the Guild Wars 2 Team is responding to player feedback and has announced changes for Battle for the Jade Sea. This encounter came with the release of end of the dragons this week and has caused some difficulties for the players to complete it. ArenaNet has announced that some measured changes are coming.
The importance of this encounter is that it was designed to be the finale to the Elder Dragon storyline, which spans the past decade. They wanted to create a challenging open-world encounter to serve that purpose in the expansion. Community feedback after launch focuses on the difficulty of completing the encounter. You monitor completion rates and see them increasing, but there’s still a lot of frustration. There will be a few changes focused on giving players more room for strategy and action rather than sacrificing boss health.
The green circle phase could be completed under the wrong circumstances and continued at the wrong time. Proper coordination should be faster to avoid false circumstances, so the timing of this phase has been shortened. This change gives players an additional 90 seconds to fight the boss, even if not all players make it to the top of the boss arena at the right time. The outgoing damage buff for the players who make it to the top of the arena will increase, which should help players be more competitive against the boss regardless of when they reach the top of the platform.
Two other changes affect both the final boss himself and your party. Increased breakbars’ “Exposed” debuff in the encounter, which should make breakbars easier to engage with and increase group damage for the final boss and mini-bosses. After all, the end boss should switch faster and more clearly from “stunned” or vulnerable phases.
Player feedback seems to range from the difficulty of the encounter itself to obtaining the Siege Turtle collection. They don’t want to go too far, so they see how effective these changes are in getting players to successfully complete the encounter and will keep an eye on this to see if more changes are warranted in the future.
For the full announcement of the changes, see the update at Guild Wars 2.
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/guild-wars-2-will-adjust-the-battle-for-the-jade-sea-to-help-players-complete-the-encounter-2000124478 Guild Wars 2 will adjust the Battle of the Jade Sea to help players complete the encounter