Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.–Unknown
Nearly 5 weeks into the era of the zone-wide Icecrown buff, I’ve taken some time to reflect on how it has truly affected the way that raids are run and the affect it has on progression.
Icecrown Citadel is a series of glass ceilings. There are many guilds bumping their heads trying to break through each of them right now:
- Lich King
- (H) Gunship/Marrowgar/Rotface/Council/Dreamwalker/Festergut/Blood Queen
- (H) Deathwhisper/Saurfang
- (H) Sindragosa
- (H) Putricide
- (H) Lich King
The timeline currently allows guilds 4 weeks to break through each ceiling on their own. After that, the buff will increase and nudge them through. This was evident on our server this week as several guilds broke through barrier 2 and 3 above to step up. Across all servers, everyone moved up together. Our US and world ranks changed very little, which is another indicator of just how granular the skill level is among guilds.
If you’re killing it, chances are everyone else at your level is also killing it.
We like to think that our accomplishments occur in a vacuum, but they don’t. Our accomplishments are grand, and often times astounding for the server that we play on. This is why many of us focus on intra-server progression more so than World or even US rankings. It’s a way for us to get good, fair comparison.
The guilds on your server are using the same forums, same pool of recruits, and have the same server culture. It’s also nice to actually pass your competition on the way to the instance and not have them be some mystical number and fancy name on a website.
Srength of Wrynn has ferried along everyone very nicely, allowing us to progress at a steady pace without doing the work for us. The final goals of Icecrown Progression are very clear:
- Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25 Player)
- Realm First! Light of Dawn
- Leveling Gear
Everyone where we are (in the 8/12, 9/12 heroic mode range) has a high enough raid-gear level to complete the instance. Blizzard only made 4 277 tier tokens available per week (and only 2 of those being realistically accessible). Expecting your entire raid to be decked out in best in slot gear to complete the instance would be folly.