European World of Warcraft guild, Echo, has become the first in the world to clear the Mythic Sanctum of Domination raid in World of Warcraft today.
They defeated Sylvanas Windrunner, the final boss of the new raid in WoW’s Shadowlands expansion, to win the latest Race to World First. Not only that, but they completed their final attempt without a single guildmate character dying during the encounter.
Complexity Limit has since finished second, Pieces third, Big Dumb Gaming fourth and Method fifth.
Many reports are saying that Echo took 176 pulls before killing Sylvanas, however Echo confirmed to Esports News UK the correct count was 169. Here was the winning moment:
It was a tricky challenge for Echo. Earlier in the week, they thought they had killed Sylvanas when they got her below 50% health, but it turns out that the 50% threshold was for Heroic difficulty – at Mythic difficulty players are required to get Sylvanas below 45%.
And at another time, developer Blizzard Entertainment made a hotfix which added an enraged mob, making the encounter harder. But their resilience shone through.
Other guilds including Complexity Limit and Method congratulated Echo on the achievement.
Method said ahead of the race that they were striving to be near the top of the leaderboards this time around. Method finished seventh in the previous Castle Nathria Mythic raid, which was won by Complexity Limit, and Method have been undergoing a rebuild following their scandal last year.
They finished this Race to World First in fifth place.
World of Warcraft game director Ion Hazzikostas also congratulated Echo on their world first:
Echo was formed last year by several former Method players.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
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