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Paragon Sneak Peek: Ragnaros, the Firelord
Paragon just released a Sneak Peek of the Patch 4.2 Ragnaros Raid Encounter! It looks like today will be a very eventful day in the world of WoW!




Message from Paragon
As many of you have been suspecting, we have been playing on Blizzard’s private Test Realm (pTR) for quite some time now doing specialized raid encounter testing. We have had the chance to test all of the 7 encounters in the Firelands raid instance coming in patch 4.2, and wanted to give a small sneak peek of the upcoming content.

Since most of the abilities from the Ragnaros 2.0 encounter seem to have been datamined already, we thought we’d start from that, and release a complete strategy guide for the 25-man heroic mode of the encounter based on our pTR experience.

Between the intensive testing sessions we asked Lazei to write down a few words about the boss:


Lazeil:
"First I have to thank Blizzard for this amazing opportunity; we were given an unique chance to directly make an impact on WoW raid development. We love the game and we of course want to help Blizzard to make the game as good as possible. The first raid tier of Cataclysm wasn't exactly as polished and perfect as we have come to expect from Blizzard, and I guess the developers themselves probably weren't quite happy with how some of the bosses ended up dying. They contacted us, as we had already established ourselves as experts on raid stacking, clever use of game mechanics, and non-stop raiding for days on end, which made us the perfect quality assurance team for fine-tuning heroic mode encounters.

The pTR provided us with almost unlimited raid setup potential. We tried out pretty much everything, as is the Paragon raid mentality. Let's just say that the encounter initially wasn't balanced around having 20 paladins in the raid… Many changes were made, and we're happy to say that the encounter in its current state has near perfect class/spec balance. Even shamans are somewhat useful, despite the pretty much complete revamp they did with the class

As for the fight itself, what an amazing encounter. It's requires a brutal combination of LK25H-like teamplay and pre-change Al'Akir 25H P1 individual player skill. All the other Cataclysm bosses, which were all pretty damn hard to begin with, are easily blown away by Ragnaros 2.0. On top of that, we were told that in the live version there will be a surpise they didn't want to show us yet.

Unfortunately our NDA disallows making available unreleased in-game art, so we cannot share videos or screenshots from our testing. The strategy itself is fair game though, and we wanted to release it beforehand so we wouldn’t have an unfair advantage in the upcoming race. I hope you have as much fun theorycrafting the fight as we did!"
This article was originally published in forum thread: Paragon Sneak Peek: Ragnaros, the Firelord started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Moophisto's Avatar
    It's not premature. MMO-champion and Paragon are both based in Europe. In Europe, its April 1st already.
  1. fangless's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Just look at the classes on the diagram to realise its a april fools...come on anyone that actually doesnt dismiss this 20000% on sight needs their heads checking.

    Far too obvious shame really for the effot and time put into making it....

    Hoping Blizz can do alot better =(
    not by class, icons denote roles, melee/heal/ranged.


    i mean, they even blanked out the names of some lore figures in the description... a lot of work put in to be a 'joke' that isn't even really funny/outlandish.
  1. Khalkaroth's Avatar
    *yawn*

    Next...
  1. Fysi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blahssat View Post
    Premature April fools. I call BS on this.
    It's been 1st April for 30mins here in the UK. And Finland are in a further ahead time zone to us Brits.

    Didn't I say there would be this? :P
  1. Silorn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Just look at the classes on the diagram to realise its a april fools...come on anyone that actually doesnt dismiss this 20000% on sight needs their heads checking.

    Far too obvious shame really for the effot and time put into making it....

    Hoping Blizz can do alot better =(
    Well, its kinda obvious they used warrior icon for tanks, mages for ranged, rogues for melee and priests for healers, its just a diagram :P also i quite enjoyed reading it even though its an april fool's joke, would love a boss that requires tactics that involve more than using specific player abilities at the right times

    Edit: i think i got trolled while replying to a troll
  1. Penatar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Just look at the classes on the diagram to realise its a april fools...come on anyone that actually doesnt dismiss this 20000% on sight needs their heads checking.

    Far too obvious shame really for the effot and time put into making it....

    Hoping Blizz can do alot better =(
    Even though it's an april fools it makes me happy to know that there are idiots who don't understand that guides often use one class of symbols to represent a role, not a class.
  1. darklenne's Avatar
    LOL. Nice try.
  1. Tridus's Avatar
    It's not premature in Europe. Was a pretty fun read, they clearly spent some time on it.
  1. Nirron's Avatar
    Too obvious APRIL FOOLS
  1. alms1407's Avatar
    Rubbish April fools joke, way to obvious.
  1. Hakou's Avatar
    This is about as convincing as last years april fools with the two guilds merging.
  1. Sting's Avatar
    Obvious april fools is obvious
  1. Archimand's Avatar
    i called it out first but was locked for suspicison of spamming :P
    anyway very nice work fake or real
  1. tobokke's Avatar
    April fools is old and predictable enough. Make it appear on a random day of the year, or it doens't have any fun.
  1. Therec's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blahssat View Post
    Premature April fools. I call BS on this.
    Yeah, I was like wtf, until I remembered it's already April 1st in Europe
  1. Tavek's Avatar
    Sounds like it'd be a fun if crazy fight, shame it's a joke. :P
  1. fangless's Avatar
    and now their website has crashed o_O
  1. Sting's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tobokke View Post
    April fools is old and predictable enough. Make it appear on a random day of the year, or it doens't have any fun.
    Lol, now that would be something.
  1. seam's Avatar
    I can't look at it D:
  1. Ademptio's Avatar
    I fell for it... Until I saw Boub made the topic :P

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