Guild Wars 2 – WvW Orbs to be removed
ArenaNet finally makes the decision to remove the games World vs World Orb buff from its game in an upcoming patch.
Players have continued to fuel up in the GW2 forums after many complaints of players doing everything possible to exploit the buff. Servers that obtain the Orb buff receive 15% to health along with 150 to all stats, when a server has all three orbs, making the strong servers stronger.
ArenaNet has said it made its decision to remove the Orb’s for now rather than re-hash its abilities until it can further best implement a more appropriate alternative. The company also said it “will immediately put a stop to all orb hacking.”
The company will bring the WvW Orb buff back in the future once it has evaluated the best solution and to prevent it from being exploited.
After a careful reevaluation of orbs of power we have decided to remove them from WvW in an upcoming build. As implemented, orbs tend to strengthen teams who are already winning and make it even more difficult for underdog teams to fight back. In addition, the current implementation seems to be irresistible to hackers/cheaters and will require significant modification to prevent cheaters from having an unfortunately large impact on the state of any given WvW game. Under the circumstances we believe that removing orbs completely is a better choice than attempting an in-place redesign/re-implementation as it will immediately put a stop to all orb hacking. It is likely that orbs, or some orb-like mechanic, will return at some point in the future, but only after we are confident that they will not exhibit the sorts of issues that we see with orbs today.