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Venerable Top Guild Exorsus Retires from the Race to World First

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Some very sad news today, as one of the oldest top raiding guilds will be effectively leaving the Race to World First come 9.1!

Russian No.1 raid team Exorsus has announced that they will be drastically reducing their raiding time in Sanctum of Domination and beyond, going down to 2 raid days and evenings only. This comes after a long and storied history which includes two endboss World Firsts, with Legion's Xavius and Gul'dan, as well as two World second and four World 3rd race finishes starting way back in Mists of Pandaria, with their actual hardcore raiding stretching back even further to Ulduar. They most recently finished in a still very impressive 8th spot in Castle Nathria, but it seems WoW isn't quite offering much to them these days aside from the race itself, so a change was made. Here's their biggest accomplishment in terms of boss kills, the World 1st Gul'dan:

The guild's GM Alveona explained it all in detail in this TwitLonger:

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After a recent discussion held within the guild, we decided to switch to an evening raiding format with two raid days a week. Many may be surprised by such a decision. As an RL and GM of the Exorsus guild for 12 years, this guild has long ceased to be just a raiding place; it has become a part of my lifestyle, and after weighing everything well, I concluded that this is the only way.

We are one of the oldest guilds in the World of Warcraft hardcore scene, and we also have probably the most stable roster. Even during the Castle Nathia progression, 12 out of 20 people who took part in our World First played with the guild for almost five years (for lovers of nostalgia - our beautiful videos from the Legion add-on - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiOEz5YWHO4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5BTdavXUSc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt-MPGPn970). In some cases, we have been together with some raiders for over ten years. During this time, the guild turned into a great community; we often met in real life, many became close friends or colleagues.

However, during this time, many of us have developed many other pursuits, commitments, and hobbies. And World of Warcraft itself, unfortunately, has not shown any attempts to evolve over the past few years, and it becomes challenging to devote time to a game if there is nothing attractive, except for raids. In this regard, such a solution looked optimal for us - this way, we can continue to enjoy the raiding and keep our roster. Of course, some of our players will continue hardcore raiding, and I will gladly recommend them to the best guilds in the world. However, some of the old players who stopped playing with us some time ago due to the inability to dedicate such serious raid time will rejoin us again!

This is why we do not say goodbye. We will continue to play together, stream our progression, and partner with sponsors who have helped us over the past years. See you on the broadcasts of our raiders and members of the Exorsus community!
https://www.twitch.tv/team/exorsus

Alveona, GM & RL of Exorsus

RU Version: https://exorsus.gg/news#Exorsuschanges

You can also check out a more detailed overview of the guild's history over on Raider.IO, but here are some of their more prominent raid triumphs:

World First: Xavius (Emerald Nightmare), Gul'dan (Nighthold)
World 2nd:  Kil'jaeden (Tomb of Sargeras), Argus (Antorus, the Burning Throne)
World 3rd: Lei Shen and Ra-den (Throne of Thunder), Garrosh Hellscream (Siege of Orgrimmar), Archimonde (Hellfire Citadel), G'huun (Uldir)
Top 10 in 8 more raids, including Castle Nathria.


Hopefully this isn't the last we see of Exorsus in the RWF, as there have been guilds that returned after a move like this (most notably Paragon), and we might still see them in the top 20/50 even with their reduced raid times. But even if we don't see them at the top again it's been a great journey for the No.1 Russian guild, who have provided us with many awesome videos and boss kills!

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Whats the addon used in the  Guldan video (https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/28360-world-first-mythic-guldan-kill-by-exorsus/)

Where the raid members are yellow dots, and then turn red...

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i experience kind of an dejavü

hadn't they announced that back in legion after tos or was it in bfa after CoS?

or was that a different guild?

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6 minutes ago, Nayrusa said:

i experience kind of an dejavü

hadn't they announced that back in legion after tos or was it in bfa after CoS?

or was that a different guild?

They did skip the Eternal Palace so you might be remembering that? But they were back right after. It definitely wasn't after ToS cos they got World 2nd in Antorus.

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Ah, but they retire to enter the competition that really matters in WoW 2021: that of 2 day guilds, which we won in Nathria, going to be fun racing alongside them at our own pace for sure 🙂

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17 hours ago, Prayer said:

Whats the addon used in the  Guldan video (https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/28360-world-first-mythic-guldan-kill-by-exorsus/)

Where the raid members are yellow dots, and then turn red...

That was a custom addon / weak aura which was nerfed / removed from the game soon afterwards precisely because of being overpowered iirc 🙂.

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On 5/16/2021 at 11:39 AM, Prayer said:

Whats the addon used in the  Guldan video (https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/28360-world-first-mythic-guldan-kill-by-exorsus/)

Where the raid members are yellow dots, and then turn red...

that WA is why we can nolonger have custom friendly nameplates in any instanced content :(

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