Mythic Raid Self-Evaluations

Hello Mythic Raiders!

As we move into heroic full time, we want to make sure everyone is putting their best foot forward! As such, we’re asking you to send Tiraffe and/or Quetzie a self-evaluation of your performance thus far in the tier. Consider what your strengths are, and where you are struggling. We ask that you tell us 3 things that you can improve on, and how you intend to do so (please be more specific than “die less” or “higher DPS”). These evals don’t have to be long – a few sentences is fine.

Continue reading

Castle Nathria Raid Roundup 12/8/20 – 12/14/20

Welcome back, and it’s been a while!

Some of you may remember the Weekly Raid Roundups from Uldir and Battle for Dazar’alor back in the day. Once we got heavy into having 2 separate teams, it became a struggle to keep up, so I stopped doing them. It acted as a place to keep notes of changing strategies and “what worked, what didn’t” so everyone was on the same page moving forward.

With the return of the Roundup there will be a few changes.

  • I don’t intend to do these weekly, but during key points in progression, it is a helpful place to keep track of what everyone has been up to. So you are likely to see these for the next few weeks, winding down as progression ends up slowing over time.
  • I’ll sort them by team, so relevant information is easily accessible (though I encourage you to check out the review for the other team as well – you never know what might be useful).
  • Quetzie diagrams are making a return.
  • The Roundups are likely to be much more list-y than previously.

Continue reading

Castle Nathria Boss Guides

Almost every group handles bosses slightly differently. As we progress through the tier we may change strategies. But we expect everyone to start out on the same page.

In the past we’ve recommended popular content creators like FatBossTV or Hazelnutty for our raiders to get a good understanding of mechanics. That said, we’ve really noticed that two new faces in the game have created resources will be excellent strategy builders and introductions for raiders both new and experienced.

Mythic Trap 

Mythic Trap has mechanic-by-mechanic breakdowns for each boss fight. The dev has filters what’s important to specific roles, and highlights the differences between normal, heroic, and mythic. It uses small, repeating video loops of each mechanic, rather than the whole fight. Clips have been provided by Ready. Check? Pull! and each fight also has a complete kill-vid at the end if that’s your sort of thing instead.

Shriekwing
Huntsman Altimor
Hungering Destroyer
Artificer Xy’mox
Sun King’s Salvation
Lady Inerva Darkvein
The Council of Blood
Sludgefist
Stone Legion Generals
Sire Denathrius

Side note: Mythic Trap has similar breakdowns for dungeons. Check them out for M+ tips!

Tactical Air Horse / Castle Pineapplia

Tactical Air Horse built a minigame, Castle Pineapplia, that you can play in your browser that teaches the basic mechanics. It gets you playing the game before you play the game, and drills repetition of important mechanics – dodge donuts! Don’t stand between allies! Drop puddles against the walls! Combine with Mythic Trap’s guides and you should have a good memory and understanding of the basics for each fight!

You can download the game from the web

Or, play it directly in the browser

Shadowlands Heroic Raid Planning Meeting Minutes

We had an amazing turnout as always for the Heroic raid planning meeting for Shadowlands & Castle Nathria!

We encourage everyone to review this, even if you attended the meeting. It’s an excellent reference and also includes a few notes we may have forgotten during the meeting

Note: Heroic raid, weekend raid, etc all refers to the same group – basically, “not the mythic team”. You will hear us use these somewhat interchangeably. Even if the group is on normal we may call them the “heroic raid”.

Agenda:

Introduction
Rule Changes
– Loot
Rule Reminders
– Confirming the Rules
– Arriving on Time
– Discord
– Discord Bots
– Respect
– Benching / Sitting
– Raiding Ahead
Vanguard
Getting Good
Raid Prep
Recap
Gearing Event
Q&A

Continue reading

Getting the jump on Shadowlands

If you want to min-max, want a deep-dive, or are just completely lost, here are some guides that can help:

More will be added as they are deemed useful or relevant.

Shadowlands Mythic Raid Planning Meeting Minutes

Thank you to everyone who came to the mythic raid planning meeting! We know not all of you could make it, and some of you want notes to review, so this is a compiled list of topics covered – and one not! – from the meeting.

We highly encourage everyone to review this sheet, even if you already attended the meeting. For one thing, there’s a note of something we forgot to mention (about performance reviews), and for another, it’s an easy reference for what was a moderately compacted meeting.

Agenda

Introduction
Time Adjustment
Expectations
Finalizing Mains
Rule Updates
Raid Mats
Shadowlands (no spoilers)
Q&A
Oops, we forgot
Shadowlands (spoilers)

Continue reading

Hallow’s End Costume Contest 2020 Winners!

The votes are in and the winners have been decided!

We had over 60 votes in a category and a lot of new faces this year! We were all excited by the participants and how close some contests were.

As previously mentioned, the prizes per category are as follows:

BEST IN SHOW and THE UROSTEK will have in-store mount or 145,000 gold prizes.

BFA AFTERPARTY and ZONE THROWBACK will have in-store pet or 70,000 gold prizes

SCOURGE and ARGENT CRUSADE will have 50,000 gold prizes

Additionally, I (Quetzie) was personally so impressed with the entries that I am adding in 5000g to any second-place winners and 1000g to any third-place winners. This includes tied entries!

Without further ado…

Continue reading

Hallow’s End Costume Contest Voting 2020

Submission time has run out, and voting is open! Voting will remain open until November 4th at 1pm PST / 4pm EST. We will announce the winners Thursday the 5th in Discord, in game, and other announcement channels we have.

You may vote once over the course of the voting period per category, regardless of whether or not you partook in it. You may cast 3 votes per category.


BEST IN SHOW
Pull out all the stops and show us the costume you think will impress us most!
THE UROSTEK
Scar us with the ugliest, mish-mashiest, or gaudiest transmog you can come up with.
BFA AFTERPARTY
Say goodbye to BFA – head to a BFA zone with a matching ‘mog!
ZONE THROWBACK
Celebrate the expansions of old in style!
SCOURGE
Do your best to look like a member of the Lich King’s army!
ARGENT CRUSADE
Drive back the Scourge with all the Light you can muster!

Prizes:

BEST IN SHOW and THE UROSTEK will have in-store mount or gold prizes.

BFA AFTERPARTY and ZONE THROWBACK will have in-store pet or gold prizes

SCOURGE and ARGENT CRUSADE will have gold prizes

Hallow’s End Costume Contest 2020


From now until midnight on October 30th, submit screenshots of your character in costumes according to theme! At the end of the submission period, we’ll hold a public vote on the website all throughout Hallow’s End. On November 1st, we’ll reveal who the winners of each category are, and who will walk away with the top prizes!

Best in Show
Pull out all the stops and show us the costume you think will impress us most!
The Urostek
Scar us with the ugliest, mish-mashiest, or gaudiest transmog you can come up with.
BFA Afterparty
Say goodbye to BFA – head to a BFA zone with a matching ‘mog!
Zone Throwback
Celebrate the expansions of old in style!
Scourge
Do your best to look like a member of the Lich King’s army!
Argent Crusade
Drive back the Scourge with all the Light you can muster!

For full details, including rules and how to enter, check out our Hallow’s End Costume Contest site.

Shadowlands Pre-Patch Guides Directory

Tiraffe and Quetzie spent a good amount of time putting together a number of guides for new and returning raiders in Shadowlands, with input from other officers and outside sources.

To make these easier to find, we’ve compiled them in a simple directory post for your convenience.

Ministry of Defense Pre-Patch Directory:

Intro to Raiding
Quickguide to Simming
Improving your DPS: Revisited
Mythic Expectations
Cool Tricks to Show Your Friends

Additional Pre-Patch Resources:

Official Blizzard Pre-Patch Notes
Biggest Gameplay Changes for All Classes in Shadowlands Pre-Patch
Class Abilities Unavailable in Shadowlands Pre-Patch