a dervish or paragon. What i was able to do was play against them in team arenas.

    The same 4 man dervish/monk team was quite able to swat my mixed team around a few times. Could barely damage them. They will be nerfed heavily i’m sure.

    The paragons were a slightly different story. Went up against a few teams using just one paragon and were able to take them out well enough. teams using two were much harder to defeat, at least for my newbie team, but not impossible. I thought they were a little more balanced.

    As for guild halls, it depends on what you’ll be using it for. If you don’t gvg, aesthetics is your main priority.

  3. Balthazar Jones
    31 July 2006 at 09:25

    Having recently formed a guild, we went and had a look at all of the alternatives before going for Wizard’s Isle. It has a lovely pre-searing feel to it… Oh – and two frogs. Which must be a good thing ^ ^

    You best bet would be to go on a tour of all the different halls though, and then pick your favourite.

  4. 2 August 2006 at 06:10

    I like the Isle of Weeping Stone and the Isle of Meditation, but we’ll see.

  5. 21 February 2007 at 06:15

    i was on vacation when thiss happened but a friend told me about it and it was fantastic

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