W*W Killer

You may have heard that Guild Wars 2 had a beta this weekend. If not, then welcome back from that coma because this is the most anticipated MMO in a long time. Our intrepid Guildcast crew stocked up on food and caffeine and spent the weekend pouring over the luscious world that ArenaNet has created. We have you covered with more beta insight than you can shake a Charr at — though please do watch out for those teeth.

After defeating a rogue mic stand, Gary Gannon asks Elizabeth Cardy and Schawn Schuster about their views — between gushing uncontrollably over the amazing design of GW2. Giving an in depth look at all aspects that were available in the Guild Wars 2 beta, the crew covers character creation, the fabulous home cities, questing, pvp, and much, much more.

Prepare for excitement and apparent drooling in this week’s Guildcast!

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A veteran MMO player of over 13 years, Scott is a writer, editor and educator with a passion for gaming. He can be found smiling blankly over his guardian in Guild Wars2, lane running in League of Legends, or pulling off audacious headshots in Battlefield 3. Scott is Editor In Chief for ZAM and a regular co-host on GuildCast.
  • H S

    Gary, did you really have  to go there? Really?

    other than that, best show of the year, or maybe the funniest.

  • http://twitter.com/Latinkuro Latinkuro

    First off I love the game can’t wait to play.
    One mechanic I would’ve liked to see specially to deal with awkward boss fights is:
    for example, on the worm in the norn area to have it take damage only if you hit certain vital points of the body, same thing for the duke fight and all bosses, this would’ve made it so much better.
    an example from an old game but one of my all time favorites.
    Contra on the Nes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLeFg-WUmHE watch from 6:55 for the boss fight.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JZJKKPTKC5GPEPCKW3HGMTPN4E Ryan


  • Roger McKay

    Come on, GG. Go Hendrix!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Zetesofos Ben Cornforth

    Wait, did they do this show early…..I missed it?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1734810199 Alex McClarnon

      They did it a day early.

  • SanekB

    The thing that surprises me most about all the beta coverage is indeed that nobody has anything bad to say about the game. Especially from all the people that werent even looking forward to GW2. Just hearing the unbrideld enthousiasm of everyone (yogscast, gamebreaker, Total biscuit, ign, …) just almost makes all the footage obsolete.

    I mean, if you look at the faces of Elixabeth and Gary this entire show you can almost not get excited yourself. And funnily enough Shawn’s face just screams: i wanted to play this game moooorrree.

    • chlo1ber

      Not really true. There is also criticism, you just have to listen. Yogscast is just a fun show, they are just playing the game. If you actually would start to read articles, you will spot many negative things.

      Still awesome though, I really hope they fix some stuff until release.

      • SanekB

        Many of those things are really not much more then people fearing that the new systems wont be enough to keep things interesting in the long run (see the whole endgame debate) or things people dislike because they feel differently about what they like in gameplay/MMOs.

        Ofcourse the game wont be flawless, like the cinematics not being upto the new SWTOR standards. But i’ve not read anywhere that the core gameplay (i.e. gameplay, events, “removal” of the trinity, WvW) has been a failure or disliked more in favour of old MMOs standards.

        And i believe Anet can be proud about that. Even if the game doesnt have the longevity of WoW it will have made a significant impact on the progress of MMOs as a genre. Ofcourse other games have done this to some extent (SWTOR story, …) but not in the level Anet will when they pull of this game.

      • http://twitter.com/Feothyr Carsten L.

        Could you give us some examples? I haven’t found any negative articles to be honest. I’d like to read some unbiased opinions. Thanks =]

    • http://twitter.com/DaPhoolz Rp TheFoolz

      Yeah, just look at them. They’re like Shining, Beaming with Joy.

      But still it’s not like GW2 is flawlesly at all but the positive stuffs are so many that they can cover up the flaws. And this is just in Beta stage.

      You could say that it’s the most (or very) polished Beta MMO ever. till this day.

  • http://twitter.com/Excrucion Ronny Kampers

    Absolutely stellar absolutely ;-)

  • Revanhavoc

    Is her name really EliXabeth?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Noa/100000016129555 Ivan Noa

    lets not start with the “Its a …. Killer” thing please, lets just injoy it.

  • http://tbergeron.com/ Tommy Bergeron


    inb4 shitstorm

  • Douglas Gould

    Question: What’s a “BFF Report” and how does one find it?

    • Kryptyy

       Go to youtube and look up akamikeb. You’ll see the BFF Report listed in the videos.

    • http://www.kaiketsu.enjin.com/ Corey “Crimzen”

       or go to zam.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/d0ntp4n1c Aaron Penick

    Wow didn’t know Liz was such a cutey lol. Love these podcasts esp when talking about GW2!

  • http://twitter.com/JW_Rey John Reynolds

    Amazing!!! I can’t wait for this game :)

  • Shokaryu

    I was hopping to see mikeb here, since he was the one doing an amazing job with the review, and didn’t sucked at pvp ! He could give us a better insight, and he actually played the game for a few hours and experienced the game !!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricky-Hannigan/1231863766 Ricky Hannigan

       Can’t have MikeB with Shawn, his beard will take Mikes chinhawk as a challenger and try to devour it. Or make love to it.

    • http://twitter.com/1jdsworld Justin Green

      Check out the new twimmo for that. I think they spent a good hour talking about it (that doesn’t include Gary’s ten minute troll of the Mikes)

  • 7BitBrian

    LOL @ the title W8W Killer. Don’t think anything but the developer can kill any MMO but yea. GREAT SHOW!

  • http://twitter.com/dohcheezits Doh Jesus

    I hope your windows activation went okay Gary

  • Fandros

    Not a killer but GW2 is going to put an arrow in WoW’s knee.

    • iamthemikeb


    • http://twitter.com/c3o5nnect J

       Lmao… I approve.

    • http://twitter.com/Jnb_Ocean Oceans

       Both of Wow’s knees and then a fireball to the face!

  • Nick Ratcliffe

    <3  Love this.  Finally, more than just a bunch of Rubi talking about how "amazing, differing and dynamic" this game is going to be. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/IamTomBombadil Tom Miller



  • http://twitter.com/DrJazie Yazan Alkaissi

    Awesome show. Elixabeth rocks. Imo trade epic beard guy for someone else. He could play this weekend and chose to play some of it on a sunday? Seriously calling himself a game journalist? Trade him for taugrim, tamgros or Mike B. Seriously he doesnt contribute much to the show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Rushton/1674657777 Chris Rushton

       There wouldn’t be a guildcast if it wasn’t for “epic beard guy”

  • Odeezee

    really great show guys, it was alot of fun watching Gary wig out – Gary we told you that you were going to fanboy out once you see what the rest of us saw in the game. good to see that the 2 skeptics/devil’s advocates on the show of GW2 (Gary and Mike B) are now bonafide fanboys, haha. GG ANet.

    @Gary stop being stingy and give us more of your fraps videos from over the weekend.

  • http://twitter.com/Crimendorsement Jeffrey Eisenberg

    Gary just says things like “WoW Killer” to start a debate.  It increases traffic and discussion.  I call ‘em “chat bombs.”  It’s a smart tactic however shady it is.

  • http://twitter.com/brekoneko Alexander de Souza

    just learned about this site today, and i gotta say i love it, you guys conquered another soul, congratulations

  • http://twitter.com/WadeDMcGinnis Wade D McGinnis

    If Anent can balance the drops over crafted gear, then it will be great to get back into being a crafter. My concern, if they fall too close to WoW style crafting then we get this mass patterns with no worth. The other concern, creating gear that looks too closely to gear that can get bought or dropped. I enjoy creating something that shows this is what  a tailor or blacksmith can make.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/V3HR6CMXI5WF5PXOHJV4Z5XPJA Yoh

       To be fair, Elisabeth covered crafting in depth yesterday I think it was.
      I don’t believe that’s that case, the stuff she made was as good, if not better then what she had, and that was the first time she did it.
      It looks very practical and like most everything else in the game, not going out of it’s way to waste your time.

  • Troy Alleman

    For someone that never played GW, how hard would the transition be to just pick GW2 up and start playing? 

    • http://twitter.com/elixabethclaire Elisabeth

       Since they’re very much separate games, not hard at all! Playing GW1 would give you a lot more of a lore and story connection to the game, but the starter areas do a really good job of catching you up to speed on what’s going on in GW2. And the playstyles are totally different, so you’ll be able to step in no problem.

  • ArcherAvatar

    Loved Gary’s enthusiasm, and Elixabeth’s swinging the knowledge bat like Babe Ruth… very fun show to watch folks… ty for the info.

    • http://twitter.com/elixabethclaire Elisabeth

       Awww, thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=822839515 Anders Justin Damlund

    Funny because i think there is a bigge chance its gonna be a swotor killer…. these peeps have already the mindset of change, wich peeps playing the same game for 4-7 years havent.

  • Cosian

    I have been a fanboy from some time now.  Now I am officially a gushing fanboy! :)

  • James McDonald

    Is the voice over actress you’re thinking of April Stewart? Also, I have no idea how you could talk about the VO and not comment on Steve Blum. Legend. 

    • http://twitter.com/Feothyr Carsten L.

       Or Felicia Day! She’s voicing Zojja ^^

  • Roblerw

    That sounds like TF2 Crafting 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2ZQEEMY266GBFMM3N5UPGUMLJA Michael

    I’m really curious as to which voice actress they are talking about. I’m pretty sure Emily Rose hasnt done work for this game (Elena) but if she did… I will be so happy.

  • http://twitter.com/Jnb_Ocean Oceans

    Great episode. I am gushing for GW2 Beta!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/ReverendPaul-Frank-Smore/830769675 ReverendPaul Frank Smore

    Ahh, Hot Pockets and Mtn Dew: the meal of champions. XD

  • http://twitter.com/Dagus_94 David Gustafsson

    Really good information. Awesome show

  • bahl isvet

    Lol GW2 wont kill wow, cause wow has been dead for years.
    If you  still play wow :  u r retarted.

    • datruffx

       Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Games are dying to get the subscribers WOW still has, and after 7 years everyone would turn on GW2. The new thing will always eventually become the old thing. It’s the way of life.

  • http://twitter.com/OptiumRetro Desmond Leeden

    can i download this cast??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542492490 Theodore Zarembka

    More Details on this overflow server thing please: Do you just make a new character for that server, or does it copy-paste your already-made character into the new server? Or something else entirely?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000036972727 Steven Luke Thompson

    I am going to through up I want to play GW2 so much…

  • datruffx

    better be good