We did an excellent job tonight - we successfully finished off Normal from a raid we started on Wednesday .. clearing the last two bosses with little bother despite us having had very little practice with them, then went on to have a play in Heroic.
It may have been by the skin of our teeth .. but that scary scorpion finally bit the dust ..
We then went on to tackle the next boss, who also died fairly quickly:
I've added this on a forum post for the most recent raid, however, thought it was worth making it more obvious, as this is happening a lot at the moment:
.. it's a bit unfortunate that tonight we had several who had signed up as definite, but then never actually turned up. If you can't make it, take your name off the event and let the raid leader know. If you are definitely going to make it, but may be 5-10 minutes late, or will need to leave early - let the raid leader know. And then stick to your intentions or let the raid leader know they've changed again.
Several people missing means a potential complete re-organisation of the raid structure, including number of healers, who is healing, who is tanking - potentially meaning additional people have to sit out (or the entire raid be cancelled). If the raid is reorganised, it means that potentially people who were prepared to be in one role, end up having to go in a different role. It's not fair to those people and it's just good manners to let us know as soon as you can.
I do not want to get to the point of making a list of people who do this regularly - because at that point people on that list will NEVER be accepted on a raid before raid invite time. At which point they run the risk of there being no space for them. I don't want to do this .. but if it keeps on happening, I will.
It's really not that complicated ... if you're definitely able to come for the entire night - sign up as definite. If circumstances change, speak to the raid leader/organiser and either take your name off the list or put it on tentative (unless the raid leader states they can accommodate your change of circumstance - at which point, please do the right thing and adhere to whatever was agreed). If you're not sure if you can make it - at any point during the process - either don't sign up at all, or sign as tentative.
Organising raids - ensuring we have the right number of tanks and healers, and ensuring people who *want* to be in those roles, are - is complicated enough at times. Making us re-organise over and over again, sometimes right at the last minute, isn't really that funny.
If people are getting confused on how the sign-ups work, please speak to me and I'll do my best to explain it better.
From an organisational point of view:
- We only accept those as part of the raid group those who have signed as definite. We cannot include any others as they have not confirmed whether or not they'll be there for the full raid.
- Those who sign as tentative are indicating that they would like to be included in the raid, but don't know if they can make it. These people will have the opportunity to join at raid start time, if they are online and prepared to attend for the full night (unless organised otherwise with the raid leader) *if* there is space for them in their chosen role.
- If there is space for additional raiders, usually an announcement will be made in guild chat at raid start time, giving priority to those who signed tentative, and then to anyone else online.
- If you have not been accepted as part of that events raid team (please check forums regularly for updates), and you would like to go, please speak to the raid leader. Potentially there may be space for you. However, please be aware that there may not be, and the raid leaders decision is final.
Please do bear in mind that the raid group is made up of real people giving up their spare time to raid together - they're not NPC's that don't care if you ditch them at the last minute and will still be waiting in the same place when you arrive back. If you're accepted as part of a raid team, the members of that raid team are relying on you to turn up. Please do your utmost to avoid disappointing them.
Well what a night it was - we ran through the first couple of bosses in Trial of Valor Heroic to quickly get to Helya for our weekly Helya-bashing - and after only a few false starts, finally got her down.
That resulted in a cool new achievement for us:
After that, as we had some time left, we decided to continue on to Nighthold and have another bash at the last boss. Apparently we were on a roll!!
With achievements stacking up ...
We then went on to have a quick play with the first boss in Heroic Nighthold, but with time running out, we only had time for a few practice runs, although I think we have a fair idea of it now
Thank you very much everyone!
Excellent work tonight everyone .. we got a new boss down! Only one left for a full clear - woohoo!
This week gives us the chance to get two new mounts for a limited time.
One is by playing 15 matches in Heroes of the Storm with a friend (and they appear to count regardless of whether you win or lose, and whether you play against other players or the AI):
Full details on how to get this mount are over at wowhead: http://www.wowhead.com/news=259985/acquiring-the-primal-flamesaber-beginner-heroes-of-the-storm-tips-for-wow-player
There is also a new mount up for grabs via the weekly archaeology questline:
Blizzard posted information about changes coming to WoW Tokens soon (already rolled out in the US):
The goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel have a golden opportunity for you, friend—introducing a new way to use your WoW® Token. It’s just as easy as ever, but now when you use gold to buy a WoW Token from the Auction House in certain regions, you can then choose whether to convert it into 30 days of game time or Battle.net Balance*. You can use Battle.net Balance to buy services like World of Warcraft character transfers, digital products like pets and mounts, and even purchase in-game items for other supported Blizzard games you play.
Please note: this new feature is available now in the Americas game region, and will be rolled out to players on European servers soon.
Buying a Token is simple: just visit the Auction House and use your hard-earned gold to purchase one of the WoW Tokens put up for sale. Once the Token arrives in your in-game mailbox, right-click it to add it to your bag, then right-click it in your inventory. You’ll then be able to choose whether to add 30 days of game time or add Battle.net Balance (12.99 EUR / 9.99 GBP; currency and amount varies by region) to your Battle.net account.
*WoW Tokens can only be redeemed for Battle.net Balance in the currency associated with the registered Battle.net account address. Other restrictions apply.
The "Love is in the Air" in-game holiday is now up and running, with a few changes from last year. Now there are even more chances to win that super-rare Love Rocket, as any character from level 16 upwards can queue for the holiday boss - with loot dropping in a similar way to timewalking loot, automatically adjusting for your level.
There are also new toys, in addition to the normal goodies and achievements available.
Love is in the Air received a number of updates in 2017:
You no longer have to be maximum level (110) to queue up for the Crowne Company. The minimum level to queue up for Shadowfang Keep via the Dungeon Finder is level 16, so have fun farming the Big Love Rocket.
Loot rewards are now appropriate to your level, similar to how Timewarped loot works. For example, Winking Eye of Love is ilvl 830 at 110, and scales down if you loot it at a lower level.
Crushing the Crown is now a daily outside Shadowfang Keep. In the center of this area is a piece of paper which starts the Follow the Recipe daily quest. This rewards 3 Crown Co. "Kure-Everything" Tonic which transforms you into a zombie. Also in this area are Love Potion No. 8 to control a Crowne Company employee for a minute.
The Love is in the Air wreaths and bouquets have received high-resolution updates.
You can read all about it on the Wowhead site: http://www.wowhead.com/love-is-in-the-air-2017-guide