The Race to World First (RWF) is back for the last time in 2023, as Aberrus the Shadowed Crucible is released into the wild and Season 2 of Dragonflight kicks off.
With the arrival of Dragonflight Season 2, World of Warcraft gets its second raid of the expansion. The release of Aberrus continue the formula of Normal and Heroic releasing the same week as Mythic. With Guilds from all over the globe competing for the title, we'll take a look at those looking to claim the title. From the current holder's Echo, NA, hopefuls, Team Liquid (formerly Limit) and last raid tiers reemerging contenders, Method. More guilds than ever are looking to claim the title, so don't miss a minute of the action.
We'll list all streams and any accessibility options at the end of the article, so jump there for that info. All streams linked are in English unless stated otherwise. If you're a guild and want to be added to this list, please find me on Twitter.
Aberrus the Shadowed Crucible – Who are the Contenders
Echo: The winners last time out. Echo will go into this next tier as the favorite by default. A new raid tier brings new challenges and with so much of the preparation coming down to luck with loot, it's hard to know who will come into the tier best prepared. Technically, Sylvanas was the guild's first RWF victory, with a second RWF win coming in Sepulcher, having been formed to compete in Castle Nathria (coming second). With 2/3 RWF victories in the previous expansion, and 1/1 so far in Dragonflight, Echo go into the raid as the favorite.
Liquid: Liquid had picked up World First in the two previous raid tiers before Sepulcher; they'll be desperate to reclaim their glory having missed out thus far in Dragonflight. Liquid pulled out of the Sepulcher race due to the strain it was putting on the raiding roster. While it meant Liquid lost out on a top 3 spot, a lot of credit has to go to the Liquid management team, who made the decision. They lost out again in Vault, so they'll be hungry to get things going in Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible.
Method: A shock second-place finish in Sepulcher followed by another strong performance in Vault will put Method in a good spot for Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible. Method now finds themselves in a prime spot to push for an RWF title. So, what can we expect for Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible? Well, top 3, we assume, is the goal for Method. Though, much like in Vault, Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible will pose a big test for the European roster.
Best of the rest
Europe: FatSharkYes and Germany guild, Aversion, are the two most likely from Europe to make the step up. The loss of Pieces in Dragonflight weakened the pool of active rosters.
NA: Liquid has carried the region for a while now, but that appears to have inspired others to step up. Expect to see BDGG push hard once again, as NA looks to add a second major guild to the RWF. NA is also likely to be home to a few guilds who “YOLO” into Mythic early to take an early title. Back in Sepulcher, we say The Early Shift do just that. However, in Vault, the early raid was so difficult, and with the lack of a week to gear in Heroic guilds found it near impossible to push forward early in the tier.
Asia: Check back later to see what, if any of the guilds from the region have streams on Twitch/YouTube. Asia typically gets off to a slower start, as they receive the game early, and with WoW not playable in China now, it might be a quiet showing for the region.
How to watch all RWF Aberrus the Shadowed Crucible Streams
Many of these streams are subject to change, and many more “smaller” guilds will be added as the RWF gets underway.
- Team Liquid
- The Early Shift (DPS POV)
- Nascent (Healer POV)
- Vesper (DPS POV)
- Instant Dollars