Over the past few months, people have asked me about the way I see things around the guild heading into the next expansion. Some members of our guild are concerned about what will change in Warlords of Draenor and a few might be worried that the guild will be slow to adapt to the upcoming changes.
Actually it is my belief that The Dambusters are perfectly placed to adapt to the new raiding formats being introduced come 6.0.
Although the difficulty names are changing and Mythic must be 20-man, not a great deal really changes with regards to raiding. As far as I am concerned, The Dambusters have 2 10-man raid teams which we have amalgamated in the past with a few fringe players to get some 25-man runs done. That standard format will not change except for the fact that both 10-man teams will be expandable to take advantage of the future ‘heroic’ (currently normal) flexible-sized raiding capability meaning more stability in each team because the raid sizes can be adjustable depending on who turns up on a given raid night. That doesn’t mean people can just stop bothering to show up and still walk straight back into the teams, believe me.
Currently both teams are well capable of clearing normal modes in a week after months of progression practice. Who is to say that this guild will have an immediate capability for Mythics? If we do have that possibility then amalgamating both teams together will only be a case of a couple of players switching out roles. However, Mythics will depend largely upon the performance of both teams so if you want Mythics in the Dambusters at an early stage then the onus is on you individual raiders to take the lead set by Fridai, Spyrot and the other example setting players in each perspective team and really push on to prove readiness for Mythics.
You can’t suggest the guild won’t be ready for Mythics. Of course the guild is structurally perfectly placed to be able to support a Mythic raid team but that all depends on the raiders’ ability to do the job. You CAN suggest that a given raid team within the guild may or may not be ready but at WoD launch day, nobody will be ready so it’s up to all of us to get ready, and fast….I will be ready come raid start, will you? I can’t force you but after a few weeks if you have slacked when we needed you, will you expect an automatic spot in the team? Meh
Can the guild provide Mythics? Spyrot, Fridai, Jolts, Idioms, Meatblocker and myself will all be ready to lead from the front by example of effort. Will you? You can’t just request that the guild ‘does Mythic’ and hope to jump on the bandwagon. It’s up to each and every one of you guys to put the effort in and blast through heroics to show the officers that we have a capable team ready to assault Mythic raiding.
Personally, looking at the current climate within the guild, I would estimate a Mythic progression team running no later than 12 weeks into the expansion but it is entirely achievable that we could have a Mythic team up and running within 8 weeks. Asking me what our plans are for Warlords of Draenor is like asking a clairvoyant to predict the expansion release date…
I can only operate with the tools I have. I will certainly continue pushing people with raiding intent to commit to their respective teams and prove come launch day that they are ready to put in the work to level quickly to 100 and gear up for Heroic. It’s possible the guild will start with Raid Finder, clear Normal and then go for Heroics and as is expected the guild will not begin Mythic until we have the guild achievement for a Heroic clear. The sooner people get their work done and prove they can clear Heroics the sooner the guild can get into Mythics.
It is also of note that there are people who have no intention of doing Mythics so it is my aim to make sure the guild have a suitably organised schedule for guys looking to just do normals and maybe a bit of heroics. It is also my expectation that there are plenty of Dambusters who have little or no interest in raiding at all. I must continue to push PvP, the weekly activity competition and I will actively encourage anyone who shows interest and aptitude to lead other events, I do hope we can get back to some fun achievement/role playing old content runs where people can also try to get some smart transmog gear.
Raiding takes the most planning but let it be known that my focus has turned directly to the upcoming anniversary where I already have loot codes in place for a ‘Flag of Ownership’ and a rare TCG flying mount which I will reveal later.
I hope that the imminent Dambuster Draw will be a massive success and I expect to see a few really happy people get lucky this week. Get your 100g fee posted to Dambuster(Aggra) before cease play Thursday 26th to have a chance at the estimated prize pot of over 25,000g & a Sky Golem. You gotta be in it to win it!
Remember that although the Dambuster Draw has an entry fee and doesn’t require your online attendance, the guild’s Anniversary event will require no fee but demands your attendance. Only attendees on the day of Saturday 26th July will be eligible for prizes so please schedule that day to be available. I am preparing to release 150,000g, at least the 2 TCG prizes and possibly more to be dished out on the day!
The guild WILL be having our usual annual anniversary event next year for our 6th and by then we will be as solid as ever and a very good bet as a guild to be with. You guys are what makes this the place to be so put in the work you would expect others to put in and show your guild that you’ve done your part. I will continue to orchestrate a smooth passage to the new expansion so take control of your own characters, be responsible for your own small part of this big old guild and enjoy the upcoming content, if a Blizzard ever release the damn thing…