Geia xara, everyone!
This week, we did again what happened in our past many times. A so called difficult boss - Elegon, who we killed it last week by forming a special group for him, died this week with a normal group on 2nd try! Yep, Mogu'shan Vaults is on farm mode and are eagerly waiting for Heart on Fear later this week (officially start on Monday).
Let me analyse a bit what we are aiming in 5.1 and what's the next steps we have in our masterplan for the guild. Its the first time we speak about it in public, but as many asked about that in our forums or mainly ingame, its time to explain our plan.
"Common lets go play HCs, 25-man instances, let us burn playing 7 days per week, kick him he is not worthy of Samurai History, why you give loots to Ronin man!, ffs why divide us and play with 2 groups, we could be among the first now in server!" etc etc etc...
Yep, since we started in May, i heared everything direct or in-direct, and saw everything. I experienced having new members that either havent read carefully what we are expecting from someone in the game or simply ignoring (that simply leaded to their kicks) it completely. Some times, even when u have a solid plan in your mind, you wondering as the plan goes, if u thought everything right, if ur calculations are right and if the game changed and you have an image in your mind that it tottaly different of today's standards.
You question yourself about it but at the end of each week, i was sure that the plan was right, that we had to step up the big uphill before create again the guild we had in the past. And not rush at all!
Details, Details, Details
We started in May 2012 again, summoning our old members one by one and test new ones to re-create again the team. With one group, and with one day per week. We cleared like this DS Heroic (yep, the nerfed one - We didnt killed Brutallus back in SWP days nerfed, we didnt completed the immortal achievement nerfed, we didnt killed Illidan nerfed, we didnt played SSC / MH nerfed and most of the guys here, play since back then.
So in case any ideas get in your head, STFU (we didnt had any comments though, just shout out to be sure ;)) and found more people to create a second group on Mist of Pandaria.
On September 2012, we raised our commitment to 2 raids per week and created a second group and we divided our raids to play in both groups, every week. We made our rules more strict, we include in them penalties in terms of gold and make sure everyone follow them in order to have highly organized raids, like we did in the past
On Novemember 2012, we are in a position where we have 24 to 25 people actively raiding with us every week, by playing in these 2 groups and killing bosses, gathering loots, participate in our forums and following our rules. Since our re-birth, we created everything with 25-man Raids in our mind. We wanted to get ready for 25-man raids and when i am saying ready, i mean a member that knows his class well, have a fully enchanted and gemed gear, have raised his reputation in all major factions, bring food (>300) and flasks in the raids, can stand out and be a sub for some bosses or an entire raid and the same time listen to our Teamspeak so he can be prepared for the next chance he will be in our raids, be polite and social with others, sign up every week with no delay, appear in our raids with no delay or notify for possible problems.
This process, is something that its not happening in 1-2 days. Needs time and the guild needs to find the right people for the job. As we are not "burning" anymore, i mean we are not playing 7 days per week or having glorious kills yet, its even more difficult to attract the right people, to bring applications that when we ask in them: "What's WOL? Do u know where it being used?" the applicant reply something that its not like: "WOL is a spell? Mmm give me some hours, and i will update the post!"
This process, we call it....TRAINING. Yep, we train our members to reach our next goal, which is 25-man raids. Be careful again, i am not saying with are searching for members to reach our 25-man goal. I am saying we are TRAINING our members (old or new, dont have illusions on that, everyone needs training) to become the raiders we want and reach our 25-man goal. During that process we dont have glorious kills. Yep, Elegon kill was nice but in the old days, Mogu'shan Vaults should have been cleared in 1-3 days time. So what i am constantly saying to any new members, is: "Are u prepared to participate in a guild like that? To train urself on what we are aiming for the future? Can you have patience and will to show what's your ... quality in the game? No? Is the answer no? If it is...man...GET THE $UCK OUT OF HERE!!! We are not the guild you want, we have specific plan, specific rules and we are not in a rush to kill everything!!
Is that a Greek Guild?
In the past we were a Greek only Guild. We were accepting only the best among Greeks and managed for a long time being the best Greek Guild and the first sponsored Guild in Greece also. (big thanks to H&M and Caniball for that, some years ago!)
But not...anymore. Our main site in English, our forums (with the most important threads) and calendar pages are in english, our stats page is in english but....our Guild Chat is mainly in Greek, our Teamspeak chat is mainly in Greek but ofc if you dont speak Greeks, we will tell you in english what to do during a raid. Our members speak most of them English, so if you want to join us and follow our plan, YOU CAN but you have to understand that you will hear a lot of "greek" words. If that not a problem, apply!
Heroics, i dont see any kills??
At the moment its not in our plans to kill HC mode anything. Yep, will raise our standing within the server but that's not what we are aiming at the moment. We prefer to kill everything on HOF (starting this Monday) and train more members to our Samurai Style of raiding. After we clear HOF, we will start thinking go for HC on MV or HOF. We will see
How close you are on 25-man Raids?
I believe that most of the part of our preparation is ready and we have trained sucesfully most of our members. We are 24-25 members now but we wont start before reach 30 people at least (35 is the optimal number). I dont know when this will happen, and to be honest, i dont care. Till then we will continue playing with 2 groups on 10-man raids and start planning a third one. In my mind, we will focus on progress but with our current plan, meaning playing 2 times per week, on 25-man raids. Till then we are interested but its not so important for us. Yes we kill new bosses every week but no we dont extend raids and things like that. I believe we are close, but to be sure and not give false "dreams" to anyone, we often saying that we will start 25-man raids on 5.2
Loots System, Playing times?
a. We are asking our members to be available 3 days per week, to play 2! Yep, this is some short of paradox, but let me explain what we mean:
We play with 2, 10-man teams. Group A as we call it, plays Wednesday and Monday and Group B plays Thursday and Tuesday. We ask our players first of all sign up for Wednesday and Thursday till Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning (or earlier) they will be informed through calendar if they got confirmed for either of these 2 days. If yes, the must be online 15 mins before the raid start. So this will be their 1st day of raiding.
The second one, will happen either on Monday or Tuesday and they must sign up till Sunday night. On Monday morning, they will get informed again from Calendar if they got confirmed. If they are not, can do anything else they want, as we all have real lifes ;)
You can find our calendar on http://calendar.mysamurai.eu and our stats page here: http://stats.mysamurai.eu - Crucial as we keep logs for everything, therefore be able to judge their overall.
We play from 20.30 Server Time to 23.30-00.00 every time (21.30 Greek Time to 00.30-01.00)
b. We use Loot Council system. For almost 4 years, we used Zero Sum DKP. Many problems, we can analyse it more to you after your apply to us if you have questions of what we mean. We have Loot Council now, and we believe we are pretty capable to decide where to give the loot to further improve our players. If you dont trust me or my Daimyo (officers), apply elsewhere.
Samurai are Looking?? Requirements?
Yep, although most of the needs have been covered. Check below, and when we will have any new needs pop up, we will update this newspost! PS We have installed a new chat system in our fora, for registered users and members.
Check it out ;)
How to apply?
Simply. Click http://apply.mysamurai.eu , click on Illidan's ugly face and you will be transfered in our forums. Need to have an account there to be able to fill our form and apply. Remember that the application will be visible only to our Daimyo (officers) and me. Noone else can see what you are writting so if you in a competitive guild, dont be afraid to apply.
Check each of the classes above, have exactly what the iLevel we want (475 is the minimum nowdaysy). Make sure you make a worthy application, put as many text you can inside, describe yourself at the best way. We can lower a bit these requirements for old members, not everyone will be accepted though. Find us and we can discuss it!
We will create a special t-shirt in the coming weeks (check more in our Facebook page,330+ fans and counting!) for past and present members and also we are planning a special 7-years anniversary party on January, for our birthday cake! Check photos for past events or youtube channel for vids from these events!