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We have a new record for a Naxxramas clear in Classic, and it's a solid 3.5 minutes faster than the previous one, with a completely insane and game-changing approach!
We've seen the 50 minute barrier get broken during last month's Raid Masters tournament, but now we have a regular clear (well, an extraordinary clear really) by Progress who have gotten the run down to 45 minutes and 18 seconds! And to top it all off there's the insane 24 SECOND Sapphiron kill to go with it (usually Sapph takes about 2 minutes for other speed runs):
By carrying the Thaddius Polarity Shift buff (which can give up to 190% increased damage) with them to Sapph (by waiting with the Thaddius kill until he cast a fresh Polarity Shift), they managed to get some insane amount of DPS. They also had to use Light of Elune to keep everyone alive, as they all had to stack in top of the tank, so he'd get the damage buff and have a chance at keeping aggro. But that's not all, as 38 players had to use Flask of Petrification (which gives damage immunity) to remove the Thaddius buff without dying and preserving their World Buffs.
And here's the result in the DPS department:
You can check the full logs here.
And here's the full run as well, and the logs for it:
Huge congratulations to Progress on this truly amazing and innovative strategy, and it's really great to see that there's always new and crazy things we can expect, even from a literally 16+ year old piece of content!
Here comes another potential change for Classic, this one affecting only Chinese servers as the WoW Token has made an appearance!
MrGM spotted the addition with the new Burning Crusade Classic build, as the token showed up on the Auction House with the "China Only" parenthesis:
The WoW Token was added to the game back in Warlords of Draenor, and while it has allowed many to extend their game time by simply playing the game itself, it is also very widely used by bots to extend their play time, as they have access to large amounts of gold.
While this is only the beta and only the China region, where playing habits are different, players have been very concerned with the addition of the character level boost and group finder additions, with many predicting the token is next in line to be added.
It does seem unlikely that Blizzard would add the token to Classic in the West (at least for now), it's interesting to see it show up on this side of the servers with a clear "China only" marker, making it at least look like Blizzard is testing the waters to see player reactions to its addition.
A new build went live on the Burning Crusade Beta, and here's what's new.
Gear Vendors Removed
Blizzard has removed Flaskataurs (vendors) that offered free gear for testing.
New Premade Realm
Blizzard added a new realm called Badge of Justice, where players can create premade Level 70 characters, likely for the upcoming raid testing. For now, the realm remains offline.
Two items have been changed on the Beta. Drakefist Hammer and Annihilator are now Main Hand only. Previously, the items could be used in both hands.
Ge'ras in Shattrath no longer sells Primal Nether for Badges of Justice, the currency obtained from Heroic Dungeons.
Gold Boys PUG from Pyrewood Village (EU) defeated Onyxia in just 45 seconds in WoW Classic, setting a new speed record for the boss.
The guild killed the boss 22 seconds before Genesis, who are currently in 2nd place.
You can find logs for the encounter here. Here's also a VoD of their kill. Congratulations to the run!
We have more additions to the BCC beta today, but these will only stick around for a few days, as the Ogri’la and Sha’tari Skyguard quests and daily quests won't stay long!
April 9 (source)
The Ogri’la and Sha’tari Skyguard quests and daily quests are now available for testing in the Burning Crusade Beta.
We currently plan to disable them again on Monday, April 12.
Please let us know if you encounter any bugs in the Beta by using the in-game bug report tool. (default hotkey: F6)