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Thank you for the Dragon's Stand meta

I know, the Dragon's Stand meta is old news and probably routine to a lot of people on the forums, a newcomer...I just have to gush. :blush: So I headed into the Dragon's Stand map a few hours ago for the very first time, following the story. When I loaded into the map, I saw a ton of people standing around waiting for the meta to, figuring I might not get another easy chance at this, joined a squad and got swept along for the ride. I had no idea what I was doing and tried very hard to pay attention to the commanders - and thanks to excellent leadership (good commanders are amazing), I finally figured it out. Everyone did their parts.

That. Was. AWESOME. We kicked the Mordrem Commanders' thorny behinds back to whatever plant-hell they crawled out of, annihilated the Blighting Towers, and all three lanes poured into Dragon's Domain.

Gliding into Dragon's Domain with that epic music playing...I was grinning so widely my face hurt (seriously, Maclaine Diemer, you are a genius composer). And when the Mouth of Mordremoth showed itself, I whispered holy kitten...and I could not keep a smile off my face during the entire event. My computer slowed to a crawl (even with all settings on low), I wasn't entirely sure what to do some of the time, and my eyes hurt a little from all the neon ley-lines, but IT WAS SO WORTH IT.

We killed the Mouth of Mordremoth in record time, and I was cheering all throughout the ending cutscene.

Thank you for creating something that epic, ArenaNet. :grin: Best. Meta. EVER!!

Don't cry, Daniel
Fear not, Daniel
Don't you know you're not alone?


  • Urud.4925Urud.4925 Member ✭✭✭✭

    It's indeed a good meta, with an epic BGM (such as the one played in Tarir). I remember my first time, when the Mouth climbed up to the hill during the cutscene: "oh my, is it still alive? what's now?". But it finally died :smiley:
    The AoE when the Mouth kills all the players around are also cool (although you'll learn how to avoid them, later on).
    Remember: "Keep the moster stunned!" (Laranthir's tip)

  • Mea.5491Mea.5491 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I'm glad you like it. :) It's not the most profitable meta but it's definitely my favorite one anyway. There are 3 lanes with different events so it takes a while to get bored of and cooperation is really important. I love the way people work together on this map (even when we wipe at the Blighting Towers and it starts a drama, lol).

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Gerent remains my favourite, but yeah Dragon Stand is pretty epic and does a great job of capturing the story of a push against an Elder Dragon in its lair.

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • ProtoGunner.4953ProtoGunner.4953 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Yeah it's cool, remember when I did it the first time 3 years ago. But after a while and farming a bit it gets a bit tedious. So I don't do it too often, especially since the farming of pods after the meta is rather annoying. But yeah, cool thing. And I am happy to hear that people actually listen to the in game music. Much much underappreciated in this genre and on PC gaming generally.

  • BlueJin.4127BlueJin.4127 Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2018

    With mounts and HoT masteries, I love all HoT maps. They’re all so amazing in their design. Even in WoW with its crappy open world pve, I always preferred open world contents. GW2’s open world is just so amazing. I love it.

    I’ve always loved music in GW games as well. Personal story is rather poorly done, with poorly scripted events. It’s kind of hilarious having such amazing and epic music in a really unepic and poorly scripted personal story event.

    Have you seen the Edge of the Mists map from the WvW tab? If you have, you should read the post I made a few days ago. A fight like the one I describe below is something I’ve always wanted:

    And for the record, the fight I imagine is not like Dragon’s Stand (or Deathwing from WoW). I cleared up the post a bit, hoping people will better understand what I’m getting at.


  • On the topic of Dragon's Stand meta: Laranthir of the Wild, man. He's the real MVP. Are we gonna get any more of him in the future?

  • zealex.9410zealex.9410 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2018

    Nah dud metas are bad x] (jk) Although my favourite remains vb i must say the way anet coupled story with the meta and gave a genuenly kitten clossure i think was very well done. They did story in an mmo really well with these metas imho.

    Kinda sad they threw all that out the window with pof but meh, heres hoping for expac 3 to go bacj to the good stuff.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I agree, it's a really fun event chain. Which is good since I need about 1,500 crystalline ore for mini pets. I think they were going for a similar sort of thing with the meta events throughout Orr, but it works much better condensed into 1 map.

    BTW if you want to do it again you can use the Wiki to check when it's due to start. Either the Dragon's Stand page or this one which lists all the different timers:

    Then you can use the Looking For Group (LFG) tool in the game to find a map to do it on. For Dragon's Stand it's best to find a group before the meta resets so when the map closes and new ones open you're more likely to all be pulled into the same copy, but if not you can right-click anyone in the squad and pick 'Join in Dragon's Stand' to get into their version.

    Danielle Aurorel, Desolation EU. Mini Collector

    "You can run like a river, Till you end up in the sea
    And you run till night is black, And keep on going in your dreams
    And you know all the long while, It's the journey that you seek
    It's the miles of moving forward, With the wind beneath your wings"

  • Hesacon.8735Hesacon.8735 Member ✭✭✭✭

    First time I ever loaded into the map was seconds before the map reset and Mordremoth murdered everyone, so that was quite epic. It's also probably my favorite map in the game for achievements because you get them by doing the events without having to wiki/dulfy different steps.

  • Timo.1065Timo.1065 Member ✭✭✭

    The best meta for sure. Did after long break 2 weeks ago, great fun.
    I did as well VB. And was shocked. I was on VB map check something. Map was after meta so I make a decision to do as much event as i can and do meta once again. Put on LFG info about events and try to do meta on T4. And what is the best we didi it. We did T4.

  • Astyrah.4015Astyrah.4015 Member ✭✭✭✭

    DS is my favourite meta, there hasn't been anything since (like in PoF and LWS4 etc.) that has matched up to it from what i've seen :)

  • Jetra.1238Jetra.1238 Member ✭✭

    I have to say it's my favorite as well, it's easier than Silverwastes and as chaotic as Tequatl.

  • Katastroff.1045Katastroff.1045 Member ✭✭✭

    I love those HoT meta too, its just sad that PoF cant even come close to it as far as quality and fun.

  • Idk if it's the best on my list but I can definitely agree that the HoT metas are all lots of fun! :)

  • I enjoy Dragons Stand a lot as well. What's interesting is that it can be one of the most fun, and can also be one of the most frustrating. Fun in that when everyone coordinates and you succeed, you feel like a job well-done and the experience was rewarding. Frustrating (usually at the blighting towers) when coordination breaks down, the bosses and pods respawn, people quit, and it all falls apart.

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

    @Tazdingo.7213 said:
    Yeah I remembered my first time doing that meta. It made me fall in love with guild wars. Bummer though, we don't have such a meta in PoF with a big kitten boss like that. Honestly, one big world boss meta should be a staple in every expansion in gw2.

    We may get one in the next LS update... Fingers Crossed!

                                                              There is a 50% chance you will not agree with me and a 50% chance I will not agree with you
  • its funny how i hated hot when it came out(bad playstyle but i did learn to be better) but now i play the metas more than the pof and enjoy them when i do them. to tell the truth i dont recall if there are any pof ones

  • wickedkae.4980wickedkae.4980 Member ✭✭✭

    It is a shame PoF did not have an equivalent. PoF devs really dropped the ball

  • Anela.3867Anela.3867 Member ✭✭✭

    @wickedkae.4980 said:
    It is a shame PoF did not have an equivalent. PoF devs really dropped the ball

    I imagine it was quite a lot of work creating mounts and everything that's involved.

    My guild and I go back to the HoT areas all the time, they are beautiful and there are lots of things to do. We only go to the PoF area if we need hero points. If there is another expansion, I hope the land is as beautiful and complicated as HoT.

  • NASATT.3678NASATT.3678 Member ✭✭

    I spend most of my play time in the HoT maps. I also really like the map wide meta events! The PoF maps are cool but I always go back to DS, VB night, etc.