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"The past World First Race in WoW's Mausoleum of the First will definitely go down in history - for several reasons. In the history of modern WoW, rarely has a race lasted this long. Even the top guilds were not prepared for it and had to leave the event location for home in the meantime. On the other hand, the guilds and streamers once again broke every record that previous events of this kind had set. So you can clearly see that there is a large audience for such events.

On the other hand, the withdrawal of SK Pieces showed impressively how difficult it is to find the financial and time resources to even begin to keep up with the top. Thus, Pieces suffered the same fate as other renowned guilds in the past - from Paragon to Blood Legion to Exorsus. It's a shame, because all of these guilds had fantastic players in their ranks, but they just couldn't devote the amount of time that would have been necessary. Not to mention the money, without which it's almost impossible to run a World First Race today. If this trend continues, the World First Race will either become a one-man-show or die completely.

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The popular idea of tournament servers

When discussing the World First Race, the idea of a tournament server of some kind is always brought up


According to the supporters this would offer a lot of advantages. The opponents of such servers, however, also have some arguments that cannot be ignored.

Such tournament servers would not be something new in WoW (buy now )

. Whether in the past in PvP or when it comes to the Time Trials to the MDI - Blizzard has already provided special tournament servers many times. But what are tournament servers actually?

In the case of Time Trials, these are basically normal servers. However, you can create any character to your heart's content and equip it with all kinds of items. You have a free choice of everything WoW has to offer - without having to laboriously earn it first. Whether you want to level up, collect gear or grind - everything is already done. For Race to World First, this would mean that players have free choice in terms of setup, as all classes and specs are available perfectly equipped.

These servers are also completely disconnected from the live server. Character copies like on the PTR do exist, but they are unnecessary. Theoretically, you don't even need to play on the live server to be successful on the tournament servers. In the end, Echo was able to prevail in the RWF - also because they invested a lot. Source: Echo

The advantages of a tournament server for the World First Race

The biggest and most important advantage is certainly fairness. On a test server, loot luck simply doesn't matter. Which guild has captured more Legendarys or got the better classes equipped with a set of 4 - all irrelevant, because everyone has everything.

Pieces had partnered with esports organization SK just prior to RWF - a short-lived pleasure. Source: SK Pieces

The second important point is the elimination of the endless grind. If you want to keep up with the World First Race, you need a whole army of twinks with the best possible equipment. This results in numerous split runs and endless Mythic Plus grinds - which neither the players involved nor the spectators really like.

By eliminating the time-consuming preparation, the playful skills and tactics of the individual guilds are once again much more in the foreground. This would certainly provide more variety and a wider field in the race. Because, without wanting to offend Limit and Echo, there are still many WoW players at a similar level. Unfortunately, they don't have the time to play WoW endlessly.
Blizzard could even go one step further here and regulate the playing time on the test servers by only leaving them open for a certain number of hours a day. In any case, however, it would then no longer be a problem to have the World First Race start globally at one time instead of at three different times.

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Balancing the bosses for the World First Race would also be easier. Because instead of guessing how much time the guilds will invest and what equipment they can get their hands on, you could work with pre-sets and match them exactly to the requirements of the raid. In any case, the developers would know exactly what item level the guilds have - since the developers themselves decide what to make available and what not.

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