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Mine is Grothmar Valley (episode number #1, titled Bound by Blood). Maybe it's nostalgia already, since in September 2019 world was like usual... Also, i really liked whole atmosphere of celebration, yet it was quite sinister from very beginning with all the accidents. The events of episode was happening behind our backs, we as Commander didn't really were in epicenter of them. Secondary, "The Metal Concert Meta" was something really unusual and cool, not your regular MMO meta event. I liked Ooze event as well. And in general there wasn't much events, but this fact added to calmer mood, storm on the horizon feel. Map was bigger also, unlike others we had it all in one package. Exploring it with rented Skyscale was easy, but i really loved last POI (had to view guides online and made party for it, but this was memorable). I think jp of Khan-Ur is only HUGE side thing i did from all episodes of Saga too.
Now, by no means i say rest of Saga is bad or something, especially i liked Visions of the Past, which takes place 2 in my list. But upcoming 2 episodes after the Bound by Blood was more usual stuff and with all the creepiness when you have to explore empty keep - wasn't very light. However i was kidding, that Bjora Marches is mine WotLK since i haven't played it originally. I had a blast in Whisper in the Dark honestly, but in old-school kill stuff/do quests manner.
And i havent played none Drizlewood Cascades yet, but spoiled myself for almost everything (waiting for VA).

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  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Favorite story: Can't decide, each episode has had highlights and downsides in writing.
    Favorite map: Bjora Marches (the JP dungeons, the spooky forest, the music <3 )
    Most rewarding meta: Drizzlewood Coast (it's one big reward map, although extremely exhausting to play as well)

  • Raknar.4735Raknar.4735 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 1, 2020

    Shadow in the Ice.
    Drakkar, the JPs, the Light puzzles, the Boneskinner forest and the first rendition of the "Flight of the Eagle Spirit"-theme during the trailer were the highlights for me.

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  • Galmac.4680Galmac.4680 Member ✭✭✭

    None so far. Have to confess that. Perhaps the next one.

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  • hugo.4705hugo.4705 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 1, 2020

    Prologue, grothmar yeah. After, south drizzle.

    Bjora is a nope because: copy pasted event, underused potential for shrines and boss fights. (bjora west)
    East one was correct apart almorra death imho. Good creepy ambiance.

    North drizzle: nothing to do outside of meta, very empty ice waste, charrs act better but nothing about the machine shown in trailer, no norn, tengu or whatever settlements. No fortifications, no need of sieges like the south path, no barricades.... like.. really, bangar not reinforcing the north? Ryland and varinia even stated in e3 that a lot of iron is with dominion, why no fortifications? No iron remparts, no catapults, not that mush elite frost troops outside of the fortress.... very cheap overall, you can't count on map look alone anymore.
    Worst than bjora. Wow.

    I just conclude that they are bad at "expanding" maps, better to have 1 specific map each episode.

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  • coso.9173coso.9173 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Favorite episode for me would be Bjora 1. The creepy ambience and mood is simply awesome. I like the darker tone this season has in general. The part with a certain someone getting headshot was brutal and I didn't expected it.

  • Fenella.2634Fenella.2634 Member ✭✭✭

    Yes, the prologue by far.
    Bjora was a huge disappointment and even though the following episodes got better in comparison, they are still... Well...
    We know Anet can do much better than that.

  • voidek.5738voidek.5738 Member ✭✭

    And of course i forgot to mention Strike Mission thing in first post. Newest type of content at that time. Im not huge dungeons/fractals/raids runner myself, so liked it. However i didn't participate in latest ones somehow somehow.

  • Ogwom.7940Ogwom.7940 Member ✭✭✭

    Favorite by far is the Prologue.
    I agree with all your points, especially the "calm before the storm". That specifically reminds me of Pre-Searing Ascalon as well as the map and the colours.
    I still go there to this day. Perhaps we they can make hatched chilies a form of getting ls4 map currencies like eternal ice shards? This would make people have choice of coming to Grothmar or Bjora.

    I would love if they expanded on the Charr Homelands.
    I find that the southern part of North Drizzlewood looks like Sacnoth Valley from GW1, which I like. Maybe they can make a Sacnoth Valley in GW2 for the future lol?

  • Zok.4956Zok.4956 Member ✭✭✭
    edited August 5, 2020

    @voidek.5738 said:
    Mine is Grothmar Valley (episode number #1, titled Bound by Blood).

    "Bound by Blood" has in-game not an episode number but is named "Prologue: Bound by Blood" (so we could maybe call it episode #0)

    The Prologue is my favourite episode of season 5 by far. It was not a very big map, but it was mostly fun to play, like a festival, and we could take a small look into charr culture.

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  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Yasai.3549 said:
    Prologue.

    Each passing episode just makes me hate the entire direction of this season.
    Not only are the metas not fun, they aren't rewarding, are extremely time consuming, with tons of really long and dreary achievements.

    THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT WAY TO MAKE PLAYERS KEEP PLAYING.
    This will drive players so far away, and now the casual PvE playerbase is going to be driven away as well.

    An MMO shouldn't aim to keep their players STUCK to their game, a game should aim to ENCOURAGE PLAYERS TO RETURN.
    I have no doubt in my mind most players who "quit" the game are finding lesser and lesser reason to log back into Gw2 because there just isn't any draw to it, and inversely, there is just so much more annoying aspects that people hate being introduced by the boatload with each episode.

    Agree 100%. Been around since GW1. Drizzlewood may be the final straw for me if the new team doesn't figure out how to get back to the games roots.

  • @Yasai.3549 said:
    Prologue.

    Each passing episode just makes me hate the entire direction of this season.
    Not only are the metas not fun, they aren't rewarding, are extremely time consuming, with tons of really long and dreary achievements.

    THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT WAY TO MAKE PLAYERS KEEP PLAYING.
    This will drive players so far away, and now the casual PvE playerbase is going to be driven away as well.

    An MMO shouldn't aim to keep their players STUCK to their game, a game should aim to ENCOURAGE PLAYERS TO RETURN.
    I have no doubt in my mind most players who "quit" the game are finding lesser and lesser reason to log back into Gw2 because there just isn't any draw to it, and inversely, there is just so much more annoying aspects that people hate being introduced by the boatload with each episode.

    this soo much this

  • Atomos.7593Atomos.7593 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Definitely the prologue and Grothmar Valley. Maybe it was so good that the rest seems poor in comparison.

  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭

    None of them were my favorite because they all suffer from the same issues.

  • Grothmar by a pretty big margin.
    Its a really unique map and I don't think saying the prolog was the best episode so far as very controversial.

  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭

    If Grothmar didn't have the rock band event, would the people claiming it to be their favorite map still feel the same?

  • Tyson.5160Tyson.5160 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I’ve been satisfied by all the episodes so far with the saga.

  • Eekasqueak.7850Eekasqueak.7850 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Definitely have to say the prologue, it's got the only map with fun events.. Plus I'm biased against snowy terrain which it has the least of.

  • Chichimec.9364Chichimec.9364 Member ✭✭✭

    @Yasai.3549 said:
    Prologue.

    Each passing episode just makes me hate the entire direction of this season.

    This. The prologue was great fun. Each episode since then though just seems to have gotten drearier and drearier. By the first Drizzlewood episode, I dabbled with it a bit but not much else. I haven't even bothered with the latest episode yet. Maybe I'll try it after the World Boss and the WvW events, if I get bored. Maybe not though. It just feels tedious.

  • Sarie.1630Sarie.1630 Member ✭✭

    A Whisper in the Ice, first half of Bjora Marshes, simply because I'm a sucker for feels, and that map feels amazing. From the ambient sound, to the low hum of the music, to the dark foreboding feeling, to the occasional whispers and the remote feel; it's got it all for me. The map events don't tick too many boxes for me, but the map more than makes up for that.

  • Witch of Doom.5739Witch of Doom.5739 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Yasai.3549 said:
    Prologue.

    Each passing episode just makes me hate the entire direction of this season.
    Not only are the metas not fun, they aren't rewarding, are extremely time consuming, with tons of really long and dreary achievements.

    THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT WAY TO MAKE PLAYERS KEEP PLAYING.
    This will drive players so far away, and now the casual PvE playerbase is going to be driven away as well.

    An MMO shouldn't aim to keep their players STUCK to their game, a game should aim to ENCOURAGE PLAYERS TO RETURN.
    I have no doubt in my mind most players who "quit" the game are finding lesser and lesser reason to log back into Gw2 because there just isn't any draw to it, and inversely, there is just so much more annoying aspects that people hate being introduced by the boatload with each episode.

    Count me in as another agreeing with this. Most of the stories and maps have been slogs to me. Doing the same boring event 10 times to hit an achievement, really??? The Prologue was interesting and gave me hope.

    I do think all the maps have been beautiful.

  • Tukaram.8256Tukaram.8256 Member ✭✭✭

    By far the prologue and Grothmar Valley. Best map and the most fun events. The rest has been terribly disappointing, especially Bjora (if that is how you spell it - I spell it Bjoring).

    Running around Grothmar reminded me of pre-searing GW. And I think we all know that pre-searing was the best game of all time. I keep waiting around for something as good to come out. Grothmar is the closest we have come.

  • The prologue, most definitely, it got me so hyped about this new living story...err, "Saga", i lost count of how may times i went to that map on multiple characters.
    The events are all very interesting, the achivements a bit grindy, but doable since the way anet designed the map made me go back everyday.
    ...
    The rest of the episodes, i forgot, and i did play them (mostly...kinda).
    Here is what i remember:
    Bjoras Marches "voice in the dark" - nice creepy boneskinner forest, lame big snow guy meta, and anets 10 year old writers decided to kill soulkeeper (why not the entire cast of destinys edge 2.0)
    Bjoras marches 2.0 (name of the episode forgoten)- kill big ice fish (did it 2 times, why punish myself more), explore ruins (why?!?!?), repeatable spirits shrine ...yay
    Eye of the north (name of the episode forgoten)- sure anet, im all for spending currencies of a game im not playing that much upgrading that place, and there was some event about ritlocks son, fighting a reusable asset from sorows embrace dungeon
    Drizzlewood (name of the episode forgoten)- did the story once and the meta twice, it was the most boring uninteresting meta i have ever done, i literaly played it with my left hand on my face and moving with my mouse and pressing skills on the skill bar with it, no dodging required ever because if i went down i would insta rally from everything dying around, oh and half the time salvaging and selling the humongous amount of uninteresting loot that dropped
    Drizzlewood the pain continues part 2, "please put me out of my misery rising", i havent played it to be honest, and at this point i dont think im missing anything.
    ill continue to play the gw2 content that was left forgoten like raids, fractals, wvw, pvp
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  • sitarskee.5738sitarskee.5738 Member ✭✭✭

    The last two ones.

  • Kadsik.9281Kadsik.9281 Member ✭✭✭

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:
    If Grothmar didn't have the rock band event, would the people claiming it to be their favorite map still feel the same?

    Yes

  • Solanum.6983Solanum.6983 Member ✭✭✭

    Episode 1 was my favorite, The first half of Borja Marches is just so cold dark and creepy, I loved how it felt.

    As for the others
    The Prologue: I liked it, The Story was good, the Map was great and the events are fun.
    Episode 2: This is were things kind of started to take a turn for me, The map looked great and Drakkar was cool but the story and the shrines I couldn't get into.
    Visions of the Past: The only part I enjoyed was the fight with Almoora.
    Episode 3: This is were I got to the point were I was disliking the saga, I was excited for a WvW style map and to see where the story would go but Drizzlewood is probably one of my least favorite Maps. I get it's supposed to be war torn but It's visual clutter everywhere you look. It doesn't help that all the enemy's for the whole saga has Bright glowing auras too. The environment it's self is nice, The central waterfall is beautiful but everywhere else it's just wreckage, explosions, fires and auras. On top of this there's not much room for exploration since the whole map is a very tediously long non-stop Meta. The rewards are nice though.
    Episode 4: At this point in the story I'm interested but not invested. The Map has all the problems of the first half of drizzlewood. Storming the citadel is cool but by the time I actually get inside I just want the meta to be over already. And I don't know if it's just me but it's so hard to see what's going on in there. The enemies, the building and effects all seem to blend together in the chaos.

  • Bound by Blood too, I loved that episode more than most of the LS updates so far. My second favourite after A bug in the system!

  • Poormany.4507Poormany.4507 Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 19, 2020

    Grothamar for me as well - Had a good mix of interesting story, map, and doable achievements that did not take forever to do. 9/10

    Bjora part 1 - Finished story and map in less than an hour (two or three for meta achievement) and felt very underwhelming with little reason to go back to after completing it. 2/10

    Bjora part 2 - Slightly better in terms of story, but started the trend of having way too many "do x boring event 20-25 times" achievements to even bother with achievements with the future episodes. 3/10

    Vision of the Past - Really fun and repeatable group content with a lot of different styles of achievements. EOTN hub is really convenient and well designed. 9/10

    Drizzlewood part 1 - Decent episode with a pretty good story and map design. 6/10

    Drizzlewood part 2 - Story was good, but I felt that the two metas should be separate, otherwise they take too long to do for me and I always end up in an empty map. 5/10

  • Grothmar:
    8/10
    Bjora part 1 :
    5/10
    Bjora part 2:
    3/10
    Vision of the Past:
    6/10
    Drizzlewood part 1 / Drizzlewood part 2 :
    1/10 > a disaster

  • Galmac.4680Galmac.4680 Member ✭✭✭

    Imagine you don't like charr and won't even play one. And then a full living story handles about charr. So I do the least possible things there to get the APs and then bye.

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  • I wonder when they will release the next chapter. They came out every 2 months and now nothing.

  • Excursion.9752Excursion.9752 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I'm still waiting for the Norn Lore that was hyped along side of all this charr lore during their last not so big public reveal of the saga. So yeah my favorite has not been released yet.

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  • AlexEBT.7240AlexEBT.7240 Member
    edited October 20, 2020

    As of current date, it's the weakest living story season for me.
    It started on a fantastic note with Grothmar Valley and just slid off a cliff, quality wise (both gameplay and narrative), with each new release.
    Past Grothmar, the only blips for me were the light puzzles in Bjora and the Drizzlewood part 1 meta, since it "was" a fast, relaxing and relatively rewarding farm routine.

  • My favorites are the ones with voice acting.

  • @Excursion.9752 said:
    I'm still waiting for the Norn Lore that was hyped along side of all this charr lore during their last not so big public reveal of the saga. So yeah my favorite has not been released yet.

    This. I am extremely salty that our Norn saga has been hijacked by uninteresting Charr drama. Yes, I find all of that uninteresting - don't care about Rytlock and Crecia's inability to get through to a son they didn't even raise, don't care about the Charr civil war. In fact, having recently gotten into GW1, I say let the Charr tear themselves to pieces. The other races can fill the gaps when it comes to the Orders/Pact, the end of the Charr is long overdue.

    As for my favorite map, I have to agree it was... Grothmar. Yeah, this is coming from the Charr hater. The pre-seraing feeling is great, but it's really the event design and variety that I enjoy the most. I was most excited for Bjora, but also the most disappointed by it.The fact that I hate most things Charr + a deeply Charr-centric map is my favorite one = I hate this Saga overall.

  • My favorite was Whisper in the Dark. It was dark, moody, introduced us to new concepts, and felt like it had something going on. I would love to return to that mysterious and foreboding mood. I'm not sure how I feel about the second half of Bjora, as it feels very disconnected from the Eastern half. I do enjoy Drakkar, even if it does feel a bit too long of a boss fight. I think that these are better done as difficult rather than time-consuming. I'm very invested in where we left off with the story, but that's mostly because I'm glad that (hopefully) the majority of the Charr in-fighting story is over.

    Grothmar has never quite clicked with me. Maybe it's because I'm not terribly nostalgic for that more GW1 aesthetic, that I wasn't really a fan of the Metal Legion, or that I didn't like the random, disconnected adventure-style meta events. While I loved the story, the map itself feels like a lot of time invested for not much reward.

    Drizzlewood I'm okay with, but don't love. The story seems to all blur together for those episodes. I was excited to break into some new territory, but there really wasn't much lore here as the focus is taking down Bangar and the fortress. I like that each event leads to the next, so you can fairly easily join and just keep following your same group all the way to the end of the map, but it does feel a bit long and tedious after the umpteenth time, and the achievements just felt like needless bloat, even if they did keep me busy during the Rona.

    Visions of the Past was probably my least favorite. I do not like being jettisoned from my character to play another one, and I wasn't a fan that the majority of its content was completely self-contained. I would rather have a new map with an interesting boss that I can explore with some flexibility instead of this instance that I have to repeat over and over again for rewards-on-rails. While I'm all in favor of bringing back Season 1 content, I would prefer that it be put in as regular playable chapters with story around them, instead of this pseudo-fractal without much context. But hey, anything is better than nothing.

  • TheQuickFox.3826TheQuickFox.3826 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I like all except Visions of the Past: Steel and Fire. What a grindfest that was for the achievements...

    I like the Drizzlewood Coast map meta and the achievements there.

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