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Chi Cerca Trova & Siege of Orgrimmar Heroic: 10 vs 25

After 2 months of being unable to progress because we couldn’t recruit faster than we were losing people to burn-out and real life, the decision was made this week to go to 10-man Heroic. Our goal? Get through the content as quickly as possible and then get everyone subbed in to get the Heroic Garrosh kill they’ve earned.

As it turns out, though; there are some things about 10m that required some adjusting on our part. If you find yourself in a similar situation, dropping from 25 to 10, let me share with you the lessons we learned our first night in 10s!

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First lesson we learned is that the Swelling Corruption stacking DoT really matters on 10m (REALLY matters).

On 25m, with so many DPS splitting the stacks (and usually running with an extra healer), we basically ignored the DoT. No one usually got more than 2-3, maybe 4 stacks, and since we were all in the same small piece of real estate anyway, healing through it was no big deal.

In 10m, though, we had a few wipes because people were dying with ticks between 600k and 800k–ouch! So, we had to do what the Pandaren have been telling us to do all along: S l o w  D o w n. We had to watch our stacks and not go above 5. Once we did that, the fight was a lot easier, if still a little annoying.

Protectors: Just Go Ahead and Stack Everything

Protectors was actually way, way easier on 10 than 25. Ranged stacked up and got healed, we took a few steps out for Corrupted Brew and Sha Sear, but other than that we just executed the fight normally from our spots.

Much to everyone’s (okay, well, half the raid, at least) delight, we stacked the bosses very, very tightly, making for a quick, mostly clean kill. No melee were (significantly) harmed in the killing of this boss.

Norushen: Oh, Hey, Adds.

On 25m, we always had 2-3 DPS that never had their corruption cleared and focused on adds so that those who were at 0 corruption could focus entirely on the boss. In 10m, we sent all of our DPS in, and that meant that everyone needed to be more attentive on adds, something we almost failed at.

Thankfully, we cleared it up pretty quickly, and since we had all of the DPS in and out so quickly, once the little adds were dead, the fight was a cake walk. In fact, we beat our 25m time by almost a minute!

Sha of Pride: Heroic LFR

Compared to 25m, 10m Sha of Pride was much, much less chaotic. We stacked up like you do on LFR, focused on rifts closest to our stacked group, and executed everything else normally. Except for a couple of “whoops” deaths, Sha went down pretty easily.

Galakras, Iron Juggernaut, & Dark Shaman: Business as Usual

Except for some positioning adjustments on Juggernaut and me still learning to tank Shaman (and a few would-be Storm Chasers), these three bosses remained largely unchanged. We used identical strats to our 25m, just pared down to fit the group.

Nazgrim: On Your Toes

Biggest difference for Nazgrim (besides getting distracted and standing in Aftershock–oh, no, wait, that’s not that different) is that we have fewer people covering interrupts and stuns, so we had some deaths to Ironblades, especially combined with Bonecracker or War Song.

We stopped at Nazgrim for the night, but we’re going back in there Monday, and we can’t wait to kill Thok, at last.

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Assorted Thoughts: A Month In

We’re almost a month into Mists of Pandaria; doesn’t seem like that long, does it? We’ve tilled our farms, we’re earning our rep, we’ve stepped into some heroics or LFR or raids, and we’re starting to get a feel for this expansion.

So far, I dig it. I was never overwhelmed and blown away, but it’s like the whole expansion sneaked up behind me and surprised me with little bits of awesome. I’m enjoying the expansion as much as any other at this point, and that’s saying something, since MoP had me concerned from the get go.

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Here’s a few thoughts from my experiences so far; how have yours differed? What’s going on so far with you, or what’s demanding your attention?

About Those Dailies…

I like dailies. I really, actually do. They’re a great way for me to get things accomplished without being chained to my computer for 30+ minutes at a time. I can stop in the middle, go hang out with my kids, answer the phone, chat with a friend, and when I come back, I’m right where I left off.

I will say that unlocking Shado-Pan and August Celestials made my head spin a little. Shado-Pan is probably my least favorite group of dailies, mostly because my Pandaren companion hasn’t learned to Shadowmeld and Swift Flight. We’re working on it, though.

Healer Rehab

In order to raid, my guild needed more healers. I’ve certainly healed here and there along the way for particular fights, but I haven’t been a dedicated healer since Burning Crusade. However, the biggest problem I’m having is one that I’m sure a lot of healers have had this expansion: healing as if the way we use mana hasn’t changed.

Even though I know exactly what I should be doing, I end up falling into old habits when the damage starts getting high, and pretty soon I’m watching the Innervate cooldown. I’m going to have to keep working on making new habits.

The good news is, I actually enjoy healing again (SHH, don’t tell anyone). It’s been long enough that it doesn’t feel like the same old, same old way it used to feel.

Plus, I’m a tree again. That alone is enough to make it worth it.

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Guilds & Priorities

Right before and right after an expansion hits, it’s not unusual for a guild to go through some growing pains. Some people move out, other people move in. This time, though; it was a big deal for me. Several people I’ve raided with for years were unsatisfied with 25-mans and decided to leave to join a 10-man guild. It’s better that they did this in the long run than be unhappy, but I find that I miss them quite a bit.

It’s led me to think about what my priorities really are when it comes to raiding. Do I still care as much about 25-man content as I thought I did? I don’t know right now. Do I need the “epic” of 25-mans (bigger raids have always felt more epic to me; I know not everyone agrees) or could I be satisfied with a 10-man?

With that group went some of the people I consider my closest in-game friends, and perhaps just as importantly, the ones that took me seriously as a player and to whom my opinions mattered. I’ve discovered that particular aspect is more important to me than I realized. I’m interested to see what happens in the next month or so as we progress, and how I ultimately decide my priorities. Right now, it’s still unclear.

Raiding is still fun; that much hasn’t changed, at least!

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5 Things I Want From My Guild

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone is talking about Cataclysm.

The new guild system is among the most talked about changes coming soon (if you haven’t heard about it, I encourage you to check it out). This, along with the new shared lockout between 10- and 25-man raids, has caused a lot of people to take a step back and consider their guild situation. Those who haven’t previously been members of guilds are considering finding one, and guilds are in the process of determining what the expansion holds for them.

For many reasons, I’ve actually been thinking about guilds for the past six months or so, even before everyone started hypothesizing about guild changes. That thought process boils down to this–the five things I want from my guild. Continue reading

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5 Things You Should Know Before You App

There are a lot of tips to applying to guilds. If you want an overall guide, check out 10 Tips to Successfully Apply to a Raiding Guild over at HotsandDots.

One particular item on their list stands out to me right now, though; and that’s what I want to focus on: Do Your Research.

I have seen applications that were well-written and honest, but completely unraveled with a second glance, all because the person who applied didn’t do their research first.

Here are 5 things you should know about a guild before you apply:

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5 Ways to Impress Your Guild

I’ve decided to do a list every week.  I’m the kind of person who picks up a magazine and goes straight to the top whatever list.  I enjoyed writing last week’s “5 Ways to Get /Ignored,” so bam, a series is born.  Since I write a lot, I think I’m sparing everyone by sticking to a list of five.

This week (a little late, thanks to a busy Thanksgiving weekend) we’ll do something a little more positive.  Let’s talk about ways to impress your guild.  We won’t discuss how many of them I actually do…lol.


5 Ways to Impress Your Guild

1.  Be respectful.  This one sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often this one gets violated.  Granted, once you know your guildies pretty well, you know what lines exist and where it’s safe to cross them.  But don’t jump into a guild assuming they’re going to love it when you tell them how awesome you are, how they should run their raids, or how the young female warlock in the guild makes you hot.  Especially when you’re new to a guild, I highly recommend sitting back and playing cool for a while.  Learn about your guildies, what they talk about, what jokes are funny and which flop, and what makes people pissy.  Once you feel like you can jump in without making yourself look foolish, go for it!

2.  Contribute.  Should you spend 15 minutes in vent talking over the guild leaders explaining how and why they should use your strat?  NO, that goes back to number 1.  But don’t sit down on your butt, show up for raids, and ignore everyone the rest of the time.  If you have a useful profession, donate to the guild bank.  If you fish up salmon for yourself, fish up an extra stack and stick it in the bank for Fish Feasts.  If you make potions or elixirs or gems or enchanting mats, stick a stack or two of surplus into the bank, or if you don’t have bank access, mail it to an officer.  You don’t need to go around trumpeting how much you’ve donated (you’ll look like a big old attention-seeking butthead).  Someone in your guild is most likely a banker who watches the log, and they will appreciate your donations and more, your humility.

But contributions go beyond guild banks.  Contribute your time and skills as well.  You’re a good tank?  Cool, watch for a good opportunity to volunteer for a heroic group.  You’ve got an offspec healer, or an awesome dps?  Take them to that ToC 10-man.

3.  Do your job.  If you’re in a raiding guild, you were most likely invited in a particular capacity.  A lot of raiding guilds have applications just like jobs:  you applied, you were probably “interviewed” or tested by an officer, and you were accepted.  But it doesn’t end there.  You’ll be watched exceptionally closely the first several raids.  Every failure you have will be magnified, so do your best to fail as little as possible.  You ARE going to have screw ups; even seasoned raiders have moments where they stand in front of Icehowl like a deer in the headlights, and at these times, stay cool.  Accept the criticism graciously, apologize for your mistake if appropriate, and do everything you can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Make sure you know about your class and your role.  Know how to gem and enchant; know your rotation, your cooldowns, and how to work them within the encounters.  Learn about the boss fights ahead of time.  Don’t stand in fire.  Know how to wipe.  If you’re a druid, find out what you need to know about using your battle rez (is it used at your discretion, or will your raid leader call for you?).  If you’re a Moonkin, for Elune’s sake don’t shift out to heal unless it’s appropriate (sometimes things like Faction Champs force the issue).  If you’re a holy priest, don’t walk up to Gormok and try to Holy Nova while you heal.  Do the job you’ve been “hired” to do, and do it to the best of your ability.

4.  If you don’t know something, ASK.  It’s okay to admit you don’t know everything.  Every once in a while, someone will screw up on something repeatedly, and you’ll find out they didn’t ever understand that Big Boss 5 does X, Y, or Z ability.  While whispering your raid leader in the middle of the raid to ask him whether or not you should be using this spell instead of that one probably isn’t the best plan, if you’re struggling with something, ask your class lead or someone you think is trustworthy and really gets it (it’s why guilds usually have hierarchies).  I think it’s super classy when someone whispers me and says, “Okay, you really seem to get this fight.  What do I do when Y happens?”  It means you care enough about the other 24 people in the raid to humble yourself a little and ask for help.  That’s win.

5.  Know when it’s time to move on (or when it’s not).  Sometimes people change.  Your priorities in game shift from raiding to alts or PvP, or real life kicks you in the butt with the loss of a job, or your wife is having a baby next month.  Sometimes guilds change.  They get unfriendly or too friendly, they stop caring or they start being jerks about progression.  Sometimes you might get into a guild and realize you just don’t fit in with this crowd and you’re not comfortable.

This could mean a lot of things.  In the case of “raiding retirement,” it might mean that you stay in your guild as a bench warmer, or you might choose to find a guild that’s more friendly to casual players.  If the guild changes, weigh your investments.  Do you have a lot of friends in the guild you still like to talk to?  Do you have a legacy in the guild?  Do you think the guild will recover, or can you accept the new direction it’s taking?  Based on your answers, decide whether or not you’re going to wait it out or move on.  If the problem is your comfort level in the guild, don’t force yourself to stay there and be unhappy.  It’s quite all right to say, “I appreciate the opportunity, but I just don’t think this guild’s the right fit for me.”

Guilds are the backbone of raiding in World of Warcraft (yes, even with all the puggable content, guilds are still leading progression).  Unless you like being a drifter, find a guild you love and then settle in.  Hopefully you’ll have a long WoW life with your guild.

Oh, and you automatically get 15 impressive bonus points for reading my blog, so congratulations! :-D

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