For starters - Christmas Decs! The places looks awesome, nice and peaceful. So far the best are in Ascalon City and Tombs of Primeval Kings.
Anyways, observer mode!
GW SiteNow you can watch as top-ranked guilds battle it out in the Tombs and in rated guild matches. The upcoming Guild Wars Regional Playoffs and World Championship will also be available for viewing as they happen. The details are as follows: Whenever a top 100 ranked guild plays in the Tombs or in a rated guild challenge, the game is automatically available for everyone to see. Other "special event" games will also be available for viewing. Everything that observers see is delayed 15 minutes from the original game, to prevent cheating. Games become available for observation approximately 15 minutes after they start, and remain available until approximately 15 minutes after they finish. While you are watching a game, you can chat with your fellow observers. There is no limit to the number of people who can simultaneously observe a game, but for purposes of chatting, observers are randomly assigned into groups of about 100 people. In Observer Mode, the Map Area window displays the positions of all characters on the map. You can click on any character to jump there. Alternately, you can use Auto Camera mode to let the game pick the most interesting targets for you. A new heads-up display automatically shows you the Health of teams that you are currently watching. If you prefer to use the Party window to view party status details and to select players to watch, you can easily switch the Party window back and forth between teams, or you may choose to view multiple Party windows and watch different teams in each window.
Sounds like fun huh? A new way for n00bs to witness, and fully understand, and hopefully learn from, the best going at it. I've been waiting for a match all night...
I just saw ascalon, I like the chirstmas tree ^^ Will there be some special events to? With Halloween we had that mad king... What will we get now. Santa :p ?
I was getting worried they wasn't going to do it until like christmas eve.
Also I have been waiting for observer mode for awhile, I'll be able to watch a few of my friends play now.
Yeah I watched a few matches last night, it rocks. I even got to see ZPZG(Rank 3) vs. TT(ex-sB)(Rank 5). It was an awesome match. ZPZG has freaking insane monks.
And apparently there's Santa hats, like those Pumpkins, though I've yet to see one.
17th June 2002
I'm glad they did Ascalon this time. I didn't think that was particularly fair on the newer, more casual players who wouldn't get to see Lion's Arch before the decorations were taken down again. Although, some of the parts of the Lion's Arch decorations look suspiciously similar to something else going on at the moment...
HGen_SnakeWhat will we get now. Santa :p ?
Santa only visits good players. I guess that rules you out :p. I'm kidding, I'm kidding! After all, how can you be 'ruled out' if you weren't on the list in the first place? :p