Friday, August 1, 2014

Raiding - I almost got out of Spoils

Once a month on a Thursday I might finish late.  It was that Thursday and I told people I couldn't make raid, and hopefully Tensai and Ravzz could fill in the gap.

Wednesday had gone OK but we had gotten a bit stuck on Dark Shaman because Aza had heard that if we wait long enough, Ji Firepaw gets executed and Aysa Cloudsinger rushes in and dies also.  So when we got to Valley of Strength we waited for a bit.

And waited.  "This is mean," said Tensai.  "Can't you just watch the video instead?"

"It takes 15 minutes," Luxy said.  So we started clearing the trash around him, and checked on them every now and then.  Then as we were doing one last bit of trash, there was a shout "It's started!"

Ji was executed and Aysa ran in but Exray denied her the death she was destined and he pulled the mobs and we killed them as she was kicking them, and so she lived, but after the mobs died, Ji's body despawned. She wept for him and then she ran away!

Anyway for whatever reason, Dark Shaman wasn't crash hot.  There were 2 walls which were weird.  One went across the room and I died in it, and on another attempt there was no wall, and Aimei and I wondered if he had placed the wall perfectly inside the wall of Grommash Hold.  It turned out Jazz had somehow got agro and the wall was placed where she was, and she went splat.

So on Thursday, with me not being there, and just Ravzz and Morz healing, Dark shaman was a one shot. And Ravzz even got the Dark Shaman transmog!!! Then Nazgrim went well (Ravzz got the Tier gloves - funny coz he had flex ones for so long and he only just upgraded them to normal on Sunday, and now he has heroic ones), and even Malkorok was a one shot.  I was amazed.  Mostly because Ravzz had not done those Malk or Dark Shaman on heroic and he had done well - I was honestly worried about Malkorok, but the others reassured me that he did very well.  In fact, he was doing so well they were on Spoils.  I was hoping maybe he would do brilliantly on that too so I could not do Spoils, but though he made some good progress he stepped out.

I was happy to raid, even though it's Spoils, and the first time I died from being stupid and getting stunned by the statues, but the second time it went very well.  Nath even got to upgrade his heroic warforged mail belt to another heroic warforged belt... ! Luxy also took a belt upgrade as well. Then we had 2 goes on Thok and we had the best transition ever on P1 but unfortunately died as we opened the cage slightly slowly leading to some funny Thok positioning.  The second go we had we died in P1 because we didn't transition for some bizarre reason!  Anyway, that will leave Thok for Monday and some more attempts at Blackfuse.

So, looks like Ravzz is getting there!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guildleader chores: A proposition and an avid guild discussion

I was approached by the GM of The Bushido Project today (just as we were about to start raiding) who asked if we were interested in a raiding alliance till the end of Mists, when 6.0 hits.

It's interesting because I was thinking about that a few months ago, and then when I couldn't get a hold of their GM, I decided not to worry about raiding alliances anymore.  After all, since then, I've picked up a few people and I've thought that I might even be able to scrape enough for 20 heroic raiders - with Crooked, Drauka, Ravzz (Dontmountme changed his name finally), Cptsars, Tensai and maybe Haevela (and maybe Souglyy and Vexil) then I might be able to drag a few more to 20.

Anyway, I couldn't chat coz I was trying to heal Immerseus but I let the other officers know what was on the table, but I wouldn't make any decisions without discussing it with the guild, especially those who would be raiding.  Now, this isn't to bag out Bushido Project at all, but it's a demonstration of how different guilds can be, and I worry a lot about raiders meshing.  And there are nothing wrong with their rules - things are way more relaxed here (because we don't fight over loot... much!).  I imagine most hard core guilds have rules like this.

Jazz told me that she applied to Bushido when she first came to Saurfang, but they declined her and Nath due to lack of experience.  I said that it was Bushido's loss LOL!  I was so happy to have her and Nath in Frostwolves!

Jazz went to their website and started telling me their rules, and the guild scrutinised them.  This cool image is from their website.

Once a decision has been made by the raid leader it will not be challenged

Snowcaller said that it would be pretty hard for us to not be able to make any decisions, and if we didn't agree with Bushido Project's raid decisions.  I said I should have a rule like that "Once a decision has been made by the guild leader, it will not be challenged."  Then we all said that Aza would probably not listen anyway and get annoyed because... well it's Aza.

When wipe is called all raiders will commit seppuku as quickly as possible

Our new recruit, Kuro, said where's the fun in that - seeing how long you can live without tanks and healers is half the fun.

Players will be committed to a single raiding character and raid role until an expansion is complete

I said that Exray would be devastated... going from Boomkin, to warrior, then DK... and he piped up saying that he went DK because we needed it!  And please don't take his DK from him!! LOL!  Though I do like that rule, but we aren't really so strict about it here - I think if people were switching a lot, I'd end up sitting them out anyway coz I have so many others to gear.

Players will provide two weeks notice before leaving the guild

Jazz said it sounded like raiding and playing WoW was like a job in TBP.  I said to her that doing EPGP and cleaning up guild bank WAS a job.  Sars told me to get more officers so I could laze around more.  I did just promote Morz though!  More people to do EPGP!  Sars made the joke that you won't get your deposit back, and Lyndra (another new recruit /wink) said Oh no!  And then I piped up saying that I had forgotten to collect the guild joining fee from Lyndra... LOL, I can't imagine that people would give 2 weeks notice leaving guild.  I am not sure how they would police that really - though it is courtesy to do so, because it gives you time to find replacements for raid.

Raiders will be selected on a boss-by-boss basis to assist guild progression, and ensure fair representation by all raiders

Gosh, I only balance DPS and heals.  I don't really care about group makeup because we're here to have fun.  Our Thok composition shows us just how we just make do with what we have!

After reading that and we all had our little jokes about it, I was seriously having doubts about this alliance. They take their raiding so seriously - I mean, we take it seriously too, but we try to make do with what we have.  I know that when Mythic comes we need to increase our classes as raids will want us to bring every class if possible, so I may have to consider that when 6.0 hits.  It also made me realise how relaxed things are here in Frostwolves.  I know that rules exist because you need to have guidelines to avoid drama - but I did try my best to weed out the drama beforehand.  All new recruits know the general rules, and raiders are pretty cohesive and know the unwritten rules of courtesy and raiding in Frostwolves.  I mean, my rules have always been simple.

  • No abusing others in guild chat, raid chat or Ventrilo. You can do it in whispers if you're good friends
  • No trolling in trade chat on any toon that has Frostwolves as a guild tag.  You can do it on a level 1 alt not in the guild.
  • If you raid you have to be amenable to sitting out and taking turns.
  • No sexist, racist or rape talk in guild chat.  Excessive swearing in guild chat may have to be curbed. (Note that I never said anything about vent in private channels... especially with my PvP swearing...)
I will discuss with Lyconah via game mail to let him/her know about what we expect, and also we'd have to hash out a raid time - they raid way to early for me (7pm-10pm server).  All up, I'm not sure that it will work, but I will have to do a fair bit of ground work and ground rules first to protect my guild and ensure that raiding is still the fun thing we all love to do.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Warlock T3 Fish mog

When we went to Melbourne for our guildies meetup, we were at the Melbourne aquarium and we saw this fish:

This is a Mandarin fish or Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus).  When we saw it, Aza said OMG it's a T3 fish.  I had no idea what warlock T3 looked like and I forgot all about it.

Today when we were raiding, Morz said "OMG you're wearing the fish mog!"

LOL, it really DOES look like that fish!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Our first Guildie with the Dark Shaman mog!

Cptsars is our first Frostie with the Dark shaman transmog!  Here are some pics of him looking awesome - he picked it up on Sunday's raid.  He is one awesome looking shaman!

Pity he's telling me he's gonna mainswap in WoD... :P