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This picture symbolizes the work and efforts of the entire raiding force of our Guild. We had a campaign fraught with various setbacks, surprises and sudden roster shake ups, but in the end we prevailed as we always have for years...with True Guardian Style!
Thanks to your efforts we're right back where we expected to be. Challenging Heroics once again! Let's all enjoy a little rest and relaxation before we hit the intended versions of these wonderful encounters. We'll see you at the Instance portal as usual...
standing room only in the guild hall, Guild Leader Xirek stood before
the gathered ensemble and announced that only 35 percent of all
guilds have successfully beaten Garrosh Hellscream. The
announcement was made as part of Xirek's State of the Guild address
during the monthly guild meeting, Nov. 24, 2013.
are currently 13/14 on normal. This is an exciting time!” Xirek
went on to say that there are new additions to the guild.
are in a time of growth with a lot of people leveling alts and
getting gear. Prime time activity is up from an average of five
players online to nine,” the guild leader said.
also took the time to mention all the hard work Felon has done on the
has made the bank useful and functional. We encourage people to use
the stuff in there,” he said.
passing the torch to Belles for Guild promotions, Xirek reminded the
guild that the guild anniversary is on the horizon. Guardians of
Fellowship was formed on Jan. 25, 2009, according to Xirek. He said that there are people in the guild that have been there since
the guild's inception.
people have helped to shape the guild to what it is today,” he
showed appreciation to all guild-memebers by saying, "All of you
are so important to the growth and the integrity of our guild –
(Belles) acknowledged the anniversary of the guild before moving
forward with guild promotions. Belles said she would like to organize
some fun events to honor the day and asked that people please send
her an in-game message with ideas.
for promotions Belles took a moment to remind everyone of their
importance to the qualities they bring to the guild before announcing
the two new promotions- Valdictorian and Sweetdeaths.
has been huge in guiding the social aspect of the guild, Belles said.
Since he returned to guild his presence has been felt by everyone.
has worked hard on strategy for raid bosses and can typically be
found running a Flex raid trying to gain some insight.
Both were promoted from the Apprentice rank to full Guardian.
would also like to welcome Juunah, Jensie and Nothingleft to the
guild. Very pleased to have you all,” Belles said.
note: Belles passed her Green Light test! Congrats Belles!
Officer Wrathnruin spoke briefly about the importance of staying cool
in a raid.
stated that the hate and anger that has been exuding from people's
mics needs to stop. If you don't have anything positive to say, don't
key your mic, he said. He reminded people to think about what they are saying before they say
it. It is important that we all show respect for each other, he said.
needs to start from the top down,” Wrathnruin said.
agreed with Wrathnruin and added that when we take our breaks people
need to step away from their keyboards to help refocus themselves.
for the future of the guild, Xirek said things look very bright.
Guardians of Fellowship will be looking forward to achieving mythic
level raiding. We will not, however, be rushing to build a team right
now. We will grow the guild organically and slowly. We need to make
sure the people we bring in to the
guild are a good fit to the team and the guild.
said not everyone will be a part of the upcoming Mythic raid team. People will
need to prove that they are the best at what they do and will need to
put in the personal effort.
new raiding levels and groups in our future, McLovin told the guild
why he was excited about the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
will no longer have to bench people! McLovin said with the new format
of raiding we will be able to take all the raiders that show up. This
doesn't mean we all get a free pass though. People will still show
that they can produce the numbers required to do the encounters.
said this format of raiding is just like the current Flex level in
that we can include everyone. McLovin said Flex is extremely
important to the fellowship and moral of our guild.
for Mythic level raiding, McLovin said this will be a 20-man team.
mythic raiding there will be some sacrifices,” McLovin said, "You
HAVE to be there. You have to be present, ready to raid. We will not
succeed if people don't show up.”
were so successful in ICC because it was the same people day in and
day out. People understood the fights and understood each other. If
you want to be on the 20 mans and be number one on the server, you
have to be here,” McLovin said.
new version of the Flex night will be introduced into the schedule
soon – Flex Plus. Flex Plus is the creation of the Guardians of
Fellowship officer core. The idea is to provide a chance for farm
content to be knocked out, on regular raid levels, giving a chance
for flexers to get better gear.
Plus is going to be awesome for the hardcore flexers. This gives them
the chance to knock down regular bosses and get higher level loot,”
meeting wrapped with the usual lightning round of "What's Hot.”
It's been a banner month for the Guild since the launch of Patch 5.4 - Siege of Orgrimmar.
Large majority of the Team acquired their Legendary Cloaks from Wrathion!!
We launched an extremely successful FlexRaid event that remains a fan-favorite each week!!
Weirdbeard established a great new service, the Raider Prep Tab for easy access to upgrades and supplies
We're tearing up the Progression charts. In only 3 weeks time, we're looking at polishing off a total of TEN bosses for the tier thus far. This isn't the best we've ever done but I'd say it's pretty damn close.
The only question on your Leadership's mind is...how long till we see our old friend the Heroic Skull door again? I promise you this, keep up at this pace and enthusiasm and you'll be hailed Conqueror of Orgrimmar sooner than you think.
Rally Guardians for once again, our time has come. Let's finish Pandaria strong!
As we celebrate our Sunday victory of Lei-Shen, I wanted to give out a recap of the guild meeting that took place an hour before our achievement.
Promotions and the Welcome Mat
We had some funny banter by Navi at the promotion of Beard to Officer. He'll be the Officer of Arms, checkin' out our raiders' gear and ensuring raiders can seek out improvement. But Pete was quick to turn the tables on Navi, too, when Navi was titled GoF's Raid Assistant, who will be helping Z and the raid come up with good strategies for our Heroic endeavors and next patch's 14-boss raid.
We got to welcome Slappie to the status of full-fledged raider and a solid member of the team. We were impressed with his strong desire to improve his performance and prove himself a great member of the Ranged DPS team. Keep going Slappie!
Lastly, we happily and officially welcomed Ozora, our rare Marksmanship hunter, and Hadord/Galaxi, our knowledgeable Holy paladin, to the guild. After helping us out in our time of need, it's great to see these guys are both cool people and a nice fit for our team.
All of these pieces of our team keep us going strong, so lift a glass for victory-- all of these folks and those not mentioned got us the kill on Lei-Shen, something we've been eyeing for a while now. With our victory secured, we turn our sights to Heroic Throne of Thunder to reclaim the glory of the Guardians we saw in times past.
Defined Loot Rules
Going forward into the future and effective for upcoming raids, we wanted to address a couple concerns and solidify the loot rules. While we're never really going to implement a convoluted and unnecessary loot system, we just want to provide some concrete loot rules. These will be posted in the forums in the GoF Handbook.
Here they are in a nutshell:
One item per person per raid lock. The exception here is TnT (Tokens N' Trinkets).
Only roll on items you'll use immediately.
Those with a lower item level piece will likely receive the upgrade over someone rolling on it for a sidegrade. (Exception: if we notice you're using gear from the previous tier, and we're well within the next tier, we'll likely give the upgrade to someone who's put in the time to do LFR. We want to encourage people to do what they can to improve their gear outside of raid, too).
If we notice someone's been absent from the raid often, the team should prioritize raiders who have been consistently present. These present raiders keep us going and we want to reward that dedication.
Of course, we'll never penalize someone by sharding their upgrade. If folks pass or if you're the only one who can use the item, you'll receive it. Again, this is at no penalty to yourself or the raid in this case.
The New Patch, 5.4: Proving Grounds, Flex Raid, Virtual Realms, and Timeless Isle, Oh My!
Flex Raid: In this new, no
item-level requirement option, we can organize anywhere from 10 to 25 players
together, including BattleTag and RealID friends, and enter a raid. In Flex
Raid, you can earn raid achievements and earn loot above LFR version but below
Normal version. Loot is awarded just like LFR with Bonus Roll support.
Additionally, Flex Raid has a lockout separate from LFR and Normal raid
versions, so we can Flex Raid without penalty, and you can queue for it using
the Raid Finder option.
Virtual Realms: Once the patch
hits, if you see a player with a hashtag (#) by their name, that’s someone who
shares your virtual realm. With servers we don’t quite know for sure yet
(though my guess is that it will be based on our Battlegroup), The Scryers will
merge with a host of other servers to, in essence, act as one server. This
means our auction house will span across all of these other servers and we can
group with and interact with more people in parties or arenas or Flex Raids. This
will, in essence, increase our AH’s diversity, give us access to more players
for Heroic Scenarios and Arenas, and give us a wider pool for Flex Raid
The Timeless Isle: An interesting
new area where it’s said time has no effect on its inhabitants, the Timeless Isle
is going to be a new zone similar to the Isle of Giants. Players can collect
Timeless Coins to further the Wrathion quest line and upgrade their cloaks. There
are strong suggestions that it will also be home to a few Celestial world
bosses in addition to the pet battle tournament. However, the Timeless Isle is
still a bit of a mystery for us now, but there are some exploration videos on
YouTube and data-mined files that hint at what is listed here.
Currently, PTR players are not able to reach the Isle just yet.
Proving Grounds: Designed for the
individual player, these special trials will test your DPS, Healing, or Tanking
capabilities. It can provide players the opportunity to learn more about each
roll without running a group. The trials are separated by difficulty settings:
Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Endless. The Endless setting pits you against enemies
that get increasingly more difficult. We’re not sure of potential rewards, or
whether or not there will be any rewards.
The Proving Grounds are currently not on the PTR.
Thanks for tuning in folks! We'll be seeing you at raid!
Just a reminder that each week our work keeps us soaring high on the Wings of Victory! This awesome kill shot of Ji-Kun is brought to you by our fantastic raiders of GOF. Keep flying high and being the updraft under each other's wings. Remember Guardian, YOU as an individual, are part of something extraordinary here. Week after week, month after month, Tier after Tier. Keep flying high!
Eagles don't naturally flock, you have to find them one at a time. - Ross Perot