Where are we with our progression raiding?
Emerald Nightmare has been cleared in both normal and heroic modes.
We have a request to run it again because people have quests in the raid. Please let Tarsan or Mizauki know if you need Emerald Nightmare runs to finish off quests. We won't be doing mythic of this right now. We have other things to finish.
Trial of Valor.
This is Helya under the effects of the Inky Black potion, which you get at the Darkmoon Faire. We have yet to down Helya in heroic mode. We need a good complement of raiders in order to down her. Thirteen is not going to cut it. Not conquering this raid in heroic is one reason we aren't going backwards to do Nightmare in mythic.
There is a quest to get soul fragments for Odyn, but this can be done outside of the raid. There are world quests in Highmountain, Stormheim and Azsuna which offer soul fragments as side rewards. It's a grind, to be sure, to collect 1,000 fragments, but it can be done. Then, you need a group running the raid and downing Helya in order to turn in the fragments. Please come when we put this on the schedule. She's mocking us.
We have cleared this a few times. We won't be starting heroic Nighthold until heroic Helya is down.
Tomb of Sargeras.
With the arrival of the Antorus raid next Tuesday, Tomb become "old" raiding. We have made it as far as Avatar.
Getting to Avatar is quite the experience.
We have not downed Avatar. It's a complicated fight which we've decided we're not going to attack repeatedly to merely bash our collective heads against the wall for repair bills and little else. We've been working through Tomb on a "What boss would you like to do" process, which has been fun. We're back to Maiden, which is the boss in front of Avatar. When we enter Tomb again, she will be our target.
We've done an Emerald Nightmare achievement run.
We did a Hellfire Citadel mythic run with achievements, but we lack the achievement off Mannoroth.
We've accomplished a lot in the last couple of months. I added a forum thread for raiding needs. Want achievements from Dragon Soul, Trial of the Crusaders, Highmaul? We need to know. Have quests you picked up off your board in your class hall? We need to know. Never saw Sunwell? We can make it happen. This can be from any raid in any expansion. Just add your toon's name and its needs/wants to the thread. This helps us plan what other raiding we can be doing.
Where are we going from here as we look toward progression?
When Antorus opens, we will be there. We will take any toons which meet the minimum ilevel, up to 30 people. You MUST be gemmed and enchanted. We called out people last raid. "But this is an alt" is NOT an excuse. Be a good raider and make sure whatever toon you bring is gemmed and enchanted. I don't want to call people out again. Just show up ready to rock and/or roll. You can see we are checking so don't be one on the call-out list. We have the people who can make the gems and enchants. No excuse.
Start heading there at 8:30. If you wait for the call for invites, you'll be late. I want this guild walking into Antorus at 9:00. Unless you have cleared a late arrival with Tarsan, Mizauki or myself, you will not come if you can't be at the raid location by 8:50. We understand unforseen events which would delay you. This is why there is a sign-up on the in-game calendar. If you intend to come, sign up. We need to have our potions, flasks, and food all done before 9 so we can walk in right at 9. First boss will be "no strats" on the first pull and then we'll talk about his attacks. Just FYI, if you've been to Argus and the Krokul Haven, the first boss is that fel reaver what walks around outside the haven. I'm told, but I told Tarsan to shut up, it has more attacks than what you experience when you beat him up outside the haven.
I'm being stringent on this because we have become more and more sloppy on getting where we need to go and going into raids at our 9 pm start time. Your time, my time, your guild mate's time, is valuable. Most of you want to log off at 11, so you can go to bed because you have jobs or events planned the next day and need your sleep. We don't start earlier because many of you put kids to bed and 8:45 is the earliest you can be online. This is about respecting your time and your ability to experience things with your guild. Therefore, we need to be walking into a raid at 9, not standing at a stone trying to summon someone who is in Duskwood killing a dragon. You need to be aware of the time and stop what you are doing to get to the raiding site. If you meet the ilevel requirements but you don't have the way to the raid opened up, we need to know that at 8:30 and not at 8:50.
I've been grumpy at this guild the last few times we've raided because too many of you are not moving towards the raid site when we know you can get there. I am not asking you to drop everything right now, and grind, grind, grind towards flying or opening up the way to the new raid. Oh lordy no. You do that at your leisure. (I'm not exalted with any faction on Argus. Have I told you how much I "love" that place?) But there's no reason you can't be in Dalaran, ready for a summons if you can't make it to Antorus.
Antorus will NOT become part of the raiding rotation at this present time. We must clear Tomb and heroic Helya. Then we are debating whether to go backwards to clear Mythic Nightmare while continuing to work on Tomb, to start heroic Nighthold and once a month or every 6 weeks Antorus. There's a lot to contemplate with the addition of a new raid. We will be back in Antorus in December, as the last event in our "Ten Days of Spectacular Death" anniversary events.
So, this is what we've accomplished and where we find ourselves right now. Please let us know if you have raiding quests you'd like to make progress on or finish, or there are raiding achievements you'd love to have. And be prepared for Antorus on the 28th. New raid. New bosses to kill. Let's have some fun.