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Guild News Warlords of Draenor Edition

 Hello and Welcome to this Special Edition of our Guild News.

We will catch you up on what is currently happening and what we are currently planning. The next expansion release of World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor goes live this month. We have seen a slow trickle of players returning to World of Warcraft along with some new members eager to get themselves ready for the next expansion. Some of our core members have been carving out some extra time from their unusually busy real life schedules this year to get back into the game and get their characters ready. We may see some interesting changes in the makeup of our raid teams this expansion. But we still have a lot to do to get ready.


Remember Mumble is our guild’s VOIP client. We will be relying on Mumble quite heavily during the next several weeks as we begin grouping together to level our characters for the new WoD content at least until a suitable method of cross-realm guild chat is available. Download the latest version 1.2.8 from Mumble.com or SourceForge for the PC, the Mac and the iPhone. Be sure to use the Audio Wizard when setting it up for the first time and you’ll avoid all the hassles with troubleshooting.  Server and port addresses are located in the in-game Guild Info Tab.  Once you are in, select yourself and then click register so we can add you to the access control groups. Please use a name we would recognize.
If you still need help, please ask Miroki or Visna in Guild Chat.


Important Reminder !!

Blizzard had previously announced that in preparation for the release of the new Warlords of Draenor expansion, they are releasing ALL inactive character names for reuse by anyone creating a new character or by paid name change service. If you have any names that you want to preserve, you will need to log in to World of Warcraft and enter the game using each character whose name you wish to retain ASAP. You snooze you loose.
 
Connected Realms Update

All of the new content including normal and heroic raids will be cross realm now. We have been looking at a couple of cross-realm guild chat options, however, authors of these add-ons are waiting for the release of Warlords of Draenor to work around the issues with running cross-realm guild chat alongside of add-ons such as Oqueue which will sometimes create a conflict with Battle Net and cause the player to be disconnected. For now we will mainly be relying on using Mumble between realms or Battle Net chat.

We encourage All Returning Members to jump into Mumble so you can find out what’s going on. Also pay attention to the Guild Message of the Day and the In-Game Guild Calendar for any schedule updates or changes. If you have recently purchased the new expansion and was planning on using the free boost to 90 and you don’t currently have a toon on Mal’Ganis or Alterac Mountain, you might want to consider boosting a new toon there.

Preparing Yourself for the Iron Horde Invasion !!!!

We will begin group leveling parties beginning on release date up at least until the time we begin our first raid attempt. Grouping will begin around 7pm Pacific Time, 10pm Alterac Mountain Time, and 9pm Mal’Ganis Time. We will have at least one tank and one healer available for 3 to 4 hours a night most of the week. Check the In-Game Calendar and or contact Miroki or Sumiko in Mumble.

If you have not had the time to check your characters out since the Warlords 6.0 pre-patch, you are most likely in for a big shock. In most cases your gear will be crap because of the removal of Reforging and the elimination and changes to gems and enchants. Also be aware that you will most likely need to review and redo your specialization talents as well. I personally found that I had to make at least two changes to the talent trees and in a few circumstances, had to change most of them. I’ve had to seriously consider all the gear that I had between my specs and reassess which item was better for which spec. I a couple of cases I pretty much had to swap out the gear from one spec to the other and totally re-gem and re-enchant the gear items. You can do yourself a whole lot of help by comparing your character with Icy Veins and Mr. Robot.

If you have any new 90s, the epic cloak quest is no longer available and you have until the Warlords of Draenor release date to finish the quest-line on any of your 90s that still need to complete it.

For new 90s, do the Iron Horde Invasion introduction quests. From here you can obtain level 515 capes, rings, and necklaces plus level 520 trinkets for all your specs. You need to remember to return to the Quartermaster in the Blasted Lands to get the gear for your offspec at the cost of 10 silver each. You can still get the rest of your gear from the Timeless Isle tokens. With the combination of the two you should be high enough to do pretty decent in Siege of Orgrimmar LFR which will drop level 528 gear and the new Upper Blackrock Spire dungeon which will drop level 550 gear.

Things about Warlords you Need to Know

As you have probably heard, they have improved the look of the character models which in most cases are a welcome improvement. There are also some changes to the user interface which now take the place of some add-ons. There is a new bag sort feature along with a setting where you can choose what categories of items automatically drops into which bags. The categories are: Equipment, Consumables, or Trade Goods. Bag item borders are now colored to indicate quality of the item. Recently looted items will have a glow to make it easier to find. The world map and quest log is more tightly integrated with new tabbed drop downs to make it easier to jump to another map. The map now fades out when moving much like the map in SWTOR. The pet and mount interface added a new tab for toys that you can collect so they no longer take up room in your bags. You can now set your favorite mounts and by selecting Shift-P it will pick a random mount for you from your favorites depending on your current zone. Your bank now has a separate section for crafting mats which is the size of your basic bank. It costs 100 gold to unlock. There is a button to deposit all your mats from your bags into the bank. When you craft it automatically pulls mats from your crafting mats section of your bank no matter where you are in the world. The add-on manager is now in game. For those that use add-ons, 6.02 releases of some add-ons are now available on WoW Ace, WoW Interface, and Curse Forge.

Important Gear Changes:
•    Stat squish: all of your stats have been ‘squished’ in the patch.
•    Reforging is gone. All gear returns to its pre-reforged state. Be aware that many of us have reforged so much gear, and made it so customized, that the original items might not actually be very good for us anymore.
•    Hit and Expertise are gone
•    Dodge and parry are not worth much anymore. Critical Strike now gives some classes and specs parry.
•    Agility and Intellect no longer give Critical Strike
•    Professions no longer give bonuses in combat.
•    Professions no longer grant gear perks and such perks have been removed from the game. Such as Jewel crafting gems now have the same amount of stats as a regular gem. Blacksmiths no longer get extra gem slots etc.
•    Gear upgraded with Valor stays upgraded. You can still upgrade MoP gear, but now you can use 50 lesser charms per upgrade instead of Valor.
•    There are New level 550 gear drops available from Upper Blackrock Spire for a limited time.

Enchanting
•    Old enchants that have hit and expertise have been converted to other stats.
•    Old enchants can’t be applied to items higher than iLevel 600. However, you can still apply MoP enchants to your legendary cloak, even if it’s upgraded past 600.
•    New enchants in Warlords will only cover neck, cloak, rings and weapons. You can also modify the appearance of the weapon enchants.

Jewelcrafting
•    Existing (old) gear will keep sockets and bonuses. Existing gems will keep their original stats (including primary stats), with the exception of hit and expertise, which are converted to other stats. Hit is converted to Critical Strike on old gems and Expertise is converted to haste on old gems.
•    JC Gems (Serpent’s Eyes) can still be crafted, but they have the same value as a regular blue quality gem now, since professions no longer give additional combat bonuses.
•    Stat squish drops old blue quality gems down to 10 for primary stats and 20 for secondary.
•    In Warlords, there will not be new hybrid gems, and new gems no longer give primary stats. Gem socket colors and bonuses will also be gone for new gear.

Alchemy
•    Flasks and potions increase primary stats in Warlords! There are 4 types of flasks that affect agility, strength, intellect and stamina. The regular ones give 200 stats, and greater give 250 stats.
•    Potions will affect primary stats as well, among other things. 

Cooking
•    New recipes in Warlords increase secondary stats as opposed to primary stats in MoP.
•    The number of ‘servings’ you get increase with your cooking skill.

Engineering, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking and Tailoring
•    In Warlords, each profession can make new 630 and 640 iLevel gear that is BoE and has a random stat. The random stats can be ‘rerolled’ with special essences. Those crafted items can also be upgraded twice with special ‘items’ as follows:
- 630 iLevel gets upgraded to 640 and 655
- 640 iLevel gets upgraded to 655 and 665

Herbalism, Mining, and Skinning
They can all be done without any required skill level in Warlords. As you get a higher skill level, you get better stuff when picking flowers, mining nodes or skinning wildlife.


Other Important Guild News

EPGP loot priority will be set to zero prior to the release of the new expansion. Remember with EPGP, attendance is your best friend even if you are on the waiting list you will still earn EPGP at the same rate as those in raid as long as you are available to swap in when you are needed.

We may also be using the Suicide Kings distribution method when we are doing runs with our partner guilds.

As always grouping will be by class need first. If possible, unless we have a large turnout of on-time gear ready players, those who sign up on the In-Game Calendar will have a spot held for them up to 15 minutes after we begin grouping as long as they meet minimum gear requirements and there is a class spot to fill. Raid spots will go by class need to those who sign up earlier, then by rank. Class spots left to be filled will then go by rank to those who are currently on-line.  So remember, try to sign up early and show up by the time we begin forming. Make sure your gear is ready and your gear meets the minimal survivability index of WoW Heros and or Guild Audit prior to the scheduled run.

Important Reminder:

Because we make use of guild ranks to fill our raid slots, those of the rank of Commando or Higher must maintain their character level at current level cap in align with the other raiders or PVPers or risk being temporarily demoted. Those who have not maintained their character level at the current level cap of 90 will be given 30 days to catch up or be demoted. To those who have not maintained their level cap and do get demoted as well as new characters, Commando is the rank cap for Casuals, Rangers for active raiders and PvPers, and Elite Rangers for Core raiders and PvPers.

Missing in Action

Frost is transferring all her toons back to the Oceanic realms so she can spend more time alongside her husband Shad. Frost informed me that Shad has a serious heath condition. We need to keep both Frost and Shad in our prayers. Frost and Shad, we miss you and Shad we hope you get restored to full health again.

Well that pretty much wraps it up for this edition of the guild news. See you all in game.

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