Cutthroat Politics is the second release to the Living World centered on Bazaar of the Four Winds. Most of the content builds on the first release referred to in the New Player’s Guide to Bazaar of the Four Winds, which this Guide supplements. This guide is written for those just buying Guild Wars 2 now or returning after a long break. Any level character may participate in the activities below, unless otherwise noted.
With the exception of the changes from the Bazaar of the Four Winds core, Cutthroat Politics does not change much of the game if you choose to play normally. Support Tokens will drop occasionally throughout the game as enemies are killed. These Support Tokens are used only to vote in the pirate election.
What is Going On?
Players are able to vote in a pirate election to determine who will gain the seat of the council in the city of Lion’s Arch. Future storyline content, dungeon content, activity content, and a temporary 4-week communal boon will be determined based on the winner: Ellen Kiel (human inspector) or Evon Gnashblade (charr capitalist).
What Will I Miss?
The most ephemeral thing is the chance to “shape Guild Wars 2’s future” by voting. More information on each candidate’s platform can be found at the official site. By August 6, voting will close, and the new zone, Labyrinthine Cliffs, will become unavailable as the Bazaar will close.
There are also 3 new activities, 2 of which will likely become unavailable after August 6. Aspect Arena is a capture-the-flag style PvP activity using new skills from the Zephyrite people, and Candidate Trials is a defense PvE activity for solo or a group. Southsun Survival is a Hunger Games-like PvP game, but it appears it will become a permanent (rotating) addition.
What Can I Get?
The meta-achievements can be completed to get a miniature version of each of the candidates. There are exclusive Aetherized, tradable weapon skins from playing the Candidate Trials or purchasing Black Lion Chest Keys from the gem store. And, Aspect Arena and Southsun Survival each has an exclusive, tradable back item skin, respectively.
If you are new or just returning now, it is highly recommended that you focus on the achievements necessary to obtain a personal quartz resource node from the Bazaar of the Four Winds rewards if you plan on focusing on the current Living World events.
Getting to Labyrinthine Cliffs
First you need to get to the city of Lion’s Arch. You can either get there through an Asura Gate to Lion’s Arch in your race’s capital city. The entrance to your race’s capital city is through the zone interface (clear portal) right around where you started post-tutorial, and the Asura Gate is a purple portal found on your maps. Alternatively, click the Structured PvP icon (crossed swords) on your menu bar. This will take you to the Heart of the Mists, which has a portal directly to Lion’s Arch. (The first time you do this, skip straight ahead through the structured PvP tutorial area and up the stairs to the Asura Gate. You can return to the tutorial at any time from the Heart of the Mists.) You can use this trick anywhere in the game as long as you are not in combat.
In Lion’s Arch, look on the map for a ship icon, which leads to the Labyrinthine Cliffs Transport Facilitator who will transport you to the Labyrinthine Cliffs. Once there, you will now have a waypoint to Labyrinthine Cliffs so that you can map warp there from anywhere in the world for small fee.
Can I Reasonably Complete the Meta-Achievements?
While it is still suggested that the Bazaar of the Four Winds achievement should be the primary focus, both meta-achievements for supporting the candidates can be completed by a new account with considerable focus towards the activities. For more information on these achievements check out the achievement guides at the Guild Wars 2 wiki and Dulfy’s.
Support Evon Gnashblade – Easy: I Like Evon!, Survival Survivor, Gnash All the Blades, Homeland Support; Medium: Southsun Survival: High Scorer, Master Marksman; Hard*: Dungeon Runner (level 30), Maw Mulcher, Direct Support, Advanced Support.
Support Ellen Kiel – Easy: I Like Kiel!, Aspect Arena Frequenter, Kiel Every Day, Homeland Support; Medium: Crystal Breaker, Crystal Capper; Hard*: Dungeon Runner (level 30), Maw Mulcher, Direct Support, Advanced Support.
*For returning players some of these will be much easier to obtain if you have a higher level character or are familiar with dungeons.
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