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Into the Fray by Art-Zealot Into the Fray by Art-Zealot
Edit: I'm on Sanctum of Rall server/world now.

Once again, a doodle has raged out of control...

I just couldn't keep myself from putting this to canvas after the second Beta Weekend for Guild Wars 2 came to an incredible finish. Dang, Arenanet...you really know how to end with a bang! I don't think I've ever had as much fun in all my years of online gaming as I did in that single span of 30 minutes.

Don't believe me? Check it out: [link] . I didn't record my own experience, but I sincerely wish I had.

Players on each server (Yak's Bend, ftw) gathered in the Plains of Ashford and faced off against the minions of the Crystal Dragon Kralkatorrik. But the odds quickly turned against us as each player killed became a corrupted dragon minion!

Illustrated here is our final stand as the dragon minions finally overwhelmed my sister and I (who were sitting across from each other at our computers, trying not to scream aloud and wake our parents at 3:00 in the morning). My sister was playing an Elementalist (left) and I was a Guardian (right). Both characters were designed after our existing characters, Storm and Ronak.

I took a lot of creative liberties with the crystal minions and armor, so I doubt it's very accurate. Regardless, I hope it accurately sums up the desperation and craziness (and fun!) that was the finale.

Art & Characters me
Awesomeness Arenanet/Guild Wars 2
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CardboardHut Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not know this game, but holy moly! Incredible action scene you've capture here! They look horribly out numbered, but determined as heck not to go down without a fight.

Late night sibling adventures are the best! 
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was quite the event! And yes, sibling shenanigans rock. ^^

Fun fact that only you and a handful of others would appreciate: The right character (mine) was based on Ronak, from HotD. ;]
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Lil-Muse Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Epic scene! The colors are so awesome :)
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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Smithx7000 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Love the colors and the motiuon
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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synner Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant work! I'm extremely sad that I missed the last 30 mins or so of the event, but you've done a great job of depicting it here - well done! :D
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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synner Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. Keep it up. I love seeing fresh GW2 artwork :D Who knows maybe sometime I'll have the time to actually properly do some of my own :)
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That game deserves all the love we can give. ;]
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synner Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amen to that :) There needs to be, like an artist's guild or something that artists join that creates a community in game and out to support the artists who love the game.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That would be awesome!
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synner Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know! I really hope someone does do it. I'll join in a heartbeat.
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Apummeling Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing and I want this game so much it occupies my thoughts everytime I'm not actively doing something else :P This captures the feeling of working as a duo really well (something my friend and I do a lot). Insta-fave.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know, right? :nuu:

Glad you like it! Definitely the first game where I'm overjoyed to see other players around me.
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Sammiyad Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
oh wooooAAAWWWWW!!!!! AWESOME ACTION and glows too, LOVE IT!!!!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Sammy!
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Craigsaurus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! I played the beta but had no idea there was some cool event at the end of it, shame I never got involved :( hopefully there will be another one next beta (if there is a 3rd beta)
Awesome image though, well done :)
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, there is a closing event for each beta, and they have confirmed that there will be another BWE.

Thanks!
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Craigsaurus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'll certainly make sure I don't miss the finale next time :)
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
See you there!
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Looks like you had a buttload of fun! I can only imagine how much you and your sister will have when the thing comes out!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, trust me . . . countless butts shall be loaded.

Uhh . . . try not to overthink that one . . .
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Zyphergale Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
can't wait for this game!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm with you there!
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So gorgeous! I really love the colours :D
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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Spirogs Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Looks good, and sounds loads of fun =D
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It totally was. . .
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Lamatalis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:faint: As epical as always, you've done another amazing work of art! Hope they're both OK...o_o
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Well...we eventually fell to the corruption, but I almost took out a Developer on my way down. ^^
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Lamatalis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gowsh...lets hope that Developer will walk away with minor injuries :XD:
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CthulhuZuzu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
There is no reason not to fave this.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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MalinaIthil Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
WOW - Really dramatic and well composed!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Draaky Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EPIC! Now this is ART!!!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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Shiina42 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
It was a fun ending wasn't it? My group ended up with a massive siege devourer (Those two tailed scorpions) made of like..obsidian and crystal, it was so amazing to see that big thing storming one of the last player held waypoints with a guard of about 50 players.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It was brilliant! I seriously think they need to do one based on each Elder Dragon (running around as Destroyer Minions? COUNT ME IN!)

And seriously? That sounds epic. There was a ton of stuff going on, I only wish we'd had more time to enjoy it. My sister and I had fun leading a pack of Corrupted in chasing down players. As soon as we got close enough to throw down that Cripple...we converged like a pack of hungry wargs. It was intense.
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Shiina42 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Yeah, we didn't get nearly as much action sadly, our's was a server that started late so we only got 20 minutes of it, not enough for a lot of the events to trigger which was a shame, though I think Kralkatorrik was flying overhead, saw a big shadow pass over the land at one point but didn't think to look up until after the beta when my mind was like, "OH....dragons." Haha
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I really hope they do it again and time it properly. Apparently they had to manually hop servers to kick it off, because it wasn't working normally, so some got more time than others.

And to be a finnicky lore geek, that was The Shatterer, Kralkatorrik's minion, not the Elder Dragon himself. :meow:
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very awesome, I like the glowyness. :la:
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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kankurosdoll Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very awesome! :D

If I could, I would goad you into making me a picture of me and my hubby's soon-to-be characters. (Once they release it!)
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!

I am not impervious to goading, but there may be a price tag attached in the future.
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kankurosdoll Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
/goad :P

If I could fit the bill, I'd pay.
But I'm short-on-change these days, so I'll have to wait. :<
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SinusHeadache Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Shhhhhocking. Beautiful. Man it seems like you've improved at least 100 fold since I started watching you. Its like you were awesome then suddenly you're just BAM breathtaking. I can't fathom it. Bra and vo.

...hehe bra.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!

. . . :iconhurrplz:
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Vyuun Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Sweet! Nice work!
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