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A Statement of Love And War
Love And War [LAW] is the premier Havok guild on Guild Wars 2 and a proud member of the Blackgate War Council since the January of 2013. LAW enlisted into the service of Blackgate even before its rise into Tier 1 and its eventual acclaim as the top WvW server of North America, as well as having actively contributed to BG's war effort in becoming the Season 1 and Season 3 Champions of North America.

Prior to 2013, LAW was one of the first members of the Isle of Janthir Coalition and joined the Isle of Janthir Alliance during the merger of IoJ's WvW factions. In addition, LAW was a founding member of the JANTHIR Alliance, subsequently creating the momentum necessary in propelling the Isle of Janthir into Tier 1.

As the original creators of GW2's havoc squads, LAW plans to focus its ongoing effort on creating competent PvP teams and rebuild its Havok Squad in 2014. Our vision is to become renown for competing in sPvP and tournaments, as well as participating in GvG to spread the prestige of LAW and the legend of Blackgate!

Now in 2015, LAW is enlisting select members for the Vanguard Squad. The Vanguard Squad is the evolution of the infamous Havok Squad, which merges the concept of havocing with the proven anti-zerging tactics of Blackgate. As the backbone of our forces, those in the Vanguard are considered part of the core group of LAW. Know that this squad is not for the faint of heart: the Vanguard knows no fear and will charge right into the heart the enemy zerg, no matter how outmanned! As such, the Vanguard is not for the faint of heart, and only the best, the bravest, the craziest, and the most dedicated players should enlist with the Vanguard Squad.


What is Havok (Havoc Squad/Havoc Group/etc.)?

"The term (havok/havok group/havok squad/havok-tactical strike team) was popularized by Blackgate and originated from a small tactical strike team LAW (BG guild). It was first used in the guild and spread in BG's TS by LAW's chief commander, Toff, during the winter [of 2012]. The preliminary term, elite tactical strike (ETS) team/group was first published on Isle of Janthir Coalition's website on LAW's group thread on September (and used prior to entering IoJC).

A Havok Squad is different from a raiding party in that they do more than cap small scale objectives by diverting the enemy attention, creating traps/baiting enemies and stalling confrontations, prepping sieges and opening walls/gates, and ninja-capping large-scale objectives, such as Bay, Keep, and Stonemist. A havok group should have at least 2 full parties and be competent enough to hold (or wipe) at least 20 enemies (2x their number) for a significant amount of time.

Other tasks include scouting for the server (keeping "eyes"), placing guild (supply) buffs at strategic locations, building and hoarding up golems (cap enemy camps and waypoint golems), keeping track of time (to ensure ticks), hiding mesmer/thief pairs in strategic locations, keeping track of large enemy movements, and being available to temporarily command the zerg at any given moment for surprise operations. See: http://youtu.be/zM7qoVuegq4."

Having started off as a ragtag group of lone wolves and hardcore players, met during the Beta Weekends and in August of 2012 on various MMO and gaming forums (e.g. GW2 subreddit), Love & War gradually developed into a dynamic Guild Wars 2 community that tackles all aspects of the game (WvW, tPvP, & PvE). From Dungeon speedruns to soloing Arah, from in-house PvP tournaments to team queues, with various guild perks such as open guild meetings and officer polls, 24/7 guild buffs, weekly guild events, and prized events, our community is sure to have something for everyone. But no matter how much we develop and expand, PvP will always be in our hearts and we will always love war!

Following the guild's founding principles, LAW strives to excel in all aspects of the game while having an amazingly fun time doing so. As a community guild, all official members of Love & War are encouraged to give voice in order to help our guild become stronger and better with each passing season. Similarly, the leadership of LAW will continue to look forward to building an awesome community on Guild Wars 2 for many years to come.


Closing Statement

Following the guild's founding principles, LAW strives to excel in all aspects of the game while having an amazingly fun time doing so. As a community guild, all official members of Love & War are encouraged to give voice in order to help our guild become stronger and better with each passing season. Similarly, the leadership of LAW will continue to look forward to building an awesome community on Guild Wars 2 for many years to come.

Ultimately, LAW aims to give its esteemed members a hand up, as opposed to a handout. As commendable members of the community, guild members are expected to do their part and hold their own. Through the virtue of continuously remaining active, contributing to the war effort, actively solving and preventing problems, participating in guild events, discovering new methods of fun, and above all, by putting in their utmost, unadulterated effort in building and maintaining lasting friendships, LAW members are sure to have some great times and create plenty of cherished memories that will last a lifetime.


• • • FOR LOVE & WAR ! • • •