Happy July. The year is half over. When did that happen? In looking at what we wanted to accomplish, your officers and I tossed around a number of things which sounded fun. Then, Red brought up an interesting statistic. On Guild Ox, the guild ranking web site, we are listed as being #4, tied with Irate Pirates and Severed, in ranking for guild achievements. We looked over what we could accomplish and decided we'd focus on a few we can make headway on and, perhaps, get a couple done in July.
First of all, tonight we are starting Challenge Mode dungeons.
Our goal is to earn silver in all the challenge mode dungeons so we can get the mount. In the forum, Red has a thread detailing what is expected of people who wish to participate in this. You need to check it out. Plus, you need to sign up so we have some idea of how many people are interested.
This is not something which will appeal to everyone. Challenge Modes are, by their very name, a challenge. Your gear is lowered to ilevel 630, so just because you got 2 nice pieces of 705 off Kazzak, they won't help. Gear lower level than 630 is not raised to that level. Back when we ran this in Mists, many of us had a set of CM gear optimized specifically for this challenge. You need to have potions and food and augment runes with you. The general food is okay, but the specific food for your class is much better. We have a lot of people willing to make potions and food. You just need to tell us what you need.
Challenge Mode dungeons will be starting at 8:00 p.m., usually. This is to give us more time to work through them. We can adjust start times for people as long as we know, and starting early helps some people who have expressed an interest but can't come beyond 10:30 during the week. The first achievement is getting 50 challenge mode dungeons with a bronze rating. We have 10, left over from when we did these during Mists. After that, we have to get another 50 in silver before we get the mounts. There will be a rough learning curve, but these are a fun event. I'm anxious to see if my pet still leaps high into the air in the mines. If you have questions, talk to Red.
Next up, rated battlegrounds. There is one achievement we can get, "Call of Duty". This is a "simple" one. We just need to win one rated battleground event. Now that the next pvp season has opened, we can certainly work towards this achievement. The kicker is that we need 10 people willing to spend a couple nights killing other teams. At the end of July, there is a bonus honor event so we've added two pvp events during that last week of the month. As always, we don't ask people to do things they don't like doing, such as Challenge Modes or PvP. We do hope, if you have even a remote interest in seeing what things are like, you'll come along. And I found this really funny. Guild Ox has us ranked 31st on the servers in battleground rating. I have no idea how they come to that rating, but I think that's hilarious. RAWR! We iz hard-core, u knows.
Another achievement we're working on is heroic Throne of Thunder.
If you've been following our progress, you know that we are stuck at heroic Dark Animus. (Ironically, heroic Durumu was relatively easy.) Our problem is heroic Dark Animus is not something we can simply muscle through. We actually have to follow the strats. This is proving to be a problem because we just don't have enough people to do the mechanics of the fight.
Here's what we're going to do. On Friday, July 10th, we're going to run Throne of Thunder. In order to successfully get past Dark Animus in the current saved 25-man raid, we need 20+ people. If we get that many on that date, we will work on DA and, assuming we are successful, progress on. We have 4 bosses left in heroic for the guild achievement AND to unlock the special boss, Ra-den, which you can only see after you have defeated heroic Lei Shen. We'd love to get that achievement, too, but we'll concentrate on heroic ToT first.
If we don't have that many people, we were up to Lei Shen in a regular 25-man run. We will finish that run so people can see that fight. It's actually kind of fun and interesting. When I first did it, I thought it was horribly complicated but it's not, once you know what you're doing.
After the 10th, if we don't have 20+ people, we are going to start a 10-man heroic ToT group. This will be by invitation only. Sorry. You know I'll take anyone anywhere, but we know the issue and if we don't have the people, we have to look at clearing the raid in a different manner. If we go to 10-man, we will need to start over from the beginning. We'll make sure everyone who wants to come to heroic ToT gets a chance to experience the fights, but it won't be our usual "everyone come". So, let's get close to a full 25-man so we can get this guild achievement. When heroic ToT is cleared, we can work on heroic Siege of Orgrimmar and go back to pick up ToT achievements for the meta for everyone and the nice mounts that come with those achievements.
We have Kargath and The Butcher on farm. We're close to having Tectus and the Twin Ogron on farm. On the 11th, we're going to run Highmaul on heroic. We've killed Kargath once on heroic and, last night, an impromptu group of 10 got him to 23% before wiping. We're going to run Kargath and The Butcher and Tectus, if we have time, on heroic. At the end of the month, the 25th, we're going to do normal Highmaul and we're going to concentrate on downing Brackenspore. We will have to kill Kargath but we will ignore The Butcher and Tectus and go to Brackenspore. We have been unsuccessful in downing him and we need to figure out that fight. Once we're successful in downing Brackenspore, we can move on to Ko'ragh, who is more about learning the mechanics of the fight. When we've got a handle on those, we'll down him easily. Our goal is to start the process of clearing Highmaul on normal so we can begin clearing on heroic.
So those are the things we're going to work on this month with an eye toward getting more guild achievements and secure sole 4th place spot in the guild achievement rank.
Finally Basol's Spectacular Amazing Race. A couple of questions to answer. You cannot use a mount for this so don't bother getting heirlooms for your wee level 1 toons. This is a foot race so no mounts are allowed. I am not sure if you can make a toon on Llane/Ghostlands and be summoned to the area. I would think so, but we'll have to check this out. You just need to make a level 1 and keep it in the starting zone. Prizes will be awarded to your Spectacular Death toon.
Now, about those prizes. Look what we have for you.
A sky golem.
A jade panther.
A Vial of the Sands.
We have more things not shown here; things that are unique and rare; like battle pets and clothing items and trinkets and toys. The first place team gets their choice of a mount or, something from the stash or, if they actually have everything we've stockpiled, 500 gold each team member. Second place will get something from the stash, not a mount, or 350 gold each. Third place will get something from the stash, not a mount, or 200 gold each.
Is this not cool? Rules again are: make a level 1. Do not move it from the starting zone. Form a team of up to 3 people. I reserve the right to adjust team sizes if we have an odd number of people who wish to participate. On July 31st, you'll be summoned to the starting location. You'll receive a letter in your starting zone which details each stop and what you need to buy in each location. You'll receive gold enough to cover your expenses. Day 1 is running from the starting area to Ironforge/Stormwind. Once you have reached the end of day 1, you can form a guild with your team so your team has a name. If you don't wish to do that, we will have colored shirts or other clothing for your team. If you're going to make a guild, you need to discuss with your teammates what color the tabard will be and what the icon is. Trust me. That can take longer to decide than the run from the starting point to Stormwind. On Day 2, you'll run from Stormwind to Booty Bay.
This promises to be a hilarious and hugely fun event. If you have other questions or need clarification on something, just ask.
So, that's what we're up to this month. The 3rd Annual Spectacular Death Meet-Up will be Saturday, July 18th at my daughter's house in Virginia. If you are interested in coming, and we have 17 people already planning on attending, I need to know by July 11th. Skip will be singing a battle cry because he didn't have a mic last night.
Check the schedule in game and plan on attending some events.