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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. fangless's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flaks View Post
    The only thing that would actually make this an April Fool's joke is if it turned out to be true...
    I think "It looks like today will be a very eventful day in the world of WoW!" basically gives it away. The whole strategy post is very well thought out though, but Paragon wouldn't be my first choice for guilds to go on a "super secret PTR" :P
  1. Akuman's Avatar
    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.
    Kinda gave it away there :P

    Obviously predictable but its April 1st so it is inevitable.

    Still awesome imo
  1. funkyfloyd's Avatar
    Still waiting for Paranition, and the Sunwell Axe Fragrance.
  1. Notmagnik's Avatar
    Because today is April 1st
  1. BRO90X's Avatar
    love getting 403'd
  1. Lynix's Avatar
    fell for it.... only because the link is forbidden to me so this part seemed fairly real
  1. Volitans's Avatar
    April Fools Paragon!... somewhat amusing it backfired and crashed their server
  1. Quaero's Avatar
    The ultimate April Fool...

    Release real info and no one will believe it.

    My hat is off.
  1. Eugenik's Avatar
    "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."
    a nice little shot at them too lol
  1. axonzormax's Avatar
    paranition
  1. Tigor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Venteus View Post
    I would throw a fit if this sack of foreigners actually got to test the encounter.
    Awesome attitude, pal.
  1. Simca's Avatar
    Actually, that strategy looks like it'd be amazingly fun. It'd be exactly what the lore fans wanted too.
  1. Micfeind's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Venteus View Post
    I would throw a fit if this sack of foreigners actually got to test the encounter.
    why so racist?
  1. MalooTakant's Avatar
    I smell an april fools joke
  1. Kryos's Avatar
    One picture from the guide they forgot to put in:
  1. Azioth's Avatar
    Lol it's April 1st there, but like many said this is so ovbious.
  1. kynthrus's Avatar
    Blizz can do better than that.
  1. Micfeind's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kynthrus View Post
    Blizz can do better than that.
    It's not blizz's doing
  1. harky's Avatar
    They're in Europe, so...

    Props on poking fun at themselves.
  1. morfy's Avatar
    it was an obvious troll when they said shaman's were useful. sigh.

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