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Guild News Blackrock Winter Edition

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

We will catch you up on what is currently happening and what we are currently planning. The second raid of World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor is now live. Although we got off so a slow and clunky start at the beginning of this expansion, our Alterac Mountain guild along with members from our Mal’Ganis guild and guild partners have been actively running both normal and heroic Highmaul content and we now have 8 characters that are gear ready to tackle the new Blackrock content.  We still have some more work to do to before we can say we have a solid core team that’s ready for anything. We are also happy to see some of the old gang from Wrath and Cata come back to the game again.

Remember Mumble is our guild’s VOIP client, and because of the complexity and raid awareness required in this expansion, is required to raid with us.  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.


 
Connected Realms Update

All of the new content including normal and heroic raids are cross realm now. We are still investigating a cross realm guild chat option solution to tie our Mal’Ganis guild chat with our Alterac Mountain guild. We recently tested an unsupported add-on which we recoded and customized for our use. It would work as long as there was a fairly even amount of chatter. Once there were multiple conversations going at the same time, the data feed would throttle down to zero and Bnet would become unresponsive. Oh well, back to coding up our own custom app. In the meantime we will mainly be relying on using Mumble between realms or Battle Net chat.

We encourage All Members to periodically jump into Mumble after 5:30pm Pacific Time on scheduled nights so you can find out what’s going on where. Also pay attention to the Guild Message of the Day and the In-Game Guild Calendar.

Due to the multitude of server issues the first week the WoD expansion released, Mal’Ganis Burial Detail members with the exception of a few are farther behind their Alterac Mountain comrades. We have no current plans on recruiting new members for the Mal’Ganis guild at this time as there are less than a dozen active members. Some members including myself have decided to transfer our mains back to Alterac Mountain so we can be in more close contact with the majority of our core raid group. I will still be replicating our raid calendar and message of the day to all Burial Detail realms.

We would appreciate those who would like to raid or who plan on raiding with us who are not currently playing on Alterac Mountains, Balnazzar, Gorgonnash, The Forgotten Coast, or Warsong to either create a new alt on one of these realms or select an existing alt from one of these realms to join Burial Detail so we have a raid placeholder to help streamline raid point awards and loot distribution for your raid characters.

Team Schedules, Progression, and Notes of Interest !!!!

In the past expansions we formed and maintaining at least two raid teams in an attempt to satisfy our members’ real life schedules and preferences. However due to members real life schedules and the ability to scale up and down a raid group currently active in a raid, we have tried to take the best timeframe that most players can make during the week and form one solid core team around it. Our current raid nights are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We start forming at 6:15pm Pacific Time, 9:15pm Alterac Mountain Time, 8:15pm Mal’Ganis Time.

All raids are now actively scalable 10-30 man for both normal and heroic. Which means we can scale up and down at will while in raid. Only mythic is a fixed 20 man and we will do those as well if there is enough interest in them.

We have enough healers currently that we could support a 25 man core group. So don’t be shy about participating. However, this expansion brings some changes that you need to be aware of. Gear has a greater impact on performance now as there is not much you can do to tweak your gear like you used to. You have to be more aware of your character’s abilities and how and when to use them to your best advantage. And most importantly, you have to be very aware of your environment and be prepared to move quickly and or use a self-preservation cooldown at any time. Tunneling on a boss fight can now easily kill you and tax the healers to the point where they can no longer maintain the safety of the raid. We all have to pretty much re-learn how to play our classes to eke out their best as well as practice team work and working together as a team. Practice, ask for advice from other guildies, and search the web for tips and guides. Target dps / hps should be 20k for first raid clears.

While in raid, practice “Self Preservation” skills. Try to keep your own self alive. Play smart, stay out of harm’s way, and stay alive. Your DPS is only good to the team if you’re not dead. One person can make a big difference.

We will continue farming normal and heroic Highmaul content until we no longer have a need to do so then may move to heroic Blackrock content once we are familiar with the base mechanics, seeing is that heroic Highmaul has higher item level gear drops than normal Blackrock. Watch for schedule changes

Required Add-Ons - ALL Raiders must have Mumble installed, DBM, VEM or equivalent. GTFO and a threat meter are recommended. If you have a tendency to tunnel, GTFO is a must have add-on. EPGP DKP Reloaded and EPGP Lootmaster is highly recommended as you will see below.

Sign-Ups - If you are interested in attending any raid events, please sign up on the In-Game Guild Calendar and keep watch for changes. If you sign up but are unable to make it, please either change your status to at least Tentative or let someone on the team know that you cannot make it so we can make that spot which is reserved for you available to someone else. Those that sign up please be gear ready (appropriately gemmed and enchanted) and on-time. We will try to hold sign-up spots for you but no later than 15 min past start time as long as you meet any minimum gear requirements and there is a class spot to fill. Raid spots vacancies will go by class need to those who sign up from earliest to latest and who are online and gear ready to go, then any vacancies will next go by class need and rank to those who did not sign up but are interested in attending and are gear ready to go. Anyone who comes on after the raid is filled can be placed on standby if they wish and be traded in according to class need as soon as a vacancy is available.  So remember, try to sign up early and show up by the time we begin forming.

Loot Distribution – Now that we have a fairly consistent base core group we have returned to using EPGP for all Loot Distribution. You can download the EPGP add on from Curse or Curseforge; look for it listed as “EPGP DKP Reloaded”. If you want the complete interface (recommended) also install the EPGP Lootmaster also downloadable from Curse or Curseforge.
EPGP is shared across all your alts. So you can bring whatever toon you want or is needed for the raid and not worry about losing your priority for loot drops. Please make sure that Miroki or Visna is aware of all your alts so EPGP can be awarded appropriately. Be sure to check the Officer Notes for All your characters. Your Main will have a number which is your EPGP pool; your alts will have your Main’s name so that it points to the same EPGP pool. If you have a character outside of the guild, it can also earn EPGP by having its name added to your Main character’s notes. It will appear as ext:CharacterName.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with EPGP see my article here

DKP and Alternatives to Loot Distribution

If you do not have the EPGP add on, you will need to whisper your loot roll choice to the acting Loot Master. Please use the following syntax for your roll choice in a whisper to the Loot Master. Enter exactly as shown:
!epgp mainspec
!epgp offspec
!epgp greed

EPGP Effort Points or EP will be awarded as follows:
. 50 bonus EP awarded to everyone who signs up on the guild calendar and is online at least 5 minutes before the raid starts.
. 50 bonus EP awarded for everyone who is either grouped in raid or on standby at the time the raid starts.
. 50 EP awarded every 30 minutes of raid time to everyone in raid or on standby.
. 200 EP awarded for each boss kill to everyone in raid or on standby.
. 200 bonus EP awarded for every 5 wipes on a new boss try to everyone in raid or on standby with a 600 bonus EP per boss max cap.
. 300 bonus EP awarded for a perfect boss kill execution where no mistakes are made and no party fatalities to everyone in raid or on standby.
. 100 EP awarded at the end of a raid to everyone in raid or on standby.
. 300 bonus EP awarded for a full raid clear to everyone in raid or on standby.
. 100 Stand Down bonus EP awarded one time per raid to those who volunteer to go on standby so that someone from standby can swap in for a particular fight.
. 50 Trade Out bonus EP awarded one time per raid to those who volunteer to swap to a different class for a particular fight.

Gear Distribution and Gear Points or GP for Mainspec and Need will count GP at 100% while Offspec and Greed will distribute gear at a cost of 65% or a 35% discount.

EP and GP Decay Rate will be of 3% per raid or a maximum of 15% per week. This value reduces or decays the amount of effort you previously put into the raid and the value of the loot you previously received. This is so someone that raids every now and then can't just bank their EP and get priority over a dedicated raider and also so regular raiders are not penalized for lower tier gear or gear they received a month ago.

If on the very rare chance we have a tie for the roll, the members of the raid can act as loot council if they have the recommended EPGP Lootmaster installed because it gives them the option to compare the loot drop to the rollers' current gear and cast a vote for the raider having the most need. All of this is handled from within the add-on.

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.

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

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