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July 2018 - Guild Report: Important PvE Changes

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  • Ipsissimus

Hello everyone!

I am here with you in yet another Guild Report, generally covering the month of July! Additionally, we made some changes in our PvE project - it is important we communicate those as well!


LF PvE Raid Leader

As you know, last week our PvE officer @mooslacker decided to leave us, thus making the Raid Leader position vacant. Currently, our friend @Knight30 is taking care of that role. But we still need someone committed to take on this role, and lead our vTrials inside instances. The responsibilities of the role would only consist of the following: researching vTrial mechanics and strategies, through various sources (online guides and their own prior experiences of course) and leading our Core during vTrials, constantly training them and eventually progressing towards success, with patience and understanding. If interested, please let me know on Discord, we will talk.


Attendance Problems & Absences

We noticed some members have been absent without notifying us for a few weeks now. Some others have been away for more than what they notified us about. Please be advised that, in general, I don't tolerate extended lack of participation with events, especially when someone doesn't even bother to notify us about it. Such members are regularly removed from the guild. In order to avoid that, please make sure you let us know about your holidays/times-off whenever those are about to happen.




Veteran Trials: Current Status

Since the last guild report, we've been doing veteran Trials with certain degree of success. So far we have cleared vAA (with speed run), vHRC (with speed run), vSO (with failed HM attempt) and vAS (past Tuesday). Our initial start was quite successful. But unfortunately later weeks have proven problematic from attendance standpoint. Starting this past weekend though, after @Knight30 taking over as a Raid Leader, we have seen some good progress, as we started to test a new approach. We managed to get a speed run out of vAA, and managed to progress in vAS (clearing it)... Alas, yesterday's vAS was very loud, more than we would like it to be: Discord was completely dominated by people constantly keeping chatter up, very badly hindering the Raid Leader's work.


And using this opportunity, I ask all Adeptus Major not to forget Raid Core Guidelines we have established, and agreed to. Specifically the part about: "Voice-over-IP Etiquette: Raiders are not to dominate the voice server (Discord)". Please do not cause a communication chaos similar to what we had on Tuesday, during vAS run. If you have a mechanic/solution/strategy to suggest, please either do so outside event, or contact Raid Leader in private!

From now on, during the events, certain people will be assigned roles of calling out certain mechanics by Raid Leader. The rest of the group will have to maintain silence during combat, in order not to disrupt Raid Leader's work.

Unpleasant topics aside: additionally, this week, in order to increase vTrial events' success of happening, we created a poll for our Adeptus Major members, to determine the most popular days of availability, among raiders. As it stands currently, Monday, Tuesday and Friday are top-voted days. I ask our Adeptus Majors to specifically signup in those 3 top days, for maximum possible signups. Of course raids will also be scheduled in the remainder of the week (FlexiCore, after all), so please don't neglect those days as well. In no way, determining 3 top-voted days means the rest of the week should be empty, raiding-wise. And Adeptus Major! Please vote in that poll, choosing your days of availability, for vTrials!

As to the formation of actual MainCore: I still think it is too early for that. Instead, as stated above, we will try to focus on certain few days, and try to maximize our efficiency, as a standing Adeptus Major Core group.




Guidance Group: Training/Farming & Midgame

Past weekend, we also decided to move Midgame events under Guidance group's organization. Our officers @Jaynoel, @Gavin and @Nerfmysorc have done great job with our training/farming members, clearing quite some of them for Midgame and Endgame content. With Midgame being under the domain of Guidance, we hope to streamline our growth towards eventual Endgame more effectively. To that end:

  • In order to give a chance to PvEers from all ranks to participate in Normal Trial Farming as well, we will not organize Normal Trial Farm runs during top-voted Veteran Trial days. These will be 3 days a week maximum. Normal Trials will be scheduled for the remaining 4 days of the week.
  • DLC Veteran Dungeon Pledges will be scheduled everyday, as it's always been, as a fall-back event for Trials. All ranks will be signing up for those in a Substitute basis: if 12-player content doesn't happen, we will be organizing DLC Dungeon Pledge runs. 
  • DLC Veteran Dungeons, once members clear them for certain amount of time, they will start progressing in them, for Hard Mode and achievement runs. For easier ones (e.g. Veteran Imperial City Prison and White Gold Tower), this number is 1 (one), whereas for more difficult ones (especially Veteran Scalecaller Peak or Fang Lair and similar) it is 3 (three). Attempt towards HM/achievement runs may require restarting the instance from scratch (e.g. during No-Death runs), which from now on is becoming a norm. Groups should be progressing in DLC dungeons for 1-1.5 hrs, if not successful, they are welcome to finish the dungeon in non-HM.
  • Since we will also be progressing in DLC Veteran Dungeons, our officers will do their best to organize the most meaningful group composition: people who would do the dungeon for the first time, will be grouped together; whereas groups intending to progress for HM/achievement runs, will have players who have shown progress in their training (higher DPS, better healing/tanking), in order to ascertain maximum success.

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have, regarding these changes! I understand it maybe hard to understand them...




Guild House Improvements

As you know, my (@Glevissig's) house is considered as our Guild Hall. Since last year, many generous members in the guild have been donating towards its glamour. Around 150-200k is being spent every week, for 2-3 months now, plus around 150 EUR of real money was spent, to get the Premium, Luxury and Achievement furniture for it. We already reached Traditional Furniture limit of 700 in the instance. I am currently revising the interior design, also obsoleting regular cheap stuff and replacing them with their premium counterparts. It's still an ongoing work! We still need donations towards that project (not only gold of course). So feel free to check it out and see what you can contribute! Every tiny bit counts!

We (originally from @Jaynoel) had this idea of creating a custom Arena for Dueling in an elevated layer within the Guild Hall. But unfortunately, because of ZOS' short-sightedness, houses suffer from ability-clipping problem: AoE skills can't be applied on artificial surfaces and objects in the house don't work as obstacles, to control the Line-of-Sight. This situation completely undermined our plans regarding the Arena. :( 


This is it! Thanks for reading and thanks for being with us! -- Gelmir

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  • Ipsissimus

There is no forcing on events - the thing is, for Adeptus Major we ask them to signup primarily for vTrials, everything else they should be signing up once weekly minimums are met. And we will not have nTrials in top-voted vTrial days, so all looks good regarding your question. 

For Adeptus Minor, it is all training: they will be training both in nTrials and DLC dungeons...

So all in all: there is no forced event participation. Just make sure you say Substitute where your rank should. Generally event descriptions have that info.

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