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Updates, guild meets and other entertainment

It’s been a while since I did an update post and a lot has been going on. My Horde guild has had a miraculous turnaround. After recruiting some great new players we are now filling raids (we even have a bench!), and making progress. Last week we got our second Halion kill, completed three ICC hard modes thanks to a Kingslayer that joined us and got our first Sindragosa kill. Unfortunately, I missed the Sindy and Halion kills (the downside to having a bench), but I’m very excited that they happened.

We’ve also had a number of local people join the guild after our first local meetup. I was a little wary of meeting strangers, but everyone was super-friendly and we’ll hopefully make it a monthly occurrence.

In other meet-up news, Arm of Hades is having our first international guild meet! We’ve rented a cabin outside of St. Louis for the long weekend. I’m excited to finally meet some of the people I’ve been playing with for the last 2 and a half years. I’m sure I’ll write some more about this later.

Over on the Alliance side, things are slowing down. 🙁
We don’t always manage to scrape together 25 people for raids and our progress has stalled. We killed our last hard mode (Lady Deathwhisper) 6 weeks ago and since then we’ve spent maybe 3 hours on heroic Sindragosa and 1 hour on heroic Putricide. I don’t expect to be able to kill them anytime soon at that rate. It seems to be really difficult to recruit on our server, it’s huge and it is very competitive. Our 9/12 hard mode progression puts us at #17 in terms of server progression which I’m sure isn’t a big draw. On most other servers we’d be in the top 10, but there are just so many other raiding guilds to compete with. Hopefully things will turn around a bit or maybe we’ll take a break from raiding until the expansion.

I’ve been entertaining myself with non-WoW things a lot lately. Reading a lot of books, watching DVDs, playing on Xbox. I’m currently reading Feed, which I first heard about from Professor Beej, and I’m playing Lost Odyssey. I’m thinking of starting up a second blog to talk about books and movies. I just joined Goodreads and I’ve been having fun inputting and rating all the books I’ve read over the last 10 years. The site seems like a much better way to keep track of what I’ve read than the crumpled notebook I’ve been using.

Hopefully I’ll be able to pull myself away from Goodreads long enough to put up a couple more Healing ICC posts this week.

Max on the stairs

Attention: Toronto WoW players

Play WoW? Live in the GTA? Like beer?

World of Warcraft Toronto

As you may (or may not) know, my Horde guild, Arm of Hades on the Vek’nilash server, was created by a group of RL friends from the Toronto, Ontario area. The guild has grown over the past 3 years to include people from all over Canada and the US, but we’re always on the lookout for more local players. We get together monthly for pints and WoW talk. If you’re from the area and looking for a guild, or just interested in meeting some local WoW players, take a look at our Meetup.com page.

Balancing Time Between Two Guilds

This month, Windsoar of Jaded Alt celebrated her 6-month blogging anniversary. To celebrate, she kindly offered to cast a Muse spell on any bloggers out there looking for something new to blog about. Here’s what I got:

/cast Muse

You raid a ton! I’m giving you a couple and you take your pick or throw ‘em together:
1) How do you schedule your WoW time–between raid team 1 and 2, do you have to coordinate different days? Are you responsible for flasking, gemming, repairing and enchanting? Help a poor toon figure this out ^^
2) What’s your fave raid boss this expansion?

How do I schedule my WoW time?

Luckily, my two guilds have complementary raid schedules. My Horde guild raids Thursdays and Sundays, while the Alliance guild runs Fridays and Saturdays, so scheduling my wow-time isn’t nearly as difficult as it could be. Unfortunately, I have a RL conflict with the Thursday raids, so most of my raiding is kept to the weekend. I think if you’re going to raid with two different guilds, their schedules absolutely must not conflict. Having to choose between the two on any given raid night would be stressful and not particularly fair to either guild.

Since I raid so much, I don’t log too much play time outside of raid nights. I’ll sometimes sign on to do a random dungeon or two, the cooking daily, or do Wintergrasp every once in a while, but for the most part I play to raid. Trying to split the non-raid time (what little of it there is) is a little more difficult. My alliance druid was my first and is still my favourite toon. When something new comes out, I always do it on my druid first. My druid’s also a bit of an achievement whore, so I spend most of my non-raid time on her.

I am responsible for keeping my gear up to snuff and being completely buffed for both raids. Both guilds do a fair bit to help out with that. Alliance-side, guild bank repairs are always on for raids, which helps a ton. We also have access to some mats and buff items from the bank, but are encouraged to bring our own. Fish Feasts are always dropped in raid. My druid is an enchanter/alchemist, so getting my stuff enchanted and staying stocked on flasks isn’t much of a problem. Gems would be my biggest expense, but so far I’ve been able to buy everything I need with honor or emblems.

Horde-side, guild bank repairs are turned on for new content and we are supplied with any abyss crystals we need for enchants. Staying gemmed/enchanted/flasked on my hunter is a little more expensive, as I have to buy most of my mats from the AH.

It’s really not too bad having two raid-ready characters on different servers. Because of the guild bank repairs, a lot of the time a night of raiding makes me more gold than I have to spend. What boggles my mind is the people who regularly raid on all their alts as well. There are a number of people in both my guilds who raid on 3-10 (yes, 10!) characters every week. I have no idea where they get the time, or the gold to do that. Or how they don’t smash their monitors when they see the same raid for the 17th time in a week. But I guess that’s a whole other topic. 😛

As for my favourite raid boss this expansion…I like that topic, I think I’ll expand it and make a whole new post. Two topics from one muse spell. Score! Thanks Windsoar.