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The AQ shenaningans continue, as Chinese servers have gotten to the final stage of the gate opening, aka the 10 Hour War where players can still get the title and mount after the first ring, but things didn't quite go as planned. It seems the gates immediately opened after the initial ring on multiple servers and the raids were made available, but they weren't quite working properly.
As documented by TryTrinity, the top guilds immediately ran in and managed to down Skeram and get Battleguard Sartura down to half HP before they were disconnected from the server, presumably to retain the 10 hour buffer. Now. it' still unclear whether this was an issue on Blizzard's side or if the guilds somehow glitched in and were later blocked out of all instances, as suggested by a reddit post.
The raid itself was also very buggy, presumably because it wasn't intended to be opened so soon, with mobs glitching out in walls, boss mechanics being skippable etc. The whole experience was streamed on Chinese streaming service Doyu, and twitch user Drust re-boradcast it so we can take a look here (via WoWhead?
And so we already kind of have a World First in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, and the rest of the raid will surely fall when the 10 Hour War expires and Chinese guilds can go back in the regular way. Meanwhile, US servers have to wait until at least 21:00 PDT Tuesday, and EU until 8:00 AM CEST on Wednesday to enter the raid.
We now know the first 9 realms that will be opening the Ahn'Qiraj gates, officially confirmed by Blizzard! In Tuesday's raid reset, occurring at 11 AM PDT (some 16-ish hours from now) we'll be seeing US 5 realms ready to go to in that gong and begin the "10 Hour War", where other players can still get the title and mount after the initial ring, with 4 EU ones following suit later.
This means the very first raid opening will occur at 21 PM PDT on Tuesday August 4th, with the 5 US realms getting both raids unlocked! around that time, with the 4 EU ones getting it done on their weekly reset, at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, August 5th.
Gate Openings (source)
Since the Ahn’Qiraj content went live with the last weekly reset, we’ve been closely following the progress made by players on every realm. In particular, we’re looking forward to the ringing of the gong on the five realms in this region that have completed their War Effort and will see supplies delivered to Silithus by 11:00 a.m. PDT tomorrow for the US:
Sulfuras Skeram Incendius Netherwind Earthfury And when the weekly raid reset comes for the EU:
Golemagg Firemaw Mograine Earthshaker
They are listed above in the order that they completed turn-ins, which began the 120-hour-long process of transporting supplies.
We expect that players will begin ringing the gong on those realms soon after the weekly reset tomorrow, and that will begin the 10 Hour War, during which additional players who meet the requirements to do so may also ring the gong. At the end of the 10 Hour War, the 20- and 40-person raids will open on those realms.
We also expect that Silithus is going to be a packed house on those realms, and players who are below level 60 will be the first to be ported out. We’ll be looking for streamers who are participating on each of them, so please feel free to reply here if you spot a good stream for everyone to watch.
Good luck to everyone who’s trying to be the first to Bang A Gong!
All the preparations and drama over Scarab Lord on the big servers have come and gone (with plenty other servers still having to deal with it), and the gates of Ahn'Qiraj will be opening very soon, bringing with them not only various Scarab Lords, but also the two raids! To celebrate, we thought it would be nice to take a look at the best trailer for this epic WoW patch, made by none other than Hurricane and featuring a great timeline for the events, from the fall of Nefarian and MC, to the gates themselves and an awesome look at the raid bosses, with the Twin Emperors getting a particularly cool intro.
It's time for some AQ 20 and 40 hype!
We have a weird one today, as Blizzard have both admitted to making a mistake when they were clarifying the issue of procs related to warrior's Hamstring and Nightfall , and while correcting their previous statement still classified the issue in the not a bug column! Read on for the nitty gritty details, but basically Nightfall is flagged to obey the GCD,
Thanks everyone for the additional reports and commentary about this over the past few days. I don’t want to go too into the weeds about this, but in an effort to be transparent and accurate, I did want to call out an error that we made in our previous post about this: This statement is, simply put, incorrect. This ended up being a bit of a red herring during our investigation that at the time we believed explained some inconsistencies in our test results. After further review however, we discovered this was not correct and felt it was important to let all of you know that we had this wrong.
The “good” news is, the actual results from the comparison between original WoW and Classic was the same, and that the actual answer for why these items are bound by the GCD was far more mundane; some proc effects simply have a data flag set to obey GCDs, and the items listed in the original thread about this all have that data flag set in the 1.12 data. We still don’t consider this to be a bug as the fact that this was set in the original data even more strongly suggests that these effects were intended to behave this way from the start.
Again, sincere apologies for the bad info. While we feel its important that some sense of mystery remains in the game for players to discover and decipher, we at least want to present whatever information we do share to be correct and not contribute further to the misinformation that is common in discussions around game mechanics. We are still human and are not immune from making mistakes of our own, unfortunately.
Thanks for calling this (and us) out though, we really appreciate the dedication you all continue to show!