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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
Comments 255 Comments
  1. Distoration's Avatar
    Weak April Fools joke
  1. Ephinit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blahssat View Post
    Premature April fools. I call BS on this.
    it was april first in finnland bro
  1. vian's Avatar
    April fools : )
  1. Vulcanasm's Avatar
    I knew it was a joke when they said "Even shamans are somewhat useful".
  1. zro1021'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.
    but then that would just be....... lying.....
  1. Venteus's Avatar
    Rofl, as if Paragon deserve the right to any sort of private content. If anything they should be the last. Knew this was a joke off the bat.
  1. tilgare's Avatar
    Damn, they got me. =(
  1. dascylus's Avatar
    I was honestly expecting a gameplay video that lead to us getting Rickroll'd immediately after the Paragon and "H25 Ragnaros" logo.
  1. Astralli's Avatar
    I saw it. I /sighed.

    I hate this day.
  1. nnelson54's Avatar
    I love when people say "too obvious" like every single April Fool's joke, ever, isn't completely obvious even if only because of the date.
  1. Dr. Max Del's Avatar
    "we wanted to release it beforehand so we wouldn’t have an unfair advantage in the upcoming race. "

    oh_you.jpg
  1. Aldrahan's Avatar
    Forgot the time difference for a while there. Haha.
  1. Dio the Holy Diver's Avatar
    sooo much butthurt. it was well done; deal with it. dumb americans dont understand subtle humor.
  1. DavidGX's Avatar
    I'll give this a 3/10. That's better than these things are usually, though.
  1. Powerogue's Avatar
    I'm feeling the PANDAmonium.

    Knew they'd forfeit us the pandaren eventually >: D
  1. Kaz's Avatar
    Published on 2011-04-01 12:01 AM <------ that was the dead give away, incase it wasnt obvious enough
  1. Grzlynx's Avatar
    Sad part is, this encounter that was designed for an April Fools joke will most definitely end up being 1000x better than whatever crap Blizzard has in store.

    Sad, sad, sad.
  1. Konics's Avatar
    Its funny how ironic it is and how much it would make sense if it wasnt an april fools joke because in all honesty blizzard should be letting top guilds like paragon test their raid content becasue they obviously don't have 25 people good enough to test all their heroic content so they just throw it out their or they just don't completely test it.....if they did heroic nef pre nerf would have never ended up how it did and sinestra would have been finished before paragon and other guilds got to it.
  1. Alfadorfox's Avatar
    Obviously an April Fool's joke, what with the My Little Pony reference. (20% cooler!)
  1. Stally's Avatar
    The only obvious thing here is the amount of idiots saying obvious.
    Every single year there is an April fools on MMO, people join in to see what bull has been posted.

    It's obvious because everyone knows it's April fools, come on people, go a long with the spirit and applaud the light hearted joke and laugh, everything has to be so serious around here.

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