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One Shots: Spelltastic!


You guys are so awesome, did you know that? You totally are. I'm still getting cool screenshots of spell effects from a challenge I issued a while back -- and I'm loving them.

Our featured picture this week is from reader John, who hails from the Angels of Destiny in Guild Wars 2. Because there's never a bad time to take a selfie, not even in the middle of life-and-death combat, he captured this cool shot.

"This is my Sylvari Elementalist, Ayo Carina, preparing to strike down a minotaur with her conjured Fiery Greatsword while attuned to Fire," John wrote. "Not content with slinging spells from the rear ranks, Ayo loves to get up close and personal!"

Someone's going to need bactine, that's all I know. Let's check it out in living color along with the rest of this week's entries!

Man, wouldn't hospitals be so much more awesome if doctors functioned like healers in MMOs? Your primary care physician would come into the room, target you, wave her hands around, and blast you with particle effects until you felt better. Then you'd kick her from your (HMO) group so you wouldn't have to share your loot.

I was thinking of this after seeing reader Frank's contribution. "Here's a close-up shot of my friend Danto, healing his butt off with magic leaves," he said. "This was taken during one of our dungeon runs in World of Warcraft."

"This screenshot is of my new RIFT pet Bertrum," reader Bill shared. "He smokes constantly, he pulls his beard in silent reflection, and I can't help but feel he has wisdom to share, yet he never says a word. He picked up a girlfriend at the beach too (me)!"

I had this pet in the game as well, and I have to back Bill up: It's the best vanity pet that has ever been created for an MMO, bar none. The little noises he makes are so worth the minor hassle of obtaining him.

I was wondering when Landmark screenshots would start showing up in my folder! Wolfyseyes gets the credit for being the first: "Something tells me there will be a lot of screenshots in and around this game coming to One Shots, especially if there are things as astounding as this! I stumbled across a player named Caz on the Liberation server of the alpha, who was in the middle of making a giant tower keep exclusively out of the gemstones and crystals he's mining in the tier 1 island I'm on. I can't even fathom how long it will take him to finish the whole thing up, but it's also one of those 'so crazy it's brilliant' ideas that I have a feeling this game's playerbase is going to become known for."

I think Wolfy has laid down our weekly screenshot challenge: I want to see some incredible Landmark pictures -- and lots of 'em, folks!

Want to be featured in a future edition of One Shots? Send your favorite MMO screenshots to, and don't forget to include your name, the name of the game, and a description of the scene. Large, colorful, UI-free shots that tell a story and really show off the game make for the best images. Look ma, we brought back One Shots!

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