Zug Zug Guildies,
Yesterday was Thanksgiving for those of us in the states, and I hope you all found yourself surrounded by good food and loved ones. I just wanted to take a moment to express my thanks for having you all in my life. Over the last six years, House of Zug has become a second family to me. I've had the distinct privilege to watch so many lives grow and evolve over the years. I've seen college kids mature into professionals, spouses, and even parents. It's been an incredible gift to know so many of you and share in your passions, and I look forward to the many great memories to come.
I also want to give a special thanks to my fellow officers: Bill (Ravindra), Dan (Iridin), and Steve (Mythrodan/Dire). Their friendship, hard work, and council have transformed this guild into so much more than I could have ever hoped to accomplish myself. If you get the change, make sure to take the time to thank them.
Last, I want to thank all the members of the community who have gone above and beyond what was required of them for the good of the guild. From donations to the guild bank to helping a friend with their DPS, I have seen countless examples of generosity that too frequently go unacknowledged. Therefore, I would like to take a moment to recognize three members of the community that have made me exceptionally proud this year.
Zilthy has worked with countless guildies on logs and Weak Auras this expansion, volunteering her free time and expertise to educate members of the community on the fundamentals of exceptional gameplay. Rather than limiting her circle to players at her level of play, Zilthy provided countless resources and offered her time to those aspiring to maximize their performance. In particular, I loved that Zilthy's assistance never came with charity (like any good coach). She was happy to give you the time and tools, but you had to create your own success to earn her respect. This attitude of self-determination energized her teammates to strive for ever greater challenges, never settling for adequacy.
Voidrake (Phatso) and our newest raider Kihra stand out in my mind as shining examples of the core principles behind House of Zug. Their generosity towards their fellow guild mates is boundless. How many times have you been offered a potion, tome, or flask from one of these people at no charge? They live to help others and achieve team goals. Both have a reputation for grouping with anyone in the community, regardless of skill or the impact that the activity will have on his or her character's power. Moreover, they have a gift for diffusing tension with unrelenting optimism that is truly inspiring to me as a leader.
Thank you all for your love and support.
House of Zug Downs Helya Normal by House of Zug
11/17/16 House of Zug kills Helya Normal (Trial of Valor) -- Watch live at http://ift.tt/2avKuGA
via YouTube http://youtu.be/a3lZJcmbofA
HoZ Downs Odyn Normal by House of Zug
11/10/16 HoZ Downs Odyn Normal, Trial of Valor -- Watch live at http://ift.tt/2avKuGA
via YouTube http://youtu.be/2yj1qBOxL9U
HoZ Downs Guarm Normal by House of Zug
11/10/16 House of Zug downs Guarm, ToV Normal -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/houseofzug
via YouTube http://youtu.be/pyXWDRmawYA
Good evening Raiders,
We had a few people swap mains this past week and I'd like to make sure we get your EP/GP values from the original "mains" migrated over to your new toons. If you're one of the people who swapped recently, and not necessarily just this past week, please send me an in-game email or a PM in GroupMe. Let me know who your current main is and who it was. I'll also update the attendance roster with the new information. For anyone who might be thinking about swapping mains in the future (assuming there is a future after tomorrow's election results), please get with me prior to the first raid night so we can move your EP/GP to the new toon.
Going forward, I won't be making these updates during the raid, so if we haven't done it ahead of time, your current toon
Hello Progression Raiders,
I noticed a few people asking in GroupMe yesterday how to give notice that you will not be attending a raid, so I thought I would give a quick recap of our attendance policy in the form of an FAQ and share some links that may be worth bookmarking.
What is House of Zug's attendance policy?
House of Zug does not do signups. We have a positive assumption attendance policy, which means that anyone of raid rank (Trial, Raider, Veteran Raider, or Officer) is always assumed to be present at the raid unless the individual provides formal notice of absence by posting the upcoming conflict in our designated attendance channel.
If a player gives formal notice 24 hours in advance of the event, we award that player 25% attendance rating for the event as appreciation for their excellent communication.
Progression raiders are expected to maintain above an 85% attendance rating in order to maintain their eligibility for Tuesday/Thursday progression raids.
Why doesn't House of Zug use signups?
Over the years, we have discovered that players are really terrible at remembering to signup for raids, and it ends up being a lot more work for organizers to remind players to update their attendance status than it is to simply assume everyone that has not given formal notice of absence will be in attendance.
Why do we need to give notice?
First of all, it's common courtesy and demonstrates appreciation for the extra weight that your teammates will need to shoulder in your absence. Moreover, advanced notice allows the officers to adjust our strategies to account for the loss of a raid cooldown or give a hybrid player advance notice to properly prepare his or her secondary specialization for a different role.
What constitutes formal notice?
There is only one acceptable way to give formal notice. Players should post any conflicts using GroupMe in the designated attendance channel. As organizers, it makes our life so much easier to have all the information in one place.
DO NOT whisper or mail and officer in game.
DO NOT tell and officer on Mumble and hope the officer remembers.
DO NOT post notice in a lobby such as guild chat or the War Room on GroupMe.
DO NOT tell a friend to tell an officer.
Didn't there used to be a form on the website for attendance conflicts?
Historically, formal notice required a form post on the website. However, we have recently simplified this system and created a designated attendance channel for your convenience. Rather than logging onto the website to give formal notice, players can now easily post from their phones with only a few clicks. This channel is also located in the same place that the old form used to be on the website under the navigation PROGRESSION RAIDING > ATTENDANCE > POST HERE TO MISS A RAID on the guild website.
What happens if I forget to give formal notice?
If you forget to give formal notice, an officer will mark you as "No Call; No Show" (NCNS) on the attendance spreadsheet, which will greatly impact your attendance rating. As a reminder, raiders that maintain an attendance rating below 85% risk loosing their raid rank.
Even if the event has passed, it's still a good idea to contact an officer and keep us in the loop. We understand that real life happens. As long as there is good communication, officers are much more willing to make exceptions. However, players that fail to attend events and do not make an attempt to inform their teammates of their scheduling conflicts will be assumed to have resigned from the team, demoted, and need to reapply at a later date.
Where can I view my current attendance?
Attendance can be viewed on this attendance spreadsheet, also accessible by navigating PROGRESSION RAIDING > ATTENDANCE > CURRENT ATTENDANCE on the guild website.
What if my attendance has been miscalculated?
If you believe your attendance has been improperly calculated, you can make a comment directly on the attendance spreadsheet or contact an officer and we will investigate the error ASAP.
What is the reward for good attendance?
The guild reserves the rank of Veteran Raider for raiders who have maintained a minimum of 85% attendance rating for the previous three months. This rank comes with a small, monthly effort point award, equivalent to one raid night, in addition to first access to all vanity items dropped in progression raids (ie. transmog gear, mounts, or pets).
Zug Zug Progression Raiders:
Trial of Valor (ToV) drops a week from today, and it's time we started looking into the mechanics for the new mini-raid.
The plan is to complete our farm of Emerald Nightmare (heroic) next Tuesday (11/18) and then jump into ToV on normal-mode difficulty for the remainder of the evening and Thursday (11/10).
Know that initial testing reports rank ToV as extremely difficult.
Please respect the time and dedication of your fellow progression raiders by coming prepared.
Icy-Veins PTR Guides
Dungeon Journal / Boss Mechanics by WoWhead
Barotar will also be creating another 1-page summary of the fights and accompanying encounter Weak Auras. However, these resources will likely not be completed for a few days.
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