One final update as we get some info from the Chinese servers, it seems Chao Jie grabbed the World 17th ahead of Big Dumb Guild and Ding Xin got the one after and landed in 19th place, with Impact moving to No. 20.
Something weird happened in the last half hour as we have three new Jaina kills, which brings us to that magical top 20! Impact, Hope n Despair and Sloth have made it among the top and claimed the EU 11th-13th spots as well.
That's going to round up our coverage of the Battle of Dazar'alor race. A big congratulations to all the guilds that have made it across the finish line so far and a big dose of encouragement for those still going at it from us at the race progress coverage team. We'll see you in the next one!
We'll also be adding various updates on the upcoming race here before it actually starts, so check back every once in a while as well.
The US/OC third has arrived and it's Big Dumb Guild claiming the World 17th on Jaina!
We have two more kills, bringing the total guilds done with the race to 16!
From Scratch take the EU 10th, World 15th while Honestly take the US/OC 2nd, World 16th.
A world 14th has arrived! Memento claim the spot, get to 9/9 and EU 9th!
We have a few more kills today, as P G and ScrubBusters down Jaina to claim the World 12th and 13th, EU 7th and 8th! P G are also the first Alliance guild to finish up the raid, so congrats!
And here comes our top 10 graphic as well. Congratulations to all the guilds that made it!
The top 10 has been completed today, with Jitianhong claiming the final spot among the very top of the top guilds! That makes four Asia server guilds in the top 10 for this raid, just one fewer than the EU, with Limit being the only US/OC representative this time around. Aversion just barely missed out and set them selves up in 11th place, but they clearly have their eye on those top spots for the next raid.
We also have Alpha's World 3rd and Pieces' World 4th kill videos, featuring some damn impressive nerdscreams:
Skyline has proven themselves to be the second strongest guild out of China, getting Jaina down World 9th, Asia 3rd.
We have ourselves a top5 for the EU region, with NollTvåTre claiming it, also nabbing World #8 as well!
This means that for the first time in a very long time, a full Swedish guild have finished ahead of their rivals from Finland.
AFK R continue to carry the banner of the Korean WoW players, getting World #7, Asia #2 on Jaina!
Exorsus have become the next guild to prove themselves against Jaina today, as they get themselves rank 6 in the world, and 4 in Europe.
Today does not seem like a good day for Jaina, as she once again fall. This time it's FatSharkYes who downs her, putting them as World #5, EU #3!
Pieces have gone ahead and grabbed themselves the World #4 kill on Jaina Proudmore!
Here come some more big news! Alpha has claimed the World 3rd on Jaina! They also get the Asia first and it's been a while since we've seen a guild from the Asia servers get a podium finish. The last time was AFK R back in Tomb of Sargeras, who also got 3rd, so it wasn't actually that long ago after all.
There were some issues with Method's video, so we'll have to wait a bit more to see it.
Method GM Sco had a lot to say about both the race and streaming event, in a long series of tweets, so we'll just compile them all here:
At the airport about to fly home to Scotland after what has been an insane event. This #RaceToWF has been one of my best moments and absolute highlights in gaming. Everyone behind the scenes worked so hard on the event in @Methodgg our partners, the @redbullesports production 1/7 pic.twitter.com/bKXbQLVCyD— Scott McMillan (@Methodsco) February 8, 2019
And we'll just paste the rest in one place below:
Despite everything I was still feeling the pressure and stress of living up to the hype of the Uldir event (which was incredible), as it was just after BFA release, it was the first time something like this had ever been done and a few other reasons like game popularity. 2/7
However, looking quickly at the numbers I am blown away, we managed to surpass the Uldir event in minutes watched, engaging 6 million unique devices (unique viewers) across the method team channels and in general receiving so much positivity from the community! 3/7
so happy right now and want to thank everyone who made it possible, everyone who tuned in and supported. Together I would like to think we have all made a positive mark on the WoW competitive raiding scene once again and in general done a great thing for the game itself. 4/7
The list of who to thank for making this all possible is massive and if you are reading this you know who you are! But really I want to thank the community who share the passion/love/interest for the competitive raid race and who have really got behind the event in a big way. 5/7
The raid race has always been a community initiative and without your support none of this would be possible. Not only relating to now but over entire 14 years of wow raiding, its a dream to be able to put on an event like this and I wouldn’t have believed it a few years ago. 6/7
Thanks on behalf of everyone in method I’m excited for what we can do in the future. 7/7
Oh, and Limit's kill video is also out! World 2nd (guild) Mythic Lady Jaina Proudmoore:
We have some further details on Limit's journey through the raid in their latest blog over at HeroesHearth, going over the raid day by day and filling us in on what happened. It's a relatively short read and well worth it, so head on over there for all the details! Here's a small excerpt:
This was our last hurrah, but because of the troll racial discovery we were actually very confident that we could land a kill. Our entire raid aside from paladins and demon hunters race changed troll, and we entered the raid with a strategy that we were sure would work if executed correctly. At this time we started raid as far as I remember Method had a 10% pull with their burn, and it looked like they had plenty of room to improve on that. We still thought that it wouldn’t be enough for them however… By the end of the day I think they improved to 8%.
When we got into phase 3, it was clear that Bliz had changed Jaina again and made it so she didn’t skip Orb of Frost in her Ice Block anymore (all of her abilities now delayed instead of some being skipped). This hurt our strategy, but it would still be possible. We had numerous pulls that got as low as 10% (and in these pulls we definitely had the damage and healer cooldowns to kill the boss in time, but in each pull we wiped to a mechanic in phase 3). It was apparent at this time that Method had definitely passed us in progression as their phase 3’s were much more clean than ours, although we had had more phase 3 reps. This fact is what hurt us most; we did not work on the mechanics in phase 3 to make it consistent due to continuously flip flopping strategies earlier on. - Tagzz
Here we have Method's 2nd kill as well, from Sco's PoV:
We have some more info on the race overall from both Limit and Method!
Limit's GM took to his stream to discuss their strategy and show off a bunch of pulls while also going over the race in general:
And then we have a whole lot of Method as they had both a huge 7-person interview session with Red Bull over at the studio, and an individual interview with Sco over on their site as well.
After all the Jaina commotion, here's a step back as we get Limit's World First Stormwall Blockade video!
There has been a World 2nd kill, but we still don't have a World 2nd guild! Method have re-cleared after their reset and downed Jaina once again.
Limit have been at Jaina since around 1:40AM today, but we still haven't seen a kill. With the EU reset coming up, is there a possibility someone else might grab that World 2nd?
And here's the whole guild's comms reaction, the real nerdscreams!
We don't have the classic nerdscreams (although you could hear some in the background on the main stream coverage) and these are technically silent screams, but we did get some more clips, this time from Josh and Sco's streams:
And in case you just want that sweet kill moment, here's a shorter clip for you to enjoy:
346 pulls is what it took for Method to down Jaina, just barely ahead of Limit and their strategy paid off. There were plenty of sub 8% tries during the day but it came down to the line as Limit were already re-clearing and their kill was almost imminent as well.
LETS GOOOOOOOOO!— Scott McMillan (@Methodsco) February 5, 2019
OMG SO HAPPY <33333333333 pic.twitter.com/dO1oGEd4yL
Limit also congratulated Method on the win, with a bit of an explanation on their progress:
Huge congrats to @Methodgg for World First Jaina! Very well played, boys 🏆— LIMIT (@LimitGuild) February 5, 2019
Didn't matter if they killed it later tonight or anything, if they kill first reset and we dont its over, we got low last night but decided to sleep for reset, our strat is a little diff as well. We got outplayed, nothing else mattered anyone else making excuses is not us.— max (@maximumwow) February 5, 2019
The kill video from the stream:
Method have done it! World First Lady Jaina Proudmoore and 9/9 goes to the reigning champions and they keep their title and claim yet another win! This is Method's 11th raid endboss WF. Congratulations!
After spending the entire raid behind Limit and pushing incredibly hard to get her down before the reset, it must be a great relief to finally make Jaina run. It's been another great raid for streaming as well and definitely head on over to the main stream to join in the celebrations!
Jaina has survived the first US reset, but now that the servers are back up the US guilds are hard at it to reclear the raid, so that they can get back to her with some brand new gear!
Over on the EU side Method have gotten her down to 6.9%, meaning that if she functions like on the lower difficulties, they are only 1.9% off of a kill.
Will some EU guild manage to slay Jaina before the the reset, will the US guilds get her down before the servers are back up in EU? The race is truly on it's last leg right now!
We have another Asia Stormwall Blockade kill, with 影 魂 claiming the region 5th, World 33rd!
Here's a great image by @KateMakesStuff, featuring a (partially incorrect) list of the top guilds on Jaina! It was a just a quick meme-sketch featuring guilds she remembered off the top of her head but it's still a great concept nonetheless!
Here comes official confirmation on the reverted hotfix on Jaina and, more importantly, the devs say that it was unintended which means it will not be showing back up on the reset!
Earlier today, we applied a hotfix that unintentionally increased the difficulty of the Jaina encounter. That hotfix has since been reverted.— WarcraftDevs (@WarcraftDevs) February 5, 2019
This raid's Method stream was a big success once more:
This week's top @Twitch channels:— The Esports Observer (@esportsobserved) February 4, 2019
Method's @Warcraft raid race grabbed two spots in the top 5 while viewership for Smash Bros Ultimate tournaments continues to rise. pic.twitter.com/pVccokHFgf
The 296th try was a big one, as Method have broken the 10% barrier, just barely. 9.9% is the current best try and we'll get that clip in as soon as possible. Potentially only 4.9% to go.
Apparently the hotfix was reverted because it had unintended consequences on Stormwall Blockade, so it might just come back later or on the reset without that problem. Here's a clip from when the hotfix was first implemented as well:
Some big news as Jaina is being changed repeatedly. Recently the Tide Elemental had been made much more deadly. Blizzard hotfixed it so that its frost nova was not interruptable, which was a major part of the recent strategy. This was the way the fight was originally supposed to go, apparently, so it was a fix, but since it was broken for the whole week, it seems Blizzard have rethought it. And so it seems the hotfix has now been reverted, as Blizzard didn't want to affect the race this much, although we can't be sure of anything right now. So as it stands now, the encounter is not changed, after a brief period of it being hotfixed.
Wowhead has the full details on the actual things that were changed and then un-changed.
We have another best try by a big amount! Jaina is down to 11.9% and we have that pull clip right here. 289 pulls so far, and quite a few left to go!
Here comes Limit's World First High Tinker Mekkatorque video!
And here comes yet another best try of the day by Method, as they get ever closer to that 5% threshold. Only 11.8% to go. That is, of course, if there's no secret phase or Mythic Jaina holds on until 1% or something similar:
And we have another US top 5 as Club Camel claim the No.4 spot as well as the World 26th on Stormwall Blockade.
It's been a while, but we finally have some higher ranked action! Instant Dollars have taken Big Dumb Guilds No.3 US/OC spot and downed Stormwall Blockade World 25th! Since our last check in on the 8/9 crowd there's been a lot of kills, so let's just take a look at everyone that's started progressing on Jaina today, starting with no.15: Aversion, ScrubBusters, Future, Exposed, From Scratch, Impact, Hope n Despair, Halcyon, Snafu, Wlkthrough and now Instant Dollars.
Method are going at it late into the EU night, but they're taking it somewhat easy as they're running split Heroic for that extra edge. The best try so far has been 16.8%, which is only 11.8% off of a kill (or at least it is unless the encounter has some more surprises to offer).
We now have 20 guilds progressing on Jaina! Will we have one of the expected top dogs take her down World First, or will we get a surprise winner? Jaina have truly proven herself to be the true final test for Battle of Dazar'alor!
And here comes the official Stormwall Blockade World 2nd multi-PoV video from Method:
Limit have recently uploaded some of their World First videos so let's take a look at Conclave and King Rastakhan! And remember, you can check out all released kill videos over on our videos progress page above!
We have a clip of one of Method's best tries for today (and overall), and they eventually finished the day with a 23.1% attempt.
We finally got some info from Limit as @Holyzorea shared their GM's words on the final phase of Jaina:
Ending the raid night tonight with some leather splits so we can get up in the morning and be ready to rock. Little bit of a leak from our raid leader, Max...he let us know that we reached the final phase on Thursday, so it seems Jaina will fall very soon. Good news for all NA fans! Good night everyone and we will see you in the morning!
Now, obviously that could mean anything as the final phase is 30% and Method have managed to get to 28.7, but they're having decent progress so it's possible Limit are significantly deeper into the fight. It seems somewhat unlikely there will be even more Mythic-only surprises after this point, but it's still all up in the air. Hopefully Jaina makes it through the weekend, although a Tuesday post-reset kill would be somewhat anti-climactic, so I'm not sure what to root for.
TG Gaming downs the Blockade as the 14th guild in the world.
Prestige Gaming is the second guild to down the Stormwall Blockade, putting them at 8/9, World #13, but perhaps more important, World First Alliance.
And now they're 12. FatSharkYes got Stormwall Blockade down a grand total of 7 minutes after the previous kill, and now also sit at 8/9.
The Swedes of NollTvåTre have gone ahead and join the top squad at 8/9, getting down Stormwall Blockade World #11!
Jaina now have 10 guilds doing their best to get her down. Skyline got Stormwall Blockade down World 10th, Asia 4th, and they now sit at 8/9!
The ice wall fell yesterday, but just barely and with everyone iceblocked/dead, so let's see if Method can get past it properly today!
9 on 8/9! Wildcard Gaming take the US 2nd on Stormwall and head on to the boat party.
Here come the Jaina fixes from today's hotfix notes. We don't know exactly when these went into effect, but it's safe to say it was some time after Limit started on her and possibly only today.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore
- Adjusted Ice Shard and Grasp of Frost so that Jaina will cast while moving and be easier to maneuver around the field.
- Fixed a bug where the Ice Shard debuff on Heroic and Mythic difficulties was not increasing in damage as stated in the tooltip.
- Fixed a bug where players were unintentionally gaining additional stacks of Chilling Touch on Mythic difficulty.
We now have 8 guilds on Jaina, as Memento have just taken down Stormwall Blockade! Eu 4th and World 8th 8/9, jumping 5 spaces from their previous 13th.
We also have another guild getting access to Jaina, as Jitianhong have defeated the Stormwall Blockade as Asia 3rd, World 7th, and are now at 8/9!
We've also had a bunch more High Tinker Mekkatorque kills, with FatSharkYes, NollTvåTre, Future and Exposed claiming the World16th-20th!
We have another milestone in Method's Jaina fight progress as they've reached the ice wall! On their latest best try, where they got her down to 30.4% they have literally hit a wall, and with its 7.2 million HP + only 20 seconds to down it, we'll see how they manage to resolve that particular problem. It seems possible that this is also where Limit is at, if the wall isn't actually doable with this level of gear, but we can't be sure as Limit had "our best pull by a lot before dinner break" yesterday, so it seems they are having progress, but it might just be getting the wall to a lower number of HP.
Here's the clip of Method's latest lowest try, starring the wall:
AFK R keeps going real strong. They downed Stormwall Blockade World 6th, Asian 2nd!
We now have 5 guilds competing for for gold, as Alpha have killed Stormwall Blockade! As always with Chinese guilds it's hard to know exactly when the kill came, but it was at just about the same time as Exorsus, but I'll put them down as World #5, Asia #1.
Exorsus have finally caught up with the leading pack. Stormwall Blockade have falled once more, putting them up at 8/9, World #4!
Now this is just getting absurd. High Tinker Mekkatorque must have done something wrong in his tinkering, as he's now died 4 times in less than 30 mins. Memento claims the latest kill putting them up at World 14th.
High Tinker Mekkatorque does not seem to have a good day. TG Gaming is the latest guild to kill him in a very short amount of time, and they now sit as EU #5 and World #13.
AFK R got themselves Asia #3, World #12 as they down High Tinker Mekkatorque.
Prestige Gaming have claimed the mantle of #1 Alliance guild in the world, downing High Tinker Mekkatorque, EU 4th, World 11.
An eventful morning as we have another High Tinker kill, this time from the Asia servers with Jitianhong getting the kill a while ago, before vodkaz adn Instant Dollars in fact, claiming the region 2nd and World 8th spot!
Limit have shared some info on their experiences on the earlier bosses as well as their wipe counts, and it seems it wasn't all smooth sailing:
Some people asked for these— max (@maximumwow) February 1, 2019
Blockade was unkillably bugged for about 30 of these pulls and double sea swell bug existed for the entirety(All fixed after our kill)
Vodkaz follow suit and also move on to 7/9 with their US 5th, World 9th kill on High Tinker Mekkatorque!
Another Tinker kill, this time a US 4th, World 8th by Instant Dollars!
We have another High Tinker Mekkatorque kill, this time from the US, with Big Dumb Guild claiming the World 7th, US 3rd on the seventh boss. 4 guilds are now progressing on Stormwall Blockade, with the top 3 having moved on to Jaina.
As Method have gone to sleep a while ago, they leave the day with their best 46.7% try on Jaina, and Pieces Stormwall kill took them 8 hours more than Limit's and 11 hours more than Method's. Obviously no one knows what Limit's status is but as usual there are wild claims going around with various percentages, some as low as sub 10%. The truth is that no matter what the exact % is, it's irrelevant, as a boss fight can go spectacularlyand consistently wrong even around the 3-5% mark, and still be impossible to kill.
Today was a pretty impressive showing by the Asia guilds, Alpha in particular, and now we'll see just how fast the can catch up as they face Stormwall Blockade themselves.
A lot of action as we have a World 3rd on Stormwall Blockade! Pieces stayed up a little longer and got the boss down, joining Limit and Method on 8/9 and heading to Jaina!
Wildcard Gaming join the group on 7/9 and claim the World 6th, US/OC 2nd on the High Tinker!
It seems Alpha got High Tinker Mekkatorque just before Exorsus did, so they claim the World 4th and Asia first, which is damn impressive!
It seems it was just the High Tinker that was the issue for Method, as their Stormwall Blockade was some 3 hours faster than Limits compared to the previous boss, however with the sleep break and entire day between their and Limit's last two kills that number isn't entirely indicative, but it does show that Method are certainly not as far behind as they were on Mekkatorque.
While we don't yet know how far along Limit are, Method's best try so far has been 60.3% and they've also reached phase 2 of the fight.
Exorsus have slain the pesky gnome mechanic, making High Tinker Mekkatorque a thing of the past. They now sit at 7/9, World #4!
The Stormwall Blockade have been breached! Method have gone gone ahead and grabbed the World Second 8/9, and now they can go ahead and kill Jaina!
We have ourselves a new World First, world first Alliance kill that is. Honestly have downed King Rastakhan, putting them up at 6/9 as US/OC #7, but Alliance #1.
The powerhouse of Korean raiding, AFK R keeps going strong, downing King Rastakhan as #4 in Asia.
We have another Rastakhan kill over on the Chinese servers as Skyline catch up with their fellow guilds, and all three Chinese guilds that have downed the king claim spots 13-15 on the World rankings, despite their very late start.
It seems the Chinese guilds have really gone for it, as Jitianhong and Alpha are already on 6/9, having downed King Rastakhan a couple of hours ago, with Skyline behind them on 5/9!
Asia guilds have started progress, but we only have info for AFK R over on the Korea servers, and they're already up to 4/9, only managing to get World 34th on the boss due to their later server start.
After a bit of a dry spell we have a new kill! King Rastakhan falls once more as Vision claim the last spot in the top 10 on this particular boss, as well as the US/OC 4th.
As Method have gone to sleep to be ready for tomorrow's big push, let's take a look at the timings of the kills. Since the race is going somewhat quickly, some people might want to dismiss Limit's kills, but if we take a look at the actual times it took the various guilds to down the bosses, we may get a better picture. Of course there's no telling when which guild took a break, so the individual timings between bosses might not be indicative, so we'll also take a look at the time it took from their very first kill (since the first boss took around 10 minutes for the guilds, it's as good a point as any to start from).
|From 1st From previous||From 1st From previous||From 1st From previous|
|Limit||6H 46Min 2H 34Min||10H 30Min 3H 44Min||28H 33Min 18H 03Min|
|Pieces||7H 42Min 2H 14Min||14H 6H 18Min||/|
|Method||5H 34Min 1H 56Min||14H 23Min 8H 49Min||/|
So, while it's no surprise the latter bosses took more time, it seems Method was going at a very fast pace until they reached High Tinker Mekkatorque where they lost around 2 and a half hours compared to Pieces and a whopping 5 hours compared to Limit. Pieces also took considerably more time than Limit on the tech gnome, so there's definitely something Limit are doing very right on that particular fight. Considering the complexity and specific requirement of these bosses it could just be a matter of the correct classes and specs not being well geared enough and Stormwall will turn out to be different, but these are some interesting stats nonetheless.
We have some more King Rastakhan kills, as Aversion and Future claim the World 8th and 9th, EU 5th and 6th and are now on 6/9, just behind Exorsus who got the kill earlier.
We have a World 2nd and EU first! Pieces have downed Mekkatorque and moved up to 7/9! If Jaina manages to live long enough, it's going to a hell of a race once everyone catches up, not to mention the Asia guilds that will be starting their race soon as well.
We have more EU kills as Memento get the World 6th, Eu 3rd on King Rastakhan and join the 4-strong pack at 6/9.
Here we go with some more videos from previous boss kills, featuring Wildcard Gaming, starting with their King Rastakhan World 2nd:
And then their Conclave of the Chosen World 2nd:
And here's the official killshot!
Stormwall Blockade Mythic World First by Limit
And so we're left with only Jaina alive in the raid as Limit move 2 bosses ahead of everyone else and getting to see the final boss first. And here's their kill announcement tweet:
LET’S GOOOOOOO!!!!— LIMIT (@LimitGuild) January 30, 2019
And here's a little sort-of-killshot as well:
Stormwall Blockade is down! Limit take another World First and are on to the final boss!
We have another video, this time Method's Opulence kill from Sco's PoV!
We've got two new kills on Conclave of the Chosen, with Clique and Future getting to 5/9, getting World #11 and #12 in the process.
Conclave of the Chosen have now been slain 10 times, with TG Gaming being the latest to do so, putting them at 5/9.
Memento have Chosen to kill off the Council, putting them up at 5/9, World 9th, Eu 4th.
Exorsus have finally managed to get past what seems to be their first big wall, killing the Conclave of the Chosen, World #8, EU #3!
TG Gaming have started to catch back up, getting Opulence down as EU 6th, making them the 13th guild in the world to get to 4/9.
We've got ourselves a race on our hands!
Pieces have slain King Rastakhan and now sit at 6/9, World #5, EU #2!
The pride of Finland has come up to the top5 in EU, collecting their gold from Opulence, getting 4/9 EU 5th, World 12th.
We've got a new guild in the top5 EU, with Clique getting EU 4th, World 11th on Opulence.
King Rastakhan is no more, getting killed by Method World 4th, EU first!
Pieces keeps their second place in EU, getting down Conclave of the Chosen EU Second, World #7.
Exorsus have gotten over their fear of the gold pile, killing Opulence EU third, World 10th.
Pieces trying to catch up to Method, having taking down Opulence EU Second, World 9th.
The lead have been extended now to two bosses, with Method taking down Conclave of the Chosen as EU First, World 6th!
Method has gone and collected the pile of gold, named Opulence, putting them at 4/9 and EU First!
Exorsus have caught up with the leading pack, getting the Jadefire Masters down EU Third, and now sit at 3/9.
Pieces have done what Method just did, and seen to it that the Jadefire Masters have taken a permanent nap, meaning they now sit at 3/9, EU Second!
Method have gone ahead and oneshot the Jadefire Masters, putting them at 3/9 as EU First!
We now have three Eu guilds who have found a way to get past the big mean Monkey Grong, with Exorsus getting 2/9 EU 3rd!
Method have gone ahead and slapped down Grong putting them at 2/9, and most likely EU #2.
As always, it's real hard to tell the order of kills this early in a race, so we'll give final rankings for the early bosses later on when things have settled down.
Pieces have joined the race in a real way, getting down Champion and Grong EU First!
It's raid time EU and we already have two kills as Method and Exorsus both got past the Champion of the Light!
Method are about to start streaming and raiding, so it's time to see if EU guilds can catch up to Limit!
We have another kingslayer! Big Dumb Guild have taken down Rastakhan and claimed the World third kill. They join Wildcard Gaming on 6/9 and are on to the only other boss to have been kill in the raid so far, High Tinker Makkatorque.
Midwinter down Conclave of the Chosen World 5th and leapfrog Blood Legion as the two venerable guilds duke it out for a top 5 spot.
We're moving on from Opulence to the Conclave of the Chosen and it's Vision who grab the World 4th on he boss and move on up to 5/9, passing Blood Legion along the way.
More wealth has been distributed as Opulence goes down again, this time to Midwinter, who join the 4/9 club!
More opulence kills and mockery of my little list, as Vision move on to the Conclave of the chosen and grab the 5th kill on the treasure elemental and are now on 4/9.
And here comes the killshot (what a shocking thing to exist these days!) for Limit's World First Mythic High Tinker Mekkatorque, well, defeat:
As if to nullify my little roundup below, Blood Legion went ahead and moved up, downing Opulence World 4th and heading to 4/9, making my entire list utterly pointless. I'm crying now.
Ok, so Limit are well on their way towards the very end of the raid, but what else has been going on?
Well, we have a whole lot of guilds with 1 boss down, as you'd imagine, with Shattered Oath and No Pandas being the last two to join the 40-strong group that have darkened the Champion of the Light.
The 2/9 group is smaller, and we have some relatively familiar names in the last two to have joined it, with Club Camel and Capital Vices having most recently downed both Jadefire Masters and Grong, seeing as they're Alliance and Horde, respectively. The rest of the group consists of Storm, Vigil, Overcoming, Unity, Reload and Limited Liability, with 4 of them being Alliance and 2 Horde.
3/9 finds a larger group of 11 heading to Opulence in search of treasure, with WHATEVER WERE AWESOME, Content, Alacrity, Fused, Emphasis, Consequence, Instant Dollars, Intern Made This Boss, Blood Legion, Vision and Midwinter (3 Alliance, 8 Horde) counting their gold pieces already.
4/9 is smaller still, in fact, it's the smallest group to ever exist, in that it does not exist and is registered at 0 guilds.
5/9 and 6/9 are a lonely place occupied by only Big Dumb Guild and Wildcard Gaming, respectively, each of them fairly significantly removed from the next higher guild in the rankings.
Wildcard Gaming have taken offense at my earlier comment and pushed straight through King Rastakhan to claim the World second on him and head on up just a little closer to Limit on 6/9!
No one else has so far downed King Rastakhan so it's pretty evident Limit are far and away the best guild on the US and OC servers, with Wildcard Gaming and Big Dumb Guild being the next in line over at 5/9.
7/9! Limit down High Tinker Mekkatorque World First! So we now have only two bosses left alive before EU servers even came up, and Limit aren't even done with their raid night yet. It took them about 3 hours and 45 minutes to tinker with the second to last boss in the raid, and now we're left to wonder if the Stormwall Blockade will live up to its name.
Big Dumb Guild are back in the second group as they down Conclave of the Chosen and join Wildcard on 5/9, lagging 1 boss behind Limit.
Here we go with the 6/9! King Rastakhan has fallen at the hands of Limit! It seems this raid is a faster clear than the standard, or Limit are just really going after it and are giving it 110%!
Big Dumb Guild have broken away from the 3/9 pack and moved up one, as they claim the World 3rd on Opulence!
Wildcard Gaming catch up once again as they reach Limit on 5/9 and grab that World 2nd kill on Conclave of the Chosen! They took around an hour longer to get to King Rastakhan than Limit, but if the boss proves to be at least a little tougher than the rest so far, we may actually see some competition for the first/US first kill.
I've tried saying the race has calmed down a little twice now and twice the WF came either minutes after that or before I've even clicked post, so let's just say nothing of the sort.
17 guilds have entered the Battle of Dazar'alor and come away with at least one boss kill, while only one guild has defeated only two bosses, with five getting exactly 3 down and then one guild getting 4 and 5 down. The clearing speed has been pretty fast up until now, with no real roadblocks so far, with the standard in the past being US guilds getting around half the bosses down before the EU join in the fun.
Limit is keeping their lead, proving that the Conclave of the Chosen may not be the best choice after all! 5/9 and we only have 4 bosses left in the raid. Will King Rastakhan make it to tomorrow?
Wildcard Gaming got the pile of gold to fall, downing Opulence World Second!
Here's Limit with the Opulence World First and 4/9! Their first WF of the raid, they move on to Conclave of the Chosen. They took under 2 hours to take the fourth boss down, so let's see how long it takes for the fifth.
Vision have now also cleared the Jadefire Masters roadblock and are on to Opulence! World and US/OC 5th.
It's time for some kill videos, or rather Twitch stream vids for all three World Firsts!
First up we have the Big Dumb Guild World First on Jadefire Masters:
We have the first different order kill of the raid! Consequence have downed Jadefire Masters, which is the second boss for the Alliance side, so they are now on 2/9! Midwinter got the same boss down moment later, but they are now on 3/9, as Jadefire are the third boss for Horde.
Just a small update on the Limit faction transfer, it seems the ilevel 400 quest is no longer available this week for the US Alliance, as enough people turned War Mode on and offset the balance.
The Against Overwhelming Odds quest is only offered to a faction when they have recently been severely outnumbered, with a War Mode bonus of 20% or more. This week, Alliance players have a 15% War Mode bonus in the American region.— WarcraftDevs (@WarcraftDevs) January 29, 2019
Another Grong kill has arrived as Blood Legion move on up to 2/9 and face the Jadefire Masters.
Things seem to have calmed down just a little bit so we can do some more meaty updates. 12 guilds have crossed that first boss threshold and gotten Champions down, with 4 taking that next step with Grond and 3 having downed Jadefire Masters and now progressing on Opulence. Jadefire took the longest to get down, obviously, with it taking 45ish minutes, now let's see just how long the first Alliance story/flashback boss, Opulence can survive.
Vision take the World 4th on Grong and are now on 2/9.
Wildcard Gaming down Jadefire Masters as well, making it three guilds on 3/9.
And Limit join BDG on 3/9!
Big Dumb Guild get the World First on Jadefire Masters and are on 3/9!
Limit join the 2/9 group making it three heading to the third boss.
Big Dumb Guild have caught up and are now at 2/9 as well!
Wildcard Gaming seem to be the first on 2/9!
7 guilds past the first boss now, with the rankings seeming to be:
Big Dumb Guild, Limit, Vision, Consequence, Wildcard Gaming, Intern Made this Boss and Blood Legion.
Midwinter join the 1/9 crowd and are the fourth guild to get the first boss down!
There's three guilds that got Champion down with Big Dumb Guild, Limit and Vision all getting it down around the same time so we'll have to wait a bit to see who exactly came out on top!
Limit are already at 1/9 with Champion of the Light down!
The race starts today over on the NA side of things, with Limit, Big Dumb Guild and Wildcard Gaming getting ready to take down the first handful of bosses. With the insanity over split raids and residuum still raging, we will probably see at least a part of today's time spent on Heroics and possibly even Normals, as gear will most likely play a bigger factor than getting those early Mythic kills down quickly.
Take your guesses as to how many bosses go down on day 1! Could we see King Rastakhan meet his doom already or is that a little too much?
It seems the preparations for Battle for Dazar'alor have been a "little" more intense than usual, with the split raids going "slightly" insane, as Method have done up to 27 split raids in a week!
Hello everyone : ))— Josh (@Atacamitee) January 15, 2019
Method are running NINE (9) Mythic split runs next week. We need many people on EU - H to help us with this. josh#7485 on discord if you want to come. Be 7/8m and have full 385 azerite : )
Also doing EIGHTTEEN (18) heroic runs lmao pls join thanks nice game
A lot of the players have recently voiced their annoyance with the Titan Residuum system which is causing much of the issues, including some from each of the top three guilds:
Ok, probably old splitraids were not THAT bad after all... 😰😰😰— Exorsus (@ExorsusWoW) January 26, 2019
This heroic week has been the worst heroic week known to raiding. Fuck personal loot.— Justwait (@Justw8) January 26, 2019
this is worse than any master loot experience I've ever had. Its like old splits but hair pulling out minor optimazations and then after all that some alt gets a 425 socketed item 🤠— max (@maximumwow) January 27, 2019
The results of said insane farming are also... well, insane, as this tweet from Method's Josh pretty clearly illustrates:
As usual, the amount of dedication of these top players is... ok, I'm going to use the word again, because there's really no better descriptor for it, it's insane and they don't really have a choice about it either. Not doing this level of preparation basically means throwing away any chances at a World First, or perhaps even a top placement in general, and none of the top guilds are willing to give that up. Now, this doesn't mean that Blizzard need to design systems around what the very top raiders do, as it's simply impractical, but it does showcase the potential need for some more direct involvement in the race itself, be it through special tournament-type servers with pre-made characters, or really any level of thought put into the race at all. With both Method and Exorsus streaming the race this time around, and the resounding success and popularity of the Uldir raid race streaming, it seems the race has come to the forefront of WoW esports, so hopefully we'll see some of the (many) issues surrounding progress raiding resolved.
Here comes another first, as Glory of the Dazar'alor Raider has been completed! It wasn't any specific guild, but rather various members of the achievements discord that went ahead and grabbed their Dazar'alor Windreaver after completing the 9 challenges on the raid bosses. Check out Wowhead for more details.
Another update in the Limit situation, it seems they'll be heading back to the Horde side as soon as their transfer cooldown expires, so we won't be seeing that A vs. H showdown this tier (unless some new Alliance guild pops up to the top, that is!) Also, this means they won't be claiming next week's PvP ilvl 400 item reward, but they will be getting the Darkshore Warfront 400 that's up now, so their total is still two high ilvl items.
It seems raid preparations are heading to a whole new level as Limit have apparently faction transferred over to Alliance to get two item level 400 quest rewards before the race starts! Due to the overall faction imbalance, the Alliance got a new reward for the Against Overwhelming Odds quest this week, with item level 400 gear as a reward and the quest will also reset next week. Limit didn't actually pay any real money, according to their GM and raid leader @maximumwow, and it was 51 characters transferred according to some other sources, but you can read up on more theories and discussion over on the reddit thread.
lot of misinformation spreading around. We spent 0 $. Spent around 10-15 mil gold. takes 1-2 8/8M uldir clears(2 hours of work) to pay for this. However the meme is great, so if you see anyone saying we spent $5k def spread that and i'll retweet it3— max (@maximumwow) January 23, 2019
We already know Limit are going all in on this race, taking more time off than usual for progress, so this is definitely going to be one of the closer races than we've had in a long time.
And Wildcard Gaming seem to have finished up Heroic nice and quick, getting Jaina down and crossing the finish like on 9/9!
We also have a guild on 8/9 in Heroic already, as Wildcard Gaming only have Jaina left!
Here we go with some big Mythic progress news as well, as both Method and Exorsus have announced they'll be streaming their Battle of Dazar'alor progress!
It is time: Announcing the Battle Of Dazar'alor Mythic Progress Live Race— Method (@Methodgg) January 22, 2019
🔸Live from #RedBullGamingSphereLondon starting 30 Jan
🔸With support from @redbullesports @msiUSA @CORSAIR @Zippo @discordapp @FanbyteMedia @Vertagear @KensingtonGamer pic.twitter.com/EIuuM3UsWf
We are happy to announce that we will be streaming this raid progression. Voice will be muted (no alien language), tho you may ask your questions to our streamers about anything during breaks (in english too). Spread the word! Check all our streamers here: https://t.co/xvyKwNgdcu pic.twitter.com/5kqYrSD8gl— Exorsus (@ExorsusWoW) January 22, 2019
The Heroic raid is now official live on NA servers and we already have at least 2 kills. As usual updates are very slow, so there's probably even more out there, but for now we have 5 guilds on 2/9, with Perfect, Air, Mercenary Camp, Breakfast Club and Critical Mass.
The Battle of Dazar'alor is upon us and Heroic week opens today! The raid itself has some very specific and new mechanics, with its 9 bosses that are actually 12 (or 10, it all depends on how you look at it). So how does it all work? Well, the first three bosses are different for each faction, although they're different in name only, as all the mechanics are the same. The first boss is just a rename/reskin and then the 2nd and 3rd are just swapped over in their order. Then it's on to 6 story/flashback encounters, where the fights are faction-specific, and the other faction experiences the same fight through the eyes of the other. So it starts of with Alliance encounters where Horde players get race changed and fight Opulence, the Conclave of the Chosen and King Rastakhan, after which it's the Horde encounters where the Alliance become Horde and fight Mekkatoque, Stormwall Blockade and Jaina.
This will actually be a pretty interesting experience, as players have to adjust to the new racials, but in the end it's Jaina everyone will be aiming at and she'll be serving as the endboss for both factions. As usual Heroic week will see the top guilds farm their hearts out with many, many groups over the week, trying to not only get those perfect drops, but also stack up on Titan Residuum as much as possible on key characters.
In terms of actual Heroic first kills, we'll be popping in and out of the coverage right here on this page, but as these go pretty fast (day 1 endboss kills usually), we'll only be doing a couple of updates in total.