We had a super awesome week this week! It was nice seeing so many new guildies take interest in running rateds with us. Shout out to all of you!

We are still having issues with getting a full group together for these, so I want to remind everyone that if you have an interest, don’t be afraid to message me with any questions that you may have! I promise I’m not going to turn you down, and we will work with you and get you where you need to be. Practice makes perfect, so practice with us!

Play wise, everyone did amazing and even surpassed expectations tonight. I had to step out for a bit, but I heard nothing but good things when I came back. Teamwork makes the dream work, and we have the teamwork aspect near on point!

If you want to start playing with us, but you aren’t sure if your main character is viable or not, I have so many guides and resources pinned in the pvp announcements discord channel. Read up on your class, make your own decisions, and know that with practice, every class can be amazing. If you have a character that you would like to play, but it isnt quite geared enough, just let me know! I will help you and work with you.

Thanks again to everyone that participated tonight, and I hope to see you all again in future events!

Next Tuesday, I will not be seeing any of you, due to work reasons. But I hope to hear continued improvement!

We’re going to ignore Oct 30 – November 5 and pretend it never happened.

Thursday: Mythic

It took us a few tries to get Taloc down. We had some problems with lasers or getting knocked off by the bloods. Generally however, Taloc is as easy on Mythic as it is on other difficulties.

MOTHER

We had some very good pulls on MOTHER with very little downtime between them. We also adopted a new strategy of pulling the boss, resetting, and running into the room to stack right next to the wall. This made the initial transition much cleaner. Crossing became easier over time as we settled into the specifics of knowing when to cross, how, and making sure not to move too far after crossing over.

We still had mishaps caused by lag or improper use of defensives, but we’re really getting the “step 1” part down. Arguably, this is the second hardest part of the fight.

After crossing, we need to kill adds. I will say that this week was generally pretty good. We had casts get off on occasion, but on account of smoother crossings we also had smoother add kills.

We also got better about standing near the wall to melee MOTHER through it. Pets will harmlessly cross through, treants and other summoned abilities can do damage, and of course even casters can safely whack her with a staff! This smidgen of DPS may not seem important now, but you’d be surprised how much it helps later…

After crossing MOTHER into Room 2, dodging mechanics there is pretty easy for us. Then, it becomes a waiting game of knowing when Spirit Link is back off cooldown and making sure we’re ready.

The transition from Room 2 into Room 3 is the most dangerous transition and the hardest to achieve. We need a good setup and we need everyone on the same page.

The yellow line on the left is the wall between rooms 2 and 3. The unhappy face is MOTHER. The silver crescent is Quetzie, marked with the Moon over her head to people know where to stack in Room 1 and now.

During the final Wind phase of room 2, players need to be nearby – but not directly against – the wall of Room 3. Many times,  players are spread incredibly far across the room – even close to the wall of Room 1! They’re never going to make it to the Room 3 wall in time. Instead, during the final Wind phase, drag your character over to Quetzie. Line up with her. She’ll be standing nearby the Room 3 wall, with MOTHER between her and the wall. After the final fire is cast (not before!), the group books it to the wall, throws down all defensives and heals, and crosses as a quick succession – ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR – just like we do in Transition 1.

If all goes well – and so far it only has a small handful of times – we’ll be in Room 3, casting lust, and gunning down the adds, then treating Room 3 just as we did Room 2.

It all came together, however – in the nick of time.

We moved up to #11 on the server and remain #1 Horde.

By the way: Remember what I said earlier about DPSing through the wall? We killed MOTHER when her room was at 94% full. That left us with mere seconds left for a kill.

Or, as expressed by Miatreeleafa on stream seconds before we got her:

Also, congrats to Tusker for hitting a gold parse on the kill:

For those curious: we had 51 wipes on MOTHER, or 45 not counting the “week we don’t speak of”. We really only had 2 nights spent working on her, so that’s not so bad!

Thursday Mythic logs

Friday: G’huun and friends

Because we had a saved lockout from last week, we jumped right into G’huun.

We only had 5 pulls that were what I will call “net garbage” as a result from orb mishaps in phase 1. We had many pulls reach well into phase 2 and 5 into Phase 3, with 3 pulls at 90 and higher. We comped down and swapped some people around due to mechanic failures, and had a few missteps but not many. Our kill was clean, however – once again we had nobody die until Phase 3.

Congrats to our new AOTC title holders: Deathhoss, Eviandrae, Avianne, Nari, Lillithh, and Sylvvannas.

After G’huun, we went to Ripblade’s lockout: he had an opening on Zul and Mythrax.

Zul was a 1-shot, which has never happened before. Everyone was very clean. Interrupts on Hexers, downing Crushers fast, the tanks did a good job at dropping their debuff, and ranged stacked mid. We had a good transition, too. Hopefully we can emulate this in future weeks.

Mythrax was a little less clean (to say the least). We actually had both tanks die, resed one, and he dies again. Fortunately, we had enough DPS and HPS to keep the fight going for a kill.

Friday logs

Monday: Alt Night

Alt night is slowly but surely transitioning into more and more Heroic bosses. We went on Normal first, skipping the first three bosses. In future weeks we’ll be continuing to up this number.

Normal is almost boring at this point, even 2 healing it as we were sometimes. G’huun we needed more healing and had a few problems with orb runners (mostly healing issues and a miscommunication with new runners). But it only took us 3 tries.

Taloc and Mother on Heroic were 1 shots. We did move MOTHER into room 3, which is unusual for us on heroic, but we needed the practice transitioning.

Monday Logs 1
Monday Logs 2

BoE Farm and Guild Bank repairs

On account of having a post-MOTHER lockout, we spent some time Sunday and after alt night on Monday farming BoEs. We’re happy to announce that we got 5 Mythic BoEs and 1 random-drop BoE. This windfall ensures that we will have plenty of money in the guild bank, and thus the repair allocation for Vanguards and Gladiators has been increased. Hopefully we can make this a recurring event as we continue to kill bosses on Mythic, and then will be set for quite a while.

Social Media

As you might be aware, MoD is now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’re holding a contest for anyone who follows us and submit their MoD stories! You may have already read Deiselboy’s account, so it’s time to share yours!

Plus, who wants to miss out on this sort of quality content:

I love endorsements!

Posted by MODaeriepeak on Sunday, November 11, 2018

Submitted from Deiselboy:

Our first dabbles into organized raiding were fun. The homework assignments, struggling to get 10 people all to log on to raid on 2 consecutive nights, our first kill of Xavius, and the deafening on discord that almost cost me my hearing. Having people kinda drift away and come back. Mostly the guild is about community; we love a good laugh, and we get stuff done.

I’ve been a part of this guild for 4-5 years now and have seen it grow from a quiet guild that barely had anyone on, to a small tight-knit guild that had 10-12 regulars on, to an explosion of players on that we currently have almost any time of day. It’s been a journey and I can say, hands down, this is the best guild I’ve ever been a part of in any game.

It doesn’t feel like you’re a stranger in this guild. You may not know who anyone is outside of their screen name, but outside of my family, this is my online family.

How heartwarming! This truly is a big, happy family.

We love seeing your submissions and stories. Feel free to submit them here to be featured on our website. We can never have too much spotlight on our members!

As you may have heard by now, we are now on social media!

To celebrate this, we will be giving away a game store mount AND 20,000 gold to one lucky winner!

To enter into the giveaway, all you have to do is follow us on social media and submit your favorite MoD memory, something you would like to share with the class, artwork you have done, or really anything!

You can find all of our social medias here.

If you only follow on one social media, you will be given one entry. If you follow on all three, you will get five entries!

To share your submission, you can either use the member submission portal on our website, post it to Twitter or Instagram using #modaeriepeak, or you can share it directly through Discord! (Be sure to include your handles that you followed us on, as well as your in game name,  so that we can verify your submission. Don’t worry; your personal information will never be publically shared or posted.)

This giveaway will run until January first at midnight. The winner will be announced that day!

Thank you everyone who has contributed to the guild bank repair fund by either donating raid BOEs, gold, or items for me to sell on the auction house. More guild bank repair funds means more guild bank repair allocations for everyone, and I hope to increase the repairs again soon. All the guild bank money goes solely to fund guild bank repairs. It is not used for any other purpose.

Just a reminder, we do have a mythic Uldir BOE farming event tonight at 6pm EST. Please try to be available to attend. You do not have to be a mythic raider to participate. The purpose of this event is to collect Uldir mythic BOE drops for sale on the auction house to fund more guild repair allocations.

Sunday at 3pm PST / 6pm EST, we will be farming Mythic Uldir trash for BoEs.

This is not a “personal farm day”.

All BoEs that drop during this time are to be given to Urostek so that we can deposit all funds into the Guild Bank. As it’s been previously mentioned, we are tearing through guild repairs at an alarming rate. Selling some Mythic BoEs will help stave off the slow drain that happens in an expansion where gold is hard to come by.

We will be forming at least one, preferably two groups, and farming over the course of several clears. Kill all trash, walk out, reset, repeat, until we either lose our minds or enough BoEs drop that we feel good about our potential bank deposits.

Because we are only clearing trash, anyone who feels they can survive the trash is welcome to come. You don’t have to be Mythic or even Heroic geared to join in. We encourage everyone to join us, regardless of whether or not you intend to raid. Guild Repairs benefit everyone!

As you may have heard, the guild bank is slowly losing funds over time, and we’re trying hard to keep guild repairs for everybody while not spending too much of Urostek’s money keeping the bank topped off. An idea that got tossed around was of setting up a guild marketplace: somewhere to buy items, wherein the sales can go directly into the guild bank.

After a week or so of testing, we’re reading to launch the Ministry of Defense Discord Market!

The Premise

Every week, officers (currently Lineda) will list market items according to auction house trends. However, we will be under-pricing the auction house! The idea is to sell goods to MoD members at a discounted price, while depositing all profits into the guild bank. MoD members benefit from cheaper supplies, and we all benefit from increased funds into the bank!

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I updated the Vanguard Donation document.

New this month:

  • 75 Crimson Ink
  • 30 Viridescent Ink
  • 200 Slimy Mackerel
  • 200 Akunda’s Bite
  • 5 Vantus Runes

I removed a few donations and slightly reorganized the page as well.

Note that Blue items are currently being sent to Urostek, and Yellow items will be sent to Quetzie. Green items remain Lineda donations.

Remember: You only need to sign up for 1 spot, but you can always send multiple stacks of items anyway.

If you’re ever unable to find the link to this document, remember that you can find it on the left-hand box on the Raiding Home page under the “Required to Raid” heading.

The votes are in!

Thank you to everyone who participated and everyone who voted. Some of these races were amazingly close – we have SEVERAL ties for placements and there are very few categories with one “stand out” winner!

As mentioned, the prizes per category are as follows:

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

RACIAL PRIDE and CROSS-DRESSED CLASS will have in-store pet prizes

MOUNT/PET and OFFICER will have Sting Ray (mount) and Corgi (minipet) prizes

However, there is a bonus: I (Quetzie) was personally so impressed with the entries that I am throwing in 5000g to any second-place winners and 1000g to any third-place winners. This includes tied entries!

Without further ado…

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