Hope you're all having a ton of fun in Guild Wars 2 with the new Zephyr Sanctum stuff and running around with those new Zenith skins. While the achievement rewards will keep coming, the Zephyr stuff is running on a timer, and that timer is running out in a single week.
So what comes after? Well, starting July 23, Guild Wars 2 players will be participating in some kind of political affair. Looks like that diabolical charr, Evon Gnashblade, will be going against Ellen Kiel in trying to establish a trade agreement with the Sanctum. Events will revolve around this story element.
What might be the more exciting development is the addition of Aetherized weapons. Seems ArenaNet is finally adding those into the game -- to no one's surprise. They'll be earned through tokens, like most of the other unique weapon skins, but you can actually try your luck at earning these in a sort of horde mode setting.
Check it out:
Support Your Candidate – July 23 to August 5
Evon Gnashblade and Ellen Kiel are trying to work out a trade agreement with the Zephyr Sanctum in order to help them secure a spot on the Captain’s Council of Lion’s Arch. Use Support Tokens and coins to help out your candidate of choice!
New Activity – Southsun Survival – Begins July 23
Scheme, kill, and scavenge your way to the top in this new competitive activity! Armed with only a bow and whatever supplies you can find, you’ll face off against other players in a battle to be the last one standing. Earn karma and coins for each round you play, plus a rare chance at an exclusive Back Item!
New PvP Activity – Aspect Arena – Begins July 23
Pick one of the Aspects of Sun, Wind, or Lightning, and face off in teams to collect crystals. Each Aspect will grant you different skills with which to maneuver and fight. Earn karma and coins for each round you play, plus a rare chance at an exclusive Back Item!
Candidate Trials Challenge – Begins July 23
Enter into the Candidate Trials alone or with a group in support of your chosen candidate. You’ll test your battle skills by facing off against waves of Aetherblade pirates – hold out for as long as you can to earn Support Tokens and loot! The challenge is great, but so are the rewards – you may even earn a rare chance at an Aetherized weapon!
If you're not sure who to support (Why would anyone go with Evon?), here are a couple videos representing the candidates.
Miniature versions of each will also be available as achievement unlocks. The Desert Rose and Zephyr Rucksack join the list of back items, this time as rare drops from the Southsun Survival and Aspect Arena activities, respectively.
In World vs. World, this month sees the addition of Catapult Mastery.