WoW Dragonflight Vault of the Incarnates Race to World First - how to watch, guilds & more

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Vault of the Incarnates Race to World First

Two weeks after World of Warcraft: Dragonflight's official launch, players will finally get their hands on new PvE and PvP content with Dragonflight Season 1. Taking part in that will be the Race to World First for Vault of the Incarnates.

Held in every patch that has a brand-new raid release, the world's top guilds compete for who can be the fastest to beat the raid's final boss. The winner not only gets to claim that they're the best guild in the world, but they also crown themselves with the World First title.

The race's usual suspects are guilds like Echo from Europe and Liquid from North America, who have been duking it out since the Battle for Azeroth expansion. However, this time around, they'll have some tough competition from the likes of BDGG, Method, Aversion, and others.

Vault of the Incarnates is the expansion's first raid. Whoever wins, gets to set the tone for the expansion early—Will Echo three-peat? Will Liquid re-claim their thrown? Or will Method rise to the top once again?

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This comes as the top-end guilds focused on splits: Liquid focused on Normal early on, later taking down Raszageth, the Storm-Eater on Heroic World First, and Echo, and others, focused on Heroic.

More hands-on Mythic progress is expected soon.

Vault of the Incarnates Release Date

Vault of the Incarnates will release as a part of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight Season 1 which will go live on the week of Monday, December 12, 2022, releasing after each region's respective weekly scheduled maintenance.

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RAID THE VAULT: Vault of the Incarnates becomes available on the week of December 12

Vault of the Incarnates will launch with all of its Normal, Heroic, and Mythic versions available from day one, giving the Race to World First an interesting twist.

As always, the North American region will get enter the raid first, which means that Liquid, BDGG, and other North American guilds will get a head start until Europe and the rest of the world catches up on the following Wednesday, December 14.

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How to watch the Vault of the Incarnates Race to World First

Players can watch the Race to World First Vault of the Incarnates in different ways.

For starters, they can go to the official Warcraft Twitch and YouTube channels. Where Blizzard Entertainment will officially stream the race. Players looking to watch a guild in specific—as many have done in the past—can do so via the guilds' Twitch channels. Below are the channels:

Additionally, if players wish to watch a specific player's perspective be it their favorite player or the class that they play, they can do so by visiting this list that provides all of the players' Twitch channels.

Lastly, if they want to keep track of finer details or don't have time to catch the streams, they can track guilds' progress on sites like Raider.IO, Warcraft Logs, and Method, and while they're at it they can get the Perpetual Purple Firework toy via Twitch Drops.

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Top Guilds heading into the Race to World First

The Race to World First for the Vault of the Incarnates will mainly be spearheaded by two guilds, Echo and Liquid, however, due to recent improvements, especially in the previous World First race, fans of the spectacle can expect the likes of BDGG, Method, and Aversion to make a name in the race.

Players can look towards these guilds to make waves, possibly surprising the World First race entirely. BDGG has long been North America's number two guild although they are quite a ways from being on the level of Liquid, they have that spot down pat. Aversion, on the other hand, is Germany's best guild, which in the previous Race to World First made some strides.

However, out of all of them, Method is the safest bet to cause an upset as not only did they take home second place last race—partially due to Liquid dropping out of the race after they realized they lost—they've made some tremendous strides, bringing in stronger players. Before Echo, there was Method, quite literally as all of Method's players migrated over to Echo to start the Battle for Azeroth expansion, and now the guild's back—other competitors need to watch out.

All in all, though, players should really be on the lookout for Echo and Liquid as they've become strong rivals since the Battle for Azeroth expansion. Currently, Echo's riding high on two back-to-back World First titles while Liquid is trying to get back in it after finishing Battle for Azeroth and beginning Shadowlands with wins.

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