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Heroic Raid Week Returns With Nerub'ar Palace in War Within Season 1!

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We got some big news for raiders and the Race to World First viewers during the recent War Within Alpha developer group interview, as Method's Cayna asked about the dreaded Heroic week and whether it would return in the upcoming expansion.

The developers made it clear that Heroic week was indeed returning, so Mythic difficulty would only be unlocked a week after the Nerub'ar Palace raid itself releases! Heroic week has been a hot topic ever since its removal at the start of Dragonflight. After three raids without it, both the top raiders competing for the World First as well as pretty much all Race to World First viewers were very much hoping to see it return.

The problem with going straight to Mythic in the first week of the raid, in relation to the RWF specifically, is that the first few days are exclusively spent in Heroic, as the top guilds farm up the new gear and tier sets. This leaves the viewers with not that much to see, aside from dozens upon dozens of split Heroic and Normal raid groups looking for that perfect gear setup. It's also not a picnic for the raiders themselves, as they have to compress a previously full-week's worth of split farming into as few days as possible, as they want to get into Mythic ASAP and start the race proper.

So it's a lose-lose situation for everyone involved in the RWF, except for perhaps a few of the slightly lower ranked guilds who don't do as many splits, and then head into Mythic sooner and manage to grab a few World Firsts. But even they hit a gear-requirement wall pretty fast. Aside from that, even when we had Heroic week, there were still lower ranked guilds grabbing World Firsts, as the top guilds still do a little bit of Heroic farming on Mythic week as well, so it really is almost all downside (in relation to the RWF). As for non-RWF guilds, they don't really seem to mind either way, as they have their own tempo of heading into Mythic, and it's not really affected either way. 

Luckily this won't be an issue in the War Within, at least not in the first raid, as that's the only one Blizzard have confirmed will be getting Heroic week back. 

 

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