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After 277 pulls, Echo became the World of Warcraft Race to World First Sepulcher of the First Ones champions on March 26. The raiders took down the Jailer and celebrated their victory on Twitter. Several players and supporters commemorated the moment on the platform as well.

Echo held a live press conference on their official Twitch channel on Monday and answered some of Upcomer’s questions. The session featured Echo’s Co-CEO and Raid Leader Scripe, Co-CEO George “Rogerbrown” Georgiadis plus Community and Player Manager Daisy “Daisichu” Blake.

Calling mechanics down to the very last 1%

“I mean, I’m not gonna lie. I wasn’t sure until it happened,” Scripe said, recalling the very moments before defeating the Jailer. “Even if the health percentage goes down, it can all go wrong really quickly in a fight. But achieving it, I mean, I didn’t think it will feel that good because as you know, Liquid has basically given up so it was kind of clear that we’re gonna win. But still, it felt really, really good to actually do it.”

Rogerbrown also recalled seeing the Jailer’s depleting health percentage. He said Scripe was still calling the next mechanic against the boss even as the Jailer went down to 1%. Scripe explained that there was a tank soak near the end, which required more than four players to prevent a wipe.

“I think it was incredible,” Rogerbrown said. “The whole room basically exploded. All the emotions, all the built up energy from almost three weeks of progressing Mythic. It was absolute chaos. Everyone was just hugging each other. Very memorable moment for sure.”

Scripe and Rogerbrown also compared the Race to World First Sepulcher of the First Ones event to previous ones. Rogerbrown noted that Echo was prepared more than ever and always looked for ways to improve their gameplay. Meanwhile, Scripe said the small details usually got lost sometimes, but Echo will continue with improvements moving forward.

Race to World First Sepulcher of the First Ones loot system

When asked about the First Sepulcher of the First Ones as a whole, Scripe said that he enjoyed the raid itself, the encounter designs and the 11 well-tuned bosses.

“I think it was a really good raid. I think it was maybe the best raid I’ve ever played,” Scripe said.

He then acknowledged that the raid was rather long and involved calculating the hours it took to gear up Echo’s characters. Rogerbrown agreed, explaining that the loot system took away the time spent on progression. He imagined that about 30% of the time, Echo players were doing activities such as PvP, Mythic+ and dailies while not playing to defeat the bosses.

 

“I would like to see some of it toned down,” Rogerbrown continued. “Because if there is a gain, we will do it. Hopefully, without affecting the rest of the community, you can do something to lessen the power gains you can get from the extracurricular activities that we do. But the bosses are really, really solid. Memorable bosses.”

Rogerbrown enjoyed the mechanics of the Halondrus the Reclaimer boss in particular, as it involved carrying a bomb around. Meanwhile, Scripe enjoyed fighting Rygelon because it was more hectic and fun. Scripe then noted how the Jailer looked the most exciting thanks to the lightning effects and the blood going into Azeroth.

Scripe added how he was surprised that the World of Warcraft team made the secret phase even if the Jailer didn’t require one. “It was so cool that they made it—that I didn’t expect that they would do it because it didn’t really require one and they still did it, which I think is super cool,” he said.

Sepulcher of the First Ones tips

Although Echo is done with this particular Race to World First, many guilds are still working through it. Both Scripe and Rogerbrown provided advice on how to approach the Jailer and more.

“It is a fight where, thankfully, DPS does not matter, right? —Until you get to the end of phase three” Rogerbrown revealed. “Now, I would say just fully focus on the mechanics, do not worry about min-maxing your DPS because it is a fight—especially phase three—the movement is so precise.” He gave an example of how after certain actions, players had a couple of seconds to move to another spot. Players who want to defeat the Jailer should focus on the mechanics and precise movements.

Echo players at RCADIA in Hamburg, Germany during the World of Warcraft Race to World First Sepulcher of the First Ones event
Echo players at RCADIA in Hamburg, Germany. | Provided by Echo

Scripe offered advice to guilds in general, which involve players who may not be aiming for world records. “I would highly recommend just not checking tactics, going [in] completely blind,” he said, recalling that when Echo players were ahead, it was fun because they didn’t fully know what to expect, either.

“In my opinion, if you’re not really going for the hardcore World First, why ruin the game for yourself? Just play it blind and enjoy it. I think you’re gonna have so much more fun,” Scripe added.

As World of Warcraft fans cheer on other competitors in the Race to World First Sepulcher of the First Ones event, they can also mark their calendars for even more esports action. The Arena World Championship will resume starting April 1 on YouTube.