On with the show.
Patch 3.2 has introduced several new mechanics for the Crusaders Coliseum Dungeon and Raid instance. This thread is for discussion of the raid instance but I feel some clarification needs to be made here involving how to determine what instance you are entering and how to get there. First off, the purple portal leads to the 5-man dungeon content and the green portal (near the T9 vendors) leads to the raid content. There are also new and changed menu options for the raids themselves that determine what kind of group you are forming and what level of difficulty you will be tackling. This menu option system may be new but should be fairly self-explanitory once you have seen it.
The normal 5man has no lockout and the heroic 5man works on the same 1-day lockout as other heroic dungeons. Each of the 4 raid options has a seperate lockout.
Dungeon play is known as "Trial of the Champion." Normal modes of raid play are known as "Trial of the Crusader" and heroic modes of raid play are known as "Trial of the Grand Crusader." Someone in your raid must have completed the normal mode raid in order to activate the heroic mode raid; this applies to both 10 and 25 player versions.
At this point, normal mode bosses are being introduced at a rate of 1 per week. This means the heroic mode of the encounters will not be available for play until the 5th week of resets, meaning the earliest anyone could attempt any of the heroic modes would be September 1, 2009 after having cleared the last boss of normal mode. It is assumed that all heroic mode bosses will be available for play at that time. This means no heroic mode discussion until September 15; heroic modes discussion may technically be open for all bosses at that point but I feel the discussion rules may amended by then depending on the difficulty of the encounters.
The bosses for the raid instance are as follows:
- Northrend Beasts (unlocked Aug 4)
- Gormok the Impaler
- Acidmaw and Dreadscale (Two Jormungar)
- Lord Jaraxxus (unlocked Aug 11)
- Faction Champions (unlocked Aug 18)
- Twin Val'kyr (unlocked Aug 25)
- Anub'arak (unlocked Sep 1)
As of writing this, only the Northrend Beasts have been opened for combat. Talking to the NPC will reveal that the others are not ready yet.