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It’s been just about two months since our last published blog post.  There are a couple of scrapped ideas, but yeah, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted.  And by the time I’ve articulated my thoughts on some on “hot topics”, most of it is old news.  So yapping about it more seemed senseless.

Unfortunately, there just hasn’t been a whole lot to say in the last few months.  The guild was a little under-staffed over the summer months, although we didn’t miss out on any raiding because we weren’t raiding in the first place.  Regardless, it made getting groups for heroics a little tricky at times. 

I mentioned awhile back that I’ve made my way onto Twitter and managed to start following and chatting with a few interesting folk from the WoW Blog’o’sphere.  From that, I’ve found a few people that are in the same province and found a couple of bloggers that even live in the same city.  Since then, both Chawa and I have ventured out to meet Vidyala and Vosskah on two occasions.  Even though, as Draenei, it’s all their fault that the Burning Legion showed up to Outland in the first place, they’re pretty awesome folk. 🙂

More recently, the guild is picking up in activity a bit.  We’ve gone in to do Firelands trash, just to check out the place and take advantage of rep rewards.  Our first time in, we were doing the trash with seven people.  The last couple of times, we’ve done it with nine and ten people.  We even tried Beth’tilac once…which, as one might suspect, was a complete disaster.  It was neat to see, but we really didn’t know what the hell we were doing. 🙂  My hopes is that if we start getting 10 guildies on regularly, we actually go into the T11 raids and do those bosses.  We, as a guild, don’t overgear the fights, nor are we practiced enough that the fights will be easy.  Post-nerf or not.  (Please note, this isn’t meant as a criticism – it’s just my perception of things.)

In regards to Patch 4.3, which is currently on the PTR, well, it holds some interesting changes.  The ones that catch my mind the most are the buffs to Fire Mage DPS and some tanking tweaks for Death Knights (30 second CD on Outbreak…hell yeah!)  But those are relatively “small picture”. 

The “big picture” change for me is the introduction of the Looking For Raid tool (henceforth, LFR).  For those of you not-in-the-know, how the hell did you find this blog?  Er, I mean, the LFR tool is basically a clone of the Looking For Dungeon (LFD) tool that was introduced in Wrath.  The notable features about this tool are:  It’s for 25-person raiding only, it only works for the 4.3 raid (at this point), and it essentially introduces a toned down version of the regular raid (aka: easy mode).  There are some other little features I won’t divulge into because it’s not critical to me.  While I don’t like the fact it’s 25-man only, it allows small guilds like mine to group up with others to see some content.  Also, while I know some people may scoff at the idea for an easy mode, this is only good news from my perspective.  I’m in a very casual guild and we don’t put any demands on our members outside of “don’t be an asshole”.  So, we can hopefully still be successful in raids, even if we also happen to be “under-geared’ or fairly rusty with our skills.

In other news, this weekend is Blizzcon.  While we’re not going, we did manage to order the live stream.  With that said, I’m kind of flustered that the posted schedule is a bit vague.  I’m not sure what I should or shouldn’t be watching!  Like, I wouldn’t mind missing some lore stuff, but I would hate to miss any announcements about Diablo 3 or the next WoW expansion.  But I’m looking forward to be vicariously part of the experience.

Also, Hallows End starts today.  I hope to pick up some fancy rings and a new Headless Horseman’s helm for my DK.  I have the old one…but my DPS helm kinda sucks, so an upgrade would be fantastic.  And my mage could use the HH mount.

Anyway, I’m done rambling right now.  I’m not going back to read or edit this post, mostly because I’m lazy and just felt the need to ramble for a good half hour over my lunch break.  I hope to collect and organize my thoughts on Cataclysm, one year after release.  My own little spin on things from casual land.  But for now, it’s back to work.

Lok’tar ogar, friends.

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Today, The Wayward Initiative brings you our VERY FIRST GUEST POST!

Hooray!

It is my absolute pleasure to feature this post from Reverend Unk, both friend and guildie.

He offers us a frank reminder of how tough it can be to new to the game and that we should take the time to help out some of our newer friends.

Thanks for the contribution, Fal!

Please keep reading, after the cut:

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Stick It Out

We’ve all been there at some point.

Whether it be in a PuG or with friends, your group ends up wiping on a boss or, heck, even a bad trash pull.  Then one impatient (and/or intolerant) bozo decides to drop group.  Then someone else drops and before you know it you’re back in the queue all by yourself.  It’s unfortunate, because most of the time, just working through the mistakes made can end up paying off in the end.

The biggest pay-off is learning.  Learning the strategies and the fight mechanics will mean that it will be easier the next time you face the encounter.  Whether it be five minutes later after you wipe or tomorrow when you hop in the dungeon again.  Or you may just be learning how to adjust to the rest of the group should you be in a PuG or grouped with Alts.  On top of that, you can learn when it’s best to use your cool-downs and push the limits of your character (DPS, heals, or tanking tools).  Maybe it takes up to three, five, or ten times to get it, but as long as you’re learning and adapting, it’s worth it; you’re becoming a better player.

The secondary pay-offs are the rewards and the sense of accomplishment.  The rewards being JP’s/VP’s and, of course, phat lewtz!  The sense of accomplishment will vary depending on the situation.  Varying from “Thank goodness, this dungeon is over,” to something as wonderful, “Hot damn, it was great to finish this with my friends!  VICTORY IS OURS!”

So, when you’re getting frustrated with a certain fight or run, just remember that if you stick it out to the end, it may end up being worth every minute of the struggle.  Just hang in there and do your best!

Take care and have fun, folks.

– Darth

Now, here’s some music for fun:

PS – A special thanks to The Zug Initiative.  We had a couple of tough Zul’roic runs this weekend, but thanks for sticking it out and getting those bastards sorted out!

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We’re seven months into the Cataclysm expansion.

It’s been eight or nine months since I’ve “actively” raided.

Sure, sure…The Zug Initiative has done some older raids and tried to keep relatively active.  But really, times have been a little slow at TZI for a plethora of reasons.  As such, we really didn’t try (or consider?) raiding post-Cata launch.  I’m sure you already knew this because you’re dedicated followers, but our dear friend Hello Tauren! already covered a couple of reasons.  (Out of those, I’d put lack of attendance as the leading cause.  But hey, life happens.)

With the changes of Patch 4.2, there’s been some murmurs of getting back into raiding.  We’ve gotten some decent upgrades from the new Justice Point gear, we’ve put some extra efforts into gearing up in some dungeons, and attendance is on the rise a bit.  Heck, even the other day we had a full ten people online.

So, we’re going to do some raiding this weekend.  Nerfed T11 stuff…but hey, it’s new to us.  And we’re doing it with friends.  That means one simple thing:  FUN. 😀

The scary thing is…I’m nowhere near prepared.  I haven’t researched the fights, watched any of the videos, stocked up on flasks and food.  I also probably need to tweak my gems, talents, and enchants.   I don’t even know what bosse we SHOULD try (other than Baradin Hold, assuming we have it.)

I’m getting some weird pre-raiding jitters and it’s still two days away. 

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

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Retro Raid Victory

It’s a little late.

It’s a little antiquated.

It’s easier to get than it used to be.

It’s no longer “relevant content”.

With all those things said, it doesn’t mean we didn’t hold a grudge.  The bad blood between us still remained.

But tonight, that all ended.

Next Expansion: WotLK 2??

Finally, that bastard Arthas was bested by The Zug Initiative.

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F-Bombs Galore

Today is April First, also known to many as April Fool’s Day.

Fret not, this isn’t one of the many pranks being executed.  (Frankly, I’m not clever enough to put one together.)

But this is also an extra special day should you be a member with The Zug Initiative.

Today is the Fourth birthday of the guild!

I won’t go into the story so much because a) Pacheco already has, and b) I did so last year.  Again, Pach beat me to it, but she has a 3 hour head start.

Fortunately, despite guild activity being down a bit since the release of Cataclsym and having a Guild affair with EFF the IneFFable, it’s still a Fun place to be and it’s still home.

So, Happy Birthday, “The Zug Initiative”!  Thanks for being so F‘ing awesome!! 😀

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Sorry there haven’t been more posts from us here, but things have been pretty quiet in our corner of the World (of Warcraft).

We’ve still been playing regularly (aside from a few Civilization V breaks), but we just haven’t been doing all that much in-game.  Grinding reps, doing dailies, working on professions, playing alts, etc.  And there’s not much news there, other than it’s hell to get enchanting and tailoring to 525. 

And that playing a hunter is basically cheating – at least when questing. 

And that all druids should probably have only gathering professions because of flight form.

Anyway…last night, we managed to have enough people to run a heroic last night with my DK as the tank.  Chawa took her priest (as shadow), Pacheco was huntering, and [Enhancement Shaman] was actually [Assassination Rogue]’ing.  Brokentree was healing, like a boss.  We randomized things and ended up with Heroic Deadmines.  Other than myself seeing the latter half once, none of us had really been there.  Hooray for learning as a guild.

And dying as a guild.

Yeah, some of those trash packs can be a bit of a doozy.  But we stuck it out and managed to get our achieves.

I also scored some offset loot:  Cookie’s Tenderizer.  And man, it makes me glad that I switched my offspec to Frost DK’ing.  Because man, he looks like a BAMF now.  Just look!

Someone needs a hug.

 

That’s it for now!  Sorry there hasn’t been more exciting news to report, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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