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Endgame Activites Announced: Proving Grounds and Circles of Slaughter

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The news keeps pouring out as we get closer and closer to the game's release, and we have some new info straight from gamescom! The Circles of Slaughter will be making a comeback from the first two games, this time hosted by Mr. Torgue and his amazing commentary/pecs! The new mode, Proving Grounds, is more of a timed dungeon-type thing, as you have 30 minutes to clear the zones and the boss at the end, with plenty of side-objectives and challenges that will award you with better loot - and you'll probably be clearing them much faster than that. It also has a Guardian as the master of ceremonies, and has you proving your worth to "the Masters", which might tie in to the Eridian guns that may or may not be present in the game. Considering "Guardian Ranks" are the new Badass Ranks (something like paragon points you get from completing challenges), the proving grounds Guardian probably ties in with those. While the Proving Grounds are aimed at endgame, they will also scale to your level, so you can hop in there at any time and level, and with the new co-op system, you can even jump in with friends of differing levels and get the same challenge as you'll each be facing enemies appropriate to your level!

These won't be the only endgame activities and both have multiple locations scattered around the planets. Here are two videos on the new Proving Grounds mode, the reveal dev commentary, as well as a full run-through of one of the grounds:

 

 

Proving Grounds and Circles of Slaughter (source)

If you're the type of Vault Hunter who loves a challenge, Borderlands 3 lets you test your skills to score some top-tier loot in the crucibles of the all-new Proving Grounds and the returning Circle of Slaughter arenas. Gearbox creative director Paul Sage announced these Borderlands 3 features in conversation with Geoff Keighley during Gamescom's Opening Night Live show in Cologne, Germany, revealing how these rewarding and highly replayable missions work.

Throughout Borderlands 3's journey across the solar system, you'll find Circle of Slaughter arenas sponsored by the combustion-obsessed weapons manufacturers at Torgue. Once you've signed up for a Circle of Slaughter, it's do or die; if you're downed and no one's around to revive you, your run is officially over and you can say goodbye to a big payout. You'll be up against an army of enemies who attack in droves across five rounds with multiple waves each, blasting everything that moves until no bandit, 'bot, or hostile beast is left standing. All the while, your delicate ears will be graced by the expletive-filled hollering of Mister Torgue himself, who provides some extremely colorful commentary and doesn't tolerate failure. If you're hoping to impress Mister Torgue and his impossibly massive pecs, you can show off some flair by completing bonus objectives like racking up kills via melee attacks, ground slams, or—if you really want to pander to your target audience—grenades. EXPLOSIONS!

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Later in the campaign, you may be worthy of taking part in the Proving Grounds: themed gauntlets watched over by a Guardian known as the Overseer who wishes to test your mettle on behalf of the mysterious "Masters." Proving Grounds are races against the clock, tasking you with blitzing your way through three areas filled with baddies and beating a boss in 30 minutes or less. If you complete your chosen Trial quickly and efficiently you’ll earn better bounties, and for even greater rewards you can complete bonus objectives like beating the Proving Grounds without dying, completing it with a certain amount of time remaining, or managing to find and eliminate an elusive Fallen Guardian who roams the area. The chest that awaits at the end of the Proving Grounds always contains valuable loot, but you'll need to display true mastery if you want the best rewards.

If you're attending Gamescom in person, we've got a Borderlands 3 playable demo for you featuring FL4K the Beastmaster for the first time alongside Amara the Siren, Moze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative. When Borderlands 3 launches on September 13, the Proving Grounds and Circle of Slaughter challenges will be waiting if you believe you're worthy and want the premium loot to prove it.

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That weapon looks like its straight from CoD series. I feel like all the ones in 1 and 2 looks somewhat different. Maybe its because its been some time since I played the last.

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