Nighthold Mythic WF Race Day 5: Catch-up

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Day 5 was much less eventful, as we saw only one additional Star Augur aka 8/10 kill, and a lot of guilds caught up to the 7/10 group.


Day 5, for once, followed the usual trend of longer races and remained fairly uneventful, at least in the big picture. What did come as a surprise is that only Exorsus caught up to Serenity at 8/10, with Method, From Scratch and others being unable to down Star Augur, putting themselves a full day and a half behind Serenity, and now possibly a day behind Exorsus as well.

The rest of Saturday was just a LOT of guilds piling up on 7/10, clearing whichever of Botanist or Tichondrius they were missing and slamming into that Star Augur brick wall. A full 20 guilds now stand in the second group of the race, looking up at Serenity and Exorsus. And while it's still the guys that got to Augur first that are expected to also down him first, it's becoming more and more of a fee-for-all as to who gets to join the top group and see the Grand Magistrix.

Openness, Fusion, FatSharkYes, NollTvåTre, Impact, Nova and Embody joined the seven bosses down crew, and there are four more applicants waiting on 6/10: Honestly, Alacrity, Sidestep and possibly the loudest guild in the race, WHATEVER WERE AWESOME.

The final two bosses of a raid always defined them, with the very last boss obviously being the ultimate benchmark (with some notable recent exceptions, aka Xavius), so Elisande staying alive today was pretty good news and hopefully a good indicator of the final difficulty Nighthold will end up with. Blizzard have done a pretty good job at escalating difficulty so far, with Spellblade Aluriel being the first bump (to the point that Blizzard made her skippable), then the four after her being on a relatively same level, and then Star Augur really ramping it up as we neared the end. If Elisande manages to at least double Etraeus' lifespan that would be a very good ramp up and a very well executed balance curve for both the very top raiders, with Augur and beyond being for them; the middle tier raiders, with Aluriel onward; and for the casual (as casual as you can be while raiding Mythic, anyway) raiders, with the first three bosses assigned to them.

In the end it's only Gul'dan that matters, of course, but with his special and unknown Mythic-only phase, he might go either way, as hidden phases in the past  have been very hit or miss, due to the lack of testing on PTR.

Sunday and day 6 is upon us now, so let's hope for more 8/10s! The more competition the merrier the progress.

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