Congratulations everyone - we got two new bosses down! Awesome job, and fun doing it
The following roster updates have been made today:
Promoted from Pup to Cub:
Arcaydis, Avard, Deathfreek, Gallone, Grumpymatt, Hvede, Jaxeek, Kadjero, Kazumbaq, Morgran, Narishka, Ryuunh, Ryuuth, Spango, Stormhand, Stylel, Thegreyarea, Tryeth, Volodar, Vuldred
Promoted from Cub to Juvenile:
Ahiga, Azmodea, Grimaldie, Kirna, Paragus, Rhaegustus, Santharian, Staticmage, Temujin, Tryumph
Promoted from Juvenile to Wolf:
(all alts placed in Wolf Alt rank)
Helenback (Reapz), Hieronimous, Marnne, Muetmort, Shianti, Xerk, Zhivagoz
Promoted from Wolf/Wolf Alt to Werewolf:
Resne, Sharmali, Tirmaniel, Myra, Shabb, Xiuxiu
For additional information on how the ranks work, please see that section in the guild info. If you believe there has been a mistake, feel free to reply below and I'll look into it.
If you are a regular raider (ie, you raid as and when you can, at least once or twice a month, and are an active guild member) and you're in the Wolf or Wolf Alt rank (prior to today), then please let me know and I'll check to see if you can be moved to the Werewolf rank. Remember .. Werewolf is on a "per character" basis and resets every expansion.
If you have ANY character in the Werewolf, Wolf or Wolf Alt rank, and have alts invited into the guild, please remind an officer to promote your new character to the Wolf Alt rank. Once you have reached the "Wolf" rank, all additional characters should automatically be given the Wolf Alt rank. (and when I say "automatically" .. I mean we still have to do it manually, but it's not something your new character has to work for ). If you do not have a character at the Wolf/Wolf Alt/Werewolf rank, then any alts invited into the guild should join as a Pup.
The following roster removals were made today:
Calliope, Victoria, Isdria, Brit, Seena, Dargonan, Zordoran, Arnarraeldi, Raijin, Farloid, Priestitute, Hefaestus, Charsui, Ehnrymnk, Trokhar.
These were all removed due to inactivity of at least 5 months, mostly around 8 months. Some of these were individual character removals, and some were "main" along with alts. Characters linked to others in the guild roster using the "<main name> Alt" public note were all checked to ensure that all characters had been inactive for some time. One of the above, Trokhar, I suspect may have been an alt, but I've been unable to find who it belongs to - if any of the above are your characters, and you can show that you do have an active character in the guild, then you're welcome to request them to be reinvited - please ensure your roster/public note reflects the correct links between characters.
Since the changes to the way the roster and permissions work, it is much more difficult to ensure characters are correctly linked. Whereas previously anyone with invite rights were able to adjust your public roster note in order to add your "main" when you had an alt invited, this is now not possible. The only people able to amend your public note now are you, when you're on that character, or an officer.
Characters that have nothing in their public notes linking them to other characters are much more likely to be removed for inactivity (as all linked characters are checked for activity prior to removal for inactivity).
Please also do not add anything in the public note section of your alts, other than the "main" character name. You may, if you wish, add your real name against your "main" - but no other information. Gear scores, roles, etc .. all often change and should not be included. See the Guild Rules for additional information.
Anyone completely removed from the guild roster, who then wishes to rejoin the guild, are welcome to complete a new application form, where they are advised to mention they were a previous guild member.
Additional roster changes/notes:
The following member has been placed in the MiA rank and all alts removed:
Any members placed in the MiA rank (either by their own request to avoid an earlier "inactivity" removal or because they've been inactive for some time but we felt they may well return) if they do return are requested to let us know if they're intending on staying active for some time after their return so that we can remove them from the MiA rank, and they're also welcome to get their alts reinvited into the guild.
The following members are due to be removed unless we see activity in-game or hear from them prior to the next roster update:
(note against them in-game stating they're AFK "for a while" - however, since that note was made, they did log on around a month later, prior to then going inactive for 6 months)
(forum post from member stating they would be "back soon" - posted end of March 2019).
We had a question raised in a recent raid about why we were running the raids we did, on the nights we did. Specifically, it was questioning why we ran Normal raids on a Friday, and didn't simply devote both raiding nights to Heroic.
Firstly, I'd like to stress that, despite it sounding like a simple question .. the reply is not, and therefore it was not the best time (ie, mid raid) to ask.
Secondly, I'd like to say that generally I'm open and willing to listen to ideas on how to change things around, and I do change things based on what I've been told, what I hear, what I experience in raids/guild currently, and what I've experienced in the past. I try to ensure that people are made aware of that process, but I can not be expected to speak to each individual raider to explain exactly why I'm doing something - which is why I expect all raiders to visit this website regularly in order to keep on top of news and information relating to raids and, ideally, also check out discord, where often more fluid conversations take place. Often, if we have made a decision during a raid night to do something different for the following raid/week, I will add it to the final post for that raid night, along with the link to the combat logs.
There appeared to have been a few occasions recently where something has happened or been mentioned in game, that has made it perfectly obvious that some raiders are not checking the website. Some things are as simple as not actually reading the requirements for a raid, or which raid it is, on the calendar - item level, continuation or fresh - this information is held both on the calendar event itself AND on the forum post relating to that event on this website. I am not hiding that information, it should not be a surprise and I should not be having to ensure people know this information, even after they've signed up for said events.
Equally .. we have a raid every Wednesday and every Friday. They go up on the calendar in good time. We accept people in their preferred roles on a first come, first served basis. This should not be a surprise and I will not be chasing up people to ensure they know this. If you do not sign up to an event on the calendar, I will assume you do not wish to go. If you sign up on the calendar days after everyone else signed, and there are several of your role already signed, do not be surprised if there is no space for your particular role.
We expect everyone to be fully gemmed and enchanted, flasked and have food and potions .. again this should not be a surprise. We expect people to do their research on bosses they've never done before, or struggle with - this should not be a surprise!!
Yet virtually every week I feel I'm reminding people, chasing people, nudging people. And what appears like a fairly regular thing .. I'm sticking up a reminder post like this .. that the people who already know all this, see and understand .. and the people who NEED to see this, either just don't, or they ignore it. So basically it's probably a waste of time What perhaps we need, is some of those who have raided with us for some time, who see people who are regularly having to be chased, or who regularly question things, perhaps point them in the direction of this site .. explain that there are certain expectations. Give them that gentle nudge, that general reminder.
Right .. so now that's out of the way .. the explanation and the reasoning behind NOT having both our raid nights Heroic.
- First and foremost .. there's no rush. Heroic isn't going away.
- This is literally only the second week we've "officially" been running heroic. We did the first boss in Heroic after our Friday Normal clear on the 2nd August. Our first "proper" Heroic raid was the following week (last week).
- People still want to do Normal. Some people are still just getting their main characters up to scratch, some want to take alts.
- It is easier to learn tactics and/or a new role/class in Normal, than in Heroic.
- I still get asked if we are going to cover certain Normal bosses.
- Less people sign up on a Friday for raids. This is NOT because of the content, this is because less people want to/can raid on a Friday.
- I know less people sign on a Friday irrespective of content, because over the years I have switched raids around multiple times so that people who can only raid one night a week, some Wednesday and some Friday, get a chance at different content .. and regardless of which night gets the more progressive raid/bosses, Friday is still less popular.
- Friday generally is a more relaxed night for many, compared to Wednesday.
- It is bad for morale, especially if we're struggling on a boss, to wipe and raid difficult bosses, every raid night, every week. We need some raids to be easier and more relaxed, to ensure we're not going to get stressed too much about slow progression.
Links for evidence and for information:
Our combat logs calendar showing which raids we've done, when: https://www.warcraftlogs.com/guild/calendar/18279/
News item on the website showing first Normal clear and first heroic boss kill (please note the high attendance was NOT due to running heroic .. as that was unplanned): http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12032342&gid=180473
Comment at the end of last Friday's raid relating to forthcoming raids (based on conversations held during that raid): http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?p=40033272&gid=180473#40033272
Information in the Guild Raid Events section on how we set up and run raids: http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11970810&gid=180473
Information in the Guild Raid Events section on how to add yourself to the raiders list (especially if your class is multi-role): http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11970830&gid=180473
A post in the general raiding section about how we set up and run raids: http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12019197&gid=180473
Raid ilevel requirements (also posted on each individual forum post for specific raids): http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11970825&gid=180473
Specifics reinforcing what we expect raiders to know: http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11293468&gid=180473
Guild raiding rules (everyone agreed to these when they applied to join the guild): http://www.darkwolves.eu/gwiki/index.php?page_name=Raiding_Rules&gid=180473
Link to our discord (which is primarily text chat .. like a guild chat but outside the game, but does have some voice chat channels if people want to use them) - we encourage everyone to join, especially raiders, where more fluid conversations can occur and where I can easily send reminders to people if needed, and people can more easily contact me out of game: https://discord.gg/gQ2uBGe
Congratulations everyone .. another new boss down .. halfway through heroic!!
Well done everyone .. another new raid night, another pair of bosses down!
Unfortunately, someone *cough* forgot to get a screenshot of our first new boss, The Blackwater Behemoth .. but as that giant fish got fried by us, and had his chips .. I made something up ... (but now I'm hungry!).
The vault hasn't had much love recently, and different things are used more often now than previously, so I've done a reshuffle. Nothing major, most items are still in their usual places, however, I've assigned more space to battle pets and less to Jewelcrafting materials, and moved things around a little. Please feel free to check them out .. if you're uncertain, there is the "info" tab on each section of the vault to tell you a bit about it. Or simply ask.
You can check what sections you have access to, and how much, by looking on our wiki "rank benefits" page: