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Eternal Palace Race Day 4: Za'qul (Almost) Going Down
Eternal Palace Race Day 3: The Court Disappoints, Za'qul Does Not
Eternal Palace Race Day 2: 5/8, Method and Limit Exchanging the Lead
Eternal Palace Race Day 1: 3/8 Down, Ashvane Stands + Kill Videos
The Eternal Palace Mythic progress race has begun in the US and OC regions and we already have three bosses down, with 7 guilds on 3/8! Big Dumb Guild and Limit are fighting neck and neck at the very top at the moment and you can watch all the action live!
This post will also be the main hub for our own coverage of the race, consisting of daily summaries, videos and updates on what's going on.
Blizzard has written up a post about the race, covering both the Method and Red Bull streaming events and you can also check out our previous posts on both events here and here.
Race to World First (source)
The race to see who can be the first to defeat Azshara in her Eternal Palace begins this week with the best of the best wading in to the depths of this epic raid to see who can make it across the finish line first and claim the World First!
Live from Redbull’s Gaming Sphere
Pieces and Limit, take to the big stage at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere on July 16 to begin their quest to be the first to defeat Queen Azshara in her Eternal Palace.
All the action will be brought to you by world class broadcast talent, including Rich Campbell, Daniel ‘AutomaticJak’ Anzenberger, Caroline ‘Nagura’ Forer, Jack ‘Jacky’ Peters and more.
Beginning Tuesday, July 16, Limit will start off the race at 8:00 a.m. PDT and will be followed by Pieces at 4:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 17. Where to Watch: Red Bull on Twitch Follow on Twitter: Red Bull Esports, Pieces, Limit Learn more on Redbull.com
Method's Live Stream
Live from Take TV in Germany, gaming guild Method will be hosting 24/7 coverage of the race to world first in The Eternal Palace featuring multiple guilds from all over the world (including Alpha, Ji Tian Hong, Skyline, Aversion, From Scratch, vodkaz and Big Dumb Guild), more players onsite than ever before, your favorite WoW commentator line-up from the community, and much more!
Stream begins at 6 a.m. with a pre-show event on Tuesday, July 16. Where to Watch: Live on Method's Twitch Channel Follow on Twitter: Method Learn more on Method.gg
Whose team has what it takes to take it all the way to Queen Azshara and defeat her within her seat of power? Only time will tell.
The race has begun and this is where you can check out links to all our daily summaries.
Another big day in the race as a couple of guilds caught up to the very top, and plenty caught up on the earlier bosses, but the headline is Za'qul (very, very barely) lives! We've had some major progress on the penultimate boss of the raid, with Limit getting so close to the kill they could taste it.
The day started pretty standard for a Friday, with very slow going on progress for Za'qul and Method slowly learning the fight and what strats and comps to use, not really getting too far ahead of the previous day (36%) in regards to actual boss hp. Meanwhile we had a lot of guilds with a lot of catching up to do, with only Method and Limit having gotten past Orgozoa and Queen's Court.
This time Pieces did come through on their reputation and were the first non Method/Limit guild to break through that 5/8 barrier and downed Orgozoa World 3rd, EU 2nd. The next kill on the jellyfish was both expected and unexpected, as Aversion once again followed Pieces with only an hour and a half delay and grabbed the 4th kill, very impressively. That 5/8 very suddenly went from 0 to 3 guilds, as Ji Tian Hong grabbed that Asia 1st and World 5th, showing the power of the Asia server guilds once they caught up to their massive 2 day disadvantage.
We then had an interesting development in Limit's Za'qul progress, not necessarily in terms of how far along they got, as they were only 1.2% better than the previous day's best, but their GM and raid leader Max benched himself. Max continued raid leading from the bench, watching the new tank Darkee's PoV and calling all the shots, coach-style, basically becoming the 21st raider. Check out the video of this best try at the time with the very interesting dynamic of Max's raid leading:
Pieces were the next to make waves as they took 6 hours on Queen's Court to down her, finally joining Method and Limit on 6/8 and grabbing that World 3rd, EU 2nd on another boss. We then had a visit from best name ever contenders FatSharkYes as they moved to 5/8 and got the Orgozoa World 6th and EU 4th, followed by AFK R on 8/Asia 2nd and Club Camel on 9/US/OC 2nd!
Around 2:30 AM CEST it was looking like Limit had gotten both their strat and composition down and were comfortable with the execution part as well, as they moved the boss down a pretty big chunk from their previous best try, landing on 20%. The next 3.5 or so hours were filled with constant progression and lower boss hp, from 12% to 8, etc, with it all culminating in a 1.3% pull at 6AM:
This try was amazingly close and you can see the frustration on Max's face, but this made Limit determined to get the kill before they went to sleep, which they usually do around 8-9AM CEST. The next 2 hours went by with several sub-10% tries, with a 6% one being the closest, at least until the next HUGE disappointment. At 7:50AM Limit managed ti beat their previous best, which you'd think would mean they killed it, but no, they got the boss down to 0.9% before wiping.! They also reached around 170 pulls compared to Method's 106 and compared to Limit's Lady Ashvane at around 80. Unfortunately, all their post 0.9% effort was for naught as they didn't manage to get that kill by 9AM when they finally decided it wasn't worth pushing any further and went to sleep. Method will start raiding soon and pushing onward from the 27% best that they stopped at before bed. Whether Limit's new tries will give an advantage to Method in the form of using the same comp and strategy remains to be seen, as it all depends on which classes and specs are properly geared and whether a guild can even execute the other's strats properly depending on that. And just before we finish, let's take a look at the last few minutes of that heartbreaking 0.9%/2 Million HP try:
Limit are actually still going at it, so if you're interested definitely visit Max's stream and get into the crazyness live! In case they do get before they go sleep, we'll make a new post, as Za'qul deserves it (not to mention our first peek at Mythic Azshara)!
All in all, it was an incredibly exciting day (or, more specifically, night) as progress on Za'qul was truly great, with it going down very quickly at first, then a little slower towards the 30% mark, and finally being stuck in the 20-30% range as many, many strategies were tried out, only to finally become very killable once Limit found their winning strat. Whether Method can push forward while Limit sleep, as Limit did when Method slept remains to be seen, or more specifically, can they actually go that 1 very small step further and actually get the kill. The race is really heating up and the top two guilds are incredibly close to both each other and the kill, with Queen Azshara awaiting them beyond the 7/8 barrier.
Method progress page Red Bull event stream Method stream event
The hotfixes have finally started shrinking significantly, as we get a relatively small batch today. The previously announced Purification protocol change arrives, with two more essence changes to go with it, we get a big buff to timewarped badge rewards for missions and a whole lot of quest changes.
July 19 (source)
Followers and Missions
Missions that reward Timewarped Badges now reward 50 Timewarped Badges (was 15). Items
Heart of Azeroth Purification Protocol ’s (Essence) Rank 2 Major Power’s effect no longer causes an annihilated enemy to trigger Bolstering, Bursting, or Sanguine affix effects when it dies. The Well of Existence (Essence) now becomes stealthed when its wielder enters stealth (e.g. Druids’ Prowl or Rogues’ Shroud of Concealment). Vision of Perfection (Essence) no longer grants Guardian Druids with its Minor Power’s Rank 2 healing effect at Rank 1. Quests
Fixed an issue that prevented some players from receiving a Call to Arms Distinction after completing the weekly “Call to Arms” quests. The amount of Construction Project materials needed for “Cogfrenzy's Construction Frenzy ” has been reduced. Additionally, purchasing access to the Charging Station from Flux now fills 50% of the quest completion bar. Increased the damage of Lord Hydraxis and decreased the health and damage of Zan’jir Scaleguards in “The Lords of Water ”. The length of the time to complete the quest has been adjusted. Fixed a bug where Deepwater Maw sometimes didn’t spawn when using the Hundred-Fathom Lure during “Let's Fish! ”. Clockwork Giants can now be scanned by multiple players in “The Other Place ”. Previous hotfixes.
Blizzard just announced an upcoming hotfix for Purification Protocol's major effect at rank 2. Purifying Blast will no longer cause instantly killed enemies to trigger Bolstering, Bursting, or Sanguine affix effects when they die.
Update: The hotfix is now live.
We’re working on a hotfix for how this Essence works in some affix situations:
Purifying Blast (Purification Protocol’s rank 2 major effect) will no longer cause an annihilated enemy to trigger Bolstering, Bursting, or Sanguine affix effects when it dies. It’s a unique effect, where Purifying Blast (Purification Protocol Rank 2) sometimes causes an enemy to be “Annihilated” – instantly killed. We think that’s cool and fun, however, it can be frustrating in Mythic Keystone dungeons when you sometimes need to very carefully plan for the Sanguine, Bolstering, or Bursting affixes when killing enemies.
We’ll let you know soon after the change has been made live.
While only one more boss died today in the race, it was still a very exciting day, as we found both the easiest and hardest of the second batch of bosses in the raid. And while the Queen's Court disappointed with it's drop in difficulty from previous bosses, Za'qul has so far lived up to his penultimate boss status and has defended Queen Azshara successfully.
We left things off with Limit in the lead yesterday, having taken down Orgozoa World First while Method slept and had already taken the 6th boss, Queen's Court, down to 45% after only a small amount of tries. Limit pushed through quite a bit longer than usual yesterday, finishing up the day with the Court at 25%, around an hour before Method returned - indicating that maybe this wouldn't be that hard a boss.
We wouldn't find out exactly how hard the Court was for a while yet, as Method still had to push through the giant jellyfish to catch up to Limit, and after getting it down to 5% some 2 and a half hours after their raid start, it ended up taking them another two before it died and Method moved back to even with Limit on 5/8. With the second front-runner having moved on to the next boss, it was time to look back to Lady Ashvane, where we saw a very new and an old face, both from the OC side of things, as Ethical and Honestly claimed the World 4th and 5th, US/OC 3rd and 4th. At this point, only Method had gotten past the Lady gatekeeper of the EU guilds, and we didn't see an Asian 4/8 for a while either.
As all this Ashvane action was happening, Method were quickly and consistently chipping away at the 6th boss, and only 2 hours and 45 minutes after their Orgozoa kill, we had another World First on our hands! The Queen's Court turned out to be a massive disappointment and a big step down in terms of difficulty, as it was the shortest lived boss since the first three, taking only 16 wipes, compared to Ashvane's 37 and Orgozoa's 55 for Method. And while the boss progress was over far too quickly, it at least gave us a very exciting and hectic finish on the kill:
Despite the lowering of difficulty standards on the 6th boss, the Eternal Palace had been a very good race so far, with the top guilds switching off the top spot several times, making it very exciting for us following it and a welcome change of pace from the usual US domination on the early days followed by a strong EU finish.
As for Za'qul, the very first pull Method did on him didn't bode too well for his living long, as Method got him to 58% immediately. After only an hour of pulls the boss was already down to 40%, and on the surface it was looking to be another Queen's Court situation. However, the Harbinger of Ny'alotha not only proved resilient, but also had some very interesting mechanics to offer, as Method took the opportunity to use a creative strategy that helped them push a little further on the boss. In one of the phases the entire raid becomes hostile to each other, making it impossible for the healers to do their job, so self sustain became paramount - however, in a really smart move, Method simply decided to take a few more mages along and have them polymorph their now enemies, heal them up that way, and then break the poly so they wouldn't loose too much time! In the end, that very low 39.9% try from an hour after boss pulls started was also the best try of the entire day! (Small note: the below video starts lagging at the end.)
(Timestamp is at 00:18:12, in case it's not working for you.)
Limit quickly took down Queen's Court to catch back up to 6/8 when they woke up, and continued with Za'qul attempts for another 7-8 hours after Method went to sleep, but they didn't get that much further on him, with their best try ending up some 4% lower than Method, at 36%.
Meanwhile, back in non-penultimate boss territory, it was actually Exorsus that pushed through that 4/8 barrier and managed to get the Lady Ashvane EU 2nd, World 6th, as Pieces caught up under an hour after them. We ended the day with 15 guilds on 4/8 and progressing on Orgozoa, with Ji Tian Hong claiming the Asia first on the lady in 9th spot overall, and Aversion and Practice the EU 4th and 5th.
And so Za'qul has so far proven to be a worthy penultimate boss, as he's been holding steady around 35-40% for almost a full day of progress. But can Azshara's final gatekeeper hold on a bit longer or are we going to see just what the Queen is made of on day 4? Tune in to either Method or Red Bull's streams, or check in on Method's raid progress page during the day to find out.