WoW 5.0 New Challenge Modes: Race Against Time
The clock is ticking. Your group is making good progress, but you realize that if you don't hurry and work as a team, you will never make it in time. You approach the dungeon's last boss with a look of grim determination on your face; you will get that gold medal this time, come what may. He's almost down, but there are only seconds left on the timer. You yell at your group mates to give it their all for one last push, fingers flying across your keyboard. Finally he drops, and your group screams triumphantly: you've beaten the dungeon's best time. You've mastered its Challenge Mode.
Mists of Pandaria's Challenge Mode presents a new way to reward great team players and seasoned dungeon specialists. The idea is simple: if you select Challenge Mode for a dungeon, you and your group will be racing against the clock to finish the dungeon as quickly as possible. The faster you finish, the greater your reward.
You select Challenge Mode before you enter a dungeon. In this mode, your objective is to clear the instance and down all the dungeon's bosses as fast as you can. Your gear will be normalized, meaning that instead of your own equipment you will be fighting using a set of items that's appropriate for the instance. That way, the challenge level will be equal for all players. Depending on how quickly you clear the dungeon, your group can earn one of three possible medals: gold, silver, or bronze. Working together as a team, communicating well, and supporting and encouraging each other is the best way to get those shiny gold medals.
So practice your pulls, lay out your strategies, and remember that communication and coordination are key. Challenge Mode is coming. Are you ready?
Race Against Time
After your group completes a Challenge Mode dungeon, your time will be graded. Finishing a run within the optimal time limit will earn you a gold medal; the further you go over this time limit, the lesser your medal. Your gold medals and other Challenge Mode achievements will be tracked, so you can show off your accomplishments and see how well other players are doing. You will be able to compare yourself with other members of your guild and even your whole realm to see who got the most gold, silver, and bronze medals.
The rewards for delivering top Challenge Mode times will be mostly cosmetic in nature. There will be rewards such as awe-inspiring new armor art, new mounts, titles, and more that will only be available to players who unlock them by beating the game's hardest Challenge Mode dungeons. The more medals you earn, the more rewards you will unlock. There are tiered rewards for bronze, silver, and gold. The more medals you have, the more of each tier you complete.