Regional FlagRaid Testing Schedule - April 1-4Source
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#1 - 2016/03/31 09:39:00 PM
On Friday, April 1, and Monday, April 4, we will continue our Legion Alpha raid testing of Heroic encounters.

Remember that Heroic difficulty scales for any group size between 10 and 30 players, so feel free to assemble and bring a group of any size within that range. Our general plan is to test every encounter on Heroic difficulty first, and then test sections of the raid on Normal and Raid Finder, alongside targeted Mythic tests.

Friday, April 1

Cenarius - Heroic Emerald Nightmare
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Tichondrius - Heroic Nighthold
14:30 PDT (17:30 EDT, 23:30 CEST)

Monday, April 4

Spellblade Aluriel - Heroic Nighthold
13:30 PDT (16:30 EDT, 22:30 CEST)

Il'gynoth - Heroic Emerald Nightmare
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 00:00 CEST)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of an alpha environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?

A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players' effective level to 110 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?

A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we're satisfied that we've received that information for a given boss, we'll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

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#2 - 2016/03/31 10:02:00 PM
To clarify, the raid will only be open on the PvE Leveling realm at this time.

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#20 - 2016/04/01 05:47:00 PM
04/01/2016 08:28 AMPosted by Ninqjinq
For feedback purposes, can we get a quick run down of the layout of the raids?

For instance, is Emerald Nightmare linear? Or is it more open ended like BRF? Cenarius is listed as the penultimate boss of EN in the journal, so is he actually supposed to be treated as a boss of that difficulty? Or is he just near the end of the journal randomly and he's just as hard as any other pre-Xavius boss?

Same goes for Nighthold. What difficulty should those bosses be?

Both raids have a linear start, an open-ended middle, and a linear end.

For Nightmare, Nythendra is first. After that, you can tackle the next 4 bosses in any order. That allows access to Cenarius, who is indeed the penultimate boss. And then Xavius is last.

Nighthold starts out with Skorpyron -> Anomaly -> Trilliax, then opens up, allowing you to tackle the next 5 in any order, and then ends with Elisande and Gul'dan in that order.