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  1. TTS Triple Trouble Reflect Pro Guide Thank you for reading this guide! The Evolved Jungle Wurm, also known as Triple Trouble, has been a staple for TTS to run since its inception and we find that, even in today's state of the game, it remains one of the few World Events that requires organization whether it be on Teamspeak or in-game chat. One piece of organization that is often used is the Reflect Team, which utilizes reflect and projectile destruction skills to bounce back eggs that the Wurm spits out on a regular basis to prevent Veteran Wurm Larvae from swarming the area. The goal of this guide is to help you learn how to contribute towards the Reflect Team's efforts and to aid in preparations toward earning the Reflect Pro icon on our Teamspeak. - Table of Contents - Setup and Training The Larva Wurm Specifics Gear and Skills Reflects by Class Reflect Calling Setup and Training For an average TTS run, the full Reflect Team will consist of 9-15 players, who will go to the pirate turret north of Laughing Gull Waypoint in Bloodtide Coast to do a brief training session where tactics and builds will be discussed. It is important for the Reflect Trainer, who will be designated during setup, to ensure that the teams are organized and ready. Each of the 3 wurms will have a Reflect Caller, who has experience with the wurm's animations and can speak for their groups. Oftentimes, the Reflect Trainer will be a group's leader. The rest of the players will then split up among the callers, so that each group contains 3-5 players including the Reflect Caller. New reflectors should be distributed among the groups, and if there is an imbalance in experience, it may be helpful to trade players. Newer callers should be grouped with more experienced reflectors (preferably including an experienced caller) and vice versa. Each Reflect Caller will split their group into two teams of 1-2 people each, so that there is always a team ready to reflect if one drops their skills on husks. When setting up the teams: Newer reflectors should be on a team with a more experienced reflector. Classes with a cast time on their reflects (Elementalists, Thieves, Engineers) are best paired with those with instant reflects. Line reflects (eg. Guardians, Thieves) work well when paired with area reflects (eg. Mesmers, Revenants). To demonstrate the positioning of reflects, the Reflect Trainer will use the destroyed pirate turret to represent the wurm. The front of the wurm is simulated by the opening in the ring, and the fence behind the turret acts as the back wall that line reflects are aligned with. The Reflect Trainer will go over the spit animation, with the directions the eggs will be spit out at. They will also show the spot to stand, for classes that need to be inside the wurm, and where to place reflecting walls/domes: Yellow = Where reflectors can stand. Players using smaller reflects will need to be closer to the center of the wurm. Red = Path the eggs take. The three waves will always be from left to right when facing the wurm or the cliff behind. Blue = Where line reflects (straight line) and area/dome reflects (circle) must be placed. Reflect Callers can then do a "dry run" (a practice run, usually going over two spits) with the turret, especially if there are new players. This gives the team a chance to hear the calls that will be used at the actual wurm, and try out their reflects on the fake wurm. Once each team is ready, they can head out to their Wurms to do final set-ups. In the event that there are not enough Reflect Callers, communicate this to the Event Leader - a team of solo reflectors can reflect without a caller, or the Crimson Lead may be able to call and lead at the same time. Should the Condi Team be short on players, it may also be beneficial to identify and split up any husk blockers (check with Elementalists and Mesmers) on the Reflect Team. This does not necessarily mean that husks should be blocked - check with your commander and condi team first. Downed party members (including the caller) can be called out for the zerg to revive. If any reflector dies, they should run back quickly and notify their party. To recap: 3 experienced reflectors are designated to be Reflect Callers, and 1 person to be the Reflect Trainer. The trainer will often be one of the callers. Reflectors are distributed amongst the callers to make 3 groups of 3-5 players each. Reflect Trainer explains the role of the team to any new reflectors, touching on skills, gear, animations, and specific tactics. Reflect Trainer shows where to stand and where to place skills at the pirate turret. Callers divide their groups into 2 teams, balancing based on experience and types of reflects, and if possible, assign themselves to any teams that need it. Reflect Callers introduce themselves to the Wurm Team they are at, briefly explaining the team's role and the calls they will make. Reflect eggs, kill wurm, get loot. The Larva Eggs that are not reflected always travel the same path when spat out by the Wurm and land in the same area (doing minor damage), but what happens next can be chaotic. When an egg lands, it will become attackable and should be destroyed by the zerg if possible. An egg that is not destroyed in time will hatch into a Veteran Wurm Larva that can attack players in the area either by flopping around, dealing damage and knockbacks, or by spitting out projectiles (marked by 3 red targeting circles). As you can imagine, these wurms can cause quite a hassle and though a couple won't doom a run, repeated eggs hatching can lead to a situation where the zerg cannot complete the objectives needed to trigger the burn. Above: What happens without a reflect team. Wurm Specifics Although the main animations are the same at every wurm, each of the three has some small differences that the Reflect Team should be aware of. The images of the minimap at each spawn location show the position of the wurm (yellow), the approximate paths of the eggs (red), and the wall behind the wurm to align reflects with (blue). Amber Located between Bogside Camp Waypoint and Whisperwill Waypoint, Amber Wurm spawns in the ravine beneath the Vista, with a wall to the east. Amber's second animation will always be eating the Plague Carrier Abomination. The first team should be prepared at this time. After eating the zerg, the wurm usually does one animation (the time taken to destroy the Pyloric Valve) before a unique animation to spit the zerg out. If the commander is holding off harpoon shots to increase burn phase time, expect at least two animations before the wurm goes down for the burn. Amber will occasionally spit eggs or husks after a burn. Reflectors should get in position to reflect as the wurm stands up. Cobalt Located near Jelako Waypoint, Cobalt Wurm spawns on the beach beneath the vista, with the cliff to the southwest. This is the most straightforward wurm in terms of animations, making it a good place to start as a new caller. Once 20 kegs have been placed, the wurm's next animation will be eating the kegs to blow them up and start the burn. After each burn, Cobalt will do a large spin before spitting. Crimson Located near Firthside Vigil Waypoint, Crimson Wurm spawns in the valley south, with a cliff behind it to the west. After being notified that the colours are full, the Wurm can do up to three additional animations before actually going into burn phase. These could be either spins or spits, so it is important that the reflectors are ready until the wurm falls to the ground. After every burn, Crimson will do a large spin before spitting. Gear and Skills Below is a list of helpful items, skills, and settings: Food: Usually, reflect team can use the same food that is dropped for the zerg. Orrian Steak Frittes offer a little more survivability. Gear: For any weapons used to reflect, stats are less important and you can buy a cheap one if needed. Soldier's gear is an option for those concerned about dying. Useful Skills: Stability, stunbreaks, blocks, and invulnerability may be useful for newer reflectors. Settings: Under Options (F11) > Camera, set Field of View to the far right for visibility. Reflects by Class Classes are listed in a loose order of easier to harder difficulty. Common solo reflectors and blockers are at the top, and more challenging reflects are toward the bottom. Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all skills that can reflect. With the exception of Warrior and Engineer (the high difficulty classes), the primary reflect is listed first, followed by possible backup skills for a second spit. Some reflects require an elite sspecialization, so an alternative for characters without them is also provided. Revenant: Medium AoE with long duration, does not need to stand in wurm Protective Solace (Utility skill) - requires Legendary Centaur Stance, with Ventari Tablet out. Diminish Solace after eggs have been blocked. This skill easily covers two spits, especially if the reflector stays in combat to maintain energy. Mesmer: Large AoE and line reflect Feedback (Utility skill) - can be used with Mimic (Utility skill) to cover two spits, though there are other options, especially with Chronomancer. Easily placed from outside the wurm. Optional trait: Inspiration > 3rd line > Temporal Enchanter - makes Feedback last longer. Temporal Curtain (Focus 4) - place parallel to wall. Required trait: Inspiration > 2nd line > Warden's Feedback. Can block husks and spits from small spins using the Distortion effect. Elementalist: Large AoE and small range chained skills, or small range skill with Tempest Swirling Winds (Focus - Air 4) - note half second cast time. Trait: Air > 2nd line > Aeromancers Training for reduced recharge on air weapon skills. "Aftershock!" (Utility skill) - requires Tempest, has a cast time and very small range. Magnetic Wave (Focus - Earth 4) -> Ring of Earth (Mainhand Dagger - Earth 2) - use Magnetic Wave for two spits and Ring of Earth for the third. Requires good timing and positioning. Can block husks and spits from small spins using various invulnerability skills. Guardian: Line reflect and large AoE Wall of Reflection (Utility skill) - place parallel to wall. Trait: Virtues > 1st line > Master of Consecrations for reduced wall cooldown. Shield of Absorption (Shield 5) - can be used with Wall of Reflection to cover a bad angle, or on its own if experienced. Ranger: Medium AoE, line if using Druid Sublime Conversion (Staff 5) - requires Druid, place parallel to wall. Whirling Defense (Offhand Axe 5) - be sure not to move while casting. Thief: Line reflect and small AoE Smokescreen (Utility skill) - place parallel to the wall. Trait: Shadow Arts > 1st line > Concealed Defeat - reduces cooldown. Dagger Storm (Elite skill) - note the small range and high cooldown. Trait: Trickery > 2nd line > Trickster - reduces cooldown. Necromancer: Large AoE but only one skill Corrosive Poison Cloud (Utility skill) - long duration, may cover part of two animations. Trait: Curses > 2nd line > Master of Corruption for reduced recharge - this is the only reflect skill. Warrior: High difficulty, very small range chained skills Shield Stance (Shield 5) -> Counterblow (Mace 2) - use shield to cover two spits and mace for the third. Riposte (Offhand Sword 5) can be used in place of Shield Stance. If husks come out first, save Counterblow for the next spit animation. Required trait: Defense > 1st line > Shield Master - reflect whenever you are blocking. Optional trait line: Discipline for Fast Hands (faster weapon swapping). Engineer: High difficulty (requires low latency and knowledge of animations), medium AoE. Easier alternative with Scrapper. Turret reflect: Two turrets are required to cover a full spit, place the first turret in position a second before the animation starts and the second if the spit is eggs. Note the half second cast time and 1 second shield deployment time. Pick up turrets after the spit for the reduced cooldown. Required trait: Inventions > 3rd line> Advanced Turrets for reflective bubble on turrets. Defense Field (Tool belt skill) - requires Scrapper, with Bulwark Gyro slotted. Reflect Calling The Reflect Caller's role is to call animations during phase 1 and manage the two teams within their group who will move into position and reflect when called on. Usually, the teams take turns going in and reflecting, switching out if there are husks. The caller introduces the Reflect Team to the rest of the group at the wurm, and will make calls alongside (or over) the commander. Revenants and Mesmers are the easiest classes to use for reflect calling, as they can watch the wurm from a distance while still being able to reflect. The three animations to be called are as follows: Large Spin: Wurm turns clockwise and remains fairly upright. Large, dodgeable AoE attack around the Wurm that can knockback. At Crimson this can also knock gliders out of the air. Small Spin: Wurm turns counter-clockwise and curls down toward the ground. Small, dodgeable AoE attack around the Wurm that can knockback. Fires multiple Spit (Drool) projectiles across the area that cannot be reflected (but can be blocked with invulnerability), marked by small orange circles. Spitting: Wurm rears back and spits either Eggs (every ~40-45 seconds) or Husks (every ~90 seconds). The caller will state which occurred after calling to reflect (unless they are absolutely certain of husks), as there is no way to distinguish the spits by initial appearance. Usually, if eggs are blocked, nothing will appear to come out, but if it is husks, they will be seen flying. After a husk spit, the next spit will always be eggs. Due to the cooldown on eggs, reflect teams do not always need to stay in position, as this increases the chances of taking hits or blowing reflects early. The caller will want to have the next available team ready before the egg cooldown has expired. To help keep track of the time, a skill with a similar cooldown can be used, or the caller can keep count of the animations since the last eggs. The egg cooldown is enough time for 3 spins (14 seconds each). A burn phase (~30 seconds) can be counted as 2 spins. At Amber, swallowing and spitting out the zerg together count as 1 spin. The caller will notify the commander if any eggs get out so they can be dealt with. If the Reflect Team is being threatened by veteran wurms, inform the commander so they can assign people to clear them out. One of the best ways to learn reflect calling is to go to a wurm (or look at a video) and watch the animations. The Jungle Wurm in Caledon Forest is a good place to get used to the two spins and Amber's zerg spitting animation. If you are new to calling, don't hesitate to ask the rest of the Reflect Team for help and support! Useful Apps: http://derekchoi.me/gw2reflect/ Visual study app by Lanboost
  2. Ok, just a heads up! I'm going to be putting together a reflect training class on TeamSpeak tonight at Post-Reset TT. Either crashing the Post-Reset run, or running our own event, depending on if I get at least 9 people along. If you're interested, give me a whisper or mail in GW2, and I'll be making an announcement in game at Reset time. Cheers, all!
  3. So I'll start off with a small introduction, I'm Cari (CariJ in ts) and if you've been to any PAC wurm in basically the last month there's a 1/3rd chance that I've been your reflect caller and I've noticed a trend of not many new people stepping up to try reflect calling and just letting the same people call everyday which while I do like reflect calling it would be awesome to have more people to call as not everyone can be there everyday As most of you know Thursdays for PAC are community night so on those days I would be willing to run a reflect calling training, where I will shadow you either in the wurm channel if you just want practice or I'm sure one of the commanders would be willing to make a channel just for that where I can teach all the animations and the indicators for the animations and how to do this while in the wurm if your class can do that. (I'm sure a wurm can survive without a caller for one night) While I am willing to teach from scratch, there is this wonderful guide by Trindine that can teach the basics of reflect and calling. I'd also be wiling to do this any other day wurm is run if there is any interest in this at all
  4. Hey all, I just wanted to bring up that I have noticed a lot of our builds are out of date- I was trying to give someone a warrior condi build, and I was unaware that it no longer works. I think we need a serious overhaul of those guides so that we can ensure that our condi and reflects are set up to do their jobs as well as possible. If people come to me unsure of a class that I'm not familiar with, I don't want to be giving them the wrong information. As for reflect training, I have been in teams before that were not fully prepared (think- being told the right weapons, but not getting the right traits, such as the ones that enable those weapons to do their job, like mesmer focus and the trait that enables it to block projectiles), and it has had a major impact on the success of the wurm. I really like the idea of calling, and it can be extremely useful for zerg, but I also think that we should be emphasising learning the animations, which is not something that I've observed of late. Callers DC or fellow reflectors, so people need to be prepared to reflect without that safety net. I feel like condi and reflect training are not going the way they should be or accomplishing the right goals. I am partially responsible for that, I know, because I have been very disjointed in my condi training lately. I would be more than happy to collaborate on a guide to get us up to par. We are TTS and we are awesome, so I want people to be awesome. Additionally, as for the condi and reflect tests, I have been unable to find the resources meant to help me study/prepare for the test. If there are those guides out there, could we get the links to those? I very much want us to be prepared and fantastic on all fronts. Yes, our defence teams are doing pretty adequate jobs lately, but we could be doing better.
  5. So just thought I'd make all you non-OCE peeps jealous, OCE had an amazing night last night this was the night as it went: Malasian Teq with Peanutbutterbun Recording of the Reflect practical example Singing after raids by Necrojinn, Byte, Wyverix, Dan, Spicca, Merf, AC, Peanut & Carrie! Every single OCE commander sang tonight (omg) including Merf & Carrie Duet <3 This was a good night :) Sorry we missed you! ~Byte
  6. Note: This was written before I became a leader; it's not in any way TTS-official - just meant to help people out. Ultimately, just volunteering for it and getting experience is far more useful than reading! tl;dr: Step up if new. Eggs bad. Reflect them. Dodge spins and small spin spit. Learn traits/skills/positioning. Learn stuff and call, then train. Balance teams between line/area reflects. Don'tdiehavefungetloots.r Check pic(re)flects for a visual guide :D Reflect Overview Note: New reflectors are always welcome at wurm! Just let us know during set up, and we'll train you. Note 2: This is referred to as reflect team, but projectile-destroying skills are also used. Note 3: TeamSpeak is required for reflect team. A mic is required for the reflect caller, as the wurm zerg is dependent on the caller. Reflect team's purpose is to reflect the eggs to prevent any larva from hatching. These scale a lot and are extremely difficult to kill; they have an aoe spit attack and knockbacks. Husks share the same animation but cannot be reflected or destroyed, so that's what condi team is for. As it's a specialized team, reflect team only joins the zerg during burns and does not follow the wurm commander's call outside of that. This includes calls for reflects – only reflect when the reflct caller calls it. Reflectors should only reflect during their team's turn. The wurm has three animations, which Kalak's video shows, including placement inside the wurm. Spit: Curls back a bit and spits three times, either husks (one per spit) or eggs (three per spit) Large spin: pulls out of the ground with its head in the air, spins clockwise still outstretched, then spins stretched out on the ground counter clockwise Small spin: slight clockwise rotation with its head hanging down before curling counter clockwise on the ground the spinning clockwise & spitting Make sure to stay close enough to the wurm to be ready immediately, particularly when still learning. When a team is called to be ready, they should be in position and ready to cast reflect immediately. This is particularly true if there hasn't been a spit in sometime, as the second team will need to be ready if the first spit was husks. Once familiar (enough to track the spit timing without the calller), it doesn't hurt to start attacking nearby wurms already harassing reflect to try and aggro them elsewhere, just be careful not to get downed or aggro five wurms onto the reflect team ;). The primary focus must remain on reflecting, though. Reflect Skills/Traits Note that this only covers skills/traits necessary for reflect. The remainder of the build is up to each individual reflector. When first starting out, play a little bit more defensively (e.g. pvt armor with full berserker accessories) and start adding in gear/traits that are more dps-oriented. It should be able to handle a husk and a few wurms, just in case. Don't be a reflector who's constantly downed/dead! Professions most often used at TTS wurms: Engineer, Elementalist, Guardian, Mesmer, Ranger, Thief Line reflect: Reflect/projectile destruction casts in a line, so angle matters! The character must stand just inside the wurm and face perpendicular to the wurm when it's in a neutral position (body isn't twisted). Once the skill has been casted, the player can move again. Area reflect: For area reflect/projectile destruction, angle does not matter, only placement inside the wurm for most professions. Professions Engineer: area reflect – high difficulty! Not suggested for beginner reflectors Minimum of two turrets with Inventions -> Grandmaster -> Advanced Turrets This is only suggested for people already familiar with the wurm animations, because engis need to be able to read the wurm for themselves due to the turret cast time and delay with the bubble from Advanced Turrets. Some engis will bring four turrets (regular utility, not the Supply Crate elite), drop one per spit (or drop one and only drop the later ones if a spit is confirmed), and then pick the three turrets up for faster recharge. Engis also have Toss Elixir U, but placement can be difficult, and it has a high recharge and can be unreliable; some will bring this due to the faster cast time. Engis also have shield offhand 4 (Magnetic Shield), which can be traited for shorter cd in Inventions -> Adept -> Over Shield Notes from Koshchei: total wait time for each turret shield: 1.5 sec = 0.5 sec (cast time) + 1.0 sec (shield deployment time) duration of each shield: 4 secs. Supply Crate turrets also have shields, but exact turret placements cannot be controlled and has a long recharge time; therefore, it's only used in reflecting when other turrets are recharging. Elementalist: large area projectile destruction Focus required for Swirling Winds ([&B5oVAAA=]) with Air -> Master -> Aeromancer's Training Easiest reflect in terms of placement due to large radius (400) but note the .5s cast time, so must pay close attention to calls Guardian: line reflect & area projectile destruction Wall of Reflection [&ByMkAAA=] Virtues -> Adept -> Master of Consecrations & strongly recommend shield for Shield of Absorption ([&B4MjAAA=]) The shield can be used either before or after for additional projectile destruction. For beginners, casting after will help to cover the wall in case it was off angle. For more advanced tactics, the shield can be casted first to see if the wurm spits husks and save Wall of Reflection. Sensha's note + img (Carson also recorded a video here): "So! The update hits in a week and guardians and mesmers are stuck with ground targeted skills to do their primary reflect. This tends to be an issue though because you can't ground target inside the wurm properly forcing the skill to be too far in front of the wurm to reflect all volleys of eggs. However, there's a solution to this which is the minimap trick (which kazu taught me a while back). what this does is place ground targeted skills directly under you. How this works is simply by putting your cursor over the minimap, and then selecting the ground targeted skill and activating it. I've demonstrated this in the following gif. Pay attention to the order in which I do everything. As you can see it shows up in the same spot, at the same angle as if Wall of Reflect was not ground targeted." Also, note that it does tend to cast slightly further up than it used to prior to ground-targeting. Mesmer: line reflect, feedback if good at positioning When first learning reflect and wurm, starting with Temporal Curtain ([&B8onAAA=]) may be easiest. After some familiarity with that and quick movement, using Feedback ([&Bz4oAAA=]) should work out pretty well. Note that if the new reflector has someone to show him/her the placement and is confident in being able to sit still and leave a burn early enough to re-position, it'll likely work out well - just not "oo shiny vet wurm to attack /wander off" mentality. Temporal Curtain: Inspiration -> Master -> Warden's Feedback Feedback: Inspiration -> Grandmaster -> Temporal Enchanter (see guardian section above or watch Carson's video here) Sensha's note: "For temporal curtain you can generally do the same thing you do on guardian. You'll want to go inside the front of the wurm, and try to be as centered as possible. In this screenshot I show where the center is, this is an ideal temporal curtain. But try not to go behind that spot or you'll miss all eggs, and try not to be too far in front of it either. Kazu says his experience has leaked eggs if it's too far towards the front, but I may have accidentally discovered a possibly higher error room than 'it has to overlap the center,' so I'll get results on that later." To learn about using Feedback at the wurms, check Kazu's videos on placement: amber, cobalt, crimson Aeon linked an alternate amber location here. If you're familiar with timing the wurm's spit attack, don't forget Mimic ([&B4pzAAA=]) for even more Feedback :D Ranger: area reflect Axe offhand for Whirling Defense ([&B7MwAAA=]) (back to 150 range!) Rangers must wait for the Whirling Defense animation to complete. If husks or larva are nearby, use stability first. Thief: line projectile destruction & very small area reflect with precise placement Smoke Screen ([&BwkzAAA=]) with Shadow Arts -> Adept -> Concealed Defeat - Note the .5s cast time, so must pay close attention to calls Thieves can also opt to use Dagger Storm as a cover/secondary reflect (same placement as ranger), if traiting for Trickery > Master > Trickster - credit to Sensha Shadowdagger Warrior: very small area reflect – very high difficulty! Not for beginner reflectors Check Kazu\'s post here should be practiced outside of raids to confirm accuracy would suggest pairing with an experienced reflect Condensed version for pasting into TS: Reflect Calling Note: This section is mostly for new reflect callers. Even if there are a bunch of people with reflector pro icons, feel free to volunteer; they are there to help and are more than happy to back up new reflectors. Reflect callers are responsible for calling large spin, small spin, and reflects for the reflect team. In my opinion, calling the dodges after spins (e.g. large spin... dodge) and both the small spin and spit (note the delay if it's at range) helps people quite a bit, particularly if the orange circles are obstructed or glitch for them. Reflect Training Post June 23, 2015: Make sure that you're aware of changes to the professions! Once callers are comfortable with calling, running reflect training is the next step. Note that if you don't have a commander tag but are interested in training, just ask the person tagged up if you could lead training. If short on time: get callers, train new people, splits, do a sound check, and go to wurm channels; the callers should be able to fill in the rest. Short version: In some cases where all reflectors are experienced, get callers, distribute professions, remind people to check equip/traits/skills, and do a quick soundcheck. Additional Tips Dodge in instead of out: Stand at the edge of the rocks by the wurms body and dodge into the middle (or take a few steps out in any direction and dodge in). Line reflect on charr: Do not base it on your character’s head when in combat. Instead, keep your camera unangled and move your character straight at the wurm for proper placement. Then, take a step in or out until you're just inside the wurm. Where's my character? D: If your character is super short (min size asura :D), either try jumping or zooming in and shifting your camera angle so that you see inside the wurm. Make sure to bring a stunbreak – every profession has one. It's also useful to bring stability, condi clear, and a gap closer in case a dodge is missed. Not every class will be able to bring all of that. I'd suggest a stunbreak and gap closer at the very least. Guardians: "Retreat!" ([&B3wjAAA=]) and "Stand Your Ground!" ([&B8EjAAA=]) are useful; don't forget about using Virtue of Courage ([&B54jAAA=]) for an additional block. Eles: Scepter and dagger mainhand in water attunement both have party heals. Changelog Archive
  7. As a follow up to my post here: http://forums.ttsgamers.com/topic/332-triple-trouble-reflect-calling/?do=findComment&comment=18848 I've gone and created it http://derekchoi.me/gw2reflect/ , hope it helps! Of course, I'm open to any suggestions/criticism. p.s. I know it looks like crap but hey.. It works right? I hope :)
  8. New Reflect Caller Guide I noticed there were excellent guides for reflecting, but since new reflect callers don't volunteer all the time, we don't really have a repository of caller knowledge. After I have helped train several new callers, I figured someone should write this information down. And Evers wrote his very excellent picflect guide and kind of inspired this post. Before calling Check that your framerate and connection are adequate Your game should not be lagging. Your Teamspeak ping (found in Connection Info) should ideally be under 150ms, if it is over 300ms you might have problems calling. Your framerate (available from Overwolf, for example) should ideally be over 25fps; if you have less than 10-15fps, you might have problems calling. To improve the framerate, reduce the number of processes running on your computer, and set graphical options in the game to maximum performance. To improve the connection, reduce the number of clients running on your computer. Close any YouTube or other streaming site tabs, make sure you are not downloading or uploading anything (including but not limited to Torrent). If these steps do not resolve the issue, unfortunately, your system might not support you being a caller. Keep this in mind: the signal has a long way to travel, and all of these stations need to be hit within approximately a second and a half or eggs will come out and make problems for the raid: wurm animation starts on GW2 server data packet, from server to your GW2 client image, from monitor to your eye, neural signal, from eye to visual cortex the neural signal gets processed and recognised neural signal, from motor cortex to speech centers voice, from voice box to your microphone voice gets encoded by TeamSpeak data packet, from your TeamSpeak clients to the TS server same data packet, from TS server to teammates TS clients sound, from speakers to reflectors' ears neural signal, from ears to auditory cortex the neural signal gets processed and recognised neural signal, from motor cortex to their finger data packet, from reflectors' GW2 clients to GW2 server casting time This also means it is extremely hard for Elementalists, Thieves and Engineers (professions with slow casting time, hereafter "slow reflects", with no slight intended against the people who wield them!) to reflect on call, and should learn the animations for themselves as soon as possible. Teams When you gather your reflect team, you should inspect it for any possible points of failure, and adjust the team structure accordingly. The most obvious one is new(ish) reflectors; additional concerns are overabundance of certain classes. In the order of importance: Wherever possible, new(ish) reflectors should be paired with veteran reflectors Otherwise, whenever possible, Elementalists, Thieves and Engineers (slow reflects) should be paired with other professions (fast reflects) Otherwise, whenever possible, Guardians and Thieves (line reflects) should be paired with other professions (bubble reflects) Otherwise, pair up reflectors in any way that is convenient for the caller, mostly in relation to the Party display (e.g. top two vs. bottom two, outer two vs. inner two etc.) If the team composition is really bad - three or more new(ish) reflectors, three or more non-pro slow reflect members (Engi/Ele/Thief), three or more non-pro line reflect members (Thief/Guard) or similar - you might consider asking other wurm reflect teams if you can trade members. Before, the usual practice was to have a primary team and a backup team; thus, reflectors would have preferences about which team they wished to be on. The current practice is to call upon teams in balance, simply calling the team that did not reflect just previously (unless otherwise warranted, as noted below); this leaves the team composition concerns as the only deciding factor. "Team One" and "Team Two" are the usual way to refer to the subteams. Veteran reflect teams might give nicknames to subteams; this increases the mental load, and is not encouraged if the party has new(ish) reflectors, or a reflect caller. Calling A caller should be comfortable using the Teamspeak. There are certain callers that use text-to-speech engines, there are many more that just speak, but whether it's your own voice or a synthesized one, you should never think twice about using it. Callers need to keep their reflectors, their leader and their zerg informed at all times, and to do that they have to be present on Teamspeak without delay or hesitation. In particular, the zerg leader will be talking the whole time during the raid, and you have to talk over him. "Waiting your turn", while polite, will fail the raid. When it is time to announce something, and that time is measured in deciseconds (tenths of a second), it has to be announced, whatever the zerg leader is saying at the time. Caller's announcements take precedence. Conversely, if the zerg leader is busy explaining something, directing something, or otherwise sounds harried, keep the announcements short. It's fine to joke when there is not too much action, but remember that many people will increase your volume to hear you better, and you will drown out the leader. Be sure that your Power of Drowning Out is used for Good. Most of the zerg, if they know the animations, will know them for their effect. Big spin smashes in a big radius; small spin smashes in a small radius and spits out deadly saliva; egg and husk spits look like spitting. However, the caller needs to recognise each animation from their very first half-second or so, where they look very different. It is of no use to anyone if you call spits or spins when they are already happening. These are rough descriptions of each called animation's start: Large spin: the wurm straightens up high, and starts swinging towards its right (zerg's left) Small spin: the wurm coils down towards its left (zerg's right) Egg/husk spit: the wurm doubles up, quickly dipping its head down and to its right (zerg's left), as if it is coughing or having stomach ache There are also a couple of animations that callers typically don't call: roar, swallow (amber, cobalt), spit zerg (amber). Roar is just not of any interest; the rest come at specific times, and zerg leaders can predict when they will happen. All the wurms will start off their run with a large spin to destroy the pillar. Amber will then gobble up the fake abomination. You should direct your first team to readiness during this animation (large spin for Cobalt and Crimson, Abom chomp for Amber). Crimson does not fall down immediately when the burn notice comes up, be sure to consider the possibility that it is hot until it actually does fall down. Amber's burn sequence is as follows: swallow the zerg do one animation spit the zerg do one animation fall down Amber can also spit right after burn; consider Amber hot a bit earlier than when it stands up, especially if you have a Mesmer in the active subteam. Other wurms will typically do a large spin after the burn. Apart from these head-specific rules and the spit cooldown times, there are no discernible patterns regarding the animation sequencing. There are no guidelines of the form "egg spits come after X". Callers have to recognise each animation by its tell. When you see the tell for the spit (wurm doubles down and to the side), yell your reflect cry immediately ("Reflect" / "Walls" / whatever else - but be sure to tell the team beforehand if it is not one of the standard calls). Then, watch the wurm. In case of eggs, you will see nothing coming out of the wurm, or you will see small bubbles flying off and (hopefully) disappearing very soon as they hit the reflect barriers. In case of husks, you will see large husk-bubbles flying off and landing. There are two main positions you can take as a reflect caller: Inside wurm, together with all non-Mesmer reflectors. This option allows you to both call and reflect at the same time. If your team has many new(ish) reflectors, it may be a good idea to assume this position and join the weaker team. Tilt your camera 45 degrees downward, and zoom out as much as possible (when close to the wurm, you get the ability to zoom out more than usual). This should let you see the wurm head. At the Mesmer reflect position if Mesmer, or outside the large spin circle if not. Mesmers can reflect and call comfortably from this position. The benefit is better visibility, particularly when looking at what came out (or did not come out) from a wurm spit, and offers a fair bit more survivability. In non-Mesmer cases, callers should be ready to use a gap closer in case of problems to help them reach the reflect position. Do not call "Team Two, reflect!", "Aaaaand... reflect!" or similar. Team two should already know it is their turn, and the other one is just useless waste of deciseconds. As much as possible, keep your ears open for information from your team. Especially when they are ready for reflect, they should not waste time on typing, and some situations (e.g. "reflect blown") need to be communicated quickly - and voice is fastest. Some reflectors however do not have voice, so the caller should keep an eye on chat as well. Cold Wurm vs Hot Wurm Most guides will tell you that egg cooldown is about 40s, and the husk cooldown is around 90s. What this means in practice, at least for me, is the following: The wurm is either cold (it has been less than approximately 30s since the last egg spit, or the wurm is lying down and getting burn) or hot (more than 30s since last egg spit). You can measure the time since the last egg spit by number of wurm animations, or use a skill on your bar that you know the cooldown time for, and won't use accidentally for other purposes during calling. You can relax on cold wurm, and so can your team. You should be ready at all times on hot wurm, and have a subteam ready to reflect (except at the very first ~5-10s, grace time for the activated team to get into position). Try to avoid having a subteam ready when wurm is cold: it increases tension when it is not necessary, it increases the chances they will blow the reflect cooldown on a husk spit or on an error, and it increases the chances they will miss a dodge and get knocked off the position by a spin. If husks got out, announce it for the condi team, then immediately call the next team to readiness. You may dawdle a bit if you are sure the wurm is cold. If eggs were spat out, and it seemed that eggs might have gotten out by the animation, look around you for traces of eggs landing (hold Ctrl and pan around). The easiest eggs to miss are those to the right of the Wurm. If they did, announce it to the zerg leader. The wurm is now cold; wait 30s before you send in the other team. If you see (or are told) that one member of the active subteam has blown their reflect, or went down, take a conservative look at whether the wurm is cold (assume hot unless you are sure it is not). If it is cold, call in the other team. If it is hot, have faith that the other subteam member will get it right, or if you have confidence you can call and reflect at the same time, get ready to reflect yourself. If you see (or are told) that both members of the active subteam are down or on cooldown, activate the other subteam regardless of the wurm status. If the other team has a downed member too, you must go in yourself. You may rez downed zerglings near you, and you should try to rez your teammates. If teammates are far from you, you can announce it to the zerglings instead; they will typically help resurrect reflectors. But your first priority is keeping eyes on the wurm, calling animations and team switches. Don't forget to dodge (or block) if you rez when over an orange circle. I cannot stress the word "immediately" in the first case strongly enough. The egg spit can (and often does) come just after husk spit, and getting into position takes time. "That was husks; Team Two up!" is good enough. Try to keep record of which subteam is standing ready. Some people will type it into team chat at each change. Some people will use extra fingers to record the current subteam. Some people just have good memory. If you forget which team is ready: Ask which subteam went last, or Tell a team you know for sure to be off-cooldown to get ready; use this option only when wurm is cold. This option is often available during the burn. During the burn, make sure a subteam is activated while the wurm is still lying down. Repeat who the active subteam is even if one is already active. If one of the subteams has problems (husk stun, half health or less...), choose the other team; the burn is long enough for all the reflect skills to cool down. In other words, during the burn, there is no "wrong subteam" - pick whoever you think is in a better situation to reflect next. Outside of the burn, try to keep sudden changes to a minimum except when disaster strikes the active subteam. If you see lots of veteran wurms or husks hanging around the wurm, announce it to the zerg leader or condi team, respectively, then get back to calling. If you get downed, ask the zerg to resurrect you, then get back to calling. While hardly comfortable, you can (and must) call even while dead. At last burn, disband your team in order to participate in Phase 2 on equal ground with everyone else. Be sure it is the last burn though (i.e. the wurm is already dead, or commander has announced the last burn). Also note that veteran reflectors all know the animations themselves, so the spit calls are less critical when directing a veteran team. However, the subteam activation must come from the caller (unless the team itself agrees otherwise), and remains a critical part of reflect calling at any skill level. A caller should never forget to have a ready subteam activated on a hot wurm. Call Training The core skill of a reflect caller is recognising the wurm animations as soon as possible. To this end, there are several things a prospective caller can do in order to train for it: Observe the wurm from afar. You can do this on a non-organised map by completing the escort; you can then observe one of the heads in action. Observe the Jungle Wurm, a world boss in north Caledon Forest. It does not spit, but you can get used to many of the other wurm animations there. Watch YouTube videos of the wurm raids. Best option, in my opinion: Participate in a reflect team as a reflector. While doing so, observe the wurm, and try to call each animation silently to yourself before your caller does. When you can do this consistently, you are ready to be a caller yourself. (Given the "signal travel" described above, you have the advantage in this "duel", and given equal skill should beat the remote caller every time.)
  9. CHECK THE MAIN VERSION OF THE GUIDE HERE - http://imgur.com/a/3Ry0l ^ Disclaimer - due to the overwhelming amount of GIFs loading, it may crash your potato. ^ FORUM UPDATES For now most GIFs on the forums will be replaced by a link to the GIF until a lag-free solution or alternative is figured out. (If it does crash your potato, open it up on a mobile that supports flash or use this text-based guide \o/) INDEX 1. Introduction to reflects 2.1 - Guardian Reflects 2.2 - Mesmer Reflects 2.3 - Elementalist Reflects 2.4 - Thief Reflects 2.5 - Ranger Reflects 2.6 - Engineer Reflects 3.1 Reflect Positions 3.2 The 'Anatomy' of the Wurm 4.0.1 - Wurm Idle Roar 4.1 - Egg Spit Animation 4.2 - Husks Spit Animation 4.3 - Large Spin Animation 4.4 - Small Spin Animation 4.5 - Unique Wurm Animations > 4.5.1 - Amber Wurm 4.5.1.1 - Amber Zerg Nomnom 4.5.1.2 - Amber Zerg Spit > 4.5.2 - Cobalt Wurm 4.5.2.1 - Cobalt Keg Nomnom 1. Introduction Classes which can reflect are - Guardians, Mesmers, Elementalists, Thieves, Rangers, and Engineers. TIP - If you're completely new to reflects, I would recommend starting off as a(n) Elementalist or Ranger, and as you begin understanding the reflect positions/angles try reflecting on a Thief/Guardian/Mesmer. And once you're very confident in your reflect skills, and are able to tell wurm animations, you may then attempt Engineer reflects. The goal of the reflect team is fairly simple and straightforward, to reflect eggs that the wurm spits to ensure that these eggs do not get out. The reflect teams do this by using skills/abilities that destroy/reflect projectiles (More detail is provided below). If eggs happen to be leaked, they will hatch into larva(e) after 20s. Larva(e) scale up with the event and are very hard to kill, they also have an extremely painful projectile spit as well as knockback abilities, and tend to wreck players if not dealt with. Each reflect team will consist of a caller, and four other reflectors. The role of the caller is to call out wurm animations for the reflect team and for the zerg, the caller will also act as a backup reflector and be ready should something happen to team member(s). The other four members of the party will be split into two teams (Team 1 and Team 2). These two teams will then alternate on spits to ensure that reflects are ready whenever the wurm attempts to spit. The wurm does three animations - Small Spins, Large Spins, and Spits (Spits can either be eggs or husks). [check out their animations below] ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Note - Wurm does egg spits approximately every 40secs or so, and husks spits approximately every 90secs. Special - Crimson and Amber have so-called unique characteristics. Crimson is able to do up to two extra animation, such as a spin and a spit right before burns phases (so the next team that is called for must stay in position until the wurm is lying flat on the ground). While Amber is able to spit right AFTER a burn phase (so the next team should get into position before the wurm even gets back up). IMPORTANT - DO NOT EVER GIVE UP HALFWAY AND STOP REFLECTING OR CALLING EVEN IF EGGS ARE OUT, THE ZERG WILL DEAL WITH THEM. JUST FOCUS ON REFLECTING. GUIDE UPDATES