Cross-realm Mythic Vault of the Incarnates is opening up in World of Warcraft beginning on February 14th. Dragonflight’s first raid will be letting in cross realm groups into Mythic difficulty as part of some continued changes.
This opening was announced in a post by CM Kaivax, with an explanation of their decision and its timing.
“This represents a shift in philosophy that has evolved over the last few raid tiers, where we’ve seen the pace at which the Hall of Fame filled up for both factions become unaligned with the timing that we would have chosen for players at large.”
In order to work with this situation, having cross-realm Mythic Vault of the Incarnates open up in mid-February will still mean a Hall of Fame. Yet, this time they’re applying a specific rule that will also apply to future raids. In order to qualify for the Hall of Fame from this time forward in cross-realm groups, at least 16 players must be from the same guild.
This isn’t the end of changes to consider, so we can expect Blizzard to continue looking at options to work in ways they believe will better the experience. Announcing this change for this raid right now, and giving a heads up that things may look different in the future going forward, is also part of their shift in philosophy and practice.
“With future raids, we’re looking into a more-scheduled approach for when cross-realm Mythic difficulty becomes available. We want to keep our options open for the timing to vary, since we yet don’t know the circumstances we might observe in the future, but we intend to provide further announcements like this one to give players time to reorganize.”
So we should be prepared for upcoming shifts in scheduling, and it seems like more advanced schedule releases.
Read the announcement at World of Warcraft.