Quite a while ago, I posted about my journey towards getting an ascended weapon, which was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had in Guild Wars 2. I worked hard to get my weaponsmithing to 500, gather all the mats needed, and finally piece together my beautiful Zojja’s Claymore. This led to my Ascended Hammer. Now, I have my beautiful ascended armour as well (well, 3/6 pieces). It feels like an amazing achievement for me, but I have to say that it’s not for everyone.
People debate all the time whether ascended gear was a good thing to be introduced into the game and to be honest, I’ve heard many complaints about ascended gear all around. One side will say that it’s just a time and money sink for the economy. Others will say it was a much-needed progression that had minor impact on your stats and gameplay, while giving us something less-accessible for gear than exotics. Regardless of where you stand on ascended weapons, it’s a heck of a lot more achievable to get a couple ascended greatswords than to craft Twilight or Sunrise (or Eternity). Although I noticed a difference in DPS with an ascended greatsword, armour has next-to-no impact. There’s very little incentive to get ascended armour unless you’re planning on doing some extremely high levels of fractals.
Yet I still chose to get the gear. To be honest. one of the biggest reasons I wanted ascended armour had absolutely nothing to do with the stats. Let’s face it, an extra 1-2 points per stat on ascended armour really isn’t going to make or break your gaming experience. No, I decided to make it because I wanted to make it. Do I really need more reasons than that? Whether a person wants to collect every mini, every skin for the wardrobe, clear every dungeon at record time, fill up every bank space to 250, or collect ascended weapons and armour–it’s your story.
Guild Wars 2 is about forging your own path, doing things the way you want them to be done, and seeing the entire game as “endgame.” Whether you’re all about levelling alts, getting the best gear, finding rare treasure, doing jumping puzzles, WvW, sPVP, tPvP, or anything else, it’s all your choice. I rarely feel pigeon-holed in GW2 to do anything. Of course, this does lead me to be overwhelmed with options at times where my wife and I sit wide-eyed, asking each other: “Uhhh… so what do we want to do tonight?” Still, working towards my ascended gear has been a casual progression that “just happens” so long as I’m making the time-gated materials (Spool of Silk Thread and Lump of Mithrilium), they come together pretty easy for me.
So without further adieu, here is my new armour set consisting of:
- Barbarian Helmet
- Banded Shoulders
- Banded Gloves
- Ascended Heavy Chestplate
- Ascended Heavy Leggings
- Ascended Heavy Boots