Guild Leadership :: Expansion Planning (Part 1)

Guild leaders, both of this week’s columns will focus on expansion planning. There’s been a lot of speculation about the release date of Warlords of Draenor, particularly due to Blizzard’s odd announcement that we’ll be able to play Warlords of Draenor “on or before December 20”. However, if we look back to two years ago, Mists of Pandaria was announced on July 25, 2012 and was released on September 25, 2012, just two months later. Of course, Mists of Pandaria Beta opened several months before Warlords of Draenor Beta did, so we may yet be looking at a release date in December…

Basically, a release date could be announced at any time and you’d best be prepared for when it does, so strap yourselves in, because here we go.

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Guild Leadership :: Splitting Duties

I got an awesome email from Optiq this week, asking a really interesting question. Optiq is the GM of Often Misquoted, a guild on the Icecrown (US) server. While I responded to him privately, hopefully he won’t mind my talking a bit about our email exchange.

Optiq asked: “Just curious on your insight on Guild Leaders, who are also Raid Leaders, and when (if at all) to split up those duties?”

Since I’d always been my guild’s Raid Leader and then picked up Guild Leader afterwards, I’ve had a lot of experience juggling the two roles. I told Optiq that, the way I saw it, a lot of different things factor into the decision. Here are the major ones I identified.

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Windcraft :: Rushing Jade Win(d)

Rushing Jade Win

Adding More Wind to our Walk

I don’t think I was the only Windwalker who happened to be excited about the remake of Rushing Jade Wind. The original version, while very neat for the few and far between AoE fights, just didn’t have the flavor that the 5.4 version happened to have.

However, end tier seems to still have a bit of confusion of when it’s useful to use Rushing Jade Wind (herein referred to as RJW), when it’s a huge loss, or when it’s just “padding.” As a level 90 talent, let’s take a look at when you should be taking Xuen or when you should be taking RJW (because we all know that Chi Torpedo doesn’t actually exist.

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Guild Leadership :: The Weight of the World (Part 1)

Sentry Totem’s very own contributor, AlternativeChat, wrote a blog post the other day. (She’s actually quite prolific and writes at least daily!) She put in a footnote at the bottom of the post:

“Being a GM has done a great deal to completely destroy the notion of ‘fun’ in a great many things I do in game.”

Show of hands, please: who can identify with that feeling?

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