Thanks to the many adjustments and the cry for help from the US Alliance Guilds, the faction imbalance in WoW is once again on everyone's lips. Today, however, we don't want to look at the large and broad mass of players in WOW, but at the absolute top of the world. There, too, the Horde has dominated for years - the last victory of an Alliance guild was almost ten years ago. But has the red faction always dominated the top of the world or has the blue banner been waved more often in the past?
Table of Contents
- 116 Years of WoW - 2 ½ World First Kills
- 2Earlybosses? Used to be an alliance thing
- 3The Horde is coming!
- 4NoFirst Kills, not even top 10 anymore.
16 Years of WoW - 2 ½ World First KillsIf
you go through the history, you'll quickly notice that World First has clearly been in the hands of the Horde when it comes to the final bosses of a given raid since Classic. In 16 years of WoW, only three final bosses have been defeated by an Alliance guild as a World First - and at least two of those shouldn't necessarily be fully valued - which is why we're coming out at 2 1/2 rather than 3. Nefarian was one of only three bosses in WoW that could be defeated by the Alliance first. Source: Blizzard
- The last World First of a final boss was Kin Raiders in the madness of Deathwing in Dragon's Soul. That raid where a majority of all the top guilds were banned by Blizzard for previously exploiting a bug in the LFR looting system. Without that ban, most are sure this kill would have gone to the Horde as well.
- The Alliance's second World First kill was Halion. Ha-who? That's right, that weird dragon that was quickly patched into the game at the end of WotLK because the upcoming expansion was taking longer again. No relevant loot, no reason to kill it - no real World First Race. Premonition took the First Kill with no real competition.
- The first and probably only World First Kill that can be clearly attributed to the Alliance is Nefarian in the Bad Luck Hoard. There, the US guild Drama was able to triumph and achieve World First after many weeks of progression.
Early bosses? Used to be an Alliance thing
In the early days of WoW (buy now €14.99 ), however, the Alliance did get quite a few World First Kills - albeit only on the early bosses of a raid. If we look at Classic (that is, the true Classic and not the recently rehashed WoW Classic), the Horde only picked up 7 First Kills - 4 of which were the respective raid's final bosses, though. The Alliance, on the other hand, collected 36! First Kills - but only one was a final boss.
In the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj and Naxxramas, the Alliance got first kills on all bosses except the two final bosses.
The Horde is coming!
Over the past few years and expansions, the picture continued to shift. The Alliance could still keep up well on the earlier bosses and got more First Kills overall. However, when it came to the hard hunks, the Horde was always better.
The further we worked through the expansions, the rarer those Alliance kills became. Until the imbalance peaked in Mists of Pandaria and all! 43 first kills were Horde kills. Of course, much of this was due to the fact that both the leading EU guild (Method) and the strongest US guild (Blood Legion) carried the red banner.
In Mists of Pandaria, Method dominated the World First race. Source: methodwow.com
No First Kills, Not Even Top 10Anymore
So it's been over four years since the Alliance defeated any boss first. But at least they've continued to be a serious contender, right? Anyone who isn't writhing on the floor laughing at this question hasn't been paying much attention to the World First Races in recent years. Not only are there hardly any Alliance guilds in the Top100, but there haven't been any in the Top10 for a long time.
- The last Alliance guild to finish in the top ten was Club Camel in the two-boss raid Crucible of Storms.
- In a "real" raid, it was Prestige Gaming in the Battle for Dazar'alor.
- Both guilds are now playing on the Horde side by the way - what else.
In the Sanctum of Domination, the strongest Alliance guilds were Honestly at 17th and Copium at 20th - both from the Oceanic region, where the Alliance actually has a much stronger presence than the Horde.
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