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Blizzard have given more details about the tuning and gear requirements/expectations for Blackrock Foundry ... essentially they're expecting people to start into the new raid in virtually full Highmaul Normal gear (for Blackrock Normal). Which means 650-655 ilevel minimum for the first few bosses.
The guys from WoWInsider are attempting to start up on their own .. in order to do that they're looking for a type of crowdsource funding. To read all about it and, if you wish, to help them out, head over to their funding site:
Massive congratulations on another successful raid night .. we successfully tried a new tactic on boss 6 (and got an achievement!); we had a play with the last boss and got familiar with the tactics AND we downed the first boss on Heroic. VERY well done to everyone.
As we have now had plenty of time for our raiders to "bed in" and get used to this new expansion of raiding, I'd like to clarify old, long-standing rules about raiding with our guild and point out some newer requirements that apparently some have overlooked.
Prior to signing up for a raid:
Make sure you meet the raid level requirements (gear/ilevel, output, etc). If you're not sure, check on the specific event on the calendar and it should say.
Make sure ALL of your gear that CAN be gemmed and enchanted IS gemmed and enchanted (that missing enchant could be the difference between a boss kill and a 1% wipe - it HAS happened)
Make sure you have Teamspeak installed and set up. Ensure your Teamspeak is on "Push to Talk" ... we DO NOT want to hear you breathing, or eating food, or listen to your music/TV during a raid.
When signing up to a raid:
Check the calendar and make sure you are aware of the start and end times. Generally raids will start at around 9.30pm server time and end around 12pm server time, but not always.
ONLY sign up as definite if you know you'll be able to attend for the full time. If you wish to attend only part of the raid, this can be arranged, depending on role, but you need to let us know.
If you would like to attend, but you are unsure if you'll be able to, sign as TENTATIVE.
Sign up with the character you would prefer to attend with - but bear in mind that we can't necessarily accommodate everyone's requirements.
If you have alts that can cover different roles, that you are willing to bring (or definitely DON'T want to bring), please let us know, ideally through the forums.
DO NOT sign up with more than one character. Unless you are multiboxing, this just confuses me!
After signing up for a raid:
DO regularly check our raiding forums for any updates or conversations about forthcoming raids.
Make sure any new gear that CAN be gemmed and enchanted IS gemmed and enchanted.
Make sure you have any relevant flasks.
Make sure you know which bosses are likely to be tackled, and KNOW THE TACTICS.
On raid night:
Be ready for an invite 10-15 minutes prior to raid start time. This means that you are making your way over to the raid location, you are loading Teamspeak, etc.
If you have not signed for the raid, or have only signed as tentative, be prepared for the fact that there may not be space in the raid for you. Although flexible raiding means a maximum of 30 people, more people sometimes means harder boss fights, more complicated organisation, more healers required. If you want to join a raid, sign up properly, ahead of time.
Be aware that I WILL BE BUSY!! I am farming questions on Teamspeak, in guild, in raid and via whispers. Please try to ensure any questions you have, are asked prior to raid night (or simply look up the answer yourself).
During a raid:
Be nice. Yes we have a bit of smutty chat .. but please avoid any chat that may cause offence. This includes politics, religion, sexual orientation, etc. If you are uncomfortable with the chat, say so. If you are asked to desist with a certain chat, please do so. Please DO NOT make a point of testing the boundaries. You should know what is acceptable in this situation.
We are a guild that promotes the ability to laugh at our mistakes ... everyone makes them, the trick is to not let them get you down, and to learn from them. If you are having a specific problem with a specific tactic, please say. We may be able to swap things around to make it easier.
Please do not post recount/skada data. If anyone wants to know what this data is, they should have their own addon. Alternatively you can wait until the data has been uploaded to World of Logs.
If you have an alternative tactic for a fight, or any suggestions, please wait until we are actually discussing tactics .. unless specifically invited, these should not be discussed during a boss fight.
I will be putting an additional post on the raiders forum, asking for raiders to put down their preferred "main" raider, and any alts that they don't mind taking occasionally. I think this is the best way for me to know who prefers what role, and to assist in planning raids. Please ensure you only include characters that are raid ready (ilevel 630 minimum, ideally 10-20 ilevels higher).
If anyone can think of anything I've missed off the above, please feel free to reply
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