And FINALLY, we arrive at the Sentinels Tab!
There are 4 Sentinels in Guild Wars (one for each Skill: Attack, Life, Armor & Magic), and your guild can interact with them to gain some bonuses in Guild War battles (both on offense & defense)
Each Sentinel has 5 Levels, with each level giving:
- A direct bonus to YOUR troops for Guild Wars battles
- A teeny tiny bonus to all players in the Guild who are of higher rank than YOU! (which adds up to be significant)
Each of these levels has a cost associated with it... for example, ATTACK
- Level 1: 100 Glory
- Level 2: 500 Glory
- Level 3: 10 Gems
- Level 4: 25 Gems
- Level 5: 50 Gems
Other Sentinels cost different types of currency (Gold for Armor & Life, and Souls for Magic). But the final 3 levels always cost a few Gems. For top end Guilds it's a pretty good investment, as the top Guild Wars prizes each week contain a nice profit to be made in Gems, and up to 100x of the Guild Wars troop!
Pyramid of Bonuses
So how EXACTLY do these bonuses work?
Well the first part is easy... your own personal bonuses can be up to +5 for Attack & Magic, and +10 for Armor & Life.
But all those little extras from players on lower ranks can effectively add +25%/+50%/+75%/+100% to Vanguards/Heralds/Champions/Paragons if every member of the guild upgrades their Sentinels
In order to do that, the "higher rank" bonuses become larger for players who are in the top ranks... in the example above, you can see the "higher rank" bonuses for someone who is a Champion. They would be smaller if I were only a Vanguard. Don't worry if that's a little confusing - you don't need to worry about it too much - I mainly had there for anyone attempting to do math with the values, just to say "you won't quite get the correct answers".
Here we see a summary of the bonuses... the first 5 columns show the general bonuses applying to each rank, and the last two columns show MY sentinel bonuses, both before AND after the "higher-up" bonuses apply, so as an example, my ATTACK bonus is 1 (I have the attack sentinel at level 1), while other players in my guild are contributing +4 to that (since I'm at Champion rank), for a total of 5.
And finally (no screenshot of this), we have icons on the RESULTS tab showing the level each player has upgraded their Sentinels to, so Guildmasters will be able to spot any freeloaders if they've set requirements.