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Mythic

The Eternal Palace

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Guild Ranking
  • #1 Method
    EU
    8/8
  • #2 Limit
    US/OC
    8/8
  • #3 Alpha
    ASIA
    8/8
  • #4 AFK R
    ASIA
    8/8
  • #5 Ji Tian Hong
    ASIA
    8/8
  • #6 Pieces
    EU
    8/8
  • #7 FatSharkYes
    EU
    8/8
  • #8 Chāo jiè
    ASIA
    8/8
  • #9 Skyline
    ASIA
    8/8
  • #10 Aversion
    EU
    8/8
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UPDATE - 10th August, 2019, 1:57 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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There's now only one spot remaining in the top 20, as Practice takes World #18, and the Chinese guild Jiānjué dǐzhì hēishǒu liánméng taking World #19 and Alliance World First!

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UPDATE - 8th August, 2019, 10:23 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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The top 20 is close to being filled out, with 6 more kills having come. The World 12-16 are all Chinese guilds, and please excuse me if some of these are slightly off, as google translate had to be used to find their names; ShadowCream, Dǐng xīn, Lù biān hǎoxiàng yǒu gè liánméng zhēn de yé zhuāng zuò méi kànjiàn, Hēi jiā jí, KeaHoarl and ScrubBusters at World #17.

And just in case you're wondering what that super long Chinese guild is translated to: there seems to be an alliance on the roadside,really, I didn’t see it.

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UPDATE - 5th August, 2019, 1:27 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Queen Azshara has now fallen 11 times, with Unwealthy Homeless Men claiming the World #11, EU #5 spot.

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UPDATE - 30th July, 2019, 4:16 am (GMT) By Starym
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Today's progress update sees Alpha at 15%, Pieces at 16.6% and JTH at 20!

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UPDATE - 29th July, 2019, 1:08 am (GMT) By Starym
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And the wipe count finished up at 527 for Queen Azshara for Limit.

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UPDATE - 29th July, 2019, 1:01 am (GMT) By Starym
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And here's the World 2nd kill from Limit GM Max's perspective:

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 10:37 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Another low pull from limit at 6.2%!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 8:37 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Limit have returned and are going for that World 2nd right now!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 5:38 pm (GMT) By Starym
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To step away from Method stuff, after Limit's 12.9% we actually have AFK R pretty close in third at the moment, sitting at 26% with 3 adds down, followed by Pieces at 30% and JTH at 46%. It'll be interesting to see if we also get our World 2nd today, and whether it will indeed be Limit as expected or if someone can pull an upset.

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 5:34 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Here's a nice little congrats graphic by Method's own gfx artist Stephano:

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 5:23 pm (GMT) By Starym
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The post raid show is going on now, with the raiders going over anything and everything progress:

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 5:05 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And here comes Deepshades with the customary wipe count for the entire raid:

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 4:58 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And here comes Justwait, feeling the need to explain why Method weren't doing so great in early Azshara progress, after just having won yet another race! What a guy!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 4:49 pm (GMT) By Starym
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The race isn't completely over yet and we definitely want to find out how the top 3, top 5 and top 10 turn out, but I just wanted to say that this was almost certainly the most exciting race in my personal history of covering World First competitions, both in terms of excitement and competition. Huge congrats to Method from me and to Limit as well, who put up one hell of a fight, and, let's be fair, to Blizzard as well for making really good raid with very few bugs and pretty solid tuning!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 1:25 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Method are finally in the Azshara room again and it's time to start pulling!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 12:42 pm (GMT) By Starym
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The Method guys are up and seem pretty ready for another and possibly last day of progress, and they also have an announcement about what time it is:

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 9:54 am (GMT) By Starym
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Also, Method seem very confident about the kill today, especially as RogerBrown has to leave tomorrow:

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 9:50 am (GMT) By Starym
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It seems Limit didn't quite stick to their "not leaving til it dies", as they've called it a day and went to sleep. They'll probably sleep a bit less and return on their normal raid start, but that still leaves Method with half a day of progress.

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 7:13 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit are still going strong, with another good pull, technically the best so far, but only by 0.1%.

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 6:55 am (GMT) By Starym
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Some more big news, it seems that Limit will be staying up until she's dead! Or at the very least 5-6 hours more.

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 6:12 am (GMT) By Starym
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Let's take a bit of a step back from Azshara for a minute to take a look at the rest of the rankings!

We have four newcomers to the 7/8 club since we last checked in, with Impact, then a guild giving FatSharkYes a run for their weird name money, Unwealthy Homeless Men, followed by Future and Practice, pushing the total amount with only the Queen to go at 17.
6/8 sees 20 guilds progressing in Za'qul, with the Coulcilpeople at 5/8 coming in with 26 guilds, followed by 133 guilds with Ashvane down, and then we move to the really big numbers: 1168 at 3/8, 261 at 2/8 and 340 with only one boss down!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 4:50 am (GMT) By Starym
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Also, here's some more good news for Method, via r/wow:

Our hamster predicts the winners of the race to world first!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 4:32 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit keep on pushing as we see a 13% wipe!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 3:25 am (GMT) By Starym
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It seems Method have called it a night, staying at that 5.1% best, with Limit starting to catch up, already down to 19.1%! The US guild still have some 3-4 hours left in their regular raid day, and since Method extended theirs we might see Limit also extend theirs, so a kill is still possible before the next day starts!

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UPDATE - 28th July, 2019, 12:24 am (GMT) By Starym
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That was pull 328, with an amazing performance, really making the kill possible today, and it's also dispelled all "under 10%" theories out there.

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UPDATE - 27th July, 2019, 8:19 pm (GMT) By Starym
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What an incredible turn of events, as this morning Method seemed way behind and even their composition was looking somewhat bad, but they've turned it around and have now moved in to a very solid 14% lead, as Limit have yet to beat their best pull from yesterday, at 28.9%! It seems pretty certain that Method won't be leaving today without a kill or a very clear sign that sub 15% pulls won't come along for other guilds.

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UPDATE - 27th July, 2019, 5:07 pm (GMT) By Starym
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While we're not sure on JTH's progress exactly, we do know AFK R, Alpha and Pieces have been doing some solid progress as well, sitting at 43, 47 and 48%, respectively.

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UPDATE - 27th July, 2019, 3:32 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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With the lack of movement on Queen Azshara, let us look at the latest Za'qul kill instead. 
Impact is the latest guild to get him down, meaning we now have a French guild that's 7/8 as well!

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UPDATE - 27th July, 2019, 5:52 am (GMT) By Starym
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While the hotfix definitely pushed the fight forward, it wasn't quite the huge just some may have assumed. We did get around 20% of a bump from pre-hotfix progress, but after a full night of wipes Limit remain on their 28.9% best from a couple of hours ago, so there's quite a bit more to go before we head into possible kill territory. Limit are still raiding and might extend their raid times, although if they don't they're only going to stick around for another 10 minutes or so, leaving Method to finally get their pure raid day with all the hotfixes in place.

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UPDATE - 27th July, 2019, 2:22 am (GMT) By Starym
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Another best by Limit at 31.8%.

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UPDATE - 27th July, 2019, 12:37 am (GMT) By Starym
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As Method went off to bed Limit keep pushing, getting the boss down to 35.7%.

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UPDATE - 27th July, 2019, 12:09 am (GMT) By Starym
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Here comes another Limit lowest try, clocking in at 37.9%, with Method's best sitting at 49.4%.

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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 10:58 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Here come even more fixes/nerfs to the fight:

Queen Azshara
  • Increased the time to complete Phase 3 to 180 seconds (was 120 seconds) on Mythic difficulty.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the first Overzealous Hulk to spawn with more health than intended in all difficulties.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Titan Console extra action button to not appear during Phase 4 on all difficulties.
  • Titanic Machinations now alter the power of Ancient Wards and Wards of Power at a rate of 16 per second (was 21 per second) on Mythic difficulty.
  • Queen Azshara's minions Berserk at the beginning of Phase 4 of the encounter on Mythic difficulty. Phase 3 now ends automatically after 3 minutes (was 2 minutes).
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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 10:00 pm (GMT) By Starym
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It seems the hotfix has had quite an effect, as expected, and the guilds have now warmed up and we're probably be going to see quite a few lower % tries! The big question now is how long Method are going to be staying up, as their regular raid end is about an hour away, while Limit have the whole night ahead of them!

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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 8:44 pm (GMT) By Starym
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In the meantime, we've had three more guild clear Za'qul and join in on the Azshara fun, with Exorsus, PMA and ScubBusters claiming that 7/8, making it 13 guilds progressing on the final boss.

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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 6:01 am (GMT) By Starym
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And here's their previous try with 3 adds down:

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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 5:28 am (GMT) By Starym
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Here's Limit's (very short) stint into Phase 4!

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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 4:18 am (GMT) By Starym
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Meanwhile, we've also had a whole lot of Queen's Court kills, with Vision, vodka, Strawberry Puppy Kisses and Big Dumb Guild coming up to 6/8, making it 21 guilds at that particular spot.

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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 4:10 am (GMT) By Starym
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Edit: It seems the 3 adds down version is the correct one.
Some conflicting info, as Limit have either managed to get past the 3 adds dead threshold, with Queen Azshara on 56% at the time of wipe, or are still on 2/3 with 58.5%! They're also around pull 350 at the moment.

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UPDATE - 26th July, 2019, 12:48 am (GMT) By Starym
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While it's not exactly comparable directly, but if we were to just take a look at the add and % situation at the moment, it's actually Method who had the best try out of all the guilds, with their 2 adds down, 59.2% try, sooo very close to Limit's 2 down 60%. Before we see all three down with the raid mostly alive, however, it really isn't that important and considering how close it all is, especially with the slight nerfs from today, we're just going to focus on the wait on 3 dead adds!

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UPDATE - 25th July, 2019, 10:50 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Here comes some hotfixes for Azshara!

Queen Azshara

  • Cyranus should no longer throw his Charged Spear if he is defeated just before throwing it.
  • Changed the magic school of Charged Spear from Arcane to Nature for all difficulties.
  • Reduced the duration of Arcane Vulnerability to 5 seconds (was 7 seconds) on Mythic difficulty.
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UPDATE - 25th July, 2019, 6:29 pm (GMT) By Starym
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As we've seen over the last day, what constitutes a best pull has changed after Limit's sub-50% pull, as the focus now is on downing all 3 big adds before transitioning her under 50. And so at the moment we have Limit that managed to down 2 adds with Azshara around 60%, which is their best so far, and we also have their GM saying he's pleased about their progress yesterday:

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UPDATE - 25th July, 2019, 4:34 am (GMT) By Starym
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The Asia reset has finally come so after a re-clear we'll finally have all three regions on par in terms of gear!

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 10:16 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We have some movement in the Percentage Palace wars, as AFK R move into third place, just ahead of Method:

Limit: 49.8%
JTH: 51%
AFK R: 58%
Method: 59.9%
Pieces: 61%
Alpha: 88%
Aversion: 92%
FatSharkYes: 93.6%

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 10:12 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Limit's GM isn't too happy with the typo of difficulty on Azshara it seems:

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 6:38 pm (GMT) By Starym
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JTH keep on pushing, disregarding they only have one reset's worth of gear and have gotten Azshara down to 51%, very close to Limit's best week 2 pull of 49.8%.

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 5:42 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We also had some hotfixes yesterday that made a few aspects of the Za'qul and Azshara fights easier, although it's hard to say how often these actually happened for the top raiders:

Azshara’s Eternal Palace

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 2:54 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Method have finished their reclear of 7/8 Mythic, having some issues with having a few wipes on Lady Ashvane and The Queens Court, but managed to oneshot Za'qul, and they're now back to Queen Azshara!

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 11:27 am (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Two new guilds have killed Za'qul, with the Chinese once again showing just how strong they are. Skyline and ChaoJie have claimed World #9 and #10, and Asia #4 and #5 respectively.

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 6:15 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit managed to push the boss down to a new low, with their 49.8% try on pull 219! They also pushed into the enraged add phase, which is very big info, as that phase was expected to start at 40%. Here's the try in question, if the VoD survives, with comms:

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 4:34 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit have made it back to Azshara and are back to progressing on her, with their second pull already getting her down to 53%, only 1% more than their best try from last week! We also have JTH at 58%, Pieces at 64% and Alpha at 88%.

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UPDATE - 24th July, 2019, 12:13 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit have gone for some Heroic splits after they hit 6/8, presumably so their Za'qul re-clear goes more smoothly.

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UPDATE - 23rd July, 2019, 11:45 pm (GMT) By Starym
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JTH have surpassed Method's best try, as they now have a 58% under their belts!

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UPDATE - 23rd July, 2019, 8:02 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Meanwhile, on the US side of things, Limit made it to 5/8 and will be heading to the Court soon!

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UPDATE - 23rd July, 2019, 6:39 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Limit are still re-clearing, taking a bit more time on Lady Ashvane as they're not going with the perfect comp but rather focusing on getting gear to the optimal players/classes for Azshara, so they've been wiping a little while - some 10+ pulls with even a 1.8% one.

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UPDATE - 23rd July, 2019, 5:56 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Let's take a look at Method's current best pull, at 60.4%, on pull 110 and some 8% behind Limit, and, interestingly, JTH is also 8% behind Method:


23:23:17

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UPDATE - 23rd July, 2019, 4:25 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Week 2 have now officially started, with the US reset having just rolled out. Limit have looted their weekly chests, and are once again back into The Eternal Palace for their reclear!

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 8:19 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We also got a whole lot more 6/8s as Hope n Despair, Future and PMA down Queen's Court!

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 8:12 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Method have gotten the Queen down to 66%, with Limit still at their 52% best, and it seems the VoDs are back, but we're still missing those from yesterday. This actually makes me really interested in whether Limit specifically asked Red Bull and their members to remove the VoDs because they came upon some very specific strategy or maybe even a glitch or similar, although I may just be seeing way too much into this and it's just a VERY weird twitch glitch. In any case they're continuing their tries today and both their streams and VoDs for today are functioning normally - I guess we'll see if they remove them again at the end of the day.

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 1:05 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Honestly have downed The Queens Court, getting US/OC 3rd.

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 8:28 am (GMT) By Starym
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It seems that either Twitch is having some very specific problems with Limit VoDs, or the guild has decided to remove all recent ones so others can't check up on their recent attempts, as even Supreme's VoD of today's pulls have disappeared.

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 6:07 am (GMT) By Starym
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We have two more arrivals at 6/8, with Chao Jie and Skyline taking the Asia 4th and 5th spots on Queen's Court and growing the Za'club to 13!

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 5:50 am (GMT) By Starym
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Here's something a little different, as race fan Alex Heath has taken some time out to do a very impressive drawing of the Queen and her patron! Also he seems to be a Method fan, as you can see from the reddit thread.

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 5:34 am (GMT) By Starym
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There seems to be some issues with recent VoDs on Twitch so the recent Limit videos aren't available. Hopefully it'll be sorted out soon.

In any case, here's Supreme's Warlock PoV for the 52% pull:


Timestamp for mobile 13:27:38

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 5:25 am (GMT) By Starym
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Also, in case you missed it, the wonderful people watching Method's event stream have managed to double the donation goal for the Save the Children charity, and raised over $41,000!

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 5:15 am (GMT) By Starym
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With still a pretty solid lul in the action, we do have another best try that Limit have just now had, getting another 4% further on the boss, ending at 52.6%:

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 4:25 am (GMT) By Starym
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We have our US/Oc 2nd kill on Queen's Court as Club Camel cement their No.1 spot in the region and head to 6/8 and Za'qul!

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UPDATE - 22nd July, 2019, 2:40 am (GMT) By Starym
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As nothing much seems to be happening at the moment, let's take a look at Limit's best pull so far, at 56.1%:


Timestamp for mobile: 10:31:40

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 11:56 pm (GMT) By Starym
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The Azshara % so far: Limit 58%, Method 87%.

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 10:37 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We have two more 6/8ers as Halcyon and ScubBusters slot in at 11 and 12, with the EU 7th and 8th kills on Queen's Court!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 9:18 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And here's Method's kill:


Timestamp for mobile: 1:48:05

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 9:10 pm (GMT) By Starym
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The wipe count on Za'qul sits at 166 for Method, with Limit taking 185 to down the tentacled one. Keep in mind pull counts aren't the best at determining exact time spent on the boss, but it's still fun to look at stats anyway.

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 9:03 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Now that Za'qul has finally been defeated in the EU we get to see two perspectives on Queen Azshara, and we get to see Method's plans, strats and comps for the fight!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 8:38 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Alpha are the nest to head to Za'qul and 6/8, as they down Queen's Court Asia 3rd, World 10th!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 6:03 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Well, just as we posted the 2.3% Method went and got a lower try, at 1.52%!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 5:44 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And here's that crazy 2.3% Method wipe from earlier, with the video starting later in the pull:


Timestamp: 25:08:17

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 3:43 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Practice have denounced their royal guidance, killing off The Queens Court World 9th!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 2:57 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Ethical is the next in line to get a serving of sushi, as they've slain Orgozoa US/OC 4th.

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 12:52 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Method keeps getting closer and closer, just having had a 2.13% wipe!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 12:16 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Squidboy has been chopped up by another guild, with Honestly putting the Orgozoa to rest, claming US/OC 3rd in the process.

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 11:20 am (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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The crowd at Za'qul keeps growing, as Exorsus have gone ahead and downed The Queens Court, World 8th, EU 5th.

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 10:24 am (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Day 5 of the EU raiding has begun, with both Method and Pieces back in The Eternal Palace, bashing their heads against Za'qul.

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 8:19 am (GMT) By Starym
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Skyline take the Asia third on Orgozoa and move on to the Court!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 3:52 am (GMT) By Starym
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The pull count is getting up there already on Azshara, mainly due to the pulls themselves being comparatively short, but Limit are already at 54 pulls, and have gotten the boss down to 77.4%!

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 1:10 am (GMT) By Starym
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Going back a bit, I seem to have missed Method's WF Queen's Court video release, in which we get to see the multi-pov aspect of the fight. We've also updated the kill video list with Limit's Orgozoa and Za'qul kills, but they're from Max's stream and are muted due to the music.

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UPDATE - 21st July, 2019, 1:03 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit keep going on Queen Azshara and they've just had the best try around 86%, with all 20 alive for phase 2 and the arrival of her majesty herself:

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 11:03 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Method will be done with their splits soon and may go for a few Za'qul pulls before heading off to bed it seems, so it's pretty unlikely we see a World 2nd from them today. Pieces managed to get 0.5% closer to that Za'kill at 36% and FatSharkYes, the 0.2% boys, are already at 40% on the Harbinger of Ny'alotha!

We also had another Orgozoa kill, with Halcyon as EU 7th.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 10:20 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Back to Za'qul progress for a second, Method still haven't gone back to Mythic and are still on their 27% try from yesterday, while Pieces stand at 36.5%, JTH are on 35.8%, and Aversion on 38.6! It seems the 35-40% mark is very specific as they're all bunched up around there, and who knows, we may actually see a non-Method World 2nd!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 10:18 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We have another 5/8 member joining us, as Future take the Eu7th, World 11th!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 7:16 pm (GMT) By Starym
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FatSharkYes finally overcame their 0.2% trauma, and they've downed Queen's Court, moving up to 6/8! Congrats!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 7:16 pm (GMT) By Starym
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The very first Queen Azshara try has happened, and there was an almost immediate wipe to the new Mythic wall/laser mechanic.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 7:02 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Another round of congratulations to Limit after so many frustrating low % tries. Meanwhile, Method are still doing Heroic splits.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 6:37 pm (GMT) By Starym
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In a bit of a (very) late update, Alpha managed to push through Lady Ashvane and get the Asia 5th there along time ago, and they're now progressing on Orgozoa.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 6:27 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Since we've been talking about low % wipes, while Limit's definitely takes the cake on overall impact, FatSharkYes actually had the second worst possible wipe ever, as they wiped at 0.2% on Queen's Court!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 6:25 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Let's not forget, as exciting as it's getting at the moment, these guilds are entirely focused on Azshara and nothing else. While Za'qul is in the way at the moment, getting the proper rest and having raiders comfortable and raid ready is much more important than even the 7/8 World First. The big picture is really all that matters so spending 8 hours doing splits or resting a little longer is currently insignificant as no one is progressing on Azshara, which is when the real "time wasted" issue begins, as learning strats, comps and execution on the final boss is when every minute counts.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 6:00 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Pieces and even Aversion are also now pretty much caught up with Method, as their best tries are at 36.5 and 38.6%, however we know Pieces farmed a whole lot of Mythic+ back before Lady Ashvane so their gear situation could be solidly better than Method and Aversion's, at least before Method's splits.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 5:52 pm (GMT) By Starym
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While we did get a whole lot of non-Za'qul progress happening in the past 8 or so hours, it seems my own sleep break didn't make me miss anything huge, as Limit just returned from their rest yet and Method have been farming gear all his time, with Heroic splits finally on the menu! Since Limit are back a kill could be coming very soon!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 5:50 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We have our Asia third back on 5/8 and Orgozoa, as Chao Jie head on up towards JTH and AFK R!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 2:34 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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We now have another nationality in the top 10, with Sweden joining up, in the form of Practice, as they down Orgozoa World #10.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 12:08 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Exorsus have claimed Orgozoa World #9, EU #5.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 7:42 am (GMT) By Starym
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That seems to be it for Limit's raid day as they've decided to go to bed after their 170th pull! Method will be coming back soon-ish and we'll see how fast they can push the boss down from their previous 27% best try.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 5:49 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit have managed to do some 50 more pulls then Method at the moment.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 5:23 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit are being pretty consistent with their tries, with 10-15% wipes, and if they follow their usual trend of raiding, they have another 1.5-2 hours of raiding ahead of them.

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 4:15 am (GMT) By Starym
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Club Camel joined the jellyfish slayer club on 5/8, claiming the US/OC 2nd/World 8th! Club Camel were also the No.1 US/OC guild back in Crucible, so it's good to see that wasn't just a 1-off thing. Congrats!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 3:53 am (GMT) By Starym
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We have another Orgozoa kill! AFK R claim the Asia 2nd, World 7th!

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UPDATE - 20th July, 2019, 1:04 am (GMT) By Starym
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It seems FatSharkYes have also downed Orgozoa, taking he World 6th, EU 4th!

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UPDATE - 19th July, 2019, 5:13 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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World 4th Gorgonzola have been claimed by the Germans in Aversion! 

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UPDATE - 19th July, 2019, 4:49 am (GMT) By Starym
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We have 3 more Lady Ashvane kills over on the US side of things with Club Camel, vodka and Big Dumb Guild heading to 4/8 and on to the big jellyfish!

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UPDATE - 19th July, 2019, 3:21 am (GMT) By Starym
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The US/OC 5th has arrived as Instant Dollars take down Lady Ashvane World 11th!

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UPDATE - 19th July, 2019, 1:47 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit have moved ahead of Method a little, as they're 4% closer to the kill at 36!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 11:28 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We have the final spot in the Lady Ashvane and 4/8 top 10 filled, as Practice take the EU 5th!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 11:26 pm (GMT) By Starym
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It seems Za'qul isn't quite the pushover the Court was, as Method are still at their previous 39.9% best try, while Limit have gotten to 51.7%! With only two bosses left, let's hope this penultimate one survives a bit longer so we're not doomed to watch the same Azshara pulls for weeks!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 7:40 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Here comes the next Lady Ashvane kill and it's Aversion taking the EU 4th, World 8th!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 6:38 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Let's take a look at Za'qul and Method's best, 39.9% try, with a strat they're using that some seem to think will get hotifxed, but it's really interesting and showcases thinking outside the box. Namely when the delirium phase starts and all players are hostile to each other, Method are using mages to polymorph other players to heal them up (since healer's can't do their job due to being hostile to everyone else) and then breaking the poly with a low damage spell! Let's take a look and the lag at the end is on the video side, so don't go hitting your router (not that I have, honest):

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 6:17 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Here's the updated wipe count for Method, with Queen's Court being the clear standout:

Commander Sivara: 0
Blackwater Behemoth: 0
Radiance of Azshara: 0
Lady Ashvane: 37
Orgozoa: 55
The Queen's Court: 16

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 5:57 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Method are chugging along on Za'qul, with the best try so far at 39.9%, after only an hour of pulls.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 5:50 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Exorsus are the sixth guild to get past Lady Ashvane and are on 4/8, grabbing the EU 2nd before Pieces!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 4:47 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And here's Method's wipe count, by request by my favorite (and only) commenter :D

Commander Sivara: 0
Blackwater Behemoth: 0
Radiance of Azshara: 0
Lady Ashvane: 37
Orgozoa: 55
The Queen's Court: 16

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 4:31 pm (GMT) By Starym
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It's really great seeing this level of competition and this amount of back and forth between two top guilds, it's been a while since our progress image has had some many alternating guild logos on it, so I have to say Eternal Palace is definitely my favorite race of BfA so far. The Queen's Court may be quit a bit undertuned, but considering Ashvane and Orgozoa were just right we can let that one slide, as long as Za'qul doesn't usher in Ny'alotha too quickly.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 3:21 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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The Asian region have come up, and a bunch of guilds have caught up, and gotten 3/8 and now sit on Lady Ashvane. As always it's hard to know exactly what guilds from the Asian region are doing well, but at least Alpha and Skyline have reached her.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 3:09 pm (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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The NA region keeps going strong, with yet another guild from the region getting Lady Ashvane down. Honestly claim the World 5th, US/OC 4th kill, putting them up to 4/8.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 11:45 am (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Method are getting closer and closer to getting their kill, with their latest try being a 4.8% wipe.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 9:41 am (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Limits best pull this far on The Queen's Court.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 7:43 am (GMT) By Starym
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The Court has gone down another large chunk of health, as Limit are around 25% with their best try and they are heading to sleep.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 6:56 am (GMT) By Starym
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It seems the Queen's Court isn't quite on the level of Ashvane and Orgozoa, as Limit is already down to 45% after only an hour of progress on the boss. It may get more difficult on lower percentages, but so far, we may be on to the final two bosses sooner than anticipated.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 3:25 am (GMT) By Starym
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Meanwhile, we have a huge amount of guilds progressing on Lady Ashvane, with an insane 184 sitting on 3/8.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 3:21 am (GMT) By Starym
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It seems Limit is intent on getting to that 5/8 today, as they put in another best try at 12%, so we may actually see another World First today!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 2:58 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit are going at it hard and have gotten Orgozoa down to 25%! Here's their very recent lowest % try:

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 2:13 am (GMT) By Starym
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Asia guilds have been busy progressing through the Palace and the top have reached Lady Ashvane, with Skyline going Method's way and pushing on the boss while Alpha and JTH moved away from her to farm up some gear first.

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 2:04 am (GMT) By Starym
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Limit has been pushing a little bit more on Orgozoa before their recent food break and managed to get the boss sub-40%, just barely, with their best try so far at 39.1%!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 12:52 am (GMT) By Starym
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And so the day has ended around 50% Orgozoa, with limit actually getting under the half way mark at 47%. Method's pull count landed on 32 - it took 37 pulls to down Lady Ashvane, so it's safe to say the difficulty is still ramping up in the Eternal Palace, from an already pretty impressive fourth boss. Considering how disappointing previous raids have been (Crucible notwithstanding) it's really great to see an actual progression curve this time around, and even if bosses 6 or 7 don't live up to previous ones difficulty, the raid has already been impressive enough, and we can only imagine what Azshara will be like. So, for now, a big GJ to the encounter devs!

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 12:48 am (GMT) By Starym
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And a little message from Method GM Sco about their crazy first day:

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 12:46 am (GMT) By Starym
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We also have Method's best Orgozoa try, at 50.5% right here:

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UPDATE - 18th July, 2019, 12:35 am (GMT) By Starym
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Well, it's been very calm after Limit's kill, so let's take a look at where we stand in the overall rankings.

We have 75 guilds that have broken that 1/8 barrier and taken down Abyssal Commander Sivara only, 48 with an additional kill on either Radiance or Behemoth (with the big fish seeming to be the favorite), a whopping 141 having gotten all three down and progressing on Lady Ashvane, with only Method and Limit having been able to push to that 4/8.

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 9:11 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And here's Limit's Ashvane kill:

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 7:05 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And this is what it looked like in the room for the kill - not exactly Kil'jaeden leves of nerdscreams but pretty impressive for a 4/8 boss!

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 6:54 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Not to take credit for the kill, but both myself and Warriorsari were eating at the time, so you're welcome Method.

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 5:45 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Method has pushed to 21.7% as their best try very recently and here's the clip:

Do you think they can make it without additional gear or are they wasting a bit of time?

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 5:34 pm (GMT) By Starym
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So, day 2 has progressed and we're seeing the different approaches to Lady Ashvane already, as Pieces welt the Limit route and have been farming Mythic+ to get some gear, as they felt M+ was a better gear to time spent ratio for them, Limit has returned and immediately resumed their Heroic splits, while Method are still going at the boss, with Cayna saying that they feel they can get the kill with their current gear with some lucky RNG.

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 10:09 am (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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We have ourselves three more guilds at 3/8 from the EU, with Practice, Exorsus and Method gotten up to Ashvane as well.

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 9:18 am (GMT) By Warriorsarri
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Pieces has now joined the front of the pack, banishing Blackwater Behemoth to the depths, putting them up at 3/8!

Exorsus has also kept their #2 spot in EU, getting Radiance down.

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 6:26 am (GMT) By Starym
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Just to get a general idea of progress on Lady Ashvane, Limit have her to 27% with the shield at 20%, and they've been doing splits for a long time now. The EU guilds will be entering the raid in an hour and a half so we'll see if they will have more luck with the fourth boss, as Pieces and Method clash today.

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 4:17 am (GMT) By Starym
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As the US raid times have marched on we're getting a whole lot more kills, as 28 guilds now stand on 3/8. The top has gone for some splits as Lady Ashvane has proved her worth to Azshara by stopping any and all from moving past her, and it's looking likely that the fourth boss of the Eternal Palace will make it through the first day alive!

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 12:55 am (GMT) By Starym
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We now also have 14 guilds that have downed at least 1 boss, 13 with at least 2 and, 10 guilds with 3 down!

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UPDATE - 17th July, 2019, 12:26 am (GMT) By Starym
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We've had quite a few newcomers to the 3/8 club, with Fused, Club Camel and Instant Dollars getting both Radiance and Behemoth down.

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 8:58 pm (GMT) By Starym
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While things are quiet, let's take a moment to compare current boss progress to previous ones. While Crucible isn't really going to be useful here, Dazar'alor will, and that was one of the faster raids to make it to the final boss.

The first three bosses were pretty much the same, and Big Dumb Guild even got to the 3/8 first in Dazar'alor as well, some 20 minutes slower than Radiance went down. The interesting part lies at the fourth boss, which died 2 hours after the third in Dazar'alor. This time around it's already been 4 hours since the third boss kill by both BDG and Limit, so we can say Ashvane is at least twice as hard as Opulence was. Now it could just be a matter of that one specific boss being difficult with the next few less so, but Eternal Palace has already proven to be at least a bit more difficult than Battle of Dazar'alor. With Uu'nat's difficulty back in Crucible, it all seems very promising for this race, as we should get to see a really good one where all guilds will have a chance at that World First on Azshara, regardless of reset times - well, at least hopefully, as the earlier extra gear on resets will still give an advantage to US and then EU guilds, but we'll discuss that when we get to it.

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 8:08 pm (GMT) By Starym
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The race has calmed a little as Ashvane seems to be a bit of an obstacle and a large step up in difficulty from the first three bosses, which bodes well for the rest of the raid.

We also got some hotfixes today, with these raid changes, including changes to the Azshara encounter:

Azshara’s Eternal Palace

  • Orgozoa
    • Orgozoa now transitions to phase two at 40% health (was 3.5 minutes).
      • Developers’ note: This change is meant to be neutral with regard to difficulty of the encounter, and aims to ensure that as player damage output continues to increase in the coming weeks, the overall pacing of the encounter doesn’t become skewed.
  • Radiance of Azshara
    • Fixed a bug causing Radiance of Azshara's Stormwraith Gale Buffet to increase its damage by 10% per stack, rather than the intended 25% on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
  • Za’Qul, Harbinger of Ny’alotha
  • Queen Azshara
    • Players with the Beckoned debuff can no longer be afflicted with Charged Spear.
    • Players broken out of Devotion should not be prevented from using their abilities.
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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 6:29 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We have a new entry to the dead bosses crew, as Fused take down Sivara and have officially started putting the hurt on Azshara and her forces. 1/8!

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 5:57 pm (GMT) By Starym
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It seems Ursula Lady Ashvane is at least a little bit tougher than the previous three, as it's been almost an hour since Big Dumb Guild started progress on her, with Limit being some 10 minutes behind.

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 5:29 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Another 3/8 as Blood Legion downs Radiance and joins the top group, now 5 strong.

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 5:23 pm (GMT) By Starym
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A bit of a changeup as it seems Nerd Crew actually got Radiance of Azshara down World 3rd, bumping everyone else down one. They're on 2/8 with Sivara and Radiance down.

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 5:19 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Radiance is going down fast as Midwinter and Vision have taken it down and moved on to 3/8!

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 5:13 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Intern Made this Boss also climb to 2/8 but go the Raiance of Azshara route taking the World 3rd on the boss.

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 5:08 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Limit have caught up as they also down Blackwater Behemoth, taking the World th and moving on to 3/8

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 4:54 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Now that we have a few seconds to breathe between updates, while it may seem the first three bosses went down rather fast, we only really need that final 3 to be difficult, at least to the point where some of them to survive the first few days. In Battle of Dazar'alor it was very disappointing to see Jaina be the only one left standing so early on, and especially with the streaming aspect of it, it removed a huge portion of variety for the race (there's only so many days you can watch the same fight over and over).

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 4:52 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Blood Legion also go the Blackwater Behemoth route and join BDG and Vision on Sivara + Behemoth, while Limit's 2/8 stands at Sivara + Radiance.

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 4:49 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Vision joins the 2/8 club as they down Blackwater Behemoth World 2nd!

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 4:24 pm (GMT) By Starym
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Vision, Midwinter and Blood Legion join in the fun and get Sivara down as well - 1/8 and we have 5 guilds past the first obstacle!

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 4:05 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And you can also check out these other US guilds as well. If you have any additional streamer links for the other top US guilds (or additional ones for the ones we linked below), do tell us and we'll add it here.

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Instant Dollars

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 3:51 pm (GMT) By Starym
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And here are some more US PoVs you can check out, starting with our Race to World First partner guilds:

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Big Dumb Guild

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UPDATE - 16th July, 2019, 3:49 pm (GMT) By Starym
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It's almost time for the US guilds to head into the Palace, and Method's Race to World First show has already started with interviews and more: https://twitch.tv/method

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UPDATE - 10th July, 2019, 4:27 am (GMT) By Starym
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We seem to have 31 guilds at 7/8 Heroic but no Azshara kills so far. Recent hotfixes announced that her transition into the final phase was fixed, but that was probably done quite a while ago, so it's unclear if guilds are actually having trouble downing her or if it's just the usual issue of kills not getting registered.

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UPDATE - 9th July, 2019, 9:04 pm (GMT) By Starym
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We have 7 bosses down already on Heroic difficulty (or well, probably more, but the updates are always slow), and we know that Blackwater are progression on Azshara, with Limit, Dark paradise and The Early Shift on 6/8. This info is courtesy of WarcraftLogs, since they're currently the only ones tracking Heroic progress!