Linsey Murdock of ArenaNet talks about the fixes of gear progression they plan on adding first in The Lost Shores patch; And eventually future patches.
Below is a list of changes coming to dungeons and gear in the coming patches.
New Condition: Agony
New Upgrades: Infusions
New Rarity Type: Ascended
You will see the new condition, Agony, first appear in the dungeon Fractals of the Mists. Agony will take of percentages of health during boss fights; the difficulty of this condition will increase the further you go into the dungeon, the damage can only be mitigated by the new armor upgrade; Infusions.
Infusions, broken down into three different types, Offensive, Defensive, and Omni. Offensive, and Defensive Infusions will have their own specific slot, while Omni is able to go into either a Offensive, or a Defensive slot. Infusions will only be obtainable through crafting in the Mystic Forge; and only usable in the new armor type; Ascended.
The new Ascended armor type will be found in the Fractals of the Mists dungeon, to start this new armor rarity type will only be rings, and back pieces. Below you can see a screenshot of the new rarity type, and the increase of stats with it.
This is just the beginning of what is to come with end game progression, stay tuned to see all of the future additions in store.
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