Raid Teams for Week 1

Yup, you read that right. For those who missed it…raid teams, plural. Starting in Battle for Dazar’alor, we’ll be running two raid teams. It’s possible that we’ll hit a slog in BfD and combine back into one, but for now, we’d rather run two teams and cross that bridge when we reach it, instead of bench 20+ people.

The Warlords referred to each team by an assigned color during the creation process (Black and Red – Lok’tar ogar!), and the main tanks in each group decided on team names beyond the color designation.

We proudly present…

BLACK TEAM
“Masters of Mayhem”

TANKS:
Telann
Atesies

HEALS:
Corignis
Shaynanigans
Livre
Harvesting (th) / Treeson (fr)

DPS:
Uro
Jibbles
Anukhet
Kamahl (th) / Tiraffe (fr)
Lillithh
Azziria
Avarkus
Bellatori
Uncletouchhy
Deathoss
Rowdyrival
Coldryder

RED TEAM
“Geeks and Freaks”

TANKS:
Grimmbrew
Ripblade

HEALS:
Julifton
Bellelina
Arianrhod
Ryzin

DPS:
Lineda
Harmesi
Vermin
Bulborbish
Beastthuntt
Vellitha
Eviandrae
Konflic
Sylvvannas
Xuxon
Haromuk
Vaughna
Sashaflay

 

The teams will be in flux, and we will attempt to balance them. That means that if one team pulls way ahead of the other, we’ll mix them up so they both proceed at a comfortable pace. We’ll do our best to match skills, class needs, etc across the raid groups.

Red team should fill out the sheet determining what days of the week they will be raiding on. We will let Red Team know asap, hopefully by the end of the week, so the group has plenty of time to prepare.

Raid leads do not appear on either list (except Telann as tank one side and Zex (Ryzin) as healer the other). If teams run concurrently, we will split 2 and 2. If they go on opposite days, we will fill roles (dps, heal, etc) as needed.

If you do not appear on either list, it is because of several of the following…

  1. You did not confirm the rules with a Warlord yet
  2. You have not attended raids yet
  3. You attend raids too sporadically to find a niche or guarantee a spot for you yet
  4. You’ve not spoken to a Warlord at length to get a spot in spite of the above – make sure to reach out to us! We will likely have you fill out a line on the Red Team sheet to help us decide which team would be best to fill you in on.

We might make very small adjustments to teams before  BfD launch, depending on comp needs and who will be available as backups or not. We will reach out to anyone affected by changes.

Be sure to check out the Raider Homework before start. It has a video list of the first 8 bosses!

Raider Homework for BFD Week 1

First up: Normal Battle for Dazar’alor will require 370 ilvl. Heroic likely 385, unless we blow through normal, then we’ll keep it lower.

Second up: Watch these videos and have a basic understanding of each boss come next week!

Third: Team Red (post incoming soon!) should fill out their planning sheet ASAP so that we can plan on when Red Team will be raiding.

Red Team Planning Sheet

Pterrodax Mount Questline Share: Round Two!

The Pterrodax mount questline, Child of Pa’ku, is shareable again! Quickly take advantage before Blizzard patches through a fix.

Here is our first post about it

How to Get it

Step one: Find someone who already has the quest “A Child of Pa’ku” in their quest log. It MUST be this intro quest, none of the others will work.
Step two: Join a group they are in
Step three: They will share the quest with you
Step four: You are now on the quest!

Pay it Forward

All we ask is that if you receive the shared quest from a guildmate, find another guildmate and quickly add them and follow the steps above to help them along on their journey.

You can also ask in guild chat if anyone is available or needs it. Just point them to this post for more information!

Vanguard Promotions, Donation List, and AOTCs

Congratulations to all of our new Vanguards this week:

Tiraffe, Julifton, Rowdyrival, Shaynanigans, Uncletouchhy and Livre!

We’ve also had a number of new AOTC holders this week:

Atesies, Anukhet, Grooverider, Tivie, Grimmbrew, Uncletouchhy, Telanlan, and Auluriya!

For the Vanguards, we’ve updated the monthly donation sheet. If you are a Vanguard or will be one before the 15th, please donate by February 1st. These fund our feasts and flasks!

More G’huun AOTC, and next week’s raid comp

Tonight we had a pick-up from where we left off last night for G’huun. Congrats to Ministry members new and old: Beastthuntt, Shaynanigans, Nighteld, Livre, Gnardawg, Jynxx, and Harman!

Composition for 1/11 and 1/18

Next week, those who got benched on Friday or missed the Saturday group that lack AOTC will have priority to remain in-group to get AOTC (for example: Uncletouchyy got sat on Friday when we trimmed people, and Yarzza missed Saturday).

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Lillithh’s Ministry of Defense Story

Another submission about what MoD means to our members! Lillithh writes:

After a long hiatus, I came back to WoW to enjoy the new expansion. Little did I know, my previously (like MoP era) active raiding guild consisted of members that were last online 2 years ago. In a bit of a panic, I searched for an active guild in the WOW guild interface and requested to join MoD, because I liked the guild description best among others. Looking back it was more of a hunch and that made me request to join MoD over others. It was definitely the best decision I have made in this game!

I only expected a group of people to help me through quests and run some raids (LFR ugh) but I found a group of very generous and kind-hearted people who love to have fun and treat the guild as a family. Blizzard should thank these guys for all their doing because if it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t enjoy this expansion as much as I am enjoying right now, and leave for some other game. My favourite moments were when we raided as a group of corgis (all those corgi butts!) and had an impromptu mammoth congo for our Zul kill.

Anyone else remember those moments?

 

Lillithh continues:

I love how MoD is a casual guild that knows how to get down to some serious business! Can’t wait for the new raiding tier to come out to tackle with my guild family!

We love having you here, too!

Remember to enter into the Social Giveaway before January 1st! We love reading all of your stories and experiences.

Vanguard Promotions in November and December

I apparently never announced these promotions on the site or in Discord when they received them in November sometime:

Eviandre
Sylvvannas

Congrats to the following people who’ve received Vanguard promotions in December:

Arianrhod
Haromuk
Jimlahey
Konflic
Vermin
Xazzan
Xuxun

These folks get a special spot on the website as well as access to raider tabs and more gold repairs.

Remember: Attendance is “frozen” right now so you won’t lose Vanguard, but you can still earn it before BfD by attending regularly scheduled raid times!

Congrats on Additional AOTC Achievements!

Congratulations to the newest AOTC members of Ministry of Defense (and Golden Chariots!)

We’d also like to thank our new friends in Golden Chariots for coming out and joining us for it, as well as a few members of I Am Muted from Thrall helping out healers.

Don’t have AOTC yet? We are tentatively putting together a group for Thursday, 4pm PST / 7pm EST to get additional achievements for anyone missing it. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! We’ll have plenty of opportunities coming up with the new raid schedule.

Signed Blizzard Poster Giveaways!

For those of you who don’t know, our very own PvP Warlord Miatreelefa (aka Pete) streams on Twitch at twitch.tv/nfbprototype. He’s done a number of giveaways, and one of our own was a lucky winner of a signed Blizzcon poster! Congrats to Warvoxi!

Thanks to Pete for giving me (Warvoxi) this awesome poster  #endoftheyeargiveaway

Interested in winning something similar for yourself?

 

This time of year can be tough on some people for so many different reasons so https://www.twitch.tv/nFbPrototype I will be giving 100% of all donations now through December 25th, 2018 to The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation who assist with mental health research!

There will be prizes for top donators; the goal is to reach $1000 dollars, and all the money will be donated on stream on Christmas Day. Donate @ https://streamlabs.com/nfbprototype to be eligible for giveaways, or if you aren’t into twitch streaming but still want to help out, visit their website @ https://www.bbrfoundation.org/home. Please Share!

Two additional Q&As from the BFD Raid Meeting

I’ve received two questions in varying forms since the BfD meeting the other day, so I will add them to the post and here for you!

Q: What if I can’t make both progression nights? Can I still raid with you guys?
A: For normal and heroic – of course! We have a number of people who can only make one of the two days, whether because of conflicting raid times or because of IRL conflicts (school, children, etc). We’d never penalize you for having a life outside the game. That said, Mythic is a bit iffier. If we have one healer that can’t attend Thursday, and one that can’t attend Friday, that works out well. But we’d prefer to keep tanks the same both days, for example, and there’s no guarantee that you’d have a spot if you can only attend one day or the other. We will cross that bridge when we reach it.

Q: What’s this about taxes for Vanguards?  Do I have to send goods for giveaways, donate IRL money, or something?
A: No, that would be ridiculous of us, and unfair to everyone who wanted to raid. We mentioned Donations offhand, and I’ll go into it a bit more thoroughly here. We first decided to do this in early October. Our feast and flask makers are having a hard time keeping up with raid demands for providing these materials. To help offset we’re asking for a small donation to the guild to cover expenses. This ranges from a stack of 200 fish, 200 herbs, a bunch of green BoEs (for expulsom for flasks), to vantus runes, and more.

Because of the insane costs of feasts and cauldrons and the fact that they’re provided for free, we’re going to ask Vanguards (and officers who raid) to donate materials to the guild each month. You can always donate more, but we request a bare minimum. This is a MONTHLY donation, so it shouldn’t stress you too hard, and you shouldn’t need to purchase anything. Each month there will be different things on the list, and we may adjust amounts depending on what we need or how hard it is to come by them.

List of donations

You only have to sign up for ONE spot; if you choose to donate extra, you don’t need to sign up for it. Try to spread the signups around as much as you can. Once you’ve mailed your donation, the officer who received it will check off that you completed it (do not touch the pink columns yourself).

Currently in December we do not need any donations. Officers are still discussing if we need anything for January. We’ll let you know!