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:

"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. Oldbone's Avatar
    A very nice move from Blizz, to allow Paragon dudes do the testing on the new raid instance .

    Wonder how long it will take to Paragon to kill Raggy 2.0 when it comes live tho and what will be the diffrence with the other top guilds .
  1. Echohunter's Avatar
    lol, I wonder how long they worked on this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fysi View Post
    Way tooo obvious ^^

    But fun non the less :P

    Oh and inb4 the usual whiny American's complaining about it not being April Fools where they are :P
    Because only Americans are capable of complaining? amirite?
  1. madyrn's Avatar

    You don't have permission to access /articles/sneak-peek-ragnaros-firelord on this server.

    So, uh, ok I guess?
  1. Roos's Avatar
    Bah, one could only hope
  1. CoraTehEJ's Avatar
    WOW this April fools couldn't be anymore obvious if the title was APRIL FOOLS.
  1. Zain's Avatar
    I fear that Paragon's site just got mmo-championed :c
  1. fangless's Avatar
    "It looks like today will be a very eventful day in the world of WoW! "

  1. nonamekiller's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blahssat View Post
    Premature April fools. I call BS on this.
    They made a premature one last year as well!
  1. SkodLife's Avatar
    Well made April Fool
  1. Yalingo's Avatar
    They actually puy a LOT of effort into that raid encounter design... pity it's just a for an april fools joke.
  1. Ademptio's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zain View Post
    I fear that Paragon's site just got mmo-championed :c
    Unable to connect: ERROR to many connections.

    Boub just zerged Paragon's site.
  1. Kashim's Avatar
    shaman revamp....wait what?

    Damn that's a cocktease if I ever heard one.
  1. Dread Pirate Roberts's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fysi View Post
    Oh and inb4 the usual whiny American's complaining about it not being April Fools where they are :P
    ....Sorry that Time Zones work that way? I didn't realize that was our fault. We probably would know instantly it was an April Fool's joke if they said something like "People in the UK finally getting dentists" or "UK TV actually entertaining"

    OT: It was such a good and promising idea that I knew it was too good to be true.
  1. Flaks's Avatar
    The only thing that would actually make this an April Fool's joke is if it turned out to be true...
  1. Rainec's Avatar
    the link wont work for me >< ....if its actually supposed to work....
  1. Araella's Avatar
    didn't they do this same joke with Ulduar?
    owait, no, that was another guild with the '50,000$ for helping them test' joke.
  1. Supernoodles's Avatar
    refresh and view the update
  1. schippie's Avatar
    Paragon got mmo-owned by mmo-champion xd
  1. lovepriests's Avatar
    website overloaded lol
  1. Archimand's Avatar
    yep paragon site got MMowned

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