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Cutthroat Politics is the next Guild Wars 2 update

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Continuing the biweekly release schedule, ArenaNet has detailed the next Guild Wars 2 content update -- titled "Cutthroat Politics." The new content revolves around the political campaigns of two candidates looking to fill the vacancy on the Captain's Council of Lion's Arch.

An assassination has created a vacancy on the Captain’s Council of Lion’s Arch. Two candidates —war hero Ellen Kiel and prominent merchant Evon Gnashblade —both want to occupy that empty seat, but they can’t do it without your support!

To prove they have what it takes to sit on the powerful ruling council, Kiel and Gnashblade will compete to secure a lucrative trade agreement with the merchants of the Zephyr Sanctum.

Between July 23 and August 5, Evon Gnashblade and Ellen Kiel will attempt to work out a trade agreement with the Zephyr Sanctum in order to secure a spot on the Captain's Council of Lion's Arch. You'll be able to use Support Tokens to help out your favorite candidate.

As per usual, there will be other activities to take part in, such as the Southsun Survival, a new competitive activity that have you "scheme, kill, and scavenge your way to the top" while armed with "only a bow and whatever supplies you can find." There's also a new PvP activity, Aspect Arena, in which you must pick one of the Aspects of Sun, Wind, or Lightning, and "face off in teams to collect crystals." Each Aspect grants you with different skills. Lastly, there's the Candidate Trials Challenge that will "test your battle skills by facing off against waves of Aetherblade pirates."

To meet the candidates or learn more of the Cutthroat Politics' rewards, check out the official website.

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