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. jimakos84's Avatar
  1. Zerrisan's Avatar
    They always have the best april fools for wow
  1. ChocolateThunderz's Avatar
    "Even shamans are somewhat useful, despite the pretty much complete revamp they did with the class."

    I lol'd. Nice April Fools.
  1. n0cta's Avatar
    not even a funny one
  1. MCCOPRA's Avatar
    comon i was like ow yes finally patch is coming.... but than dinged 1st April
  1. Explosion_Rex's Avatar
    Props for how in depth this fake fight is. Someone spent a good deal of time thinking this up. Ashame that the real encounter will be nowhere near this cool.

    It was an obvious April Fools joke, but it was still a good one.
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Damn, I fell for it! Very well done
  1. Noreck's Avatar
    and imagine if all of this comes out to be true in the end
  1. Shock's Avatar
    april fools they do this every year
  1. Larivas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thorzon View Post
    I really don't get Paragon's April Fools jokes. They aren't funny or interesting at all. Only an idiot would fall for things like that, especially on April Fools Day.
    A few people in my guild fell for it, they were discussing the fight in vent while we were pulling nef...
  1. morpsend's Avatar
    Do you guys really think this is an april fools joke?
  1. blackangel209's Avatar
    I hope Blizz's April Fools this year can top the ePEEN.
  1. Uselessrouge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blackangel209 View Post
    I hope Blizz's April Fools this year can top the ePEEN.
    i dont think so :>
  1. lunchbox2042's Avatar
    It was obviously a joke when they said shamans would be useful.
  1. Ealyssa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Just look at the classes on the diagram to realise its a april fools...
    U know that th icon dosen't represent class right ?

    warrior = tank
    priest = healer
    rogue = melee
    mage = caster

    It's like that on near every strat map since vanilla...
  1. Rennadrel's Avatar
    It's not April Fools Day here yet Boubouille.
  1. Suphix's Avatar

    A bit boring
  1. tangedyn's Avatar
    Blizzard not testing and tuning 10 man raids at all?
    I guess that makes it totally legit.
  1. Gvaz's Avatar
    April fools is tomorrow boub
  1. Irony's Avatar
    Maybe the April fools joke is that this isn't an April fools joke!? :O

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