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Enemy’s Gate is Down

occulusI think I need to start making crib sheets for raid/dungeons. We ran Heroic Occulus.. and none of use could clearly remember any of the boss fights. I think I’ll start a set of Crib Sheets here and on the new guild site so that I have a quick reminder.. and a spot to cut/copy paste instructions for puggers.

I’m thinking things like these that Morrighan has done.
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Pugging with gritted teeth

faceplantThe good part about being in a very annoying PUG that faceplants repeatedly on Faction Champions is that I got a lot of time to work on/think about how to handle the fight and more specifically the tree druid.

The pug itself was uber annoying.. no.. wait..the pug was fine.. the people running it were annoying.. I bet they were all of 18 years old.. and spend a vast amount of time making snide comments in Vent about how bad everyone else in the run was. <Sarcasm> they were -TRULY- an inspiration.. I only hope I can someday be as ROFLLEET as them.. and woo their gears were pretty.. I just wanted to stand and gaze at them in mute admiration.</Sarcasm> No wait.. I don’t.. I wanted to kick them so hard they landed on another server. /sigh.. unfortunately I attributed my animosity to PMS and took the quiet but greedy route of staying in the pug even when the asshats were pissing me off.

But anyway.. back to the helpful lessons learned.
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How I became GM of an unnamed guild.

guild_logo_sideMy guild that I’ve been in since the day that I joined WoW went BOOM about 3 weeks ago. It happened for many reasons.. let’s leave it at the fact that it happened. The outcome is that <West Kingdom> is now styled as a “Social guild” with no set raiding schedule.

I want a set raiding schedule. I want to raid. So did some others. So we pulled our main raiding toons out and formed a new guild <USSR>(Uber Super Secret Raiders). For various reasons we have only been able to do 2-3 raids since the new guild formed (though in those two raids we did see progression.. finally). During that time toons have begun to trickle away and /gquit from <USSR>. Two nights ago the GM of <USSR> promoted someone else to GM and dropped out of the guild. The ex-GM said he wants to be raiding and we weren’t getting it done so he was going elsewhere.

The new GM didn’t want to be GM and handed it over to me.

So here I am, GM of a struggling “raiding” guild with 1 tank, 2-3 healers and a smattering of DPS toons. I spent a day thinking about it.
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Eenie Meanie Miney Moe

Benchwarmer SmurfSo.. you’re the raid leader.. it’s 15 minutes to raid time.. you have 15 people signed up for a 10 man raid how do you decide who to bench?
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People not just Players (Alliance/Khaz Modan)

Lilac I Want You_1My guild is recruiting.. but be sure to read the message. Don’t just skim.. or read it part way. Read the whole thing. If you’re still interested.. we’re on Alliance-side Khaz Modan (medium pop, alliance heavy PVE server) and run primarily on West Coast time.
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Guild First: Ignis 10

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West Kingdom (and two members from our guild alliance with Art of War) went into Ulduar-10 and took down a new boss. Finally we downed Ignis.
We were: Heimdal (Protection Paladin), Dudu (Protection Paladin), Muriden (AoW)(Resto Druid), Persephany (Priest), Paligor (Holy Paladin), Sibiy (SV Hunter), Odisia (Arcane Mage), Lilac (ME Affliction Warlock), Quall (AoW)(DPS DK), Drkrogue (Combat Rogue)
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Guild First: Malygos 10

Finally, we managed to get Malygos down. On the night he fell we did 6 attempts. Nights before that normally went to 10-12 attempts. When he finally fell out of the sky Vent went wild with cheering. Happy day.

Do you know how hard it is to get a “boss down screenshot” when [...]

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Guild First: XT002

Last night for the first time ever West Kingdom downed XT002 in Ulduar-10.

If you look very carefully at the picture you’ll notice a distinct lack of gnomish presence. For this fight I was asked to bring my Pally as a healer. I feel terribly undergeared.. and unpracticed at healing as a pally.. but [...]

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Guild First: Uld-10 Razorscale

Last night we formed up and tromped off to Ulduar-10. Two weeks ago the guild went into Uld-10 and downed Flame Leviathan (I wasn’t there) So although last night was a Nibuca first on Flame Leviathan, it wasn’t a guild first.

Anyway, we one-shotted Flame Leviathan. Afterwards we discussed “leaving a tower up” to [...]

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Flame Leviathan take one

200px-flameleviathanLast night we formed up a 25-man and made our first attempt on Ulduar. We zoned in.. and then after a brief discussion jumped on vehicles and started banging up the place.

On my first go I ended up as the gunner on a Demolisher. It wasn’t until we were 3/4 of the way through the fight that I figured out that the blue things flying above us were “good” and although we wanted to shoot them down.. they weren’t attacking us. Up until then I’d been madly shooting them out of the sky and valiantly defending our skies.

I disliked the targeting mechanism. I just feel like I’m missing more than I should be. But other than that.. it was ok.
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