Joining A Raiding Guild

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in Commentary, guild |

It’s been nearly a year since I joined a raiding guild so I’m kinda in the mood to reflect on what it’s been like and how the previous months have turned out for me.

First, a lot of history. This is going to be long so consider yourself warned. Also, this isn’t a guide or anything so if you’re looking for ways to bump your DPS, this isn’t the post for that.

I started playing WoW on a private server with a couple of real-life friends and officemates. When I got banned (woot!) for exploiting, I went ahead and joined the real thing. Note that this was during TBC, pre-Sunwell. Through careful prodding, and a lot of not-so-subtle manipulation, I was able to encourage most of my friends to follow suit. We were initially Alliance. My first toon was a warlock. The first class I got to level 70 was a hunter.

I started doing 5-mans with my friends and for a while, we were content with it. It got boring later on though so we decided to gear ourselves using welfare epics by doing BGs. The repeated losses we experienced in AV prompted us to re-consider our faction and, a couple of days later, I made the decision to start over on a new realm and roll Horde. This was pre-WotLK, folks. Faction transfers weren’t in place yet so we literally had to start over from scratch.

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Seeking Closure On A Guild

Posted by on Jul 16, 2009 in Commentary, guild |

For the past few months I’ve been receiving email from my old guild’s forum host about the site’s inactivity. I’ve been posting a line or two over there just to keep it alive. I was the one who set it up in the first place and I didn’t want it to go.

The other day I got another email about it and it made me think about the way things are right now. The forum is for the guild Scarlet Vengeance in Quel’dorei. Like Dorothy, we’re not in Quel’dorei anymore, we’re in Area 52. The plan to form Scarlet Vengeance over there didn’t push through either, thanks to circumstances beyond my control. Furthermore, I’m not even a member of the guild where most of SV’s members are in. I jumped ship almost a month ago because of all the PUGging we were doing and the lack of progression.

I started a poll on the site asking about whether I should close it or not. No one has responded so far, a definite indication that no one goes there anymore. Still, I’m surprised that I’m having a hard time letting go.

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On Realm Transfers & Raiding

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Commentary, guild, Raids, Rogue |

It’s probably very late (because saying “too late” doesn’t really cut it) to talk about it now, but I’ll tell you guys about the realm transfer.

Sinlaris and Razcien used to be in Quel’dorei. Some of my guildmates were being asked to move to Area 52 and, under a bit of peer pressure, I decided to join them. I’ll admit that for personal reasons I was hesitant to do so but these guys were my friends. That outweighed the misgivings I had about the whole thing.

So anyway, I moved. I realized about three weeks ago that it has been worth it. Aside from the gear upgrades that Sin has been receiving, I’ve been able to see content that I would have been unlikely to see back in Quel due to the number of PUGs in Area 52. For example, I’ve been to Ulduar thanks to a guild that has been gracious enough to include me in their runs.

Unfortunately, this is also the downside. When one consistently runs with a good PUG or guild, the idea of joining their side of the fence eventually comes to mind. A guildmate has already done this (note that I do not fault him for that. I’m merely stating a fact.) so a precedent has already been set. After all, you do better with them than you do with your own guild so why not join them instead right? I haven’t given jumping ship serious thought because I can’t commit to a raiding schedule due to time zone differences but the temptation is certainly there.

On a side note, our guild is planning to host a Naxx 25 run this weekend. Hopefully it will push through. I don’t know if we’ll be doing Ulduar 10 but I certainly hope that we will. The previous week’s one-boss kill on Flame Leviathan was pathetic. I mean, come on, one boss? I know we can certainly do better than that.

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The Weekend That Was

Posted by on May 21, 2009 in Commentary, guild, Rogue |

If you went to my Twitter page recently (and you should, just to show me some love, LOL), you’ll know that I was looking forward to heading to Ulduar over the weekend. It’s not that I haven’t been there. I have, thanks to a 25-man PUG whose raid leader was nice enough to bring me along even though I was a bit undergeared for it. The eagerness was more on going through the instance with my guildmates. It’s always a lot more fun to raid with people you actually know. I have to admit that I was also looking forward to leading the raid again, so I reviewed boss strats and what-not. To make a long story short, we ended up not going through it because we didn’t have enough people.

Things evened themselves out later on. First, I was finally able to pick up this title. We’ve been trying to get that title ever since we jumped realms so it’s good to finally get it. The embarassing thing was that I was the only one who died during Malygos’ third phase. He dropped the shield, which made a certain paladin very happy.

The last thing is even sweeter. This is going to be very indulgent, by the way, but remembering how well it turned out still makes me smile. I was able to join a Naxx 25 PUG and, to make a long story short, Sapphiron and KT dropped their respective daggers. Before you start calling me a greedy bastard, no one rolled on Sapph’s drop and I just plain won the weapon from KT. You’ll probably call me a greedy bastard anyway, but there it is.

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Ulduar Guide Compilation Part 1

Posted by on May 13, 2009 in guild |

This post is going to be an information dump for Ulduar since my guild is planning to step into the 10-man version of it this weekend. At best, I’m hoping that we can get four bosses down. Since we need to review the strategies for the fights, I’m using this blog to act as a central resource. Obviously, none of these strategies, videos and links are mine. If you own these links and want them removed, please let me know and I will take them down.

Ulduar @ WoWWiki – layout, boss list and general information about the raid.

The Siege of Ulduar

Flame Leviathan

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Ignis the Furnace Master

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Razorscale

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XT-002 Deconstructor

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Naxxramas Weekend Raid 2

Posted by on Mar 6, 2009 in Commentary, guild |

Day 2 showed the availability of our main tank, so I was off the off-tank duty and was able to play my rogue Sin. Not that I was expecting to get anything out of Naxx (my dice rolls are a joke), but it always feels good to be playing the DPSer instead of the tank. We downed Loatheb, rolled for the shoulder token and then moved on to the Construct Quarter. Patchwerk enraged nearly a minute earlier than expected but we killed him nonetheless. The Military Quarter was next.

Both the Military and Construct Quarters are unfamiliar territories for us. Our last attempt with The Four Horsemen wasn’t great so we knew what we were in for. It took us less than ten tries to get it done, but in the end we managed to get past them as well, thereby getting the achievement.

We went back to the Construct Quarter and tried our hand at downing Grobbulus. Latency problems reared their ugly heads again and prevented us from progressing. Our MT had to go somewhere so we took a two-hour break. I set my alarm, took a quick nap and then woke up two hours later with my eyes seeing double. I’ve had this sort of thing happen to me before, but maybe it was a combination of that plus the literal nearly two-day marathon that led to me to being passive about the fight. We weren’t able to go beyond him so we all called it a night.

That covers last weekend’s Naxx raid. Day 1 was about clearing the bosses that we were already familiar with and day 2 marked progression for our guild. Overall, it was pretty good considering that we were all out of practice. We cleared the Military Quarter and managed to do most of the fights in one or two tries. I feel pretty good about how the Heigan dance went off, in particular.

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