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Eternal Palace Race Day 2: 5/8, Method and Limit Exchanging the Lead

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Day 2 of the race was quite a sight to behold, as the race unfolded in a very exciting manner, with the three top guilds all going in very different paths and Method and Limit biting at each other's tails throughout the day. In the end, Lady Ashvane and Orgozoa both fell and we ended up at 5/8, but let's start at the beginning.

Wednesday is EU day in the World First race and the folks on this side of the Atlantic didn't disappoint, as Method and Pieces shot up to 3/8 very quickly and arrived at the first actually difficult boss in the raid: Lady Ashvane. After some exploring of the fight and knowledge of how Limit and Big Dumb Guild went at it, Method and Pieces made very different decisions, with Pieces opting to go for Mythic+ clears to get some more gear and Method thinking they could take Ashvane down with the gear they had, providing they got some good rng. Progress on the azerite Lady took quite a while and Limit came back from their sleep break, continuing their Heroic splits for a little while. So we now had the three top guilds in three completely different states, with two farming different sources and one going at the boss.


(Timestamp 16:32:03 in case it's not working for you)

As you can see from the above, Method were right to believe they could take it as-is, and got the World First and 4/8 just before 8PM CEST.

However, it didn't take Limit that much longer, despite their splits, as they also took Ashvane down two hours later. While Pieces still hasn't taken the fourth boss down, it doesn't mean they're as behind as it seems, as they spent the day gearing up in M+, without having to "spend" their Heroic clears. Now that the strategy to downing Lady Ashvane is clear, they can just swoop in and execute it, while before they went to M+ they didn't seem to have a good grip on what strategy or comp to use for the encounter, which would mean they'd have lost a lot of time figuring it out. They finished the day at 27% on Lady Ashvane.

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And so, on we went to the fifth boss, jellyfish central, aka Orgozoa. Method and Limit progressed on the boss pretty similarly, with the EU guild ending their day at 50% and the US being at 47% at that time. As Limit are on a US raiding schedule (obviously), they had a lot more time to go at the boss after Method went to sleep and kept pushing pretty hard into the night. Meanwhile, the Asia guilds finally got access to the raid, and also very quickly moved to 3/8, with only Skyline actually deciding to progress on Lady Ashvane, while Alpha and Ji Tian Hong went to farm gear. Midwinter also secured a World third, as they were the first guild to down Lady Ashvane after a long gap between the first two kills on the little mermaid villain and the third.

Limit kept on getting closer and closer to the kill, pretty consistently lowering the bosses health through many wipes, and landing on 12% for quite a number of hours and around 4% for a few more. In the end, though, after having switched to a 5-heal composition, around an hour ago they finally broke through and managed to get their third World First of the raid, downing Orgozoa and heading to 5/8! While they usually stop raiding around when they killed the boss, apparently the adrenaline is pushing them on so they are still raiding now and might be for a while more, as they think there's a chance that the Queen's Court might also fall soon, based on PTR testing and the pulls they've done so far. Considering they've already gotten the Court to 45%, they may just be right.


(Timestamp 14:12:10 in case it's not working for you)

And so the day ended up being very hectic, as Method fought back immediately after they got to enter the raid, but Limit returned to the top spot once more at the very end of their day 2. Two more bosses died in the grand scheme of things, leaving only the Queen's Court, Za'qul and the Queen herself alive in the Palace. Let's see how day 3 goes, whether Method can come back and get another World First, what exactly Pieces will be doing and if they can catch up in time, and just what will be happening with the Asia guilds and their two day disadvantage.

We now have 1 guild with 5 bosses down, two with 4, a crazy 216 on 3/8, 83 on 2/8 and only 110 on 1/8!

As always, you can follow the race on Method's site, their event stream or Red Bull's!

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