"Thank you. Thanks to you, Jora's Keep sees another sunrise."
As a hero and defender of the Marches it's only natural you receive a hero's reward.
You must train your Essence Manipulation to open this chest.
All right, the reason I wanted to bring this up was to actually applaud Arenanet for making the changes to this mastery and allowing players to open 'Large' chests with the correct mastery at rank 2. You get a reduced reward from the chest for not having the higher rank 3, but you are not excluded from a reward at all which is a big difference from Episode 1.
The scenario I described earlier was the reality for myself and many other players at least once. You took part in the meta event and beat the boss, so it feels like a little bit of a slap to the face and be told that you can't get rewarded because you didn't grind hard enough while watching other players get theirs.
Mind you this is not a whine-fest that mastery ranks are too hard or are too much grind in the Ice-Brood Saga, quite the opposite actually.
A number of players have expressed that the current pace is somewhere in between and that it gives the mastery system a feeling of importance and like an actual goal to work towards as oppose to just unlocking it quickly by the end of the story. If players are so inclined to finishing a mastery the moment it comes out, there are ways of doing that, and the rest are free to take things at their pace.
No the reason this is an issue is because for anyone joining the fight in the Bjora Marches will be excluded from getting rewards initially.
Instead the mastery should be a motivating players to get the highest rank because it means more loot! Not please use your mastery points to gain the opportunity to be rewarded for your time and effort in this event.
I sincerely hope Arenanet keep up the good work, but tune the mastery system for Episodes 3 and 4 in a way that players want the masteries because it will offer more fun, convenience or at the very least more loot. More inclusion, not the opposite, that feeling of ...
"Can't collect your loot? Hm, guess you better try a little harder."
Anyway, what are your thoughts on the current pacing of the mastery system for the Ice-Brood Saga? Are these good masteries? Do you feel rewarded for your time? What do you want for Episodes 3 and 4 in terms of mastery skills and abilities?