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ArenaNet has announced today that Stronghold, the new PvP mode coming to Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, will be playable in the live game for all current Guild Wars 2 players in North America and Europe as part of an upcoming public beta test.

The Stronghold public beta will start Tuesday, June 2 at 9 pm CEST (8pm BST) and ends on Wednesday, June 3 at 9 pm CEST (8pm BST). Stronghold mode is an exciting new competitive mode coming to Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns that blends deep strategy, role-based play, and immersive story elements into PvP. Like previous Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns beta events, players are free to capture video, screenshots and even livestream their performance in Stronghold mode so even non-Guild Wars 2 players can witness the in-game fun. 

To learn more about Stronghold, please read this handy summary on the official Guild Wars 2 website.

ArenaNet has revealed the Dragonhunter specialisation, the next of nine advanced character builds debuting in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. ArenaNet has detailed everything that players may want to know about this exciting new specialisation in a new developer blog from Game Designer Karl McLain which includes a special skill video showing the new build in action.

The Dragonhunter specialisation is set to bring exciting new gameplay to the Guardian profession once the expansion launches. The Dragonhunter functions as a ferocious big-game hunter specialising in ranged combat and back-line support. One of the many new skills that will change the way the Guardian profession operates is the Dragonhunter’s ‘Spear of Justice’ which has the handy effect of tethering enemies to a point on the ground to keep them in range of attacks. Another skill is ‘Wings of Resolve’ which grants players the ability to grow wings of light and swiftly leap into battle, healing allies or damaging enemies as they land. 

Fans can get their first live gameplay look at this specialisation during a special episode of ArenaNet’s livestream show Ready Up airing at 8pm BST/ 9pm CEST May 8th on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel (

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