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Welcome to the second edition of Wipe Insurance! My name is Eder and I’m a bit under the weather at the moment, so this will be a short entry this week.

Last week we explored how to gear up, what to know and what to do when it comes to raiding. This week we are going to take it one step further and discuss getting a group. There are a number of ways to get your raid on, and they all have their pros and cons.

Hardcore Raiding Guild

  • The hardcore raiding guild or “progression” raiding guild is a guild that takes its raiding very seriously.
  • The major goal of these guilds is to be competitive and progressive – meaning you need to meet some serious criteria.
  • Expect to put in several nights a week of progression in both 10 and 25 man versions of the current raid content.
  • The competitive nature of this guild will leave very little tolerance for mistakes and/or lack of knowledge about your class.
  • Attendance and loot policy are usually strict.
  • Comparable to joining a Major League sports team, you may spend some time on the bench.
  • Usually Requires an Application (yes, like for a job), or a current member vouching for you.
  • Prepare to answer questions about your gearing choices.

Casual-Hardcore Raiding Guild

  • The Casual-Hardcore guild is a guild that is usually comprised of friends and family. It offers a very social environment, but a good raiding experience as well.
  • The major goal of these guilds is for everyone to have fun while still seeing content.
  • Expect to run 10 mans and the occasional 25 with another casual-hardcore guild.
  • Attendence and loot requirements are semi-lax.
  • Some members of these guilds will have a hardcore mentality, and some will not at all – this will slow down progression immensly – but its not really about progression, its about having a good time.
  • Comparable to joining a Minor League sports team.
  • The raid leader will still bother you about odd gearing choices, but not to the degree that a hardcore guild will.
  • Usually no application or a very small one

Casual Raiding Guild

  • The Casual Raiding Guild is less of a raiding guild and more of a Casual guild that occasionally raids.
  • Same as casual-hardcore except the rules are usually even laxer about raiding.

PUG

  • A yes, the pug. A pick up group is a collection of strangers who get together to raid. It could be a fresh group of all pugs, it could be a guild run that just didn’t have the people online. Either way – you’ve landed yourself in one and your commited (to at least a few wipes anyway).
  • Spontanious – you do the raid you want to do, when you want to do it.
  • No Commitment – if the run is terrible, you can get out without trouble (Not saying you should bail on groups, but if you are on your 7th wipe from Beasts, maybe its time to start thinking about it.)
  • Loot rules can be abused easily, and accountability is not great.
  • Raid leader can either be great or terrible.
  • The other pugs can be alts from a hardcore guild, or they can be the people the casual guild won’t even let raid with them, you don’t know how it will be.
  • Depending on the leaders checking policy, comparable to finding a bunch of guys in a bar (who may or may not be 3 sheets to the wind) and going to the local park to play baseball at midnight. (Or an all star team who just have nothing better to do – you don’t know!)

So there you have it, the different types of raid guilds – choose one that fits your playstyle and happy raiding! Next week we’ll discuss how to be a good pug, or how to make a good impression on your trial run in a guild.

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Jun
11

Daily Cataclysm Screenshot! – Orgrimmar

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Look at it, its beatutiful.  If the only decent thing Garrosh ever does to the horde, hes getting my vote baby.  Just looks at it, pure unadulterated win.

Check out the gallery below for more images.

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Welcome back to Double Killshot, as promised last week today we are going to talk about stat weights and itemization. On Friday or Saturday there will be a full article detailing itemization budgets, item level, and how stats are distributed on pieces of gear – but that’s a topic that deserves it own article, for us here and now – were going to discuss how to tell if a piece of gear is actually an upgrade.

What is a stat weight?

Stat weights are the value we assign to a particular stat. We usually use one stat (our best one) as a point to compare other stats to, but for our uses we are going to use how much dps a stat is worth to us.

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Jun
07

Wipe Insurance: Am I Prepared?

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Welcome to the first edition of Wipe Insurance, Waranvil.com’s new raiding column. This will be posted every monday, so make sure you come back every week for new strategies, tips and tricks! This week we are going to discuss when you are ready to raid. So you’ve just dinged 80 and all you’ve heard about since level 5 is endgame raiding – many people will tell you its where the real game is, you level up and may even do some raids at your level along the way. But entering the current endgame raiding is different. Theres tiers, caps, stat weights, enrage timers, gearscore, jerks, death knights in full tier 9 doing 2k dps (Theres a lot of them…), casual, hardcore, no-lifers, hard modes…its enough to make your head spin.

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Jun
05

Security, WoW and You

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In light of more than a few phishing emails going out lately concerning the Cataclysm alpha (and more than a few people in game getting hacked), now would be a good time to talk about computer security and WoW.  Read on for some tips on how to prevent your account from being a victim.

The best offense is a good defense: Let us put the sentries to work.

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Word came from Blizzard today – patch 3.3.5 (The Ruby Sanctum raid/RealID system debut) will contain the content for The Ruby Sanctum, but the portal will not be available to players until a later date. This is due to the fact that the patch itself will be delayed everywhere except North America.

Due to the fact that we will be delaying the release of patch 3.3.5 in Europe, Korea and Taiwan in order to ensure the patch process in all regions is as smooth as possible, the Ruby Sanctum will not immediately be available on North American realms upon the release of the patch. Once patch 3.3.5 has been released in North America and we are confident about a time when we can open up Ruby Sanctum, we will provide an update here on the forums.

http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25171669763&sid=1

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Hi there, as you may already know, we here at Waranvil.com want to make this site better, and we want to give you more content! A good way to start would be some regular class specific columns for you guys and girls! So welcome to the brand new Waranvil.com hunter column Double Killshot, making its debut here and continuing every wednesday! Ok, thats enough exlamations (thats what the kids like now, right? Exclamations?) To kick this column off we are going to do a standard “get to know your class stats” rundown.

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Jun
01

Leaving The Game, Here Have My Gold.

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A couple weeks back as I was levelling an alt through Hillsbrad, when a level 71 Deathknight sends me a message.

Hey, I’m leaving the game do you want my gold?

Never in all the years I’ve played has anyone ever given me gold!  In fact its usually me giving out the gold to such choice characters as Kirioth (I’m sure he’ll only but agree).  So you can imagine, when I received this message I was in a state of shock.

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May
04

Deathwing revealed!

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Below the break is a screenshot of World of Warcraft Cataclysm’s main boss, Deathwing. Go below the break and check it out if you don’t want to have it spoiled for you! He looks incredible, and I’m sure he’ll make a fantastic fight at the end of the expansion.

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I do 11k deeps. In my whites.

I kid, I kid. Icecrown is a challenging instance, or at least, it was. About a month or two ago, I stepped into the grand Light’s Hammer hall and gazed upon Tirion Fordring and the knights of the ashen verdict. The Damned clashed against their might just down the hall and a giant skeleton with the words “Lord Marrowgar” lied in wait at the end.

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