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Brand New Day Recruiting More for ICC25

Are you on Drenden? Looking for a new raiding guild? Well, I think you need to strongly consider joining my guild, Brand New Day!

Brand New Day is currently 7/12 ICC25 with the capability to get further. We are a casual guild on Drenden-US, Alliance Side, with a light raiding schedule – 7:30-11 PM EST Tuesday Wednesday Thursday, possibly moving down to 2 nights per week. There are two or three 10 mans that run on weekends. Most everyone in the guild is an altaholic, and there are always tons of people online!

We have a very committed core group of people. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to progress and see new bosses when we have 4 empty spots in the raid. We were 23 manning Rotface the other night- ugh! With a full raid, we would do well, but we need more people! New recruits capable of good DPS would quickly have a spot in the raid every week.

Reposted from my forums thread:

“But, Anafielle! I’m a DPS and no one wants DPS! I’m like the red headed step child of the recruiting world! I’m like Shakezula looking for a date for prom! No one wants me!!”
You’re in luck!! Pew pew pew is exactly what Brand New Day needs! If you can prove that you deserve those fat purps, get your ass in gear and apply.

We are looking for people who are interested in raiding casually, but with focus, and good DPS. If you beat my DPS on Festergut (6.4k) in your first raid, I will gem your first upgrade for you. Entirely! I will buy you gems!!! So get to it and kick my ass!

We raid with focus for a small quantity of time. Because of this, we are only looking for people who are interested in committing to all our raids. The upside of such low weekly commitment is this: if you raid with BND, you might be able to play wow and have a girlfriend, too! There’s life outside of wow? There is! I promise! The internet says so, so it must be true. And we still progress just fine with two days a week of raiding. Like what you’re always telling your girlfriend – it might be short, but it’s damn effective!

Does the recession have you down? Get talked into investing in a prime piece of real estate on the Tanaris coast? Lose everything in the Dalaran Sub Prime Morgage bust? BND is the solution you’ve been looking for! Perks of being a raider in Brand New Day include reduced prices on flask mats and guild bank supplies, and coverage of repair fees for raids for those who reach “raider” status!

The healer’s union finally caved to tank demands and heals are now free, with the exception of hunters and those who enjoy standing in fire. Our healers do still have a “No Heal” list, which is kept a closely guarded secret, except for the fact that Khergan is on it at least four times. In general, it is easy to keep yourself off it. Compliment them a lot. Repeat after me: “Oooh, Dornoch, what a big mana pool you have!” Make sure to slip them bribes all the time. “Oh, Tala, I heard you like flowers! So I have these Frost Lotuses …”

We take this game seriously. Like I said, we are all adults with little patience for kiddies – unless they are someone’s small child on vent providing vital post-raid commentary like “Anafielle is a smelly tank.” Occurances such as being demoted for insulting Honeyflake‘s choice of outfit or sweet pink drake are few and far between and happen at most several times a day. Cybering during raids is strongly discouraged, unless you are the raid leader, who is not only allowed to cyber but encouraged to do so. Our hunters are under strict instructions to stop MDing healers, except for Legolina, who is featured in an MD macro all hunters are required to learn upon entrance to the guild.
Like I said… we are mature!

BND features a large cast of wonderful, very different people from those who have just one main, to those with ten alts and several more across their childrens’ accounts! Being in BND can teach you about the world outside Azeroth, too. Why, just the other day I learned that Canada has real cities. I know, I know. I was shocked too. Next, you’ll be telling me they have electricity and running water. [*]

[*] Mocking Canada is strongly contraindicated for those seeking to join BND. Side effects include unexpected demotions, unfortunate officer notes, and /gkicks.

If you aren’t interested in raiding on our schedule.
If you are a new and totally ungeared 80.
If you are not committed to doing the best DPS you can do & learning how to do more
If you like standing in fire…
Please don’t apply.

If you want to join the most fun and excellent group of people on this server, and if you would be a quality addition to our ranks, then get ye to our guild website and put in an application right now!


Blood Queen Lanathel (10) Zerg Strategy

I’d like to make a short post here about our BQL 10 strategy, because people tend to look at me like I’m completely insane when I describe how we do this.

This is what we do.

We use a zerg-like strategy – two heals, six DPS, a tank, and an “off tank” in DPS gear (me). This stresses the healers, but allows us to put enough DPS on the boss to take her down before she hits the second air phase.

Tanking & Offtanking BQL

The OT takes damage from two things – Delerious Slash, a nasty DOT; and Blood Mirror, which mirrors the damage the MT takes in the form of pure shadow damage.

There are basically three ways to mitigate the Offtank damage:

1) The MT can stack armor. This will reduce the size of the Blood Mirror hits to the OT.
2) The OT can stack pure stamina to absorb all that shadow damage.
3) The OT can (I hear) stack shadow resist. We haven’t tried this.

Armor is extremely helpful in this fight – the more armor the MT has, the less damage both tanks take through the Blood Mirror mechanic. Armor, of course, does nothing for the OT. His damage is pure shadow damage. The MT can hold BQL throughout the fight, or the tanks can trade her off and cycle their cooldowns to reduce total damage done.

That having been said…

We sort of throw all that out the window by putting the OT in DPS gear.

Using a DPS as Off Tank

As the offtank, I remain in Prot spec, but I throw on my Ret spec gear, my “threat” axe and my shield. I go sword/board because half my protty abilities require a shield.

This allows me to crank out about 5.5k DPS while remaining in prot spec, giving me access to prot’s superior stamina scaling & Divine Shield/Divine Guardian for the air phases.

I sit on the main tank, with Righteous Fury off, doing a modified version of my rotation to optimize my DPS. When she flies into the air, I bubble out and pop Divine Sacrifice. (I don’t use my cancel macro; the idea is to help my party!)

This works if your healers can handle those Blood Mirror hits on an “offtank” (or a pure DPS) with a health pool around 32k when all buffed up. Our heals are absurdly badass, so we do it this way.

I’m pretty sure this strat is only viable on 10 man. :)


Personally, if I’m going to be wearing DPS gear anyways, I’d rather go all the way and switch to ret spec, significantly raising my DPS. My HP pool shouldn’t suffer much from the reduced stamina scaling, although my healers about had kittens when I suggested it… I’d have to stack a little stamina to make them happier, I think.

I was instructed to stay in prot spec so I still had Divine Sacrifice, which I pop on both the first and (if we have one) second air phase. Well, imo, we have three pallies specced into DS, I should be able to do without it… but I’m not calling the shots. We do it this way, and it works.

One day, I might secretly pop into ret spec, flask up for HP, put a stam piece or two on and see if it works. :) Until then, I will just sigh and keep going half-prot half-ret…


Is my raid the only raid that does it this way?

I thought this strat made a great deal of sense when it was explained to me. My healers are certainly able to deal with it. Our trouble with this fight was rarely with me dying; it was more with DPS figuring out how to deal with the many crazy damage-causing mechanics.

But when I tell people I off tank in my DPS gear, they look at me like I’m crazy. “OF COURSE we use two tanks!” “Why the hell don’t you stack stamina?!” or “We taunt trade to cycle through our cooldowns” are usually the responses I get.

Huh. Well, it works for us! This is a damn tightly tuned fight, even on 10 man, and if the MT & the healers are willing to sacrifice about 20k of my health pool to take my DPS up a little, I’m not going to argue.

The ICC 10 man fights aren’t nearly as unforgiving as the 25 man fights, especially for a raid in largely 25 man gear. Our strat is completely viable, if a little nerve wracking for the healers. I have a feeling this is one of those fights that will come to be single-tanked as more 10 mans get comfortable with it. Especially as the Strength of Wrynn buff increases DPS and health pools.

Please tell me if you also use a DPS as the off tank (or a DPS/tank hybrid, the way I do it). I’d like to know that we’re not the only ones!

On Burnout and 10 Man Drama

I don’t really want to talk about the drama that has taken place over the last two weeks. I think everyone who has me on their twitter feed saw my whining and knew I was having quite a bad time of it.

In the eternal words of Monty Python, “I got better.”

But I am told by my officers that they hear the signs of burnout creeping in.

They do say tanks burn out faster than any other role. Maybe this is why – my silly belief that I can and should step up, take the lead, and take on responsibility for things. It’s what drove me to become a tank in the first place, and it’s the personality trait that has put me in some very unfortunate situations when I try to fix something inherently broken.


So I don’t want to talk about drama. I do, however, want to talk about burnout and 10 man raiding.

A Tale of Overcommitment: 10 Man Raiding in a 25 Man Guild

The core of the problem, to be honest, is that I am committed to both 25s and 10s. This is not a problem if you do two 25 mans and two 10 mans. If you do three 25 mans and sometimes do 10s on the side. When you start to get serious about both, that is when the trouble begins to pop up.

When the 25s suck, the 10s become more and more important.

And the 25s have really, really sucked lately. Attendance has been low and raids have been underattended or canceled; when they’re not canceled, we raid shit like TOC25 (reg) and watch all the gear get DE’d or go offspec. I know the officers have been under a lot of stress. That’s 9 hours a week of frustration for them and, frankly, for the rest of us.

No wonder we’ve all been turning to 10 mans to give us the fulfillment and the fun we expect from raiding.

The Progression / Officer 10 man

I have the great fortune to run in my guilds “officer” 10 man, although I am not one. This raid has some of the best, most committed players in the guild, and also some of my closest friends. It’s a joy to go see new content with them.

Most casual raiding guilds have a hardcore “core” of people who are more committed than the rest; in my guild, that’s largely this raid.

We raid on Fridays. We have also raided Ulduar 10 on Sundays for the last few months to get everyone Rusted Proto Drakes. With the introduction of more ICC10 wings, we have even thrown a 3rd 10 man on the schedule.

The math is scary. Three 25s and three 10s. That’s six nights of raids a week.

In other words…. too much.

An additional complication – I work until 7 on the weekdays. Working ’till 7 pm, driving 25 minutes home, I barely make invites. I am usually a little late. I often skip dinner, and if I eat I just have time to microwave something. Six days a week.

Every day of raiding has a purpose & is important to me, but after a while it has started to wear me down.

The “Second 10 man” Drama

Those who have been in this situation before – 25 man guild, progression/officer 10 man – probably know exactly what I’m talking about.

When the 25s get frustrating, and there’s a 10 man that is fabulously successful in comparison, and there’s not enough depth to truly field a second one… people start to get antsy.

We have a bigger problem than most due to an unfortunate lack of depth in my guild (see: attendance problems, recruiting). The second 10 man has been plagued by drama, poor leadership, no leadership at all, and – quite frankly – a terrible lack of tanks for six months. It has split up and reformed tens of times, and the only constant has been the unending stream of complains and cries for the “officer 10 man” to split up “for the good of the guild” to get everyone into ICC.

That in itself is another quite lengthy blog post. My guild used to have two ten mans and crippled them both to “even things out.” The officers are never going to do that. There should be enough depth to field a second ten man, and the same thing that makes the 25s suck (attendance; commitment) cripples this second raid.

How 10 Man 2 drama affects me in 10 Man 1

My point in mentioning this is that I am my guild’s second raid tank. I am geared to the teeth; just as geared as the MT/RL. I am without a doubt the best choice to both lead and MT the 2nd ten man.

I’d do it well, too, and the idea sort of appealed to me until I realized just how much I’d be giving up to leave my current 10 man raid. I came close to doing this. The fact that I did not…. really angered some people.

So that pressure has been heavy on me lately. It exploded last weekend when I made a move to help the 2nd 10 man – a good move, the best one I could make, but not the right move – and stuck myself right in the middle of the drama. It sucked.


Things have gotten better since the drama that had me all whiney on twitter last week.

For one thing, my 10 man will never raid 3 times a week again. I am adamant about that. I am not burning myself out, and I can’t handle 6 high stress raids a week on my tank. I am declining any 3rd raids that come about, and everyone understands. They have also pushed back some time slots to improve my quality of life coming home from work! \o/ All is well.

The 25s saw a resurgence in interest this week. Instead of going back to wipe on Festergut again, we went to see some new fights, and ended up killing Blood Princes 25! Nothing like a new kill to excite people. Then, 23 & 24 manning Ulduar hard modes our first time seeing them – that was pretty fantastic, too! Just because we outgear them doesn’t mean it’s not fun to hit those fights.

Recruitment is good, I hear; people are awesome; I love my guild; I’m done complaining (for now, :) ).

The second 10 man will continue without dramawhores and with quality alts to fill out the ranks. It’s not the best option in the world, but it’s the only one they’ve got, and after the explosion of gquits and drama last week everyone is extremely happy to have a raid at all.

Things can only look up from here, and one thing’s for sure – I’m in it for the long haul. Carefully… but I’m here to stay.

Hold on before you pull, I can’t find my beer opener

My beverage of choice on raid breaks

I have a confession to make.

On raid nights, I am commonly guilty of grabbing a beer on our 9:30 break. Always accompanied by chips or pretzels, of course. (Yes, I lead quite an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle.)

I was curious to see how many people shared my like of beer during raid. So I asked one of my favorite toys lately – my wow twitter feed!

@Anafielle: #Warcraft Twitterati, a poll: How often do you crack a beer (or your choice of alcoholic beverage) while raiding?

And the responses varied:

@NDMiko Out of three raid nights a week my average is one night for liquor.

@0ricardo0 i don’t drink, so never lol.

@gotowell not often sadly. After a progression kill is another story however ;)

@that_ghoul_ava you can’t count that high.

@synae 80% of the time

@Protadin #Warcraft On a progression raid night, never. On a drunken raid night Kara/Naxx whenever we down a boss

@Ndiayne rarely, usually only if my work day was really shitty

@Poeryth I’ve never done it, personally, that I can think of, but my guild has ‘silly’ runs specifically called “Bring Your Own Beer”

@EntropiaWOW very rarely, I never drink during a work night. But on a Friday night and I’m fuckin around I will. But that’s like once a month

@LluckyA People raid sober? #Warcraft

@goss2326 i’ll normally have one or two alcoholic beverages during a #Warcraft raid if I’m not working the next day

@Daewin every night i can raid (which lately with work has been zero :P)

Hmm…. a wide range of responses from “I’d never do that!” to “Sometimes” to “Only on joke raid nights” to my personal favorite, “People raid sober?” :)

Well, I didn’t mean get drunk. I guess it depends on how you see one beer. For some people, one beer = you’ve started drinking. For me, one beer is just a beverage. I’d pop a beer (or have a glass of wine) with dinner without giving it much more thought than “Hmm, do I feel like drinking ice tea, water, coke, or a beer with this?”

I commonly drink a beer just because I feel like having a beer and some pretzels. Whether I have work the next day, or anything else, really doesn’t affect my decision one bit.

Now, I’m a tiny girl in real life. I weigh about 110lbs – and if I drink more than one beer, alright, I’ve started to drink. I’m relaxing. I’m chilling. I’m not doing anything serious. I would never drink multiple beers during a serious raid. But one? Does one beer make a difference?

Regardless, sometimes I feel guilty. I was chatting with someone on break once and almost mentioned I grabbed a beer, and then thought better of it. I don’t intend to mention in /raid. It’s just not a great idea.

Tensions are running a little high lately. Our progression has been stagnant, attendance is lackluster, people are frustrated… In addition, we have previously had a very few problems with guildies who have been inappropriately drunk or high in the middle of very tense raids. And at least one I can name who we all very quietly thought had a bit of a drinking problem, who used to get wasted every night and say inappropriate things to people…. including one fairly high-strung offtank. Mm, I never held it against him, but it was problematic.

So I will gladly joke about getting my drinks post-raid, but I won’t be mentioning my choice of beverage while the raid is still going on.

2009 WoW Year in Review

I might not post all that much, but I like to keep this thing around for longer wow thoughts than twitter can allow! Just as my favorite wow blogs do it… like Rhidach at Righteous Defense & Honor’s Hammer at Honor’s Code!

1. What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?

It was a big year for me. I had been a very casual on and off leveler here and there over the last three years and finally achieved a main at the level cap. Then I joined a big guild and was basically discovered as a new tank, and fell in love with raiding, both 10 and 25 man. Now I find myself a daily wow player, a 5 time a week raider, a cotank for a big guild, and a very serious raider and pretty active member of the greater wow community.

2. What was your favorite new place that you visited?

Since I came back to wow after a break, all of Northrend/WOTLK was new for me this year.

Don’t laugh, but… My favorite new place was without a doubt the DK starting area and the starting quests. I know this is old news to the experts, but my first time playing through these was an absolutely epic experience. Blizzard did a truly amazing job using the mechanics of the existing game and creating new mechanics such as the phasing to completely engross the player in both the storyline and the gameplay.

For an example, I remember the quest (one of the many quests) where you have to go around murdering fleeing, helpless villagers. The mechanics of the game, which I had used for years to mindlessly kill mobs around my level which hit back, took on a whole new aspect when I was doing my rotation on fleeing villagers way below my level. It wasn’t just the text I was reading that made me feel like a terrible person for doing this quest- blizz took advantage of the ‘feel’ of an encounter with a mob, and twisted it, to make the player really feel like a murderous, merciless killer.

I played through these starting quests 3 times in the span of one month because I enjoyed them so much. Yep…

3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Halleigh dual-specced tank.

I have kept Halleigh’s ret spec on because she has some fab offspec gear and because I really, really enjoy being ret sometimes. I love learning what an encounter is like for melee DPS because I find it really improves my tanking, and it’s interesting and different! And, my 10m still hits the occasional one-tank encounter. I am ret for FC in Coliseum (10, 25, and 10H), ret for Vezax and Hodir when we go back into Ulduar, and ret while we work on Firefighter.

But I really want Halleigh dual-specced tank. I crave that SoComm “heroics/trash” tanking spec I keep hearing about.

I am hoping that once my DK is 80 (she’s 78!) and I’ve geared her for a few weeks, I can get my melee fix on her and switch Halleigh’s second spec to an alternate tanking spec.

I’m also hoping that my guild quits hitting one-tank fights. Blizz has said they are going to shy away from designing any more, so that’s a good sign. Two tank fights on every encounter, please!

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

All of my achievements this year were big seeing as it was my first wow year.

Personal best: becoming a part of the 10m hard modes raid on a weekly basis. Hello favorite part of the week!

Guild best: Anub’arak 10H kill!!!!!! I actually screamed when we did this. It was a personal victory for me because tanking those stupid adds isn’t easy! And I got a pretty piece of loot (Heroic Crusader’s Glory) as a reward, too.

5. What was your biggest failure?

Oh, anything involving the 25 man.

Hitting ToGC just a week or two ago and finding ourselves short 20% of the DPS needed to get through the first beasts before the second ones spawn was a low point. I know we’re a casual guild, but there are some inexcusably well geared players who just don’t feel like contributing anything besides a wasted raid spot.

6. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

10 man hard mode raids!

7. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stress about raiding.

I take positions of responsibility pretty seriously. And when I was newer and less experienced, I used to stress out so much about raids. I was terrified of screwing something up.

On nights when we were going to hit ToC, I would drive home from work and my heart would be beating fast, and I’d be thinking about what I had to do and what I might mess up. I would get so stressed out and so paniced. I stress out just as much now, but I panic much less now, even when we go new places.

Getting home from work at 7:15 constantly, and either skipping dinner or being late for raid invites (or both) was also not great. I wish my guild raided an hour later.

8. What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

Avenging Wrathy. I love his blog.

9. Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

Everything I have learned is a valuable lesson. :)

Wipefest on Faction Champions

(ss of my favorite mount, the OS+3 10 man drake, to cheer myself up)

We’ve been getting through TOC pretty reliably. One-shot the whole place in like 45 minutes last week. I figured we had this place covered.

Last night, ’twas not to be.  Faction Champs whooped us and whooped us good. We gave up after five wipes and called it a night.

Combat logs reveal problem areas were mainly interrupts – we weren’t interrupting enough heals. DPS was lower than usual, so the whole encounter was just taking too long. I know there’s got to be more to it though because they kicked our ass really, really hard.

A particularly frustrating fight for me because I go ret. I still feel very uncomfortable in ret. Used to being up front and in charge, after all… and in control. I just feel so helpless sometimes when we hit a progression fight and I’m in my offspec – at least as tank I have a great deal of control over how the encounter is progressing. I like control.

Well, anyways, it’s really sad when the lack of 2 top DPS suddenly moves our raid from “Clears TOC25 in 45 minutes” to “fails hard at faction champs.”

Edit: Interesting post on Maintankadin about Faction Champs AI:

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Tankadin Errant is a blog written by Anafielle, a paladin tank on Drenden - US Alliance side. (Armory)

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