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In the name of progression and Theres something about Pugs..

My Guild Officers have announced that our Kara Runs for the non leets. ( Za Runs for the officers and Core raiders)  will now be  2 x ZA teams.  Its official We are over Kara,

Wait… I’m not.   I’ve missed out on 3 Weeks of a Decent Kara Run because I was being socialable for one of those nights and there were too many Dpsers and not enough healers and tanks to do more then one Kara run the other 2.  So I’m moaning a little because one Kara Clear would have netted me the Badges I need for the next self obtainable Weapon Upgrade of that Badges Dagger.  The Scryer’s Blade of Focus which has more +spell Damage and Stam  then my Current Dagger the Nathrezim Mindblade.

So after being told at 830 Invites were over…   I was like.  Crap. One more run and It would have been mine.   The Mats for Soulfrost are waiting for me in my Bank tab,  just waiting to be lovelingly applied to the new blade. – Besides being a little miffed..  I had turned down a ZA offer outside guild an hour earlier in the hope I would get Kara. I’m not moaning too loudley because I did get to do progression runs this week – so its a catch 22  – I don’t need any loot from Kara.. so I really shouldnt get priority which is fair,

So In a bid to get badges I thought I’d try a pug.  I do the whole Looking for group thing, and get two invites straight up – I’d only seen one guild around, and I figured I’d try that group.

“Ts or Vent I ask? -”

“Opps..” Main Tank says ” I have to go.. ”
“Darn” Says another team memember, thats the 2nd Main Tank we’ve had leave.

I say.
” Guys Im sorry, but this seems rather disorganised, and I’d rather not lock myself out for a week on a run that is having so many issues so early.”
So I left, and I don’t feel bad. I would only do a Non Vent raid like Kara with people I already knew. Not with a pug. Its a preference, and I am a firm believer that 1 voice is better then 10 people trying to strategise if they are new to the raid in Chat.
In addition, they were pugging a Main tank – twice… and no immediate hope for replacement.
Did I want an easy badge run – Yes and no.. I didn’t care if it were a full clear and I don’t mind dying in the name of learning…. – I just didnt want to waste my time.

So No Kara for me this week.
On the flipside a person who I found while pugging Kara some months back – asked me on sunday night to come to a Gruls Raid – I thought about it – and thought why not – there was no scheduled raids and even thought I hesitated that this would be their 1st guild attempt at Gruls – I figured they seemed organised enough to have a decent shot – the difference in my faith was I knew 2 of the people in the raid, including the Raid leader, and they were filling in dps holes, not healers or tanks which can be volitile..

and we went – and 2 shotted High King.
and had 2 attempts on Grul. Rock fall and Shatter can be a pain to get used to, and not many in the raid had done the fight before.. 34% on the 2nd attempt, which was decent, they now have a better idea. They have the dps to get him next time.

So Highking gave me a badge … taking me to 135 – only 15 more to go.
I need to do more herorics.. just have difficultly findning a non guild group as everyone wants mages and warlocks for specific fights.. Priest CC doesn’t seem to count, so in a 5 man a Shadow Priest is not the 1st choice often, and also maybe I’m over Pugging.. Less good people are pugging… and all that does is perpetuate the lack of progression on the Guilds that just don’t have the numbers or the gear..



Gruls & the Loot council

We one shotted Grul last night for the 2nd week in a row.  We now have an awesome core of 25+ people who know what they are doing.  Does 2 weeks constitute a farm status? – I got 5th on Damage Metres which is not too bad, because I think we had 4 mages, a couple of warlocks and so on,  and Shadow Priests arent expected to top DPS,  but I need to be edging to the top t0 be worthy and besides More damge = More Mana for my group.

A belt dropped last night that I was very interested in , and at the moment rules are for loot tier4 only goes to Members/or Raiders.  Healers get 1st preferance on top of that, and another other non tier gets rolled on. Untill something I wanted dropped.

Ive cleared Grul with this guild 4 times / so for a month, but have only been a member for the last 2 weeks, so untill Today  I couldnt roll on T4   I agree with the Tier 4 rule, its fair, and I also think that giving some preference to people who have been raiding longer and need a particular item is also fair within reason.  Eg When the Mindblade drops in Karazhan It shouldnt go to me,  a) because ive only been there in a short time,  b) Ive spend a heck of alot of time/gold on Soulfrost for my Curator Staff and c) I dont have enough badges to buy a decent off hand to even use the Mindblade.   So Im prepared to wait a little.  And while I support the ideal of a loot council.  Again the same problem that happened to me in Kara happened.  I was not given a roll. ( no one rolled for it – it was given to a mage who had a blue belt.  So once again I was ‘punished’ for spending hours in BG’s for my plum belt – the drop would have been at least 15 more spell damage plus what ever Damage I could have gotten for the 2 sockets.. so at least 25 all up.  Now this may not seem to be a lot, but Im just under 900 +shadow damage now, and I want to top that 1 k – The council didnt look at the entire set the Mage was wearing ( rest was plums ) In all fairness to the council they are trying to be fair.  But I belive what would have been fairer.. was that at least the people who needed it had the chance to Roll on it.

and to quote someone elses blog ( no idea who sorry)   If the item was that much of an upgrade for them that it took priority over everyone elses then they didnt belong there

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