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Here come the Crucible of the Storms tuning for both bosses, with the Cabal actually getting a buff, instead of the expected nerf. Uu'nat has been made more melee-friendly and received some nerfs to Mythic adds and Unstable Resonance.
April 25 (source)
Dungeons and Raids
Crucible of Storms The Restless Cabal The damage from Power Overwhelming has increased to 1000% (was 300%). Zaxasj the Speaker will now prioritize attacking players over pets. Uu’nat, Harbinger of the Void Oblivion Tear targeting now prioritizes ranged players. Hunger for the End no longer heals the caster upon reaching a stack count of 10 or more in Mythic difficulty. Unstable Resonance now checks for negative collisions after a very short delay instead of immediately upon being applied on Mythic difficulty. Previous hotfixes.
Crucible of Storms Race Day 2: Limit Takes a Break, 3 Kills
- Limit stop raiding for this instance, 3 guilds down the first boss and we take a look at Limit's kill video.
Pieces Take the World First on Restless Cabal
- Someone other than Method and Limit took down a really hard boss! Check out their setup and more.
Crucible of Storms M Race Day 1: Cabal Lives!
- Limit get the bosses down below 10%, use a whole lot of Shadow Priests and we have their best try video as well. ______________________________________________________________________
The Crucible of Storms Mythic race started today with NA guilds having started their day around 4 hours ago. There were some authentification server issues, but they were resolved within an hour and the first boss, the Restless Cabal, has survived so far. We have Limit at 43 attempts with their best at 39%/46% on the two bosses, so at least the first boss isn't quite as much of a pushover as the others in the larger raids.
While Crucible only has two bosses, the race is really only about the final boss, as we saw in Battle of Dazar'alor, where all 8 pre-Jaina bosses were defeated in two days but she still made it to the very end of the first week. Blizzard have stated that the tuning on Uu'nat is supposed to be on the same level as Jaina, but it's slightly unclear if they meant today's Jaina, after all the nerfs and with the huge item level bump from a fully cleared and farmed Dazar'alor or if they meant the difficulty of Jaina while the top guilds were progressing on her back in February.
In any case, Crucible of storms might just be a really quick two-day affair with Limit cleaning up before EU guilds get a real crack at the win, but it could also be as much of a race as Uldir and Dazar'alor were, or even more so. For comparison, Trial of Valor took three days with its three bosses, and Helya was a pretty decent endboss, although it still wouldn't be considered a "proper" race due to the length.
In other race-related news, Method's Cayna recently talked about the guild's preparations for the race and how they differed from Uldir and BoD, as well as whether there will be much of a competition at all and what he thinks of the raid overall. As always, head on over to Method's raid progress coverage for live updates.
Will Crucible be a quick couple of days clear, or is Uu'nat going to be a real challenge after all?
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You need a level 120 Tauren character and be Exalted with Thunder Bluff to start the quest chain.
The Tauren Heritage Armor Set includes 8 items:
Ancestral Chieftain's Armor Ancestral Chieftain's Grasps Ancestral Chieftain's Greatbelt Ancestral Chieftain's Headdress Ancestral Chieftain's Hoofbands Ancestral Chieftain's Loincloth Ancestral Chieftain's Mantle Ancestral Chieftain's Wristbands The giant totem is part of the chest armor, similar to the Highmountain Tauren Heritage Set. The bulky eagle shoulders look really great, what do you think?
Today was very eventful after yesterday's lack of action, as we got three kills and a whole lot of progress on Restless Cabal, as well as our first look at Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void. We've already talked about the impressive Pieces World First earlier, and we've had two more kills since then, with Limit finally getting the boss down and an old familiar face popping back up to the top, as vodkaz took home the World 3rd on the first encounter of Crucible of Storms.
Unfortunately for the race, today was also probably Limit's last in this particular race, as they'd previously announced they'd only be raiding for 2 days. They'll be resuming raiding on Monday, but they'll be too far behind by then and the race might even be over then. The upcoming MDI cup on Friday will be making 7 of their raiders unavailable and it's hard for the rest to get enough vacation days to compete full time, so they decided to just go full out for these 2 days.
But returning to their World 2nd, US/OC 1st 1/2 kill, it took them 202 pulls and around 24 hours of total play on the Cabal to get it done, and after some setup tweaking with 1 less Priest they finally did:
And here's their full raid composition:
Around two hours after Limit, we had another kill as vodkaz joined the leaderboard, after a long time away from the top-end race.
And finally, we have a whole lot of Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void footage from Limit, who progressed on him for quite a while. Here's their first pulls on the boss and figuring out of strategies, but feel free to click through for (relatively) longer pulls later on.
And so Pieces end today with a huge lead, as their closest competitor has stopped raiding, although vodkaz wasn't that far behind Limit. The big questions for today are whether Method will be taking Cabal down and if they'll even get the 4th kill, as Aversion (EU) was the closest guild yesterday with their 0.3%/9% wipe. Presumably Uu'nat will be even more of a challenge than Cabal, so there shouldn't be any big news there. Your best bet for some final boss action this afternoon will be vokaz streams, specifically davidq42's.
And as always, head on over to Method's live progress coverage for the latest updates, clips etc. Method also did a daily recap show featuring @FinalBossTV @RichWCampbell @PreachGaming @Nobbel87 and surprise guests, but the stream went out around midnight CET so they didn't catch Limit or vodkaz's kills:
Well, it seems Crucible of Storms may yet be one for the books! We have our first World First of the raid, and it's a very special one. Pieces have managed to grab the kill on the Restless Cabal and clear 50% of the raid, ahead of both Limit and Method. This is a pretty big deal as we haven't had a new contender for the World First title in quite a while, especially not from the EU. And while guilds such as Wildcard Gaming and Big Dumb Guild have gotten plenty of WFs in the past, it was only on early bosses with the NA advantage. So for a EU guild to break through and take the boss down, while Limit sit at 9%/7% with their headstart, and Method at 14% and 22%, is incredibly impressive.
Here's their raid composition, with "only" 8 Priests - 5 Shadow and 3 Disc.
While the roles and specs aren't all processed yet, they're easy to figure out from the Azerite Powers.
We don't have any kill clips or killshots, unfortunately, or nerdscreams most importantly (although they wouldn't be that crazy considering it was a one-day kill). In any case, huge congratulations to Pieces, and welcome to the No.1 spot of WoW raiding, for now at least. Now let's see if they can get Uu'nat before the two top dogs as well! Meanwhile, you can check out both Limit and Method's progress live, as they're streaming right now.