Zug Zug Heroes of Dreanor,
Today is December 2 which means raiding is finally here! We have already begun awarding the first Gladiator promotions, and many more are on the way. I appologize for how quickly things have moved so far; I promise they will calm down! The first weeks of any expansion are always a mad dash, and I've tried my best to keep everyone informed and on track with their raiding priorities. (In the future, expect a State of the Guild and/or Newsletter about once a month.) Those of you who are a little behind the curve, don't be discouraged; we have 30 Gladiator slots available (and only 3 taken as of this moment).
With that in mind, this post provides an in-depth look at the expectations and requirements for our first adventure into Highmaul. I encourage everyone to give it a read before invites go out at 5:15 PM (Pacific Time) today (Tuesday, Dec. 2). I have also attached guides to the first boss of Highmaul (Kargath Bladefist), please watch this preview video and read either Icy-Veins' guide or the Dungeon Journal before accepting your raid invite. (I will be explaining every boss, but it helps if everyone has an idea about what to expect.)
Thank you for your patience, interest, and faith!
Outline1) Raiding Expectations. Previous information regarding gearing and raiding expectations has been updated and consolidated into a new section of the website entitled "Raiding".
Please note that beginning Dec. 2, weekly World Bosses (which drop epic Highmaul gear) are available as are Seals of Tempered Fate (which allow you to reroll boss loot 3x/week). On Dec. 9, Highmaul LFR opens (offering 640 loot).
Also, until we can fill an entire raid team (10 players) with Gladiators, we will need to use pick-up players to fill the raid. As such, the officers have decided to allow Members with 630 equipped ilvl to join our raids even if they have not yet earned the Gold Challenge Mode requirement. Moreover, we will not be strictly enforcing optimization for enchants, flasks, and potions, as many of these items are hyper-inflated on the Auction House. These exceptions will expire January 1, so make plans over the holiday break to optimize correctly.
2) Initial Raiding Goals. I want to emphasize (especially for those who may not have raided outside of LFR before) that progression raiding is a slow process. It is not uncommon to spend hours or even nights without seeing a single piece of loot while we are learning a new boss. Please come dawning your patience hats. If you choose to attend a raid, we expect your full and unwaivering discipline.
3) Holiday Schedule. The holidays are upon us, and it's reasonable to assume plans are hectic. Please note, the guild will, obviously, not be raiding on Dec. 25; however, we will be hosting a raid on Tuesday, Dec. 23 for those who can attend. Guild Night will also be canceled on Wednesday Dec. 24 and 31 in reverence to the holidays. Our standard schedule will resume in January.
4) Guild Night. The votes are in, and it's a tie! The first three weeks of December will feature three different Guild Night events: DIII, HotS, and Crappy WoW PVP.
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