The Raid Release Gap - EU vs NA
Staggered raid release times were a hot topic during Battle of Dazar'alor, and now with the new raid Crucible of Storms on the horizon,
revisits the discussion. Regions starting Mythic Raids at different times lead to complications where in theory, one guild could kill the final boss first--but not necessarily the fastest.
Overall, Cayna feels that EU starting 18 hours later than NA is mainly a disadvantage for EU, but also lists some benefits they get from starting second:
Downsides to starting second:
NA gets an 18 hour head start, leading them to work on the final boss before EU.
NA hits the weekly reset sooner than EU. This was not as much of an issue when raids in the past stretched on for several weeks, including a fair amount of time progressing to the final boss. However in
raids, most bosses die fairly quickly, leaving most of Week 1 open to work on the final boss. In both
raid tiers, the gear earned from the Week 2 reclear was impactful, making the final bosses much easier. Therefore, NA reaching the weekly reset much earlier than EU is a bigger deal than in the past.
Upsides to starting second:
Method can see early bosses by watching NA guilds that stream. They have learned a few tactics over the years from these NA streams, such as the 6-heal Imonar strat. However, they feel these bosses are still pretty easy.
Most of the raid bugs are encountered by NA and fixed before EU begins progress. While this does slow NA down, Cayna feels it does not erase their 18-hour head start.
Ultimately, Cayna would like to see a global release for the raid, similar to the expansion launch. There are minor downsides, such as players in some time zones having weird sleep schedules, but overall it would be a vast improvement to the current situation.
So where does that leave us with Crucible of Storms? While this is a short two-boss raid, we can't forget that while Dazar'alor had more bosses, most of them fell quickly, leaving many days of progression for Jaina Proudmoore. Recently, we learned in a
Forbes interview with Blizzard
that Uu'nat should be comparable in difficulty to Jaina--so we could possibly see a similar raid schedule to Dazar'alor, where Uu'nat lasts for roughly a week and the timing of the Week 2 reset matters again. Or, Uu'nat could be undertuned, and since Crucible of Storms only has two bosses, the raid could be over in 18 hours before EU steps foot into the raid!
How do you think Crucible of Storms progression will turn out, and what are your thoughts on raid release improvements?
While you're here, don't forget to check out our Crucible of Storms guides:
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