TL;DR at bottom, but I encourage you to read this
Alright folks, we are 1 week away from going into highmaul, the first raid instance of the expansion. Who is excited? I am . I am basing these requirements off of what I see most of the raid team already accomplishing.
Lets get right to it; requirements. These are going to be the REQUIREMENTS (not suggestions):
Gear - You will be expected to come with an ilevel of at least 630, with very limited (the goal is none) questing greens/blues/purps. Expect to have your 680 ilevel legendary ring, most of the raid team already has theirs.
Optimization - you will be expected to have your gear enchanted, gemmed, and properly suited for your role (no bonus armor on non tank specs with the exception of gladiators... if its optimal, no spirit as a dps, that sort of things) wear gear suited for what you will be doing in raid.
Voice utility - You will be expected to have mumble installed and ready to go at the time we start the raid. We will not wait. If its not installed, we will move on without you.
Addons - yes, I will be requiring addons. Only 2, "DBM" (bigwigs and voice encounter mod are acceptable as long as they are up to date). And "GTFO". Have both of these installed AND UPDATED ON DEC. 2ND(I literally mean to update it right before raid, there will likely be an update with bug fixes that night)
Buff preparation - you need to have your flasks, potions, and buff food ready PRIOR to starting. We are still providing most of these in the guild, but you will want to get them BEFORE raid. If you dont have access, ask anyone of the higher ups in the guild. (shauna is a particularly helpful person to ask for help in this regard, she will set you up real good)
Attitude - DO NOT COME TO BE NEGATIVE OR TO COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS. We have 20+ people on the roster at any given night. I am organizing this raid as a product for my friends to play the content provided to us. I plan to make it nothing but positive and a good time for us as a group. Feel free to use any of the extra mumble channels if you are having a particularly bad time with something and need someone to talk to. We are all friends and sometimes friends need to support friends, but lets not do it publicly in the main raid channel in mumble or in /i. Feel free to talk it out privately Also with that, I am an admitted blizzard fanboy. If you start complaining about the game (of any blizzard franchise) to me, Im going to defend it and blizzard's decisions, just know that!
Know your class/spec - Make sure you are not just getting gear, but learning your class. Read up, watch some videos, watch a stream. Dont just hit 100, get the gear you need and think you are prepared. Gear doenst mean anything if you dont know how to use it properly. After a short grace period (a week to two), if you arent keeping up with the rest of the group, number wise, we may need to drop you to backup or bench. Our main raiding spots will go to those that put the most effort in. I am also VERY lenient on this, do not expect any sort of rage or talking down, Im not here to make people feel bad.
Know the rules - This is simple. We run a very relaxed raid in comparison. Dont be elitist. Dont call people out. We keep it pretty PG-13 (no drug, illegal talk, no racism or bigotry, and we generally shy away from religious and political talk). NO DRAMA (even though we all work hard to play this game, it is still juat a game and will be treated as such) be on time and ready.
*** 2 NEW RULES BEING ADDED***
#1; be on time. I will not be offering grace periods to start. Make sure to be ready, with consumables, and gear optimizations at 9PM server. #2; As a general rule, I do not want to mess with composition once started. We will be starting with the group that makes it on time (within reason) and finishing with that group that night. Flex is going to help US with having spots for people. We will not use flex as an opportunity to have an open door policy during raid. Its too much work. Also, expect to stay the full time. If you dont think you can make the whole time, sit out. You will be expected to stay throughout the duration of the raid night. (there will be exceptions Im sure)
630 ilevel is the goal, with your 680 legendary ring. Optimize your gear. Have mumble. Have both DBM and GTFO installed. Bring your buff food/flasks/potions and any other consumable you use. Get ready to have a good time and READ THE RULES!
Last note: as tradition, we go into the first raid of every tier and "wing it". We look at the raid as a completely new experience and try the first boss with no research other than the dungeon journal. After the first night, the strat team will start coordinating strategies. I WILL TAKE SUGGESTIONS ON STRAT FROM RESEARCH/PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AS SPOILERS AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. A first blind pull is special to me and I know others, please dont ruin it for us. Let us have our 1 night