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The latest round of blue posts covers Protection Warrior changes in Patch 8.1, mysteries surrounding the Dreadwake mount promotion, and more.
WoW Team Communication
The communication between Blizzard and the community hasn't been the best, but they're working on improvements.
Gonna get flamed by the hate, but here we go:
I've really been noticing lately all the blue/green posts, and really appreciate the AMA, Live Stream, upcoming PTR. This is what we've been asking for, and it's being delivered. Communication is ramped up, and feels a bit like the old days. Keep it coming blues/greens! And i actually think the few troll posts are funny fyi.
Say what you want about the xpac, but there are ALOT of us who are having fun. Can't wait for the PTR.
Flame on bros...
Appreciate the kudos but I'll be honest, It's not near what we want it to be at. Lore talked on it in the AMA but long story short, we want to do more.
I don't want to talk any of it up on what we're discussing internally in this area as I'd rather we just do it. Actions speak far louder right? Communication and participation on our side flat out hasn't been the best, and we want to change that.
The community will be spending so much time deciphering my dance moves
This would probably appease a weird section of the secret finding groups.
6-Month Subscription Mount
The Dreadwake mount can be obtained by subscribing to the game for 6 months. The promotion was planned for a while now and it's not Blizzard's response to "dropping subs" as many players assume.
Month after BFA and arguably the worst release of an expansion in Blizzards 14 year history.
Almost all twitch and youtube supporters of blizzard are firing away at how the game is failing.
supreme lack of communication from Blizzard, no real changes on the horizon.
Patch 8.1 already hitting PTR soon.
And now..... Blizzard is pairing a cool new Mount with 6 months of subs.
Basically saying hey, if you want this mount, we're not going to put it into the store like our other store mounts, we're going to force you to buy 6 months of subs before our financial quarter end to help make this expansion not look like the piece of garbage that it is.
what a joke
bfa has officially gone down the tube and is losing people astronomically if these are the tactics they are resorting to.
BFA was the Fastest Day 1 selling expansion, and I bet my testiies that it is also the fastest expansion of people unsubbing in the history of wow.
edit: six months of subs....
Or... maybe we've been planning to have this mount promotion for quite a while now, I don't know maybe lets say the last 8 or 9 months. Possibly longer ...but what do I know, I only work on the team that promotes and publishes things like this and apparently this mount means our game is dead. I guess someone forgot to tell all of us this was the case.
You don't honestly think we scrambled to put this together at this last minute do you? Also where is the line for tin foil hats when you enter GD? I missed out on mine.
I do think that there's maybe a conversation about water striders and boats floating on water that needs to happen though.
You know... we said the same thing when we got on ours this morning! I think someone shouted out "My ship is taking on water!". Said person is also dressed like a pirate today, so it made it that much better.
You lie, or maybe you don't. But the tables sure don't look good for this specific time to be releasing something to attract subs. Actions speak much louder than words.
This kind of promotion doesn't attract new subs. It's more of a reward for existing and an offer for those that might want to swap to a 6 month as it is cheaper. It's just adding additional value to that.
If you just want the mount that's fine, like we stated in the blog announcing this, it will be on the store eventually. ?
I think the 6-month sub requirement attached is what seems suspicious. Maybe this mount was planned for this pirate day for months, but I'd wager that the decision to add it to a 6-month sub was a more recent decision based on something else.
It wasn't a recent decision. You can see that from when the shop banner was data-mined months ago and posted by fansites. Kind of a clue its been in the works for a while if you look into that stuff ?
I get why people would think that though, but businesses as big as Blizzard don't just operate like people would like to think they do. Things like this take a lot of time and go through a lot of departments to finally be in front of you guys.
Hrm, the "ShopGametimeBundle"
You are no longer Snowfox, you are now Linkfox.
For those asking for the link backing up what I said, here you go.
I don't care for the mount.
Your one mount that took 8 months to develop
That's not what I said.
I didn't care for the promotion of the other one, to watch a dumb stream.
Some people aren't into streams and that's okay. We try our best to mirror everything as much as possible so those who aren't into that can still see it through their preferred channels.
I'll buy your stuff if you actually make it interesting and fun
Even as an employee I agree with you, to each person that definition is different. Me personally before I was an employee I always had a 6 month sub because it was just cheaper so to me the mount is just a bonus. It's not something your paying for but rather an extra "thank you". I get what you're saying overall though.
To be honest, they're actually paying YOU a few dollars to get the mount.
^ This is honestly more likely the case with these kinds of promotions.
Apparently, you won't receive The Dreadwake mount after directly converting 6 WoW Tokens into game time. You must claim the tokens for balance first and buy the correct bundle from the shop.
So, if i use 6 tokens for game time will i get the mount? as always, blizz is quite confusing when they worded the offer. Thanks in advance.
I just wanted to confirm that you would NOT get the Dreadwake mount if you convert your WoW Tokens into game time directly.
In this case you would need to claim the tokens for balance first and then buy the correct bundle from our shop, here:
Hope this helps!
Protection Warrior in Patch 8.1
Buffs are coming for Protection Warriors. Class balance is a "sore spot" right now. They haven't decided yet what form those changes will take (patch vs. hotfix).
Shamans got a blue; Here's to hoping Warriors get one.
I won't make a massive OP, there's been tomes written on how broken prot was since earliest stages of BfA beta. It's common knowledge that warriors make up for under 5% of all tank representation after 2 weeks of Uldir, in ALL types of content;
They're weak, they lack a niche, their kit has been massively hurt by the GCD change, and they need a lot of love to become viable. Like. Without exaggeration, it's easier to heal a shadow priest who pulls aggro in a dungeon, than a prot warrior in that same dungeon...
Blizzard? Are you doing this one class at a time, or can prots hope for some love as well? Cause it honestly feels really bad when the most iconic tank in the game is just so far behind it's not even worth using any more...
I can’t speak to any plans for the patch, but I do know that we’re planning to make some tuning adjustments sometime in the next few weeks which should include some defensive buffs for Protection Warriors.
Just curious but why can't you speak to any plans for the patch? You explained the tooltips for the proposed ele shaman changes, but can't speak about warriors? Or is it that there is nothing changing in the patch for warriors?
Few reasons. Partially because I'm not a class designer, so I don't make those decisions. But also because the class team themselves haven't decided yet. We agree Prot Warriors need love, but aren't 100% decided on exactly what form those changes will take, which also means we don't know if it'll need to be in a patch or not. The Elemental changes require a patch, otherwise we'd just hotfix them in.
Regarding this upcoming tuning pass, I wouldn't expect it to be something that solves every Prot Warrior grievance, but it should hopefully help while we look into potential further adjustments.
Hate to say it (and hate to nail it to you Lore) but class imbalance is very very bad right now. I think most of us don't want classes that are OP or overtuned-- but we would like to see them fluid enough and competitive enough that we can feel comfortable that our individual investment will ensure us a spot and a chance at current WoW content.
Class balance is definitely a sore spot right now, both in community feedback and our own internal discussions. We're working on it. It's a delicate thing; we want to solve the issue of players feeling like their class is undesired, but we also want to avoid the opposite issue where everyone feels like they need to reroll to whatever the new hotness is every few weeks (side note, that's part of why we do tuning adjustments in batches rather than every few days, to give things a little time to stabilize before the next round).
I'd also like to submit the argument that, while class balance certainly isn't perfect right now, it's also the beginning of an expansion, which is *always* a bit shaky for class balance. There are absolutely outliers on either side of the spectrum, with some buffs and most likely some nerfs incoming, but aside from those few cases, our data (based on hundreds of thousands of boss kills, arena matches, etc) is showing that class balance isn't that far out of whack from how things were at the start of Legion, or Warlords, or Mists, etc.
But like I said, we're working on it, and will have more to share soon.
Who We Are
Tequila Sundown is a mythic raid team formed within the <Karma Horde> guild on US-Stormreaver. Lead by a husband/wife team with high-level raiding experience dating back to WotLK, we're a "positively determined" progression team that maintains a light-hearted atmosphere while tackling mythic difficulty content. We're mature adults with jobs and family seeking like-minded players who have a passion for the game but want to avoid the needless angst or drama that often gets associated with progression raiding. We log on to have fun - so come have some fun with us!
A Team Within a Community
Our raid team is one of three within the larger guild of <Karma Horde>, which was formed back during WotLK. As such, the guild and Discord are very active and social. There are always people around online and in-game. The community atmosphere is welcoming and friendly to players of all levels. The guild enforces a Code of Conduct that has zero tolerance for hate/offensive speech.
We are always looking to add players with a friendly personality and lots of passion for the game. We want players who are going to log in on non-raid nights and be down for all the other things we're into: pushing mythic+, doing world quests, PVP shenanigans, achievement hunting, hyper-competitive fishing.. there's so much to do and so many ways to enjoy the game. This is our favorite hobby and we'd like to play with you if it is yours, too.
6/8H, 8/8N Uldir.
We strive for a fun environment that takes the challenges of mythic seriously and giving the content the respect it deserves. Our aim is, as all mythic teams, full clear of content but with always keeping the friendly spirit of camaraderie alive. Performance matters, but so does staying positive and finding the fun in the difficulty of a raid. We do not require mythic raid experience to join our team but we do expect mythic-level dedication and accountability from all of our raiders. You must be able to take constructive criticism and have ownership over your level of play, and be willing to put in the effort to be a contribution to the team.
Our mandatory raids are:
Tuesdays 8:45pm PT - 11:45pm PT
Thursdays 8:45pm PT - 11:45pm PT
Sundays 8:45pm PT - 11:45pm PT
Sundays are for farming the previous raid difficulty.
Healer: Holy Paladin or Disc Priest preferred. DPS off-set a bonus.
DPS: Will consider mythic capable ranged DPS.
Interested? Next steps:
Please check out our team's wiki on the <Karma Horde> subreddit.
Read the Guild Code of Conduct
Complete and submit a New Raider Application
Join the guild's Discord server
Add the Raid Leaders on bnet: joat#1832 & lambkill#1856
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Guild name: Gordian Knot
Realm: Draenor (EU)
Realm Type: Normal - PVE
Current progress: Uldir 6/8 HC
Raid days: Wednesday, Sunday, Monday
Raid times: 20.00-23.00 CET
(Full application details on website)
RECRUITING FOR BFA RAIDING:
None at the moment Medium Demand:
Druid: Balance Hunter: All specs Mage: Fire & Frost Priest: Shadow & Discipline Shaman: Elemental Warlock: Affliction & Destruction Also, in order to be able to join our main team straight away, you need to meet the requirement for our current progress, which are around 335+ item level equiped and around 17+ levels on your necklace.
Any social and friendly person who wants to join us for kicks and giggles is welcome. Just poke any of our officers online and you will get an invite for a social spot (no raiding spot).
Gordian Knot is a 20-man semi-hardcore raiding guild that consists of experienced raiders with some of them having raiding experience as far back as Vanilla.
We are a friendly group who enjoys World of Warcraft and loves raiding. We have fun and joke around but when bosses need to go down then all is serious! We wish for all our members to enjoy the game as much as we do and we expect raiders to maintain a 80% attendance per month.
We also enjoy a variety of other activities such as running a lot of Mythic+ dungeons doing alt-runs, achievement runs etc.
There are a few things we hold in high value but above else we value friendliness and politeness towards guildies and other players and skillfulness when it comes to the more serious parts of the game.
We raid 3 nights a week, Wednesdays, Sundays and Mondays, from 20:00 till 23:00 server time.
Although we are a 20-man guild, we usually run an extra group in order to get more people to experience the joys of raiding, help new raiders learn the Knot's way to down bosses and gearing up. Usually, these runs happen on Thursdays. Also, every Friday and sometimes Saturdays too, we're on RBGs killing alliance scums!
Saturdays are generally left for those RBGs or older content runs for fun and drinking!
Our current guild progress is 6/8 in Uldir heroic, and we're focusing on getting further Mythic progress. Our aim is to always progress as much as possible but also to have a relaxed and fun atmosphere at the same time!
If you're interested in joining Gordian Knot, please fill in our application form, located at https://gordian-knot.eu/apply/, alternatively please whisper one of our officers:
Leleko - Leleko#2235
Narweena - Sephyra#2517
Messenii - Georgina#2806
Zerolimitz - Zerolimitz#2590
Deatrix - Jasmina#2457
Zerolimitz - Zerolimitz#0023
Deatrix - Deatrix#1576
PS. We're always open to group applications or guild merging discussions.
We are also open and welcome social applications.
[A - Thunderhorn - EU] <Shiny Happy People> Multi-realm community - Heroic raiding, M+, PvP - LOTS of Fun™By PinkFap
<Shiny Happy People>
Raid days/times: Wed/Thur - 20:30-23:30 with a possible third day at the start of a new tier or if we're close to a boss kill.
Discord - Most of our communication is done through voice channels in our Discord.
Current recruitment needs:
Mostly looking for good ranged DPS of any class and melee of a select few classes to round out our roster.
For our most up-to-date recruitment needs please check our WoWProgress page.
For our history and a proper understanding of what we're about you can go to this page on our website.
I strongly recommend you give that a read before applying.
<Shiny Happy People> Is looking for the best of the worst to join us in Heroic raiding. We're looking for non-shit, banter-loving, trash-talkers to tear up Heroic raids, M+ and the occasional semi-serious PvP endeavour. We're long-time friends and former hardcore raiders going as far back as Vanilla. We're going semi-hardcore for BFA to enjoy ourselves better and play the game under our own more laid back rules. This means 2-3 days a week of raids with a steady progression and to make room for plenty of other activities. Our guild is situated on EU Thunderhorn but we have members on different realms, with a large cluster on Maelstrom. Because of this we see our Discord channel as our actual guild. And so you'll find most of the communication and organization to be done through Discord.
For more information you can visit our website.
For questions you can either contact me directly on Bnet PinkFap#2713 or join our Discord.
<Raw> Horde - Mythic Raiding Guild transferred from Stormrage (A). Currently seeking to rebuild our mythic roster. Entertaining all interests in a raid spot despite role.
https://www.wowprogress.com/guild/us/area-52/Raw (you'll find all of our current recruitment needs here 🙂 )
Emerald Nightmare -- 7/7H 5/7M
Trial of Valor -- 3/3H (no mythic progression here, we were focused on EN at the time)
Nighthold -- 10/10H 8/10M
Small guild break (transferred from Thrall (H) to Stormage (A) )
Tomb of Sargeras -- 9/9H 4/9M
Antorus, the Burning Throne - 11/11H 10/11M
Tuesdays: 8-11 Server (EST) Progression
Thursday: 8-11 Server (EST) Progression
We will be adding an optional third day sometime after the opening of BFA for farm/alt runs.
RECRUITMENT MISSION STATEMENT:
We are currently looking for people that can commit to all raid days. We are interested in players that will show up prepared, focused, and ready to kill bosses.
We understand that real life happens, but we do ask that our raiders maintain at least 90% attendance and be able to raid without frequent interuption.
We don't have a strict attendance policy, however it is important for us to keep our progression as strong as possible, which relies heavily on raid wide attendance. We only raid two days a week for 6 hours total,
so it's imperative that we are prompt and focused for raid.
IMMEDIATE RAID SPOT FOR RESTO DRUID/HOLY PALADIN/HOLY PRIEST !
We are currently rebuilding on Area52 (H) in preparations for BFA. At the moment we are seeking any spec Mage or Hunter, possibly a Prot War or Holy Pal as well as any competent players regardless of role. Our melee group is getting pretty full, but we will always consider all competitive players.
Tank - Prot War/Blood DK
Heals -- Holy Paladin / Resto Druid / Holy Priest
Ranged -- MM/BM Hunter / Ele Sham (healing OS is a +)
For our 20m roster we have four 5m mythic+ teams that do one max level key a week. These teams are made up randomly and will be mixed up every two weeks (randomly). This system allows for us to make sure that our raiders are staying up to date with gear/Azerite,
and it also helps build chemistry within the core. These are 100% MANDATORY and will be conducted after raid on raid days. Same attendance requirements as raid days.
We expect all raiders to come to raids prepared. This means:
- Having the correct gems and enchants.
- Class knowledge.
- Raid preparation.
We only raid 6 hours a week, so it is imperative that we don't waste time. All underpreforming players, regardless of rank or class, will be benched until performance can be brought up to par for the current content.
We are not interested in carrying anyone, and if you cannot perform raid mechanics, then we are not the guild for you. Flask and food will be provided by the guild bank when available.
Everyone in the guild is taken care of, and this is done primarily through donations by our members. Our guild is a small community and we all pitch in to get things done.
Not a lot to this really. BFA loot will be personal. At this current time we have no structured system for non-upgrades. You're welcome to pass loot, but we will not concern ourselves with it. Our focus is killing bosses.. everyone will end up getting everything
they want... eventually 😛
Raid Leader - Fwansis (CrispyD#1823)
Officer - Fruitcake (Fruit#11204)
GM - Beanboss (funny story 😛 )
Recruitment Officer - Mönty (Mooooonty#1899)
Anyone listed can answer any further questions you may have pertaining to the guild as well as conduct your interview in our guild discord.