Blizzard was testing normal modes on PTR with gear normalized to ilvl 502. It's hard to say what the final tuning will look like, but I'm going to guess that you'd want your raid's average ilvl to be well into the 490s before tackling Throne of Thunder. Anything under 490 and you'll probably have a hard time.
So you'll probably want to finish up tier 14 normal modes at a minimum. I don't think heroics are absolutely necessary unless you really want to do them yourselves.
That all said, if you have a highly skilled group you might be able to make do with less. If you're confident in the abilities of your raid team, zone in and give Jin'rohk a try. You should be able to gauge where your raid team stands with that encounter.
Do we have the name of the old god that was killed by Titans and became the Sha? And any details about the battle?
The god's name was Y'Shaarj. The most information we have on him comes from the Klaxxi quest Shadow of the Empire. Here are some of the details.
"Our Gods were many, and powerful. We mantid worshipped the seven heads of Y'Shaarj. When the usurpers came - the ones you call 'Titans' - Y'Shaarj was destroyed. Great was the Old One, and terrible was his wrath. He consumed hope and begat despair; he inhaled courage and breathed fear. His last terrible breath has haunted this land ever since, but the shadows he left behind are mere whispers of his former glory."
Based on that description, I'm not sure we'll actually get to fight Y'Shaarj himself. The old gods we fought in the past, C'Thun
, were imprisoned by the Titans
, not killed. Of course there is speculation that old gods can't truly be killed, so it's a possibility. For now I think our battles against the Sha
serve as our indirect fight against Y'Shaarj. By destroying his remnants we've probably pushed back any possibilities of him returning in the near future.
Honestly, I'm not sure we could take on Y'Shaarj alone right now. If the Sha of Fear is a "mere whisper of his former glory" we'd probably need to have the Titans at our side to win. What do you guys think?
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