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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. unknowncharacter's Avatar
    I almost believed this till I read that the PTR has a NDA when it doesn't, Because its the PUBLIC test realm. Fail.. Just fail.

    And the 250 million Health pool.. Really?
  1. Denzion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by unknowncharacter View Post
    I almost believed this till I read that the PTR has a NDA when it doesn't, Because its the PUBLIC test realm. Fail.. Just fail.

    And the 250 million Health pool.. Really?
    It is the pTR (private test realm)
  1. Ezyra's Avatar
    Ah come on ppl stop QQ-ing about 'subtlety', as if 1 april isnt a hint enough as it is... thanks Blizz u made me laugh <3
  1. angelx7x's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by unknowncharacter View Post
    I almost believed this till I read that the PTR has a NDA when it doesn't, Because its the PUBLIC test realm. Fail.. Just fail.

    And the 250 million Health pool.. Really?
    it's 214 million, which isnt out of the question, magmaw on 25 man normal has like 125 million health
  1. morpsend's Avatar
    Am i the only person who sees this as a real post?

    Paragon was invited to blizzcon, they are the top guild in the world. 4.1 is soon, and they said 4.2 will be shortly after.

    Either I am the only person who doesnt get the joke, or you all saw the post a day before april fools day and are reading too far into it.

    Jokes on me?
  1. MrHappy's Avatar
    as fake as it is i'd actually would support this if it was true
  1. Ragedaug's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by morpsend View Post
    Either I am the only person who doesnt get the joke, or you all saw the post a day before april fools day and are reading too far into it.

    Jokes on me?
    You're not alone. Blizzard's and MMO's 4/1 stuff was funny due to how outlandish it was. Paragon's was something that should already be happening. I guess you could make the argument that due to the fact that it isn't real shows how, as far as Cata raiding is concerned, the joke is on all of us.
  1. mklovin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ragedaug View Post
    You're not alone. Blizzard's and MMO's 4/1 stuff was funny due to how outlandish it was. Paragon's was something that should already be happening. I guess you could make the argument that due to the fact that it isn't real shows how, as far as Cata raiding is concerned, the joke is on all of us.
    I actually thought this was all true. To the person saying the NDA on a PTR made them realize it wasn't...you didn't read correctly. They said they were doing it on a pTR (private test realm); which a NDA would seem reasonable. Anyways...I didn't read into the fight all that much because it seemed incredibly complicated and I didn't wasn't going to fry my brain training to put all the pieces together.
  1. Andaja's Avatar
    When i read this it was still 31st, or very close to it, so totally thought its a real thing. Reading the abilities they also seen legit, but everything was so complicated that i really had no doubts about it. And currently top guild testing it on blizzards private server seems legit too. Infact i kinda was hoping such things will and should be done as normal ptrsaren't always doing the actuall testing.
  1. Skyve's Avatar
    honestly? The boss fight is REALLY well thought out, but it was quite obvious though. I would like it if that would actually and up being the real encounter.
  1. Jhazrun's Avatar
    An article on this work of mine can now be found at the top of the Sneak Peek.
  1. DallasRN's Avatar
    Love the work into whoever put the effort in this.

    Made me laugh and love the game even more... for the off chance of humor on the 1st day of April!

    As for Paragon, the Finnish do it right!

    Congratz to all the pranksters yesterday. Your efforts made my day brighter!
  1. Doug's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DallasRN View Post
    Love the work into whoever put the effort in this.

    Made me laugh and love the game even more... for the off chance of humor on the 1st day of April!

    As for Paragon, the Finnish do it right!

    Congratz to all the pranksters yesterday. Your efforts made my day brighter!
    I didn't think this was a joke at first. I clicked on the link, saw the giant wall of text, and closed the window. Now knowing that this was all a joke makes me question the lives some people have. I mean honestly, who actually took the time to make and type that entire thing up?
  1. Jhazrun's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    I mean honestly, who actually took the time to make and type that entire thing up?
    Take the time to read more than one post up and wonder no more.
  1. Dayon's Avatar
    I fell for this.

    Shut up.

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