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. Jokerpoker's Avatar
    I liked it.. ^^
  1. Dunks's Avatar
    Read it at 12:21 CST(US for those that don't know) April fools here now. Thanks Boub. Many laughs out of this one.
  1. Rockmanzero's Avatar
    far too obvious don't really like it.
  1. Netrox's Avatar
    Holy fuck, this was almost perfectly written, almost believed it till I remembered it was 1st April ^^.
  1. Kaeldin'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 =(
    classes on diagrams? you mean using the symbol of warrios as "Tank", rogue for "Meele", Priest for "Healer" and Mage for "Ranged" to simplify the diagram? That must be the only part in it which is not an April's Fool Joke,
  1. Eriken's Avatar
    For a minute there I thought the joke was that it wasn`t a joke. But letting one guild get a headstart like that seems hardly plausible.
  1. Bender's Avatar
    It's morning and I didn't realize it was even near april 1, I fell for this bigtime and read through the whole thing thinking "shit this is going to make all the other world first contenders pissed off". Then I read the MMO comments and blushed. ^_^
  1. Irefusetodie's Avatar
    Paragon should be on the design team.

    This "fight" sounds a hell of a lot better than anything they've come up with
  1. Erathus's Avatar
    It's really funny ! i cant stop laughing !(sarcasm)...
  1. Ragedaug's Avatar
    For what it's worth, the original story is stamped: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 22:17 — Jhazrun

    I guess I don't get the "April Fools" part of it, being that it is something Blizzard should already be doing. My reaction to Paragon's news compared to the Panda expac were night and day different.

    WTF!!! PANDA'S IN 5.0!!!
    - APRIL FOOLS!!!
    haha, you got me!!

    compared to

    Ah, about time they brought in quality testers.
    - APRIL FOOLS!!!
    oh...what was the joke?

    I guess if you are Ensidia is would be a good prank, they would probably be upset at the assumed head start. I would image if something like this did happen, the players involved would have to be disqualified to compete for world first as they influenced the design. Either way, I would think it would behoove Blizzard to attempt to hire one of the world's top guilds for this specific purpose.
  1. pipboyedshadowmourne's Avatar
    hard job of designing new mechanichs.....
  1. Balo's Avatar
    Though I know its a joke and a dumb on at that. I wouldn't be surprised if it was true. Blizzard does have a hard on for Paragon.
  1. Mineth's Avatar
    we have been playing on Blizzard’s private Test Realm (pTR)
    I stopped reading here.
  1. afhald's Avatar
    annoying 1st april jokes
  1. Itakou's Avatar
    I wonder how fair it would be, in the race to world first, if a few selective guilds were able to see and learn all the fights beforehand.

    shitz... April 1st =(
  1. Sternrage's Avatar
    honestly they could've atleast tried to make this seam legit
  1. obscurede's Avatar
    i call this one a scam......applause to paragon for the effort they hve made!!
  1. Caireann's Avatar
    Amazing work for one little joke, hats off!
  1. Hubbl3's Avatar
    I hope Blizz copies some of their ideas.
  1. Nirawen's Avatar
    Boring attempt :/

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