God, I like how people are just arguing about 16h difference between NA and US and totally ignore fact that Asian / Pacific guilds also exist and maybe they would also want to compete...As for the headstart - the only real benefit of the headstart is if raid is easy enough to be cleared within first reset (eg Emerald Nightmare). Headstart will just allow you to kill easy bosses faster, and have couple of hours on the first "wall" encounter. Bigger advantage comes from the earlier first reset as this allow you to have possible gear upgrades prior to your other-region competitors.As for the race going official, under the eye of Blizzard - this wont even happen due to couple of reasons. If you want to be official it has to be as fair as possible so we need to remove:- time difference in all of the regions- external influence in form of having non-guild people helping out, this includes inviting people to splitruns, having addon devs helping you, even going through the AH to scope all the BoE- bugged encounters- potentially the loot RNG?This can be done in one easy way - tournament realms, but unlike Arena / MDI tournament realms won't work with World First Race. Big part of the hype is not only the race itself, but also whole preparation for it leveling chars, gearing them, getting consumes etc. If we remove this and let play the top players with some template characters then yes, it will be a bit more fair, but on the other hand way more boring, also there will be no pressure on those people to care about their chars / prepare beforehand - thats the fun part, watching top players tryharding as hard as they can to beat the content including every legal trick possible.This is why I highly doubt we will ever have official, Blizzard governed raiding event, other than those weird races on Blizzcon.
What the hell? Where's Garrosh?
NO GARROSH? OMG! WHAT A LET DOWN!
People talking about headstart advantage but Echo hasn't even killed it yet. How many hours to go now? 6?
Now for the real race: First Alliance clear. Way smaller player pool (476 Alliance guilds have a registered kill. The horde has 1585) , worse infrastructure, less coverage.Tax the horde! Kill the splits! Nuke the racials!Maybe that'll make this race interesting by mixing up that increasingly red leaderboard (I see at least 5 or 6 guilds in the top 100 that used to be Alliance in Nyalotha and I aint paying that much attention).
It is so funny that people saying that a 16h headstart is not a big deal. Of course NA has to deal with more bugs and EU guilds using their strats for the first bosses. But honestly who cares about the first bosses? Only the last 4 Bosses where really hard and Limit didn't showed their council kill. Sludgefist is a really easy fight mechanically and a really hard dps and healer check. So there is only Stone Legion and Limit used some strats from Echo on this fight...But that doesn't matter... This is only the first week. On the second week NA Guilds are able to get better gear from chest, reclear and other sources 16h before EU even has a chance to. Limit is able to do the boss with so much more gear than Echo at exactly the same time. So how is that even fair? How can you call this a race? Echo didn't even had a chance to do split runs after reclear like Limit did because Limit came really close to a kill and Echo was just afraid Limit would kill it while they are doing their hc splits.Limit is a really good team and they have really good players and I don't want to take anything away from them but the time advantage is big and even bigger on the 2nd week.This is the case for years now but this is the first time (end of bfa included) that NA has a team that can compete with an EU team. And if both teams are on the same level why give one of them such a big advantage?And for people who say Echo is not able to kill the boss in that 16h window after Limit killed it: After you lose the race some people are down and just don't really care that much anymore. This is a mental/psychological thing and completely normal. They did hc splits after Limits kill and went to bed after that.I know Limit fans are happy for them but just don't ignore the facts please.
16 hours have passed now and that bar on front page still says 1. What excuse we switching to now?
"World Clear" from Super Mario Bros. plays in the background.