It’s been two weeks since launch, and I’m pretty sure some of our members have not slept more than a cumulative 8 hours since Legion went live. Since we have not had a chance to meet as a team since launch, I wanted to address some of the most frequently asked questions that I’ve received in the past two weeks.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to an officer for clarification or concern. The best place to reach us is through private message on the GroupMe app or on Facebook Messenger via the website. These resources allow us to give more thoughtful responses than while we are distracted in-game, running a dungeon or chatting with friends.
I hope you find this FAQ helpful.
How is our progression roster looking?
Excellent! We recruited a very full roster of players, knowing that there is always a certain amount of early expansion fatigue. I anticipate a few hiccups in the first two weeks of raiding as we settle into our new roles and start preparing mentally for the progression grind.
However, I expect to resume the traditional House of Zug raid efficiency by the first week of October. You can view the current team on our guild roster spreadsheet or the entire guild’s gearing progress on WarcraftLFG.
What roles are we light on?
According to our signup list, we are actually situated very well for Legion raiding. We are a little heavy on the Protector Token classes (warrior, hunter, shaman, monk), but otherwise I am very satisfied with our core roster.
Are we going to be organizing official mythic+ groups?
The House of Zug progression team has always been a two-night commitment, and we have no plans to increase that requirement. We highly encourage raiders to take mythic+ progression seriously; however, the time, place, and group will be the responsibility of the player with the keystone to determine.
Why am I not getting invited to guild mythic dungeon groups?
A lot of people have described a difficult time finding guild groups for mythic dungeons. While House of Zug does not officially organize mythic dungeon runs, I do have some tips for players (especially dps) who are finding it difficult to get into groups.
* Get on Mumble! There are always a horde of people hanging out in the lobby. Ask them if they want to form a group.
* Start your own group. Learn the strategies and hand pick your team from members of the guild and people in the LFG tool.
* Announce your runs in advance. If I know that I will have a couple hours for mythics, I usually post on GroupMe to alert guildies that I will be organizing an event at a specific time.
* Start early in the week. Lockouts reset on Tuesday, so there are always a horde of people looking to run mythics early in the week.
* Make friends. Getting to know you fellow guildies and creating a positive dungeon experience is a surefire way to form a weekly group. Players are very willing to save their lockouts for a fun and productive group later in the week.
* Kick butt. When you do a dungeon, treat it like a raid. Play your class to the maximum and utilize your utility to create a smooth run, and people will naturally want to group with you again and again.
How do I get my raid rank?
Anyone who wants to raid on the Progression Raid team in Legion can earn their raid status by completing the following Ready-2-Raid checklist. Players who complete the checklist by September 19 will be awarded effort points (EP) equivalent to three nights of raiding as an incentive for being raid ready before the opening of the Emerald Nightmare raid.
IMPORTANT: You must have an authenticator assigned to your account for ranks Raider and above.
Why do I need a rank to raid?
Players must have earned a raid rank (Trial Raider, Raider, Veteran Raider) to be eligible to participate in progression raids. While we would love to make raids available to everyone, the Progression Team requires a roster of committed raiders in order to accomplish our goals within the limits of a two-night schedule.
Why did ranks reset in Legion?
House of Zug always resets ranks and our loot system (EPGP) each expansion in order to create equality among the raid team. By requiring all members (including officers) to regain their raid status and effort points, we prevent House of Zug from becoming like so many guilds that show clear favoritism toward their veterans and officers. We strive to ensure that each member, regardless of when they join House of Zug, feels welcome and valued as a member of our team.
This being said, this expansion the officers have agreed to allow players who ended our Warlords of Draenor progression at the rank of Veteran Raider to regain their Veteran status after only two months of 85% attendance rating (normally three months). We believe this gesture recognizes the efforts of our most loyal players while still evening the playing field for the new expansion.
What rank will I get when I complete the Ready-2-Raid form?
We have decided to promote all players who complete the Ready-2-Raid form to the rank of “Raider”. You can see the full privileges for each rank on the Progression Raiding event page.
So you’re promoting everyone to raid rank without the normal trial period?
The decision to allow new players to skip to raider status was a difficult one. We thought it was in poor taste to promote some people to Raider rank and others to Trial, so we decided in the interest of team cohesion to just promote everyone who is Ready-2-Raid by September 19.
We understand that this may result in a couple players earning a rank that entitles them to progress on encounters which may be beyond their current skill level. We plan to address this issue by setting aside the first two weeks of raiding to gather combat logs data and take an assessment of our current roster.
If we find that a player is struggling to keep up with the rest of the team, we will use the data gathered in the first two weeks to provide constructive feedback to help get the player caught up to the rest of the team. This will be our top priority out of the gate.
What happens if I do not meet the Ready-2-Raid requirements by Sept. 19?
While we try to be as inclusive as possible, at the end of the day the progression raid team needs to ensure progression. We believe that the Ready-2-Raid requirements are appropriate for the goals associated with a semi-hardcore guild like ours.
However, we understand that for many players these requirements may prove to be a challenge to complete before September 19. Don’t worry! It’s perfectly fine to come late to the party. We will not be lifting the minimum item level requirements for progression raiding until at least October 4.
Players who submit their Ready-2-Raid request after September 19 but before October 5 will receive 50% of the Ready-2-Raid effort point incentive and join the team as a Raider only if they have previously achieved Veteran status in Warlords of Draenor. New members to the roster who join the progression team after the release of Emerald Nightmare will start as Trial Raiders. Please note that our trials are extremely reasonable; the Progression Raid event page has more details. After October 5, all new applicants will undergo the typical trial period.
Do I really need to spend thousands of gold on inflated gems, potions, and enchants this early into the expansion?
We are very aware that the current auction house prices for raid consumables are hyper inflated due to the new expansion rush. For September 20, we will be expecting a minimum of +300 food, green quality gems, and second tier Legion enchants on cloak and ring slots. Mana and healing potions are should also be very affordable, as they are used to level alchemy, so make sure to pick up plenty before raid time. We will be closely monitoring the prices on the AH and updating the raid requirements as markets stabilize.
Remember, House of Zug is offering effort points for donations of raw materials. The more donations we get, the more complimentary consumables we can provide at raids. See the Guild Bank page for more details.
Friday Night Flex (FNF)
When will FNF be returning?
Friday Night Flex will be returning on October 7, 2016 to venture into the Emerald Nightmare raid. The event will be hosted by Iridin and Ravindra, and signups are already available on the guild calendar.
What is the minimum iLvl for FNF?
We are requiring an 840 item level for Friday Night Flex to ensure a smooth experience.
How can I participate in FNF?
Friday Night Flex is not a raid team; it’s an event. Anyone is welcome to participate provided there is space. Simply signup on the guild calendar or contact one of the hosts for details. There is no official application or requirements outside of the minimum item level.
One final note I would like to make is regarding Mumble. I have received numerous requests to remind players that the Guild Hall is intended as a hangout zone for general discussion—not for organized play and not for private conversations. People should be able to ask questions and hang out while they are enjoying solo content or idling without being drowned out by dungeons mechanics chatter or discussions that are only applicable to a few individuals in the channel.
If you are running a dungeon or party or if you find your conversation dominating the chatroom, please be courteous and drop into another channel. (This is especially true if you are the only person participating in your conversation. -_^)
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