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Warlords Official Raiding Information

Postby Thanatros » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:59 pm

Edit-bumping this, now that we are getting close to official raid start. New / changed bits are in italics. //Aer

Official raiding will begin on Wednesday 7th January 2015.

This does not mean we will be doing nothing before that! Un-official raids will be organised both to do group pokes at the new MC LFR, as well as some forays into normal/heroic Highmaul with the most prepared raiders. These will be exclusively posted on the in-game calendar, so keep an eye out!

Do not feel pressured to rush your character to be ready for these runs, as they are unofficial no EPGP will be accrued and we will not be monitoring attendance.

For our current trialees, we may use performance from these unofficial raids as reference, however no promotions will occur before the official start (but if you've passed in our eyes by then, you'll start as a full raider!). Again, do not feel pressured to join as a trial, better to wait to give a good impression if in doubt ;)

What we expect for raiding:

Most of this will be fairly obvious, but as a bare minimum we require active raiders to have completed the following before official raiding starts.

Gear Level: Aiming for an item level of 630+ equipped. This is often at the mercy of RNG, however there should be plenty of opportunity for runs. This threshold is assuming mostly heroic blues, with the odd epic from crafting or warforged piece. This is not a hard limit, and it should not prove an obstacle for most people.

Equipment condition: Obviously all gear should be enchanted where appropriate. This means rings, cloaks and necks should have enchants, as well as weapons of course. We will not be demanding the highest possible tier enchants on dungeon blues, but please ensure that they are at least enchanted. Any gem slots on gear should also be filled, again does not need to be the highest tier gems for dungeon blues.

Consumables: For the past two expansions we have had means of provided flasks and food to the raid as whole via either cauldrons or only having 10 raiders. With our expansion in Warlords we will likely be unable to maintain a steady flow of 3 flasks per player per raid as we were originally doing. This is in part due to the removal of the flask bonus from Elixir mastery, and in part to the gateway of sorcerous fire/water required to make the greater flasks.

For the starting raids we will have a supply of greater flasks to distribute, however we will be requesting that raiders either help supply the alchemical catalysts and sorcerous fire/water or sourcing their own flasks. Using the alchemy lab in your garrison provides these materials from work orders, and if you set your herb garden to frostweed (which requires a follower or level 2, can't remember which) you should have no difficulties maintaining a full set of work orders.

We have a large number of alchemists in the guild who can serve your needs, but initially Gorshaku has the greater strength and intellect recipes, whereas I will have the agility and stamina recipes shortly. Eventually we'll both have all of them, but if you're eager to sort your supply now, go ahead!

Feasts will be given as usual, however as the highest tier of feast requires savage blood, any assistance in supply of that would be appreciated (requires Tier 3 barn).

Legendary Quest progress: By the start of official raiding you should be easily able to complete the Chapter I: Call of the Archmage achievement. This will reward you with an ilvl 680 epic ring, and the option to purchase another for your offspec for 800g. This is obviously a big contributor to the item level requirement, and is a natural progression of completing heroics and gathering Apexis crystals :)

Addons/Extras: Most will already know, but as we've a few trialees that might not be sure, we require the following:
-Deadly Boss Mods (or equivalent): No excuses here, it's too useful to ignore. While you also have my dreary voice acting as a boss mod, I can't tell you everything!
-EPGP Lootmaster (with ML part disabled): This is our loot system, for which more information can be found here. If you do not have the addon properly installed you won't be able to roll for loot!
-Teamspeak 3: Our voice communications for raiding. While it is not required that you speak, it is necessary to listen, as key information such as tactics and in-fight directions are delivered this way. The server information is in the guild information tab in game, or you can ask a member of management for the details if you can't find it ;)
Be on time: Groups will be started and announced at 19.00 server time. An on time EPGP bonus will be handed out to those in the group and ready to start at 19.15. This gives us time to consider the composition of the group, most importantly what hybrids (if any) will have to go to their off spec, and put us in a good position to start pulling at 19.30. While we encourage being online at 19.15, we understand this is not always possible. If you are online before raid start (19.30), you will get invited.

That sums up our requirements of raiders for this expansion. Those who have been with us before will see nothing remarkably different, and hopefully it's obvious to our newer members why we ask for this. We won't be standing with a clipboard at the instance entrance to ensure compliance, but if we notice anyone not following the above they will not be invited to subsequent raids until it is fixed!

Group Composition
As you know, Mythic will be 20 man. Until we are ready to poke our heads in there, we will be doing mainly heroic raids, with normals added in where necessary / practical. These are flexible in size from 10 to 30 raiders. However: While we will try to accomodate people to the best of our ability, especially during progress we're going to have to be somewhat restrictive with changing the group midway through a raid. Example: if we've just spent time refining tactics, it could set us back having to "restart" the explaining of tactics due to new players joining. We will also have to make sure the group balance is right. To reiterate: asking if it is possible to join a raid in progress is fine, but please understand it may not always be possible despite the flexible size of the raid.

As usual, please send any questions to myself or the rest of the management team.

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