What teams are competing in the WoW Sanctum of Domination Race to World First?

The RWF field is stacked with contenders.

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Another edition of the World of Warcraft mythic Race to World First event is set to kick off today. Players from around the world are gearing up to clear the game’s latest raid, the Sanctum of Domination. 

Last December, guilds from across the globe took part in the Race to World First for the Castle Nathria raid and many of the contenders from that event will be back this time around for another shot at a “World First” title. But this race could be one of the most competitively intense raid races the game has seen, considering just 74 guilds managed to clear the Sanctum of Domination on heroic difficulty prior to today’s release of mythic difficulty.

And while there will surely be dozens of guilds competing in the Race to World First, only a handful will be in title contention, especially as the event gets further and further down the line. Here’s a quick preview of some of the teams to keep an eye on throughout the course of the Sanctum of Domination Race to World First. 

Complexity Limit

Complexity Limit became the first North American guild in over a decade to win a Race to World First event last year and has gone on an absolute tear ever since. Led by high-profile raid leader Maximum, the back-to-back defending champions are still the odds-on favorites to take yet another mythic race. But the team is most definitely going to see challenges from all corners of the world this time around. 

Echo

The runners-up of the Castle Nathria race, Echo have steadily climbed through the scene, getting closer and closer to a victory with each raid release. Now, just a year after coming together as a team, Echo is in a prime position to put Europe back on top. 

Aster

Aster, a Chinese newcomer composed of many of the region’s top players, came out of nowhere to secure the world’s first Sylvanas kill on heroic difficulty. But if there’s anything standing in the way of this superteam during the mythic Race to World First, it’s the fact that China’s WoW servers don’t update with new content until 32 hours after North America.

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BDGG

BDGG managed to hang tough alongside some of the game’s top guilds during the Castle Nathria Race to World First. And this time around, the team should easily be considered a contender. They snagged the first heroic Sylvanas kill in the U.S. last week, a clear mark of evidence pointing in the direction that they’re most definitely one of the strongest Western guilds. 

Method

Method claimed seventh place during the mythic Castle Nathria race and has only bolstered its roster since last December. The guild is still led by longtime raid leader Sco, who managed to rebuild Method’s roster after a mass exodus last summer. After a long climb back to the top of the pro WoW landscape, Method has a chance to return to its former top-three status. 

Skyline

Another Chinese contender, Skyline has finished in the top 10 in each of the last six mythic races. They had their best performance in Castle Nathria, where the team secured a top-five placement. 

FatSharkYes

FatSharkYes have earned top-10 finishes in each of the last three raid tiers. The team continues to stand out as one of the game’s most steady progressors. After finishing fourth in the Castle Nathria race, the guild has a serious chance at breaking into the top three during the Sanctum of Domination race. 

Pieces

The European veterans are always a steady threat to pull out a surprise victory. The team has posted two consecutive third-place finishes and has a chance at breaking into the top two during the Sanctum of Domination mythic race.

Halcyon

Keep an eye on Halcyon throughout the race. The team is a complete dark horse but has seen steady progression in each raid tier. During the Ny’alotha race, Halcyon finished 197th, but during the Castle Nathria race, the team skyrocketed through the ranks to 38th overall. Now, after securing the world’s eighth Sylvanas Windrunner kill on heroic difficulty, the team could continue to climb up through the rankings.