UPDATE - Mar 24 19:35 CET by Starym
The top 50 is here and it seems like a good spot to stop the progress coverage. The last guilds that we'll mention in this article are in spots 42-50: Reckoning, 丨金錢丶魅劦丨, Honestly,
It's been great following the race and it was quite an exciting tier. See you in the next one!
Bumping the top 20 table so it's near the top:
UPDATE - Mar 23 06:53 CET by Kozmo
All the tables are now filled with Huge in Japan grabbing the last spot in the US/OC top 5.
UPDATE - Mar 23 06:14 CET by Kozmo
Silver Hand squeezes their way into the top 40 which means the race is pretty much over by now, only interesting thing remaining is to see who gets the US/OC 5th.
UPDATE - Mar 22 12:20 CET by Starym
Only one spot remiaing in the top 40 with two Chinese guilds cutting in in spots 28 and 35, with Wowprog updating then days after their kill, bumpig everyone else down.
UPDATE - Mar 21 11:22 CET by Starym
We're nearing the top 40 and, more importantly, the US/OC top 5! 炼 狱, Đanish Terrace, CATASTROPHE and Be Negative got slots 33 to 36 and Duality nabbed the US 4th on Blackhand as well as the 37th overall.
UPDATE - Mar 20 13:05 CET by Starym
More guilds cross the finish line and it seems Memento got to Blackhand before Ambition for the 29th spot. Also appearing in the final rankings are BIZZNO and Embody in spots 31 and 32, all three from the EU.
UPDATE - Mar 19 23:12 CET by Starym
With the recent item buffs we decided to wait a bit with updates today since there were plenty coming and we weren't wrong. Three more kills this evening as Fusion, Openness and Ambition down Blackhand in spots 27-29.
UPDATE - Mar 19 18:06 CET by Starym
The 26th has arrived! Prestige Gaming join the flood of ilev boosted Blackhand kills and also grab the EU16th.
UPDATE - Mar 19 11:53 CET by Kozmo
Aaand another Australian guild decides they want to kill Blackhand as well, this time around it's Ascension who grabs the US/OC 3rd position in the table, World 25. They've had some difficulties in BRF compared to Highmaul and we might have a chat with them to see what exactly happened.
UPDATE - Mar 19 10:09 CET by Kozmo
Force of Creation (创世之力) is the next guild to down Blackhand with the help of the extra item level boost this morning, World 24, Asia 7th.
UPDATE - Mar 18 20:00 CET by Starym
FatSharkYes have managed to get Blackhand down just in time, before the item level hotfix makes him significantly easier and we (presumably) get to see many new kills with the added item power boost. Overall 23rd, EU 15th.
UPDATE - Mar 18 14:00 CET by Kozmo
We have a US/OC 2nd kill on Blackhand, with Avast finishing off this tier as World 22 overall!
UPDATE - Mar 18 01:59 CET by Starym
Just barely missing out on the top 20 is Nihilum, downing Blackhand 21st overall and EU 14th! Another big jump up for them, 8 spots since 9/10 so they might be the guild to watch in the next progress race.
UPDATE - Mar 16 20:30 CET by Starym
And the top 20 is complete! German guild critical luders grabbed the final spot and downed Blackhand EU 13th. 10/10.
UPDATE - Mar 14 14:54 CET by Starym
KeaHoarl claim the penultimate spot in the top 20 and down Blackhand, Asian 6th.
UPDATE - Mar 14 13:32 CET by Kozmo
The next guild to down Blackhand is another Korean guild, this time around it's KIN Raiders finishing off the tier as World 18th and taking the last spot in the Asia top5.
UPDATE - Mar 14 09:45 CET by Kozmo
Wowprogress is currently displaying Shimizu Stars as both number 5 and 6 due to server transfering and what not, so just keep that in mind!
UPDATE - Mar 14 08:12 CET by Kozmo
The korean guild Right takes down Blackhand for a World 17th, Asia 4th.
UPDATE - Mar 14 02:06 CET by Starym
Two more guilds are done with BRF, downing Blackhand to go 10/10. Pwnanza and From Scratch grab the 15th and 16th overall posts as well as EU 11th and 12th.
UPDATE - Mar 12 21:42 CET by Starym
Three kills in 2 hours with Impact finishing up BRF as well and grabbing the 14th spot overall and EU 10th.
UPDATE - Mar 12 20:58 CET by Starym
The kills are pouring in today, continuing from the burst start at midnight and it's set sail for fail coming in at No.13 and EU 9th with Blackhand down and 10/10.
UPDATE - Mar 12 19:44 CET by Starym
The 12th guild to down Blackhand, Brotherhood of the Wolves claim the EU 8th as well and finish up BRF, 10/10.
UPDATE - Mar 12 01:24 CET by Starym
And here is the full top 10:
UPDATE - Mar 12 01:07 CET by Starym
An eventful new day it seems, as we have another guild across the finish line. The 11th spot goes to ScrubBusters, as well as the EU 7th, they've downed Blackhand and cleared BRF, 10/10.
UPDATE - Mar 12 00:01 CET by Starym
The top 10 is here! Rapid Eye Movement claim the final spot and down Blackhand W10th, EU 6th. BRF clear and 10/10!
UPDATE - Mar 11 15:10 CET by Kozmo
A lot of people have been asking about what was going on with Blood Legion recently and rumours about disbanding has been spreading like wildfire. We now have an official statement from Riggnaros saying that "The guild will no longer be a part of the race to World First" - However that does not mean they're going to disband, but rather just a decrease of hours put into raiding. You can read the entire post on Blood Legions forum here - click me!
UPDATE - Mar 10 00:33 CET by Starym
And here comes Ascendance to claim the No. 9 spot overall and EU 5th, 10/10! They dropped 2 overall spots from their Highmaul placement, but retained the EU 5th.
UPDATE - Mar 09 19:40 CET by aenima
Chinese Guild Heart of the Dragon claims World 8th / Asian 3rd Kill for Blackhand, finishing in 8th spot for the race. Congratz!
UPDATE - Mar 09 03:47 CET by Starym
To take a break from all the Blackhand news, let's check out some of the new guilds on 9/10 since we hit the 50 mark on 9/10+. Wave Flow top the new entries at 46, followed by Tried Everything, Silver Hand, Apex and untitled spreadsheet at 50!
UPDATE - Mar 08 13:45 CET by Kozmo
Paragon just released the video of their World Second Mythic Blackhand Kill.
UPDATE - Mar 07 21:45 CET by Starym
Envy get the World 7th, EU 4th kill on Blackhand and clear 10/10 BRF! We're getting close to the top 10!
UPDATE - Mar 06 21:52 CET by Starym
And down goes Blackhand yet again! Exorsus are next in line and grab the World 6th, EU 3rd and finish up BRF with 10/10! I wonder what's so special about today.
UPDATE - Mar 06 21:36 CET by Starym
The video for Method's Blackhand Mythic World First kill is here!
UPDATE - Mar 06 21:32 CET by Starym
And it's another Asian guild that finishes off the top 5, with Shimizu Stars claiming the Asian 2nd on Blackhand and clearing BRF. 10/10 and congratulations!
UPDATE - Mar 06 18:04 CET by aenima
Style War grabs the World 4th/Asian First Kill for Blackhand, finishing in 4th spot overall. A great comeback for the Highmaul Asian champs as it seemed Smimizu Stars had one-upped them earlier by going for the Blast Furnace before Maidens and getting the Asian first on Furnace.
One more guild before we get to see the video, although Method might decide to push it earlier than that!
UPDATE - Mar 06 07:44 CET by Kozmo
CATASTROPHE, Accidentaly and FatSharkYes are the next ones to down Blast Furnace, making it 42 guilds at 9/10. It seems as if Blizzard did a really good job on tuning Blackhand, and some guilds might be in need of some serious group therapy if they want to survive this tier seeing as several top30 guilds have already decided to give up.
UPDATE - Mar 05 03:34 CET by Starym
The 9/10 train isn't stopping and is constantly adding more compartments, with 4 more guilds downing Blast Furnace in the past day, namely Black Lotus, Force of Creation, 炼 狱 and Memento in slots 39-42.
UPDATE - Mar 03 22:28 CET by Starym
The Midwinter nerdscreams for Blackahand are here, featuring Slootbag:
UPDATE - Mar 03 19:55 CET by aenima
Duality downs Blast Furnace for an US 6th kill, now on 9/10. Also Ambition and 无上流沙 downed Furnace, making it now 35 guilds with 9/10.
UPDATE - Mar 03 09:55 CET by Kozmo
FINALLY! We have a 3rd guild to down Blackhand, grabbing US 1st, Congratulations to Midwinter - what a performance they've pulled off this tier, downing him the same reset as Paragon and actually pushing hard to get it done before the fourth reset.
What a performance they've pulled off this tier!
UPDATE - Mar 02 19:55 CET by Starym
Four more guilds have climbed up to 9/10 and defeated the Blast Furnace during the night and day, namely 통 제 불 능, Fusion, Be Negative and Herp Derp who are in 32nd to 35th place in the overall rankings. 33 guilds now at Blackhand, all with a (theoretical) shot at the bronze medal. The fourth reset is coming up tomorrow for the US, which might just bring us our 3rd place finisher.
UPDATE - Mar 01 12:32 CET by Kozmo
Avast is back on track with Blast Furnace down as they grab the last spot in the US/OC top 5 table.
UPDATE - Feb 28 22:27 CET by Starym
Two more 9/10s show up in the form of Đanish Terrace and Pwnanza downing Blast Furnace.
UPDATE - Feb 28 18:56 CET by Kozmo
The Korean guild Right takes a huge leap from world 42nd to world 28th with yet another Blast Furnace kill, Asia 6th.
UPDATE - Feb 28 16:22 CET by Kozmo
Surprisingly the next guild to down Blast Furnace and join the 9/10 group is Nihilum.
UPDATE - Feb 28 00:50 CET by Starym
More Furnaces have been blasted, 26 guilds now on or past the boss with critical luders being the latest.
UPDATE - Feb 27 18:04 CET by Kozmo
The Blast Furnace has fallen yet again, this time to the Russian guild Openness.
UPDATE - Feb 27 07:43 CET by Kozmo
Nightmare Asylum grabs the US 4th kill on The Blast Furnace, increasing the 9/10 group to 22 guilds.
UPDATE - Feb 27 06:12 CET by Starym
We have the 23rd guild to down Blast Furnace and it's an Asian 5th to boot! KeaHoarl head up to 9/10 and get their shot at Blackhand and the bronze.
UPDATE - Feb 27 03:43 CET by Starym
So, Method and Paragon are on well deserved breaks and can finally stop the insanely intense raid times, but we now have quite the pile-up on 9/10. A full twenty guilds are now vying for the bronze medal and the longer it takes to get Blackhand down, the less predictable the outcome. Obviously Midwinter and Blood Legion are still the favorites for the third spot, considering they had the most time on him (with MW having around 2 days head-start on BL) and both got quite a few World Firsts in this tier as well as previous ones (mostly due to the 1 day US/OC advantage, but still).
ScrubBusters already surprised us once by jumping 10 spots to arrive at their current No.5 and this longer progress cycle suits them very well as they are an "evenings only" guild (there's been plenty of arguments about this particular designation so let's just skip it and say they raid a fair amount less than other guilds, at the very least less than the top 4). Could they pull out an even bigger upset and pass the two US guilds, making it an all EU top 3?
A little lower on the list are the several competitive Asian guilds, including the current leader there, Shimizu Stars, with Style War, Heart of the Dragon and KIN Raiders on their tails. With their reset being an extra day behind EU, as well as the recent Chinese New Year celebrations, these guilds are much more of a contender than their current placement suggests.
And then there's the several other well known top guilds from previous races, such as Exorsus and Envy, who've been around for years and years and always finished very high up in the end. Exorsus seem to be having some trouble recently as they are used to a much higher vantage point than their current 11th, and Envy are staying consistent with their previous placements and really are the rock of the long-term standings.
The new faces (at least at the very top) such as From Scratch, Brotherhood of the Wolves and Moonzlinge seem to really have gotten their acts together for this second tier of Mythic and are definitely looking to cause an upset and jump up to the very top of the top guilds with a bronze finish.
Then there's the two often confused guilds, Ascension and Ascendance. The OC side, Ascension, have been having some trouble recently and lost their lofty spot from Highmaul where they were the No.1 US/OC guild and took home the 5th spot overall, with DDoS attacks and badly timed maintenance. The EU side, Ascendance is similar to ScubBusters in their raid times and are definitely closer to their 7th Highmaul finish at the moment, still sticking to the top 10, but can they retain their HM placement or even surpass it?.
There are many other guilds I didn't mention in there, mostly because I don't know that much about them, but to be honest it really is a very open field at the moment, if not for the bronze specifically, then definitely for the top 5. There are at least 8 serious contenders for the No.3 spot and it really could go to any of them at this point, as even a third reset of gear didn't make the fight easily doable (which is really great in terms of tuning). So let's see who manages to come out on top of the bronze race and then see if there are any further upsets in the top 5 and even top 10!
UPDATE - Feb 27 01:15 CET by Starym
Two more guilds head up to the big leagues and we now have 20 on Blackhand. Embody and BIZZNO climb to 9/10 and get at least a shot at the bronze.
UPDATE - Feb 26 07:44 CET by Starym
Wowprogress is showing a guild named "Gore" as the third to down Blackhand, but this obviously isn't the case. It's either a bug or a transfer from Paragon/someone from Gore was on Paragon's kill, as their kills are at the exact same time and they're on the same server.
UPDATE - Feb 25 22:45 CET by Starym
And we have a silver finish! Paragon do indeed finally get that 0.1 extra % and down Blackhand World Second. 10/10 in 667 wipes and it seems that third reset of gear really offset the bad luck from yesterday and their very near miss. Congratulations on the silver and we hope the race will be even tighter in the next tier between the two guilds who seem to be significanly above the rest. Some more details, it took them only 15 pulls today after they got to Blackhand to actually get him down.
UPDATE - Feb 25 18:01 CET by aenima
Long time no action... Just a few minutes ago Russian guild Prestige Gaming downed Furnace for an EU 13th/World 20th kill, moving up to 9/10 and to 20th spot overall for the race. So now there are 19 guilds with 9/10.
UPDATE - Feb 25 00:05 CET by Starym
It seems Paragon didn't manage to get Blackhand down this reset, but they did ger VEEERY close. Yliajo tweeted what seems to be their closest attempt and, if it's not a joke/troll (which I don't believe it is), it's a damn close one:
UPDATE - Feb 24 22:39 CET by Starym
18! Set sail for fail climb to 9/10 and we might even see 20 guilds on the final boss by the end of this reset.
UPDATE - Feb 24 20:52 CET by Starym
Impact is the next to down Blast Furnace just before the reset and claim the World 18th, EU 11th on the boss, making it 17 guilds now at Blackhand with still no 2nd kill.
UPDATE - Feb 24 19:02 CET by Kozmo
Rapid Eye Movement is the next guild to advance further up the ranks with a World 17th, EU 10th Blast Furnace kill.
UPDATE - Feb 24 13:35 CET by aenima
KIN Raiders just downed Blast Furnace for an Asian 4th/World 16th kill. They move up to 9/10 also, which makes it now 15 guilds with 9/10.
UPDATE - Feb 24 06:37 CET by Starym
We're soon heading into week 3 of Mythic BRF progress so let's see how many guilds downed what amount of bosses:
Method are still the only guild on 10/10, followed by a large group of 9/10ers - 14 guilds with only Blackhand to go.
37 guilds haven't downed Blast Furnace yet and remain at 8/10, while 45 are on 7/10. 30 guilds find themselves at 6/10 and the 5/10 group is the largest of all at 81 members.
The 4/10ers have 41 members, while the 3/10ers are 62 strong. The final two groups actually aren't the largest this time around, the 2/10 has 53 members and 1/10 has only 59.
UPDATE - Feb 24 05:07 CET by Starym
We have another 9/10 and it's the third Asian guild to get access to Blackhand by downing Blast Furnace. Heart of the Dragon claim the Asian 3rd making it 14 guild in search of that silver medal.
UPDATE - Feb 24 01:29 CET by Starym
And here is Method's wipe counter for BRF:
Gruul: 13, Oregorer: 2, Beastlord Darmac: 0, H&F: 10, Flamebender Ka'graz: 1, Kromog: 21, Operator Tho'gar: 27,
Iron Maidens: 135, Blast Furnace 120, Blackhand: (around) 325.
UPDATE - Feb 23 22:55 CET by Starym
Style War finally come up to 9/10 with their Asian 2nd Blast Furnace kill and are in 14th spot overall. They signficantly slowed down after their very fast ascent, having downed maidens a full 8 days ago.
UPDATE - Feb 23 15:54 CET by Kozmo
We have Shimizu Stars with an Iron Maidens kill, and with Blast Furnace down already they're now the first Asian guild to hit the 9/10 mark.
UPDATE - Feb 23 15:48 CET by Kozmo
Unfortunately Ascension has been having lots of issues with bad ISP's and ddos attacks which has been a setback, but it seems like the aussies are gonna keep fighting for that top5 spot, as they down Blast Furnace World 13th, US 3rd.
UPDATE - Feb 23 15:30 CET by Kozmo
Aaaaand our Russian friends from Exorsus has decided to join the 9/10 group aswell after having spent probably more time on Furnace than they expected. World 12th Blast Furnace nonetheless and only Blackhand remaining.
UPDATE - Feb 22 23:26 CET by Starym
We now have 9 guilds on 9/10 and 11 that have downed Blast Furnace. Ascendance just joined the overall top 10, jumping 13 spots and downing Furnace World 11th, EU 8th!
UPDATE - Feb 22 17:15 CET by aenima
Method's Blast Furnace WF Video:
UPDATE - Feb 22 16:30 CET by aenima
Shimizu Stars get Asian FK / World 9th on Blast Furnace, climbing to 8/10. Moonzlinge also downed Furnace for an EU 7th / World 10th kill, now at 9/10 and in 9th spot overall.
UPDATE - Feb 22 15:45 CET by aenima
Brotherhood of the Wolves also managed to kill Furnace for EU 6th/World 8th kill. 7 guilds now at 9/10.
UPDATE - Feb 22 13:10 CET by Kozmo
Our new friends at From Scratch surely have proven that they're a force to be reckoned with this tier, downing Blast Furnace World 7th, EU 5th.
UPDATE - Feb 22 01:13 CET by Starym
And Envy are the next to Blast that Furnace for the World 6th, EU 4th kill and 9/10! Five guilds now at Blackhand with Paragon having a significant advantage of time spent on the boss while the others are relatively close. The race for 3rd is going to be very intense and there may even be the possibility of the 2nd spot being available?
UPDATE - Feb 21 22:23 CET by Starym
ScrubBusters surprise everyone and get the World 5th, EU 3rd on Blast Furnace! 9/10 and access to Blackhand is theirs. Huge congratulations to them! It seems longer races really do suit them just fine, seeing as they jumped from 15th to 5th on this last kill. I would talk about how they raid less than other guilds but I won't since we have quite enough drama going on at the moment.
UPDATE - Feb 21 21:17 CET by Starym
We have a top 40! Well, of guilds that are on or past 8/10 anyway. The last few guilds that downed Maidens are Memento, Ambition, Be Negative and Apex, claiming spots 37-40.
UPDATE - Feb 21 07:25 CET by Starym
The interview with Method will be coming up in the next few days and if you have any specific questions for them post them in the comments below(and add a #QUESTION in there, so we can find it more easily). The best will be added to the interview and obviously keep them friendly or they won't be used. It would be best to have them in by midnight today, just to be safe that they might make it in, but the timing isn't set in stone yet.
UPDATE - Feb 21 05:40 CET by Starym
Blood Legion claims the World 4th, US/OC 2nd on Blast Furnace and bumps up to 9/10! The race for 2nd place is still on and, more realistically, the race for US/OC first isn't as much of a certainty anymore as Blackhand will prove to be a formidable challenge for the three guilds that have access to him.
UPDATE - Feb 21 01:13 CET by Starym
And here are the nerdscreams from the Blackhand World First:
UPDATE - Feb 20 23:32 CET by Starym
METHOD retain the crown, win their 4th consecutive tier! Blackhand down World First, 10/10 BRF cleared! An incredible kill, not many expected it to go down this fast but Method definitely proved themselves again as the No.1 guild in WoW.
UPDATE - Feb 20 17:04 CET by Kozmo
Nihilum breaks the silence on this lovely friday afternoon. 8/10 World 36th Iron Maidens
UPDATE - Feb 20 03:29 CET by Starym
We've hit the 32 guilds on 8/10 mark with Herp Derp which is the arbitrary number I've chosen to do another statistics breakdown (also an actual real life breakdown, but that's less relevant here).
We now finally have a third guild joining Method at Paragon at 9/10 with today's Midwinter Furnace kill, with the aforementioned 8/10 group standing at 32 members. 25 more are on 7/10, while 27 are on 6/10. Then there's a rather large, 54 strong group at 5/10 and a 34 strong one at 4/10.
52 guilds are currently on 3/10, 76 on 2/10 and the biggest group, as usual, on 1/10 has 86 members.
UPDATE - Feb 19 23:32 CET by Starym
Some sad news this time, as it seems Practice have disbanded. They recently got an EU 5th, World 7th kill on Iron Maidens and are still in 7th place overall on 8/10. They will certainly be missed.
UPDATE - Feb 19 21:47 CET by Starym
After all the twitter nonsense we now have some actual kills to report, albeit "only" 8/10s. It's predominantly all caps guilds, namely ALL IN, Pwnanza and CATASTROPHE that downed Maidens, in 32nd, 33rd and 34th place overall. Now we just need WHATEVER WERE AWESOME to complete the caps trinity.
UPDATE - Feb 19 14:16 CET by aenima
Well.... There is literally nothing going on for the last hours, not even another guild making it to 8/10. So last important kill is still for Midwinter, let's hope for some more action soon.
UPDATE - Feb 19 09:37 CET by Kozmo
Finally some news! Midwinter are back among the top at 9/10, World 3rd, US 1st Blast Furnace and are heading towards Blackhand.
UPDATE - Feb 19 00:16 CET by Starym
Paragon just posted two of their Mythic kill videos from last week, Beastlord and Oregorger so head on over to the video and killshot article to check them out.
UPDATE - Feb 18 17:15 CET by aenima
Paragon and Method back again at Blackhand. Who will take the crown?
UPDATE - Feb 18 15:48 CET by aenima
Method and Paragon 8/10 at re-clearing, soon both top guilds should be back dealing with Blackhand. Who will win the race?
UPDATE - Feb 18 12:26 CET by aenima
All competing guilds seem to re-clear the foundry, as of now, Paragon finished off Flamebender again, Method just downed Kromog some minutes ago. Will be interesting to see, when the leading guilds will get back to Blackhand-business.
UPDATE - Feb 18 06:03 CET by Starym
EU realms are now up, but instance servers should come up around 11 AM so no action yet. Meanwhile BL seems to still be at Iron Maidens (they started raiding around 9 hours ago) while MW took some time and started later (around 6 and a half hours ago), and now have Thogar and Maidens to go. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes the EU guilds to catch back up to their current max, especially for Method and Paragon who need to re-kill Blast Furnace to get back to Blackhand progress. Asian guilds still have a full day of attempts in this lockout so we can't really say that week 2 of Mythic BRF has truly started, but we're getting there!
Accidentally seem to be the last non-Asian guild to get to 8/10 in this first week, making it 29 guilds chsing after Method and Paragon.
Meanwhile you can check out the recent hotfixes to the bosses here.
UPDATE - Feb 18 02:44 CET by Starym
Blood Legion are now at Maidens again after heading directly through Mythic and skipping Heroics, let's see how long a kill takes them. Meanwhile you can check Midwinter's progress on Sloot's stream.
UPDATE - Feb 18 00:37 CET by Starym
I guess we're doing 2 by 2s now, so here goes. Embolden and critical luders hop up to 8/10 making it 28 guilds in pursuit of Method and Pragon. The US guilds are still clearing through Mythic (some through Heroic) and there are some streams up for that as well. We'll update when Blood Legion or Midwinter get back to 8/10 and start progressing on Blast Furnace again.
UPDATE - Feb 17 20:12 CET by Kozmo
2 more guilds join the gigantic 8/10 group, 26 strong, this time set sail for fail & Impact.
UPDATE - Feb 17 14:12 CET by aenima
And another Russian addition to 8/10: Openness joined the crowded club with a Maidens kill.
UPDATE - Feb 17 13:21 CET by Kozmo
Maidens, maidens, more maidens, aaand another Iron Maidens kill as Fusion joins the very popular 8/10 group.
UPDATE - Feb 17 10:15 CET by Kozmo
KeaHoarl takes down Iron Maidens as the 4th guild in Asia, with still 1 spot open for the top 5 Asia table.
UPDATE - Feb 17 08:23 CET by Kozmo
It's time for Starym to step down for tonight and get some well deserved sleep, so expect action any minute now!
UPDATE - Feb 17 01:56 CET by Starym
I'm alone, in the dark once again with nothing to soothe me but my statistics. Except nothing much changed near the top recently so I can't even do that!
UPDATE - Feb 16 20:23 CET by Kozmo
In case you're wondering just how hard The Blast Furnace is, Natu, Falken & Azortharion are currently streaming their progress with Đanish Terrace, just click their names and you'll be directed to twitch.
UPDATE - Feb 16 20:20 CET by Kozmo
We have another familiar face joining the 8/10 group with a kill on Iron Maidens, this time its Ascendance who joins the pursuit of Method and Paragon
UPDATE - Feb 16 19:11 CET by aenima
Another additon to 8/10: Russian guild Prestige Gaming joins the club, making it now 20 guilds with 8/10 bosses. Finally at least a little bit action for today!
UPDATE - Feb 16 18:51 CET by Kozmo
Still no changes in the top positions, but we do have Danish Terrace taking down Iron Maidens for World 21st, making it 19 guilds in pursuit of the current leaders Method & Paragon.
UPDATE - Feb 16 13:12 CET by aenima
Very uneventful day so far, still Method and Paragon on top with 9/10 and just Blackhand left. 18 guilds follow with 8/10 Bosses, 25 guilds at 7/10. 12 guilds now at 6/10, 36 guilds have 5/10 bosses down.
UPDATE - Feb 16 05:25 CET by Starym
It's the middle of the night countdown! Method and Paragon are the only guilds on 9/10 while we have a giant 18 on 8/10, 20 on 7/10, 13 on 6/10, 35 on 5/10, 11 on 4/10, 22 on 3/10, 45 on 2/10 and 162 guilds with only one boss down on 1/10.
UPDATE - Feb 16 02:10 CET by Starym
And the top 20 for Maidens is done. Rapid Eye Movement grab the final spot and are now in the big group on 8/10.
UPDATE - Feb 16 01:33 CET by Starym
Heart of the Dragon grab the Asia 3rd on Iron Maidens, making it 17 guilds on 8/10.
UPDATE - Feb 15 23:06 CET by Starym
Paragon have caught up! World and EU second on Blast Furnace and even with Method on 9/10. It's down to the two old rivals again it seems, with only Blackhand standing between them and truimph in Tier 17. Can Paragon retain their lead from Highmaul or are Method going to be back, claiming their fourth consecutive tier at the top? Method currently have a 7 hour headstart on Blackhand so whether or not he lives until the next reset is going to be very important for Paragon's chances.
UPDATE - Feb 15 22:52 CET by Starym
Another 8/10 with Inner Sanctum downing Maidens World 18th, EU 11th.
UPDATE - Feb 15 22:15 CET by Starym
Method's Kromog WF Video:
UPDATE - Feb 15 22:05 CET by Starym
KIN Raiders are back with the bulk of the top guilds, downing Iron Maidens Asia 2nd, World 16th, 8/10.
Brotherhood of the Wolves is close on their tail with their own 8/10, overall 17th.
UPDATE - Feb 15 21:19 CET by Kozmo
I'm sure The Iron Maidens have seen better days as yet another guild takes them down, this time it's ScrubBusters landing a World 15th.
UPDATE - Feb 15 19:21 CET by Starym
Nihilum are getting serious, just downed Kromog for 7/10 and in 36th position overall.
UPDATE - Feb 15 18:46 CET by Starym
Style War are finally up at 8/10 with Iron Maidens down, Asian first, World 14th.
UPDATE - Feb 15 18:25 CET by Starym
And here's Midwinter's World First Iron Maidens kill in case you missed it:
UPDATE - Feb 15 15:56 CET by Kozmo
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SEEMS LIKE THE FURNACE IS NO MORE! Method return to their No.1 spot, World First Blast Furnace, 9/10 and just Blackhand left!
UPDATE - Feb 15 12:58 CET by Kozmo
Envy slowly but surely climbs up the ladder again, landing a World 13th Iron Maidens and EU 8th.
UPDATE - Feb 15 12:58 CET by Kozmo
In the midst of the Iron Maidens slaughtering, we have Wave Flow killing Operator Thogar Asian 6th, joining the 7/10 group consisting of 21 guilds in pursuit of the 12 guilds ahead of them at 8/10.
UPDATE - Feb 15 12:37 CET by Kozmo
We have yet to see an Asian guild down The Iron Maidens, will we see Shimizu Stars or KIN Raiders come out on top of Style War for once?
UPDATE - Feb 15 12:15 CET by Kozmo
The Iron Maidens are getting slaughtered left right center at the moment and Avast makes no exception claiming US 5th kill, World 12.
UPDATE - Feb 15 11:57 CET by Kozmo
This time around it's BIZZNO's time to shine, grabbing World 11th, EU 7th kill on Iron Maidens, increasing the group of 8/10 guilds even further.
UPDATE - Feb 15 11:15 CET by Kozmo
Seems like all you've got to do to get some action going on is to whine a bit! Ascension kills Iron Maidens landing them a World 10th, US 4th only a minute after Nightmare Asylum.
UPDATE - Feb 15 11:08 CET by Kozmo
Finally some action as Nightmare Asylum takes down Iron Maidens for a World 9th US 3rd!
UPDATE - Feb 15 10:16 CET by Kozmo
It's pretty quiet at the moment with no recent kills, although i do have a feeling that the Iron Maidens are gonna have a rough day ahead of them with the EU guilds waking up soon and the US/OC guilds still going at it.
UPDATE - Feb 15 03:55 CET by Starym
8 guilds now at the top, with Moonzlinge's Maidens Eu 6th.
UPDATE - Feb 15 02:17 CET by Starym
Practice are the next to hit the current plateau, 8/10 and Iron Maidens down, EU 5th.
UPDATE - Feb 14 23:53 CET by Starym
Another two pop up to 7/10 and there's a familiar face among them. Critical luders and Ascendance drop Thogar to join the second top group, now consisting of 26 guilds. We talked to Ascendance in our Raiding Pinnacle series after Highmaul about their specific raiding times and the no.7 they achieved there.
UPDATE - Feb 14 22:42 CET by Starym
24 on 7/10, after From Scratch moved out of the bracket we got two new entries with Impact and set sail for fail.
UPDATE - Feb 14 21:00 CET by Starym
From Scratch are in the top group with 8/10! Iron Maidens down World 6th EU 4th! Six guilds now at Blast Furnaces door.
UPDATE - Feb 14 20:48 CET by Starym
Two more Russian guilds (who are competing in the EU bracket but not part of the actual EU, also half in Europe and half in Asia, geographically, in case anyone ever cared (you shouldn't)), namely Fusion and Openness rising to 7/10 making it 23 guilds in the second top group.
UPDATE - Feb 14 20:05 CET by Ron Burgundy
Still no cigar on that 9th kill, the Blast Furnace evades our champions in the field. In the meantime 2 more guilds have joined the 7/10 club, making a total of 21, Ðanish Terrace and Embody. Nihilum also took down Thogar a while ago for 6/10. You can watch Nihilum raiding live at Twitch: Kungen, Rikhh & Treckie, plus Falkén of Ðanish Terrace. More guilds (such as Prestige Gaming) are also streaming, check out the WoW channel at Twitch.
UPDATE - Feb 14 17:17 CET by Ron Burgundy
KeaHoarl (七 煌) took down Operator Thogar, finishing off Thogar's Top 5 for Asia.
UPDATE - Feb 14 15:35 CET by Ron Burgundy
Still nothing major, but lets see how the evening is going to be! In the meantime EU guilds Accidentally and Russian Prestige Gaming (Престиж Гейминг) both took down Thogar -- within 9 minutes of each other -- thus entering the 7/10 club. Prestige Gaming is also streaming their progress on Iron Maidens.
UPDATE - Feb 14 13:30 CET by Ron Burgundy
Seems most are getting into gear now, let's see if it's "calm before the storm" today. Happy hunting everyone!
UPDATE - Feb 14 05:45 CET by Starym
Blood Legion are back with the top again, downing Iron Maidens World 5th, US/OC 2nd for 8/10. We now have the usual suspects (minus Style War) at the top and all progressing on Blast Furnace before finally accessing the real goal of the tier, Blackhand. With the current speed of clears it seems possible/likely that Blackhand will live to see a second reset, but will Blast Furnace is the big question now.
UPDATE - Feb 14 03:49 CET by Starym
Another 7/10, this time with an Asian 4th on Operator Thogar by Heart of the Dragon. 17 guilds now with (only) 7 bosses down.
UPDATE - Feb 14 01:13 CET by Starym
Method are back! They downed Iron Maidens World 4th, EU 3rd and are on 8/10. Four guilds at the very top and only Blast Furnace left before Blackhand comes down and shows us just how difficult this tier will end up being.
I'll take this opportunity to tell you that if you're new to the site, you might want to check out our History of World Firsts series, to refresh your memory on the guilds of old that grabbed all those World Firsts, especially with the Cataclysm edition coming up in a few days!
UPDATE - Feb 13 23:50 CET by Starym
Exorsus get the World third kill on Iron Maidens! 8/10, EU 2nd! Aside from Paragon, the kills so far have been somewhat unexpected, but we're far from the end here and Blackhand is the real goal.
UPDATE - Feb 13 22:28 CET by Starym
And we have the 20th guild to go to (or pass) 7/10. ScrubBusters down Operator Thogar!
UPDATE - Feb 13 22:02 CET by Starym
Some 6/10 action with Apex and Đanish Terrace going up to six with their Thogar and Kromog kills.
UPDATE - Feb 13 21:02 CET by Starym
I'm back from my
eons long 6 hour slumber and it's catchup time! Obviously we have two guilds on 8/10, the somewhat unexpected Midwinter and the very expected Paragon (honestly what DO they put in the food up there in Finland?), then it's a large pack of 17 (Rank 3-19) guilds on 7/10 including Method, Blood Legion, Ascension, Style War, Exorsus, From Scratch, Nightmare Asylum, Avast, Shimizu Stars, Moonzlinge, Rapid Eye Movement, Envy, Practice, BIZZNO, Brotherhood of the Wolves, Inner Sanctum and KIN Raiders.
Then it's a small group consisting of 4 guilds on 6/10 (R 20-23): ScrubBusters, Heart of the Dragon (who got an Asian 3rd on Kromog recently), Accidentally and Prestige Gaming. The 5/10 crowd is quite a bit bigger and 22 strong (R 24-45) with the first few guilds being Smitus and Friends, Apex, KeaHoarl and the last few Force of Creation, Black Lotus and Exploding Labrats.
4/10 is again surprisingly small with only 5 guilds (R 46-50): Impact, Play Out, Century Tribe, Silver Hand, CATASTOPHE and Cynetic. 3/10 is back to large with 20 (R 51-70), starting with Crimson, Hope n Despair, TEG and ending with Breaking Dawn, Project Apocalypse and Pwnanza.
36 guilds occupy the 2/10 bracket (R 70-106) starting with Razzia, Honestly, 炼 狱 and ending with Huge in Japan, Pathogen and N I R. 1/10 is huge with 103 guilds having downed at least one boss in Blackrock Foundry (R 107-209) starting with Might, Skateboard shoes, Pieces and ending with the most recent guilds with their very first Mythic BRF kill, Taiga, 黎 明 之 印 and 이화여대 무용과 신입생.
UPDATE - Feb 13 19:25 CET by aenima
Brotherhood of the Wolves was actually a few minutes faster than Inner Sanctum with their EU 10th Kill for Thogar. Puts them in 17th place overall.
UPDATE - Feb 13 19:01 CET by aenima
Inner Sanctum climb to 7/10 with Thogar EU 11th / World 18th kill. Welcome to the club.
UPDATE - Feb 13 18:23 CET by aenima
Since i am back expect kills any minute now.... Till then we have some statistics for you on the current situation: Midwinter and Paragon leading the race with 8/10, 14 guilds in 7/10 pursuit, 6 guilds having 6/10, 20 guilds follow with 5/10, 2 guilds are 4/10, 23 guilds with 3/10.
UPDATE - Feb 13 16:59 CET by Ron Burgundy
Quiet on all fronts at the moment. If you're following the race closely and want to kill some downtime then pop on over to Twitch.TV and check out the few guilds that's actually streaming their progress.
UPDATE - Feb 13 15:11 CET by Ron Burgundy
BIZZNO also climbs to 7/10 with Kromog EU 11th kill.
UPDATE - Feb 13 14:30 CET by aenima
Also Envy and Practice managed to kill Kromog for an EU 9th/10th kill, welcome to the 7/10 club.
UPDATE - Feb 13 14:10 CET by aenima
Rapid Eye Movement, Moonzlinge and Shimizu Stars also arrived at 7/10 with Kromog and Thogar Kills, for Shimizu Stars it is an Asian 2nd kill for Operator Thogar.
UPDATE - Feb 13 12:58 CET by aenima
Paragon also downed Iron Maidens for EU FK / World 2nd kill. Now on 8/10 and on top of the race together with Midwinter.
UPDATE - Feb 13 11:20 CET by aenima
Avast just killed Kromog US/OC 5th kill now 7/10 and KIN Raiders did the same for 6/10 Asian 3rd.
UPDATE - Feb 13 11:15 CET by aenima
Midwinter killed Iron Maidens for WFK. Now 8/10 on top of the race. This was a little unexpected, at least to me, so congrats to that. So Midwinter 8/10, 8 guilds in pursuit with 7/10.
UPDATE - Feb 13 10:00 CET by Starym
It's been ridiculously uneventful the last 7 hours, and I have only myself to blame since I haven't once said "well, there probably won't be any new kills for a while". Well, considering it's soon sleepy time for me I DEMAND there be no more kills for the next 8ish hours. (Start your clocks for the imminent 8/10.)
UPDATE - Feb 13 03:15 CET by Starym
Practice interrupting my pretty solid Darkest Dungeon run, and seem to have downed Thogar and jumped to 6/10, making it 8 guilds in that particular group.
UPDATE - Feb 13 01:00 CET by Starym
The ninth guild to climb to the top at 7/10, Nightmare Asylum gets Kromog US/OC 4th.
UPDATE - Feb 12 23:59 CET by Starym
ScrubBusters follow the Asian ways and head to Kromog before Thogar, 6/10. It seems this will become the standard clear path as the big red guy is easier than the train guy.
UPDATE - Feb 12 23:05 CET by Starym
Brotherhood of the Wolves popped up to 6/10 going for Kromog before Operator, the Asian way, grabbing them the EU 5th.
It seems our special update emboldened Nihilum as they are now on 5/10, Flamebender down.
UPDATE - Feb 12 22:39 CET by Starym
Summary time! Eight guilds on 7/10, six on 6, fourteen on 5, five on 4, eighteen on 3, fifteen on 2 and seventy-two on 1/10.
UPDATE - Feb 12 22:26 CET by Starym
It seems From Scratch have gone up to 7/10, Kromog down, World 9th, EU 4th kill. 8 guilds now on 7/10!
Time spent on each boss (since last kill)
|Guild||Gruul||Oregorger||Hans. & Fran.||Flame Ka'graz||Kromog||Beastlord Darm.||Operator Thogar|
|Method||1h 38m||0h 44m||1h 26m||1h 3m||5h 3m||**||5h 30m|
|Midwinter||**||1h 19m||1h 59m||1h 38m||5h 57m||0h 48m||20h 18m|
|Blood Legion||4h 50m||0h 53m||1h 6m||1h 26m||10h 45m||**||15h 31m|
|Ascension||**||2h 36m||3h 0m||1h 6m||6h 39m||0h 20m||20h 34m|
|Paragon||1h 30m||0h 25m||0h 39m||0h 50m||1h 16m||**||13h 8m|
|Style||0h 22m||**||0h 18m||1h 26m||4h 21m||1h 16m||8h 28m|
|Exorsus||1h 56m||1h 16m||3h 21m||1h 37m||4h 3m||**||20h 48m|
|N. Asylum||2h 56m||1h 28m||1h 38||11h 38m||--||**||9h 51m|
|Avast||**||1h 40m||3h 56m||1h 44m||--||2h 25m||1d 4h 40m|
|From Scratch||1h 34m||1h 1m||1h 30m||2h 40m||--||**||17h 56m|
UPDATE - Feb 12 21:48 CET by Starym
Rapid Eye Movement move up to 6/10 by downing Operator Thogar. I don't have a more clever way of saying that. I have failed you. I apologize.
UPDATE - Feb 12 21:20 CET by Starym
Shimizu Stars just went 6/10, following Style War's route by downing Kromog Asian 2nd, World 12th.
Also we have a bunch of new guilds on 5/10, namely Fusion, ScrubBusters, Wave Flow (一波流) and Prestige Gaming.
UPDATE - Feb 12 21:15 CET by Starym
Due to popular demand here's a specific 4/10 ranking, special edition. Nihilum downed Franzork and the othe guy, World 46th!
UPDATE - Feb 12 21:12 CET by Starym
Action time with Exorsus also going 7/10 with a Kromog kill, World 7th, EU 3rd
UPDATE - Feb 12 21:06 CET by Starym
Style War join the front pack at 7/10 and down Operator Thogar Asian first World 11th. 7 guilds now at the same level, 7/10, with Style War catching up very quickly this turned into a very interesting and suspenseful race.
UPDATE - Feb 12 20:28 CET by aenima
BIZZNO steps up to 6/10 with Operator Thogar EU 5th / World 10th kill. This puts them into 11th place overall.
UPDATE - Feb 12 19:38 CET by aenima
To round things up we have some more 5/10 guilds for you: KeaHoarl, Inner Sanctum, Danish Terrace and Accidentally joined the club, making it now 13 guilds with 5/10 bosses down.
UPDATE - Feb 12 18:28 CET by aenima
Seems like all guilds having a hard time getting the next boss down, very long time without some exciting action.
Overall statistics: 5 guilds 7/10 | 5 guilds 6/10 | 11 guilds 5/10 | 6 guilds 4/10 | 11 guilds 3/10 | 14 guilds 2/10.
UPDATE - Feb 12 17:11 CET by aenima
Exorsus also killed Thogar for an EU 4th / World 9th kill. Moving up to 6/10 and in pursuit of the leading guilds with 7/10.
UPDATE - Feb 12 16:51 CET by aenima
From Scratch managed to kill Operator Thogar for an EU 3rd / World 8th kill. Puts them to 6/10 and in 9th spot overall.
UPDATE - Feb 12 16:38 CET by aenima
Finally was able to do some detective work and updated all Asian tables. They should be up-to-date for the moment. KIN Raiders and Shimizu Stars going 5/10 with Flamebender kill some while ago are also on the table.
UPDATE - Feb 12 15:49 CET by aenima
Method's killvideo for Flamebender EU FK / World 5th kill
UPDATE - Feb 12 15:35 CET by aenima
Apex also arrived at 5/10 with an EU 10th kill for Flamebender. 10 guilds with 5/10 bosses now.
UPDATE - Feb 12 15:06 CET by aenima
Finally another kill to report: Practice managed to kill Flamebender for an EU 9th kill and moves up to 5/10.
UPDATE - Feb 12 14:47 CET by aenima
Since there are no more kills to report atm, we do have some statistics for you:
Method, Midwinter, BL, Ascension and Paragon on top with 7/10, Nightmare Asylum, Style War and Avast following with 6/10. Then it is 7 guilds with 5/7 kills, 9 guilds arrived at 4/7, 11 guilds with 3/7.
UPDATE - Feb 12 14:08 CET by aenima
Paragon arrives at the top of the race with an EU 2nd kill for Kromog. 5 guilds now with 7/10 bosses.
UPDATE - Feb 12 13:15 CET by aenima
Avast now also arrived at 6/10 with Thogar kill OC 2nd / World 7th kill. 4 guilds having 7/10, 4 guilds in pursuit with 6/10 now.
UPDATE - Feb 12 12:52 CET by aenima
Paragon down Thogar for an EU 2nd / World 6th kill, moving up to 6/10 and taking 7th spot worldwide on the race.
UPDATE - Feb 12 12:38 CET by aenima
Style War downs Kromog for Asian FK / World 5th kill, moving up to 6/10 now.
UPDATE - Feb 12 11:59 CET by aenima
aenima is back for the coverage, did some updates on the tables and waiting for exciting new kill.
UPDATE - Feb 12 09:15 CET by Starym
The Asian rankings have been updated, but without Style War for the first three bosses since we don't have the exact time they downed those. They are ranked on the fourth and fifth bosses, as they got the Asian first on them.
UPDATE - Feb 12 08:45 CET by Starym
Nightmare Asylum snuck in in during all the Style War hubub and quietly downed Operator Thogar World 5th, US/OC 4th! They're at 6/10 now and in 5th place overall.
UPDATE - Feb 12 08:45 CET by Starym
Blood Legion have some lovely examples of the Kromog bug in action:
UPDATE - Feb 12 08:41 CET by Starym
WHATEVER WERE AWESOME have joined the 4/10 crowd and are now in 18th place.
Meanwhile KeaHoarl move to 3/10 and down Beastlord.
UPDATE - Feb 12 08:08 CET by Starym
An intersting twist in th Style War story, they are now doing tries on Kromog instead of the more expected Operator Thogar that the EU and US guilds tried earlier. Perhaps the information floating around about how relatively easily the Western guilds downed it with specific compositions helped them make the decision.
UPDATE - Feb 12 08:20 CET by Starym
Style War (佶天鸿) still trucking and going very fast, 5/10 cleared with the Asian first on Flamebender. Since their guild page still says Style War, we're going to stick with that name for now (that and because no one seems to know how to translate the new one).
UPDATE - Feb 12 08:08 CET by Starym
Ascension are once again among the very top guilds on 7/10 with their World 4th, US/OC 3rd Kromog kill.
And at least a proper killshot of Kromog! That's...a LOT of something.
UPDATE - Feb 12 07:59 CET by Starym
And it's confirmed, Style War (now renamed to 佶天鸿) are indeed on 4/10 with the usual combo of Gruul, Beastlord, Oregorger and H&F. They are now progressing on Flamebender. Plenty of Asian firsts there.
UPDATE - Feb 12 07:12 CET by Starym
There are claims in the comments that Style War is already on 4/10, but due to their armory not working at the moment we can't verify whether it's true or not, but it may well be. What we actually now is that KIN Raiders moved up to 2/10 and downed Gruul and Shimizu Stars downed Oregorger to go with their earlier Gruul kill for the same 2/10.
UPDATE - Feb 12 06:56 CET by Starym
Shimizu Stars are the next Asian guild to chart, downing Gruul Asian 2nd.
UPDATE - Feb 12 04:58 CET by Starym
Blood Legion is back on top with the rest of the gang, 7/10, Kromog down, World third, US/OC second!
UPDATE - Feb 12 04:58 CET by Starym
Smitus and Friends are the 13th guild to down Flamebender Ka'graz and also claim the US/OC 6th, moving to the big group on 5/10.
UPDATE - Feb 12 04:36 CET by Starym
Midwinter interrupted my posting of this, but Asian servers are up and we already have one kill! It's KIN Raiders on Korean servers and they downed Beastlord, while KeaHoarl downed Gruul, but still aren't updated on Wowprog! We're going to hold off a bit before adding them to the tables below so Wowprog can have some time to update the others if there are any.
UPDATE - Feb 12 04:31 CET by Starym
It's Midwinter that catches up to Method first, claiming the World second, US/OC first kill on Kromog and evening out the score at 7/10!
UPDATE - Feb 12 04:30 CET by Starym
It's the middle of the night and long-time followers of these progress races know what that means! It's
random meaningless numbers statistics time!
Obviously only Method are at 7/10 currently, still the lone downers of Kromog while we have three guilds on 6/10 missing just that big red guy to tie with Method, all from US/OC, namely Blood Legion, Midwinter and Ascension. The 5/10 pack is larger, containing 8 guilds, all with the usual setup of Beastlord, Gruul, Oregorger, Hans & Franz, and Flamebender. They are: Avast, Exorsus, Nightmare Asylum, From Scratch, Paragon, BIZZNO, Rapid Eye Movement and Envy.
Then we head to 4/10 where we find only 5 guilds: Đanish Terrace, ScrubBusters (who have finally appeared on Wowprog), Moonzlinge, Apex and Smitus and Friends. 3/10 the same size group: Brotherhood of the Wolves, Fusion, Inner Sanctum, set sail for fail and Practice.
Not even 2/10 gives us a significantly larger group to look at, with only 12 guilds with Beastlord and Gruul down: WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, Ad Infinitum, NollTvåTre, Prestige Gaming, critical luders, Advance, Impact, Accidentally, Nihilum, Razzia and Encore. 1/10 finally gets us into a bigger field with 48 guilds in it. They start from position 35 with guilds like Reckoning, Might, Dsylxeic, Avid and Slash Hug and end at 83 where the first Asian guilds are starting their journey after their servers just went up recently, namely KIN Raiders and KeaHoarl.
UPDATE - Feb 12 03:52 CET by Starym
Finally the update on Envy has arrived and they claimed the EU 7th on Flamebender Ka'graz and the same on The other guy and Franzork!
UPDATE - Feb 12 03:03 CET by Starym
Smitus and Friends join the growing bunch on 4/10 with Franzork and the other guy down.
UPDATE - Feb 12 02:53 CET by Starym
It seems Envy have been busy and we didn't notice, since Wowprog isn't really updating...well much of anything. They got Flamebender down over 2 hours ago and F&F before that, which would put them around EU 5-7th on Flame, but we'll just have to wait for the Wowprog update to be sure. In any case they're on 5/10 along with 7 other guilds, so a belated congrats to them!
UPDATE - Feb 12 02:25 CET by Starym
Apex joins the 4/10 ranks with their own Hans'gar and FranzoRk kill. Yep, I'm using Ork, screw it.
UPDATE - Feb 12 02:08 CET by Starym
ScrubBusters and Moonzlinge are the next to cross the 4/10 barrier and grab the EU 7th and 8th on H&F.
I feel like this is a good time to complain about the nomenclature for that particular boss. Every time I write their full names I have to edit it because it always comes out as FranzoRk, how exactly did Blizzard miss that chance?!
UPDATE - Feb 12 01:59 CET by Starym
It would appear Method have taken a page from Paragon's book and decided to not take a screenshot/forgot. The disease is spreading!
UPDATE - Feb 12 01:39 CET by Starym
And it's Method back on top! Few people expected another kill this soon but Method just pushed through expectations and grabbed another World First for their large collection! Kromog is down. Only three bosses to go now, and Blast Furnace and Maidens are said to be VERY tricky on Mythic, let's see if they can survive the day.
UPDATE - Feb 12 01:25 CET by Starym
Ascension are back! 6/10 and rejoined the top three guys having downed Operator Thogar World 4th, US/OC 3rd!
UPDATE - Feb 12 01:01 CET by Starym
We have a number of new entries in the 3/10 tier, with Inner Sanctum, set sail for fail and Smitus and Friends going he usual Beastlord, Gruul, Oregorger route. It also seems Đanish Terrace is moving on up to 4/10, presumably with a Hanz&Franz kill.
UPDATE - Feb 12 00:20 CET by Starym
A bad couple of hours for Flamebender as another two guilds pass him by to head up to 5/10. BIZZNO and Rapid Eye Movement down the boss EU 5th and 6th, respectively.
UPDATE - Feb 11 23:44 CET by Starym
Paragon is unstoppable, rampaging through the bosses to nip at the heels of the top pack now. Flamebender down EU 4th, 5/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 23:11 CET by aenima
BIZZNO also got Hans&Franz for EU 5th kill, now at 4/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 22:51 CET by Starym
When it rains it pours, we have Paragon moving up to 4/10 with H&F EU 5th and From Scratch getting the EU 3rd on Flamebender to go 5/10!
UPDATE - Feb 11 22:45 CET by Starym
More bosses falling and we have another entry to the 5/10 club. Nighmare Asylum downed Flamenebder Ka'graz World 7th, US/OC 5th.
UPDATE - Feb 11 22:37 CET by Starym
Apex and ScrubBusters climb to 3/10 with the usual Beastlord, Gruul, Oregorger combo.
UPDATE - Feb 11 22:33 CET by Starym
Miwdwinter are back with the top again on 6/10 with their World 3rd, US/OC 2nd Operator Thogar kill. Three guilds now tied at the top, with Paragon swiftly climbing towards them. Kromog seems a likely next target, let's see if we'll get the 7/10 today.
UPDATE - Feb 11 22:20 CET by Starym
More kills incoming, with Rapid Eye Movement downing Hans & Franz, World 9th, EU 4th, 4/10.
Also, who says you can't have fun during Mythic progress, see if you can tell what's specific about REM's strat from the killshot:
UPDATE - Feb 11 22:14 CET by Starym
Some 20 minutes passed and Paragon are at 3/10 already, Oregorger down, EU 11th.
At the same time we have Fusion rising to 3/10 with their own Oregorger kill, EU 10th.
UPDATE - Feb 11 21:48 CET by Starym
Paragon moving on up calmly to 2/10, downing Gruul in the process. It took them around an hour from Beastlord's death to downing Gruul. And, in case you were wondering, it wasn't 9 heroic raids before they went Mythic, because that would be insane - it was probably 4 or 5, si bug apologies for that.
UPDATE - Feb 11 21:21 CET by Starym
This is more of a nostalgia update than an actual relevant one to the race, but Nihilum are back! World 20th and Eu 13th on Gruul, and are on 1/10, so congrats to them!
Meanwhile in the top side of things, Đanish Terrace popped up to 3/10 grabbing the Eu 8th on Oregorger.
UPDATE - Feb 11 20:36 CET by aenima
Method just killed Operator Thogar for World 2nd / EU First Kill. Now arrived at 6/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 20:28 CET by aenima
Exorsus managed to kill Flamebender for EU 2nd / World 7th kill. Now 5/10 and spot 6 worldwide.
UPDATE - Feb 11 20:24 CET by aenima
Paragon joins the race with Darmac kill and now 1/10, welcome to the race guys!
UPDATE - Feb 11 20:14 CET by Starym
Hans'gar and Franzok are down in the EU a third time World eighth, with From Scratch heading to 4/10 and overall 8th.
UPDATE - Feb 11 20:08 CET by Starym
More Oregorger action in the EU, with Brotherhood of the Wolves claiming the Eu 7th spot and climbing to 3/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 19:46 CET by Starym
Blood Legion is back in style! World First Operator Thogar, 6/10 and taking the lead! A huge comeback after their trouble in Highmaul and Midwinter's early lead here in Foundry, congratulations!
UPDATE - Feb 11 19:20 CET by aenima
Envy downed Oregorger for an EU 6th kill, putting them 3/10 and 10th place worldwide.
UPDATE - Feb 11 19:05 CET by aenima
Sources saying that Paragon did
9 5 heroic runs today, they are now starting mythic progress. Welcome to the race!
UPDATE - Feb 11 18:55 CET by aenima
Brotherhood of the Wolf managed also to kill Gruul for EU 7th kill, now joining the 2/10 pack.
UPDATE - Feb 11 18:41 CET by aenima
Rapid Eye Movement arrived at 3/10 with Oregorger EU 5th kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 18:38 CET by aenima
Exorsus was able to down Hans'gar and Franzok for EU 2nd/ World 7th kill. Now at 4/7.
UPDATE - Feb 11 18:26 CET by aenima
From Scratch also downed Oregorger just a few minutes ago (EU 4th kill). Now arrived at 3/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 18:24 CET by aenima
To round things up – Some more guilds were able to kill Darmac and are now 1/10: Accidentally, Dawn, Moonzlinge and Practice joined the pack. Welcome to the race!
UPDATE - Feb 11 18:00 CET by aenima
Because Starym should be back now anytime soon, and i know that good ole Starym loves statistics, here a statistical overview of the current situation:
Midwinter, Blood Legion, Ascension, Avast and Method are on top of the race with 5/10. Nightmare Asylum is in pursuit with 4/10, Exorsus and BIZZNO following with 3/10. There are five guilds with 2/10 bosses, 27 guilds are having one boss down for 1/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 17:40 CET by aenima
BIZZNO with another kill: Oregorger down for an EU 3rd kill (World 9th).
UPDATE - Feb 11 17:40 CET by aenima
Danish Terrace now also killed Gruul for an Eu 6th kill and now 2/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 17:30 CET by aenima
As it seems From Scratch was also able to down Gruul for an EU 5th Kill. This puts them also to 2/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 16:55 CET by aenima
BIZZNO also downed Gruul for an EU 4th kill and moving up to 2/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 16:30 CET by aenima
Rumors say that Rapid Eye Movement managed to kill Gruul just a few minutes ago, this would be for a EU 3rd kill and moving up 2/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 16:23 CET by aenima
Another addition to 1/10: Refuge downed Darmac for German 2nd kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 16:00 CET by aenima
Three more Darmac EU-kills in the last minutes: Inner Sanctum, From Scratch and Project Apocalypse 1/10 now.
UPDATE - Feb 11 15:20 CET by aenima
Exorsus now 3/10 with Oregorger EU 2nd / World 8th kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 15:04 CET by aenima
Method gets the next EU First Kill (World 5th)! Flamebender is down, Method now 5/10 on top of the race with BL, Midwinter, Ascension and Avast.
UPDATE - Feb 11 14:58 CET by aenima
Just a quick progress overview:
EU: Method on top with 4/10, Exorsus in pursuit with 2/10, 9 guilds with 1/10.
Worldwide: Midwinter, BL, Ascension and Avast 5/10, Nightmary Asylum + Method 4/10, 3 guilds having 2/10, 23 guilds at 1/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 14:40 CET by aenima
Immersion now also downed Darmac for EU 11th Kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 14:27 CET by aenima
Russian guild Openness just managed to down Darmac for EU 10th Kill and joining the race.
UPDATE - Feb 11 14:14 CET by aenima
Exorsus just killed Gruul for EU 2nd / World 9th kill. Now 2/10 in pursuit of Method.
UPDATE - Feb 11 14:03 CET by aenima
The first EU-guild arrived at 4/10: Just a few minutes ago Method killed Hans'gar and Franzok for EU 1st Kill / World 6th Kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 13:55 CET by aenima
Another Darmac kill: Fusion downed the boss for EU 8th kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 13:40 CET by aenima
Brotherhood of the Wolf als downed Darmac for EU 7th Kill. Welcome to the race!
UPDATE - Feb 11 13:23 CET by aenima
Envy joins the race by killing Darmac for EU 6th Kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 13:15 CET by aenima
aenima is taking over now till Grandmaster Starym will be back, let's hope for some kills!
UPDATE - Feb 11 13:05 CET by Dodar
Now whe have some heat in here! Danish Terrace finishes off Darmac only minutes after Exorsus!
UPDATE - Feb 11 13:03 CET by Dodar
Exorsus joined in on the "Darmac-kill-group", EU 4th or 5th, depending on wether BIZZNO downed him before or not.
UPDATE - Feb 11 12:39 CET by Dodar
BIZZNO might have killed Darmac, but nothing showed on wowprog yet. Would be the EU 4th kill!
UPDATE - Feb 11 12:34 CET by Dodar
Method manages to kill Oregorger and is now at 3/10
UPDATE - Feb 11 12:01 CET by Dodar
Method moves on, downing Gruul for another EU 1st!
UPDATE - Feb 11 11:51 CET by Dodar
Hope n Despair enters the game, downing Darmac for an EU 3rd kill
UPDATE - Feb 11 11:07 CET by Dodar
Nightmare Asylum is still going strong and just got the World 5th kill on Oregorger!
UPDATE - Feb 11 10:58 CET by Dodar
The rumors are confirmed, Rapid Eye Movement got the EU 2nd on Darmac! Gratulations.
UPDATE - Feb 11 10:48 CET by Dodar
Rumors are, Rapid Eye Movement downed Darmac as well, but we have no confirmation (yet). So we dont announce anything (yet)
UPDATE - Feb 11 10:24 CET by Dodar
The foundry opened the gates and Method already took down Beastlord Darmac, EU 1st and still in the Top 20 overall!
UPDATE - Feb 11 09:29 CET by Dodar
Still no updates from eu guilds, but Nightmare Asylum just grabbed the World 5th on Hans'gar & Franzok.
UPDATE - Feb 11 09:21 CET by Dodar
Since the servers are up and we dont have any kills yet, it may be possible that most guilds clear heroic once more, to finish the last t-sets.
UPDATE - Feb 11 09:00 CET by Dodar
Not in the top 5, but WHATEVER WERE AWESOME secured world #7th Gruul kill, just in time before the eu guilds come around.
UPDATE - Feb 11 08:49 CET by Dodar
Well, looks like the EU Servers are online, quite early this time. Lets see how Paragon, Method, Exorsus and all the others handle the brf encounters!
UPDATE - Feb 11 08:33 CET by Dodar
And Avast joins the leading group, they down Kagraz world 4th and are therefore on 5/10!
UPDATE - Feb 11 06:50 CET by Starym
Avast moves further away from the pack to 4/10 and claim the World fourth on Hans&Franz along the way, only one boss away from the top group.
UPDATE - Feb 11 06:42 CET by Starym
Smitus and Friends move up in the world, standing in 6th place overall on 2/10 thanks to their World 6th Gruul kill.
UPDATE - Feb 11 06:22 CET by Starym
We have a bunch of new entries at the 1/10 level, all downing Beastlord Darmac, namely Dyslexic, Avid, Encore and Slash Hug rounding out the standings at No.15.
UPDATE - Feb 11 05:36 CET by Starym
Nightmare Asylum are the first to break free from the 1/10 pack and go to 2/10, downing Gruul World 5th!
UPDATE - Feb 11 05:02 CET by Starym
And we finally have the World First killshot for Oregorger:
Two more guilds also climbed to 1/10 with Beastlord going down, namely Razzia and Might.
UPDATE - Feb 11 04:55 CET by Starym
Ascension move on up and are now tied at the top, 5/10 with their Flamebender Ka'graz World third.
UPDATE - Feb 11 04:46 CET by Starym
Promethean are the latest to join the Beastlord bunch and grab the No.9 spot on 1/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 04:28 CET by Starym
Blood Legion are back in force, evening out the score on 5/10 with a World second Flamebender Ka'graz kill. It's getting pretty exciting now as we're on to actually tough bosses and the two top US guilds are neck and neck, with Ascension very close behind. Serves me right for doing a "filler" post below, we aren't in the calm part yet! Since there's only one non-end-wing boss left 6/10 is going to be significant and also probably the last "fast" kill we'll see for a while.
Meanwhile another guilds climbed up to 1/10 Beastlord, and further diminished my Highmaul comparison. Thanks to you as well Reckoning...
UPDATE - Feb 11 04:20 CET by Starym
It's filler update time! Blackrock Foundry seems to be way harder than Highmaul Mythic so far, unless the Wowprogress stats are extremely off. At this point in Highmaul progress we had 38(!) guilds that downed the first boss of the instance, 9 that downed two bosses, but only one that downed three. So the top guilds are doing much better in BRF but the others are lagging behind by a lot. It might have something to do with the non-linearity of the raid and guilds getting stuck on what they consider to the the first boss (whether it's Oregorger or Gruul) with easier bosses available, while Kargath was just plain old easy for everyone.
And, of course, as i was writing the above another guild got to 1/10, with Beastlord down, just to weaken my point. Thanks WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, thanks A LOT.
UPDATE - Feb 11 03:47 CET by Starym
Ascension are hot on the heels of Blood Legion and have caught up to 4/10 with their World third Hans'gar and Franzok kill.
Two guilds now on 4/10 just behind Midwinter in the lead with 5, and only Avast with 3 while Smitus and Friends and Nightmare Asylum are still stuck on 1/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 03:10 CET by Starym
It seems Blood Legion are definitely pushing it, onl 1 kill away from Midwinter at the top. They got Oregorger World 4th and are be the only guild on 4/10, in second place.
UPDATE - Feb 11 02:53 CET by Starym
Avast are catching up with the top, claiming a World third on oregorger and rising to 3/10, now tied with Ascension and Blood Legion with Midwinter quite a bit ahead.
UPDATE - Feb 11 02:52 CET by Starym
Another new entry in the above 0/10 crowd (aka the 1+/10 in case it was unclear), Nighmare Asylum down Beastlord Darmac World 6th.
UPDATE - Feb 11 02:16 CET by Starym
Midwinter are just NOT slowing down for a second and claim their second World FIrst, this time on Flamebender Ka'graz.
UPDATE - Feb 11 02:05 CET by Starym
Blood Legion are back after a short pause and have downed Gruul World fourth to go 3/10
UPDATE - Feb 11 01:30 CET by Starym
We have a new face among the Mythic guilds. Smitus and Friends have downed Beastlord and are the 5th guild to pass 0/10!
UPDATE - Feb 11 01:13 CET by Starym
Avast climbing up slowly, downing Beastlord 4th and setting up at 2/10.
UPDATE - Feb 11 00:43 CET by Starym
We're up to 4/10 with Midwinter pushing further in the lead with their World second Oregorger kill. We should be running out of the easiest bosses in the raid soon so hopefully some real challenge lies ahead.
UPDATE - Feb 11 00:11 CET by Starym
More OC action and the return of Ascension to their World First roots! They've downed Oregorger and went up to 3/10 to tie with Midwinter.
UPDATE - Feb 10 23:18 CET by Starym
Midwinter just blasting through that content, up on 3/10 with Hans'gar and Franzok down World second.
UPDATE - Feb 10 22:59 CET by Starym
Avast have arrived and we now have two US and two OC guilds in the running. They claim the No.3 on Gruul and are up tp 1/10.
UPDATE - Feb 10 22:36 CET by Starym
We've updated the positions of the boss rankings underneath to the current Dungeon Journal ones, thanks to Klik for the heads up!
UPDATE - Feb 10 22:14 CET by Starym
The action is heating up as Blood Legion move up to 2/10 and grab a World First in the process. Hans'gar and Franzok are down!
UPDATE - Feb 10 22:08 CET by Starym
Ascension got both Gruul and Beastlord down, third on Beast, second on Gruul! We were starting to wonder what happened to them, but here they are, still in the running for US firsts!
UPDATE - Feb 10 21:51 CET by Starym
Things seem to have calmed down a little and we don't really know what bosses both Midwinter and Blood Legion are on at the moment, but it's interesting to note that even though the EU guilds have (half a) day's disadvantage they will have the benefit of knowing which bosses are easy, seeing how fast the US guys down them. This is especially significant in BRF because of how non-linear the raid is. Considering the relative low difficulty of the earlier bosses that may or may not have an impact on the race, however.
UPDATE - Feb 10 21:23 CET by Starym
Midwinter continues their clear and grab the World second on Beastlord Darmac, and are now the only guild on 2/10!
UPDATE - Feb 10 20:39 CET by Starym
Midwinter join in the WF party and down Gruul.
UPDATE - Feb 10 20:20 CET by Starym
Considering Wowprogress isn't very fast nowadays we can only report what we get directly from the guilds so it may not be completely accurate, especially with guilds going for various bosses first (I mean Darmac, really?). So let's hope there isn't too much confusion/changing the rankings as the updates come in.
UPDATE - Feb 10 20:12 CET by Starym
It has officially begun! Blood Legion claim the first WF with Beastlord Darmac of all bosses!
And the killshot:
UPDATE - Feb 10 19:24 CET by Starym
It seems the opposite of the usual process is happening as servers are starting to come up early!
UPDATE - Feb 10 18:45 CET by Starym
Getting closer! I just wanted to point out the pretty great progress bar we came up with this time around for the frontpage since most of you don't really venture outside this article (it's also from the future with the bosses down):
UPDATE - Feb 10 18:05 CET by Starym
Servers should be coming up in around 2 hours, but you could count the number of times servers came up in time for progress on one hand... of a Simpson's character.
The end of Tier 17 is here and the progress race is about to begin. Blackhand Heroic proved to be a little tougher than usual and the Mythic version might just be the same so we could be looking at a bit of a longer progress race this time around - at least we can hope to get 2 resets out of it. The two big names going head to head here are obviously Paragon and Method, with the Finns having triumphantly returned to the big leagues and grabbed that Highmaul trophy, but it's all down to Foundry now and there are plenty of other guilds that might just cause an upset. Blood Legion had some problems in Highmaul with their raid leader being away for a few days in the middle of progress, but he's back now and they are definitely going for it. Ascension popped up and claimed the No.5 spot out of nowhere so they could also have even more to show this time around, but they will have a harder time keeping that US/OC first with BL returning. Then there's the usual suspects that have been in the top for a long time, Exorsus and Envy, who are always looking to hop up a spot or two. And finally there's Style War, the controversial Asian guild that should now be on more equal footing with the rest in terms of gear, but are nonetheless in contention for that No.1 spot. Obviously you can also never discount one of the other guilds who did well in Highmaul and there will definitely be some reshuffling of the top 10 or top 20, but the very top guilds are likely to stay up there, in whatever new order. If you need a reminder of the Highmaul standings, head on over to our last Mythic progress article.
Hopefully there won't be any new drama for this race, although there are already some claims of potential exploits on a few bosses so I wouldn't exactly bet on that. But whatever happens this will almost certainly be THE most exciting raid progress ever, with everyone cheering for their own favorites and it all coming down to dedication and skill. So place your bets on who's going to win it all right now, before any bosses have died and let's see who's right!
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