Complexity Limit made a historic World of Warcraft (WoW) raiding achievement at the expense of the game’s final boss, Sire Denathrius. The guild, which is sponsored by Complexity Gaming, claimed a world-first kill at Castle Nathria, the first raid in WoW’s Shadowlands expansion. Complexity Limit’s victory was notable because they did it with a roster that only used 20 players, which was five players short of the normal 25-player raiding composition required for World First raiding.
Sire Denathrius is the final boss in Castle Nathria, a blood-n-themed raid that was included in the Shadowlands expansion. Killing Sire Denathrius before any other guild is considered a significant achievement in the WoW raiding community, and a highly competitive sport for those who climb the ranks of raiding.
Complexity Limit’s success comes after weeks of intense and unrelenting practice that had to take place during an ongoing global pandemic, which created unprecedented challenges for the gaming community. Speaking to Polygon, co-raid leader Phil_S started by saying, “Covid has not made this easy.” It made it much harder with respect to not being able to travel, taking more time off. Players had to avoid getting sick in between; it just added an additional layer of stress.”
The group began their raid just hours after Blizzard, the game’s developer, released a hotfix that changed the difficulty of the encounter. This caught some of the players off-guard, but they went in with the confidence they needed to succeed.
Complexity Limit has dedicated itself to World of Warcraft raiding since 2015. It has been consistently among the top raiding guilds in the world, ranking third in World of Warcraft after the recent kill on Sire Denathrius. The guild became sponsored by Complexity Gaming, the American esports organization, in 2019, marking an important shift for the guild.
This victory is noteworthy because Complexity Limit achieved it without using some of the ten classes that had previously been considered mandatory in World First raiding compositions. As Polygon explains, “In a world-first environment, each class — and often times each spec within each class — brings something to the table in a raid composition. Most of the time, very specific, complementary classes and specs are required to handle each boss fight’s unique abilities and mechanics.”
Complexity Limit was the only guild of the seven groups that had gotten to Sire Denathrius to bring Frost Death Knights or Elemental Shamans, which had previously been two of the most popular classes for World First raiding since they’re excellent at handling key mechanics for the Sire Denathrius encounter.
Instead, the guild relied on other classes to perform key functions. For example, they used Mages, Arcane Mages, Frost Mages,Beast Masters; these classes do not have any specialized mechanics on this encounter, but they made choices with respect to DPS output from each player.
Complexity Limit’s victory tells us that the game’s raiding meta is different from what it used to be. Psi, the co-raid leader for Complexity Limit, told Polygon that “Something we did differently was we really approached each boss fight as a brand-new challenge, especially this one.”
The group’s strategy involved making sure they had backups in place in case things went wrong. They were able to solve issues they encountered with strategies they hadn’t initially planned for because they practiced extensively every day.
Additionally, the guild showed up to Sire Denathrius fully prepared, both mentally and physically. To stay focused, they abstained from the game entirely the day before, and on the day of the raid, players took sleeping pills and remained awake for nearly 30 hours to stay alert.
Finally, the guild’s achievement shows the resilience of esports teams in the face of adversity. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has disrupted sports worldwide, thrusting esports into the spotlight. The efforts and achievements of Complexity Limit in claiming the World First raiding honor even when some of the guild’s players couldn’t be physically together, is an inspiring message to the esports community.
In conclusion, Complexity Limit’s achievement in claiming a World First raiding kill is noteworthy for many reasons: They had to do it with fewer players than most guilds; they did it without using some of the most popular classes; and they overcame the difficulties of the pandemic. Their tactics, professionalism and resilience will inspire other esports teams as they work to make their own marks on their respective games.