(In case you missed) Nov 26: Fractured!
The fancy shmancy Fractal cinematic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGZPSBod
Patch notes: https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/updates/Ga
More like in case you missed my invisible update which is late again, this patch deals with much-needed though controversial upgrades to the Fractals of the Mists. Namely:
Fractal reward levels are now account-bound.
If your fractal level was above 30, it has been reset to 30 to level the playing field for redundant leaderboards as well as introduce the new Mistlock instability mechanic to your progression, which is a persistent effect throughout the run at levels 31+ (ie at 31 the Mossman will stalk you throughout the entire fractal)
Fractal rewards have been updated to reflect the new "difficulty"; including: Empyreal Fragments, Fractal Relics, a Pristine Fractal Relic
and gold per successful run (boss), and a chance at Fractal weapon skins (these are skins now), ascended rings, and ascended weapons all starting at level 10, infused rings starting at lvl 20, and a chance at an Endless Fractal Tonic starting at lvl 40.
Three (3) new fractals have been added to the fray: Aetherblade, Molten, and Thaumanova reactor. This includes 2 new boss fractal options other than the Jade Maw, which will be encountered after every run (not just even runs): The MF's Berserker/Firestorm (Molten), and AR's Mai Trin and Horrick (Aether).
The roll for fractals will now bring up the easiest ones first (Underwater, Swamp, Charr, Uncategorized), followed by a medium-difficulty one (Uncategorized, Snowblind, Charr, Molten, Cliffside), followed by a hard one (Aether, Dredge, Grawl, Cliffside, Thaumanova), then a boss fractal (Jade Maw, Mai Trin, Molten).
Agony resistance has been updated so (infused) items now have an additional AR slot, that can now be upgraded with new infusions up to +10 AR.
The meta achievements are simple: A story mode run of Thaumanova, plus a few runs should net you a variety of fractals enough to complete it, See http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Fractur
Flamekissed/wrath/walker armor (Note: Flamekissed light armor has been removed to be reworked as it was a reskin of human T3 cultural that pissed a lotta people off, if you already bought it you will be contacted with an option for a refund once the new skin is in).
In prep for some WvW changes, The Obsidian Sanctum can now be reached directly from the WvW interface instead of having to queue for EB for an hour
Get it before it goes away:
Tower of Nightmares: Meta achievements, Dulfy guide
The Nightmares Within: Meta achievement, Dulfy guide
The finale of WvW season 1 . The season concludes December 5-6th.
Last chance in the gem store: Kasmeer's Staff, Dreamcleaver Logging axe, Marjory's axe and dagger
New to the gem store: http://dulfy.net/2013/12/03/gw2-grenth-stag-helms-and-wintersday-minis-in-the-gemstore/ (Grenth helm, Stag helm, new Wintersday minis including a cute Arctic fox)
Regarding next week's update we're looking at the new balance update, a big change to the PvP reward system, and of course the return of Toymaker Tixx. Here's a little teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUX6T8Z
Post edited 12/03/13 2:00PM