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An Interview With Arctica2 years ago
Kapsu and Sponde of Finnish guild Arctica were kind enough to take time out to talk to GuildOx and share some comments about their world-first heroic Heart of Fear experiences.



What heroic bosses have you killed so far in Heart of Fear?

We've killed Blade Lord Ta'yak and Garalon on 10 man heroic difficulty so far.

Approximately how many pulls did it take to master each of these kills?

When we arrived at Blade Lord Ta'yak we went ahead and tried a couple of things. What we realized was that we were running an excellent comp for the fight. Once the fight was figured out, we managed to pull it off fairly easily, killing him on our 12th pull. Garalon seemed a bit trickier at first but once we had figured out the rotations we managed to get to phase 2 the majority of the time, where we ended up wiping on the low percentages quite a few times due to a member fail or just not being able to stabilize on the raid damage. We extended our raid time by about an hour or so after wiping at 3.1% and managed to pull it off with just 20 pulls.

What is your next Heroic target?

We are aiming for Wind Lord and Amber Shaper this reset.

What made you decide to move on from Heroic Imperial Vizier?

Before the raid started our guild master threw out a joke about doing Imperial Vizier on normal and trying out the other bosses and see how they go. We saw high end guilds who raid a lot more than we do not kill it, so we saw no chance of killing the first boss any time soon. That, with the fact that we thought additional nerfs would be coming next week, we decided to skip the first one and see if we could get anything done. We basically took a high risk with a high reward potential and it just happened that things lined up for us and we managed to do it. :) Not quite what we expected. We really had little interest on the "race" for world firsts, though of course we were aware of the fact.

What is the main mechanic on Heroic Vizier that is causing problems?

From the little pulls we managed to get in yesterday, the most annoying fact is the bosses RNG on which platform he will start on. Besides that, there isn't a single mechanic that is the main reason for wipes, but the combined effect of many mechanics.

How long do you think it will be before we see a Heroic Vizier kill?

It will be today or tomorrow at the latest as we're already seeing really low % wipes.

What else could Blizzard do to the Heroic Vizier fight to help?

They should either make some of the mechanics more forgiving (meaning less damage or less frequent casts) or adjust some of the combos, even after the hotfix.

Congratulations again on the two world-firsts - tell me, what makes Finnish guilds such good raiders? Is it something in the water?

Thanks! That's a difficult question, but I believe a lot of Finnish guilds don't necessarily have the best individual players, but finnish raiders seem to work together extremely well. Also beer and sauna.

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Arctìca Kill Heroic Garalon2 years ago
Arctìca of Chromaggus-EU have claimed the third boss in heroic HoF to grab world-first Garalon - congrats (again) to them! They earlier claimed world-first Heroic Blade Lord Ta'yak after skipping the troublesome heroic Vizier.

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Arctìca Get First Heroic HoF Kill2 years ago
Arctìca of Chromaggus-EU have skipped troublesome Heroic Vizier to claim world-first Blade Lord Ta'yak - congrats to them!
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Heroic Vizier Nerf Inc2 years ago
A day has passed since Heart of Fear opened and still no heroic kills - but things might be changing with an incoming nerf:

The Heroic Zor'lok encounter is currently more difficult than intended. While we prefer to avoid changes to encounters in the midst of progression, we would like to fix a few quality of life issues and make some targeted balance changes that do not invalidate the efforts that guilds have put into learning the encounter so far. Later today a hotfix will make the following adjustments:

Zor'lok's Echoes will pause briefly before beginning to cast Song of the Empress.
Zor'lok's berserk timer has been increased slightly.
Zor'lok will no longer summon Echoes of Force and Verve during the final phase of the encounter.
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Most Popular Guild Names2 years ago
We did an analysis of our database containing over 230,000 guilds and came up with the top 20 most popular guild names:
  1. Ascension 64
  2. Serenity 63
  3. Elysium 62
  4. Phoenix 62
  5. Synergy 60
  6. Insomnia 55
  7. Paradox 55
  8. Resurrection 55
  9. Sanctuary 55
  10. Unity 52
  11. Insidious 52
  12. Relentless 52
  13. Invictus 52
  14. Defiance 51
  15. Asylum 51
  16. Exodus 50
  17. Genesis 50
  18. Eclipse 50
  19. Requiem 49
  20. Prime 48
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Updated Raid Release Schedule2 years ago
Blizzard has announced that Heart of Fear (normal mode) will open next week but it will be another two weeks for Terrace:

To help raiders prepare their schedules for next week, we wanted to give everyone a brief heads-up that the Normal mode Heart of Fear will be debuting alone on Tuesday, and the Normal mode Terrace of Endless Spring will now open two weeks following the release of Normal Heart of Fear.

To help players focus on tackling these new encounters without feeling overwhelmed, we’ve decided to stagger the release of the two remaining raid zones. Heart of Fear should prove to be a challenging zone that will take the typical group some time to master, and players must defeat the Grand Empress Shek’zeer at the end of Heart of Fear before they may move on to Terrace of Endless Spring once that zone unlocks.

The unlock schedule for Looking For Raid modes for Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring is unaffected by this change. Heroic Heart of Fear will still be accessible to players who have cleared the zone on Normal difficulty. source
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GuildOx Adds Popular Talent Ranks2 years ago
Trying to work out which of the talents are best for raiding or PvP? We have crunched the numbers of the top 5% of players and published the most popular WoW talents. These new talent rankings can be accessed via our "Spec Rank" drop-down menu. Select your class and then select PvE/PvP and it will show you the most popular talent choices. The data is refreshed daily from our extensive database of active players and PvP'ers.

We could love your feedback on this feature - and yes, the popular glyphs will be coming - soon.
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Hallow's End Rings Up For Grabs2 years ago
Be sure to queue up for the Hallow's End Headless Horseman event to pick up your ilevel 470 ring. We have added the new Headless Horseman loot drops to our loot rank service. Check it your best-in-slot items today!
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DREAM Paragon claims Heroic: Will of the Emperor2 years ago
DREAM Paragon of Lightning's Blade-EU have claimed the achievement Heroic: Will of the Emperor.

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Blood Legion claims Heroic: Four Kings2 years ago
Blood Legion of Illidan-US have claimed the achievement Heroic: Four Kings.

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