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Amirdrassil Race to World First, Day 1: EU/NA Combo First, Splits and Heroic

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Day 1 of the RWF aka NA day is behind us! It was a strange one, as the only endboss World First was taken by a EU guild, but other than that it was pretty standard - which means SPLITS!

The advent of same-day Mythic may have been good for the game, but it sure wasn't for the Race to World First. What was once an exciting time with guilds heading in to face the hardest bosses is now, by default, a string of 2-4 days of Normal and Heroic splits, with even the Heroic endboss not seeing any action for at least a day.

We started with the NA Echo guild, Project Albatross, as they headed in and just cleared Normal all the way through, grabbing the very first Fyrakk kill and then going to bed. Later on we found out that they did in fact plan to experiment with the boss a little more, but somehow got locked out and decided to just leave and try to get some extra sleep.

Liquid weren't far behind either, as they were doing some real splits already, as they got to keep the gear they get, unlike Echo who were going back to their EU characters when the reset came. The rest of the day was painfully slow. Liquid did not get out of Normal until only recently, and we saw a few guilds head to 8/9 Heroic, with 0 Fyrakk kills. Instant Dollars got the first Heroic kill on the penultimate boss, Tindral Sageswift, so let's take a look at that:

You'll notice I haven't talked about Mythic at all yet. Well, that's no coincidence, as there were literally two pulls in Mythic at all the entire day. The Early Shift poked at Gnarlroot, with a 13 second wipe followed by a 2 minute pull that ended at 77% on the first boss of Amirdrassil. It seems the item level difference between Seasons 2 and 3 is really keeping most of the guilds out, and those that could already take the bosses on are instead focusing on splits.

Echo got in bright and early at 5 AM CET and headed right into Normals, with Method following suit, although without any streaming action. Liquid also finally headed to Heroic splits in the EU morning, and are still going at it on Tindral.

We did get an actual short look at Fyrakk Heroic at the end of the day, with Chinese guild 清水 aka Nicewater, playing on NA servers, taking on the final boss.

They got the boss down to under 70% and the dragon transformation shortly after that clip. They are streaming over on Douyu, so it's tricky to embed clips.

And, as always, you can follow the race over on Raider.IO with live update posts, clips and more.


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4 hours ago, Borgoff33 said:

gone are the days when you couldn't 90-100% a raid in a day 

That’s not a bad thing though? I’m looking forward to watching RWF, meanwhile it’s going to take my guild a week to clear normal - maybe two weeks or more, and many weeks to finally get fyrakk heroic down. So if they designed the raid so the RWF guilds would have to take weeks to do it on the lowest difficulty, I wouldn’t have been able to raid at all because it would be too hard.

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