Moving Guilds & Settling In
Moving guilds has been a strange experience for me.
I’ve got big fish in a small pond syndrome. I’ve gone from being guild banker in a tiny, tight nit guild with only 15 raiders, where my voice is one of the loudest, my opinions always heard and my mark on the guild everywhere…to being one of many.
One of a BIG many. A trialist (and to be perfectly honest – I doubt I’ll pass. I was shown some raw healing figures (which I know don’t mean much but you can effectively compare raw with raw), and I actually did a real life ‘quiver’. I did a full out “omfg-what-am-I-doing-here-these-people-are-uber-and-I’m-rubbish-and-the-only-reason-I-got offered-a-trial-was-because-I-spent-two-hours-on-my-application-and-it-was-really-good-and-hid-the-fact-I’m-a-rejuv-flailing-numpty”) amongst 40-odd active raiders and hundred or so active accounts.
I’m used to things being vocal…
But, I’m getting used to the changes. The chattiness is different in my new guild. It’s not really based in guild chat, but I’m in four different chat channels. I’m in a healing channel, where assignments get written down, battle rezzes are broadcast, chat is serious and kept to a raid relevant basis only.
I’m also in a druid channel. In there, it seems we mostly talk about cake. Battle rezzes also get broadcast, but conversation does seem to circulate mostly around cake. I approve.
I’m also in a /pervs channel, and a /ladies channel. Both of these are, like the druid channel, are very very chatty. People are friendly and lots of them have given me tips and hints and really helpful bits and pieces of knowledge in preparation for my first raid (which will probably be Wednesday). I feel like I’m starting to settle in. I am starting to know people and starting to take part more vocally in conversations.
Do I miss my Flamers?
But it will take me a while. After being in Flames, anything and everything is different. At the moment, I don’t regret my decision. I don’t honestly know how Flames will fare now. A very small part of me sees things not going well anymore and thinks – maybe now it’ll become clear that my way was the right way. And that to shoot me down and not support me is resulting in something fading. All I wanted was a bit of decisiveness and a bit of support.
But I might be wrong. Things might be incredibly successful, things may improve, and they may come out the other side stronger of it. Who knows? I think the whole situation is totally unpredictable right now.
Anyway. Back to pastures new. I listened in on Teamspeak last night. And at one point, whilst browsing my feed reader and hovering in Nagrand (I’m very, very slowly grinding my Kurenai rep), the raid leader shouted, “woa woa woa stop MOVING” and I jumped about 3 feet, tabbed back in and panicked, before realising I was still just hovering 60 feet up in Nagrand, unaffected by Festergut’s heroics malleable goo.
I think it’ll take me a while to get used to a different style of raid leading to Nyo’s very calm, slow, stoic descriptions.
How is raiding going to be different?
The main difference I can see – or that I think I can see – is that the responsibility is on the individual. In Flames, our hands were very much held. Spore there, spore there, cross/square move out, phases were called out, transition phases called out, information and descriptions on all the different possible boss abilities – all called out, even when stuff was on farm.
However, now, I’m going to have to be totally responsible for what I stand in, what I heal, what I avoid and what I do. It’s on ME to look for my spore. It’s on ME to avoid goo. I’ve become more spatial as time has passed, more aware of my surroundings and more au fay with boss abilities. I now know how to do things and what to stand in and not stand in. But I my comfort blanket has been taken away. So it will be very interesting seeing how things go. That’s if I even get taken to a raid! I wouldn’t take me if I was them.
Although I’ve been mildly worried since the off about my level of ability in comparison to the healer team, it was only yesterday, when I saw the scary ass numbers, that I really started to shit myself.
YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!
I am, however, as prepared as I can be. I have 70 flasks of the frost wyrm. I have 60 odd spineleaf. I have 40 pieces of firecracker salmon, in case there are no fish feasts. I have made notes on the differences in between normal and heroic on every boss in Icecrown. I don’t learn well off video – I find writing things down easier.
I even have 20 toasted smorc in my bag for that extra spellpower.
A well oiled machine…
I had my first experience of the well oiled machine that is my new guild on Friday – for VoA and the weekly. In VoA they did all four bosses, FINALLY netting my my Emalon achievement *shameface*. The weekly on Terenas this week was Sarth.
I said to Zal – getting ready to pull Sarth now.
2 minutes later, I got three achievements. 25 man When the Volcano Blows, 25man Twilight Duo, and 25man Twilight Zone.
I said to Zal – Sarth 3D zerg down.
Wow. Actual wow.
I barely contributed.
One only hopes I am more useful and effective in a proper raid.
And now, to my reptuation/achievement grinds!
One thing I am finding, with all this time spent on Elsen but not raiding, is that my rep grinds are sloooowly slowly advancing.
Before Wednesday, I was only friendly with Skyguard, neutral with Netherwing and Honoured with Kurenai.
I am now revered with Skyguard (2240/21000). A lovely guildie did a bit of farming with me for Time-Lost offerings, and we’re using up a couple a day. We’ve got about 9 or 10 left I think, which is another 5k ish easy rep. With Skyguard, I’d also like to migrate myself out to Blade’s Edge, and start doing the Ogri’la quests. By doing those (1,350 rep a day), I should hit exalted by July 10th. (That’s presuming in that time I do the Terokk offerings we’ve collected, and missing the odd day out because I have no time, and/or too pooped!)
I am honoured with Netherwing (7575/12000). I easily completed all races except Skyshatter – which I failed at. I will keep trying it I think and hopefully grab it eventually. Tips have included grabbing a paladin for Crusader Aura and essentially flying inside him. I will keep having a go and seeing what happens. Luckily yesterday I also grabbed 5 eggs. I can now, at honoured, collect a huge number of quests, netting me (if I do them all! over 2k rep a day. Once I hit revered, I’ll be on 3k rep a day, so seven solid days would hit me exalted. I’m essentially also aiming for exalted by July 10th.
The third rep I am concertedly working on at the moment is my Kurenai. After being stuck at about 8k honoured for ages, I put a bit of work in this weekend and have progressed to 3512/21000. So I’m in to the home straight. I have also now collected 220 obsidian warbeads. This means I am over half way through collecting the number of beads I need to reach exalted, and the number of beads goes down as I collect them. I’m working it out as I go along and it’s satisfying to see some actual progress. I haven’t got an end date for the Kurenai rep – so let’s say, July 20th.
This will result in me being able to buy 6 nether rays (71 + 6 = 77 mounts) and one non-combat pet (110 + 1 = 111 pets) from Skyguard, 5 (plus one free) netherdrakes (77 + 6 = 83 mounts) and 8 kurenai mounts (83 + 8 = 91).
I will also be able to collect two more tabards (21 + 2 = 23 tabards, plus destroying my current midsummer one, and collecting the opposing colour = 24 tabards).
These three reps will also take me to thirty eight exalted reputations.
So how am I going to grind my way to the last bits of my achievements?
I’m missing one tabard.
I’m missing two reputations.
I’m missing nine mounts.
I’m going to go for Ogri’la next. That will net me 39 exalted reps, and will complete the grind for 25 tabards.
After that, I’m going to go for two different reps at essentially the same thing. I would like to get my Scale of the Sands rep to exalted – however this is dependent on being around when a Hyjal run is in existance, and the groups doing well, and me getting one every week. I’m also just barely into revered – it would take me roughly 3 – 4 more full clears to ding exalted.
The second rep of choice will be Stormpike Guard. I’m halfway through revered here, and AVs would do me good – I will be able to grab some honor – I only have 1 out of the 6 available mounts, and it would also allow me to grind enough honor for some non-set PvP gear.
This would take me to 40 exalted reps and another pimpin title.
And finally – I’m missing 9 mounts.
I can get five of these nine mounts from PvP – I own the stallion but am missing the Stormpike ram, the IF ram, Gnomer Mechano, Battle Cat and Elekk.
This will take me to 91 + 5 = 96.
Four mounts left!
There are three relatively cheap buyable mounts I don’t own – The Armoured Snowy Gryphon, the Red Drake and the Ice Mammoth – buying those two will get me 96 + 3 = 99.
That’s one more mount to get. Logic would say drag Zal along to tank for me to Gun’drak and Oculus – I only need Less-Rabi, Ruby Void and Amber Void, to complete Glory of the Hero. That would take me to 100 mounts.
One option for mount number 100 would be to save up enough to buy the Grand Ice Mammoth (I only have about 10k gold right now – the drakes, rays, talbuks, drake/gryphon/mammoth will clear me out, really).
Another option would be to pay a Horde (a friend of mine paid one 3k), to be killed 70 times. Killing a horde 70 times would allow me to collect 70 Halaa war tokens, teamed with the Oshu’gun Crystal Power I’m collecting from ogres for 15 research tokens, would allow me to collect my 100th mount – the Dark Riding Talbuk.
I think one of those three is certainly possible.
I am aiming to have completed these three awesome achievements by the end of August.
That’s 25 Tabards, 40 exalted reputations and 100 mounts.
That’s some seriously large amounts of awesome!