ArenaNet has announced that the inaugural PvP League Season begins today and it will come  along with the latest update. Players can take part in any number of ways, including the Guild Challenger League: To participate here, players form groups of five and join the League. Match statistics are tracked and rated with matchmaking pitting similar ranked teams against one another.

The Guild Challenger League is a direct path into the ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League for you and your team. At the end of the league season, if you’re in the top five teams from the Guild Challenger League, you’ll have the chance to face off against the bottom three teams from the Pro League in the Guild Challenger Cup. If you’re in the top three teams from this tournament, your team will join the Pro League in the next season and compete for a share of $200,000 USD.

At this time, the Pro League’s map rotation consists of Conquest maps. Because the Guild Challenger League is a path into the Pro League, teams entering into the Guild Challenger Cup will need to be able to compete in Conquest. For this reason, only Conquest matches will count toward progress in the Guild Challenger League. Stronghold has proven itself to be popular, and we’ll be evaluating it for inclusion into more competitive play in the future. Until then, you can still play Stronghold as a guild team for personal league progress, guild missions, or just for fun.

Players can queue up individually for ranked play via the PvP panel. New players will, however, need to attain rank 20 prior to participating in ranked PvP. As players prgress through tiers and divisions in the PvP League, rewards are earned that can yield gold, shards of glory, transmutation charges, and dyes. There are also special PvP League tickets that can be earned and spent at vendors for legendary backpacks, shards of glory and llama minis.

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