Across the last couple of weekends, whilst I have been marveling over the way we have a minimum of 18 turn up each weekend ready for Mythic Progression, most other members have been earnestly discussing one question in guild-chat and vent, "What are our [IA] plans for the new expansion?"
The dialogue that most often follows consists mainly of exploring two further questions
- What toon will be your main?
- When will we be raiding?
Before we even get to the first question, we should be asking, “What do we need to do to prepare?”
Legion brings forth some significant changes, as all of us are seasoned, with some of us being true veteran, players, we are all expecting the talents, skills and spells to mixed-up and we all expect that we will be starting from scratch. Most of us fully expect to be exploring the new land whilst learning our main character’s new skill-sets and bemoaning the ones that have gone. We will be meeting new foes, working out new twists on the same professions and finding new treasures and pets. Some of us will be working out mouse-over macro solutions to replace our stock-standard add-ons that support our management of our character’s contributions toward those guild-wide-teamwork dungeons and then the raids.
I thought, that across the next three months, I’ll put together a monthly blog on Getting Ready for Legion, which should segue into making the most of those first few weeks of this new world in order to get into that content we all love – raids. With Legion’s expansion scheduled for August 30, I propose to cover the following topics.
June 7: "What to do BEFORE Legion: What is going away? What will be more difficult?"
Facebook Discussion: Exploring answers to this first post's questions, both in Guild Chat and via Facebook Discussion
July 5: "What will IA do to prepare for Legion: What will we need? What will be our focus in the first two weeks? How will we be getting ready for raiding?"
Facebook Discussion: Exploring answers to this second post's questions, both in Guild Chat and via Facebook Discussion
August 2: [Most likely sometime around the pre-patch, covering "What will IA do to raid in Legion: Our plans to achieve our focus and establishing our raid-readiness."
Facebook Discussion: Most of us will be dealing with in-game post-prepatch issues!
August 30: LEGION
Straight up, I am not creating original content (I have a serious job and a family), I will be reworking the creative genius of others and I will provide links to the origins of what I discover and I certainly encourage you to explore and contribute what you find.
However, today … This is my pre-amble.
Blizzard unveiled the Legion expansion date mid April and have a dedicated Legion website (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/legion/) to answer most questions. There are a host of dedicated fan-sites pulling together a host of resources and offering the opportunity for discussion. If you are still keen to pre-purchase World of Warcraft: Legion [digitally] you can do so at http://www.wowlegion.com.
You can find a succinct summary of the Legion expansion at http://blizzardwatch.com/legion/. This fan-site has also provided some Zone, Dungeon Previews.
You can find a quick look at what Blizzard is doing away with at Wowhead’s “What to do Before the Legion Pre-Patch, blog from Serrin (http://www.wowhead.com/news=250733/what-to-do-before-the-legion-pre-patch). Serrin quite nicely frames a host of “things-to-do” while waiting for the pre-patch. So for all of those Achievement Immortals, I would suggest a quick look at what you might not have access to come mid August, citing that
“From transmog for Fabulous and the Fabulous title to Reins of the Grove Warden from Heroic Archimonde to the legendary ring questline, there's something for everyone to work on before the prepatch hits.
What's going away: Challenge Mode Rewards, Archimonde Moose, Warlords Digital rewards, legendary questline completion, tons of gold from missions
What's more difficult: Draenor achievements, Mythic mounts, Garrison Invasion bosses
What to prepare for: new transmog system, collecting tabards and shirts, additional toys in Toy Box, leveling alts for Legion lore”
Some achievement items will no longer be available. So, especially for those Immortals who still have not achieved a Heroic Archimonde kill, to ensure that all of our ACTIVE members have the opportunity for the Reins of the Grove Warden we are offering a HFC heroic alt runs every couple of weeks.
Where a guild prepares for an expansion, we need to do this as a GUILD. It is not just the hard work of the few – it is the focused and shared work of all active members. There will be a Guild Council Meeting next week, at 7pm SATURDAY June 4, where IA Officers will get a chance to frame some strategies. We will post a synopsis of that strategy session so that we all get to discuss the issues that matter to us as a Guild and to our Members. Then, a Guild Members Meeting will follow on the first Sunday of the following Month, July 3 (the day after the next officer's meeting). Or when ever it seems to be a good opportunity after time for general guild discussion and mulling over what our priorities should be.
For many more focused Guilds, the Draenor progression has faded into nothing – with most now playing Overwatch (or countless hours farming pets or potential transmog' items). However, Immortal Ascension has commenced Mythic Progression with enough active and dedicated members to just about make the 20-raider minimum; we're usually two short - come back Frozen - we miss you!. However, our progression starts at 8pm and we will go with who signs up, and source the remainder from trusted friends. If you hop on later, you may not get a spot – as we WILL HAVE OFFERED THAT SPOT TO OTHERS. The spot also goes for a MINIMUM OF TWO HOURS, from the first BOSS pull. If you drop out, without informing Emrald (our Raid Leader) well before 8pm, you will LOSE YOUR SPOT as an active raid team member. Whilst IA raiders are supportive (and take full advantage) of the “real-life before raid-life” mantra, we are also mature, focused and reliable raiders – where to be a member of this team requires mature and open discussion and reliability. So, state up-front if you can’t make it and if you suddenly find you can "YIPEE", but you must be prepared to be waiting in the wings until the raid group can bring you in. Likewise, if you sign on, we all expect you to keep going for two hours from the first boss pull – without dropping out.
Finally, progression raiding means every raider is applying focused effort during boss-fights. It is important to note that, for some, the pressure of focusing on progression WILL lead to short tempers. For others, that pressure leads to goofing-off behaviours and humourous antics. We need to strike a balance between the coping strategies of humour and edgy-speak when on progression.
I will point out to everyone, last night's progression raiding had a couple of pointless wipes and raider deaths, which were meant to be light-hearted and certainly not meant to be distracting our team's focus. Ridge's edgy-talk was certainly not aggressive; I felt that Ridge, having heard when he gets really cranky, was firmly reminding everyone to focus and to quickly get back to the task. Good on you guys for supporting the team - let's keep working at keeping the communication channels open and the pointless goofing off and acrimonious ranting to an absolute minimum.
We need to respect each member's individual ways of dealing with the pressure of wiping and only making incremental improvement. So, for those who use humour (are you hearing this Silentkillër and Ñáth?) keep it among those who also use that outlet and certainly do not cause the raid to pointlessly wipe or to delay the next attempt. If that behaviour persists, the perpetrators will be warned once in RAID-CHAT and then upon the next pointless delay that raider will be politely asked to leave as the pressure is obviously getting too much to bear. For those who sometimes let the pressure lead to being hot-headed and cranky (are you hearing this Ridgerock?) the usual raid rules will apply, swearing and aggressive behaviours will not be tolerated, nor will the vicious and insidious whispers.
If it gets too hard to manage the pressure, don't goof off and don't allow the edgy talk to be the acrimonious tone we hear. Speak up and the mature group of us will respond by attending to the issue that is causing the additional pressure and concern. We are able to maintain that balance, enjoy the humour, minimise that edgy talk, and get on with the task.
Here endth Faythe's Lecture.