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WoWApr 28, 2015 4:55 pm CT

Hellfire Citadel raid testing schedule for April 29-30

Hellfire Citadel

Raid testing for Hellfire Citadel continues this week with four new Heroic difficulty encounters on Wednesday and Thursday. Tomorrow, players will be able to test the Heroic Hellfire High Council encounter, as well as Heroic Mannoroth. On Thursday, Hellfire Assault and Socrethar the Eternal will be available for testing. Once testing concludes on Thursday, the Halls of Blood Raid Finder wing will be open and active through the weekend. Halls of Blood includes the Council, Kilrogg, and Gorefiend encounters. If you can’t get in a group for the Heroic encounters, you might want to try out LFR over the weekend.

Originally Posted by Watcher (Official Post)
This Wednesday and Thursday, we will continue our Hellfire Citadel raid testing. As is always the case with PTR raid testing, it is quite possible that there will be technical or gameplay issues that disrupt our plans. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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.

Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below on all PTR servers.

Wednesday, April 29

Hellfire High Council – Heroic Hellfire Citadel
13:30 PDT (16:30 EDT, 22:30 CEST)

Mannoroth – Heroic Hellfire Citadel
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 24:00 CEST)

Thursday, April 30

Hellfire Assault – Heroic Hellfire Citadel
13:30 PDT (16:30 EDT, 22:30 CEST)

Socrethar the Eternal – Heroic Hellfire Citadel
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 24:00 CEST)

After the conclusion of our final Thursday test, we will open the Halls of Blood Raid Finder wing (Council, Kilrogg, and Gorefiend), and we plan to leave that wing active through the weekend. There will be no scheduled Friday testing.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR 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.

Important Testing Notes

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Stormwind, Orgrimmar, and your garrison, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade 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.) You can also teleport to Tanaan and just walk in the standard entrance.

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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