https://youtu.be/LR4_bCRhbAU?t=1487 - This timestamp of a guide I made shows a crucial part of the fight with WAs, timers, and everything up and in the open. RealID: cloudberry#2419 Bnet /// cloudberry#0666 discord
Give us an explanation for your gear choices, including why you prioritize certain stats:
Gear choices for me come down to what is best for the fight. Normal jewelry and off pieces are typically just what sims the best, with azerite coming down to the same thing usually. There are many circumstances where azerite gear matters per fight, but that’s usually the defensive traits, not offensive traits (for balance). Blizzard, as you guys know, has overly simplified gearing and I would say that stat-wise I’m typically favoring haste and mastery for balance, but simming and playing are the best ways to work out what you need. For progress fights, I’m definitely swapping around trinkets and things to see what can play better, if I have choices.
Here are some thoughts about talents as well:
WoW has only become more cut-and-dry and simplified over the years when it comes to player-choice on a competitive level, but that being said there are still chances to change talents based on fights to truly play your character to the fullest.
For Balance druid, the choices are very straight forward in BFA. In Legion, you had strong AOE options, interesting movement builds, and lots of things that directly correlated and meshed with legendaries. In BFA, we don't have that luxury and are pretty much stuck with some cookie cutter options.
15 - when it comes down to a raid scenario, whether AOE or ST, Nature's Balance is the only real choice. For specific fights in BFA, you could play WOE or treants to line up with specific burst points of the fight (Fetid blobs on a consistent timer), but its typically only NB. Here is an example of BFA swap to some 1 minute-ish talents for a first kill: [https://www.warcraftlogs.com/reports/86ghwFABb2cW3xQr#fight=29&type=summary&source=10]
30- From a utility / movement standpoint, I almost always use wild charge. I find the different forms' versions of the charge really useful on most fights. For ranged tanking cabal, I took Renewal, and for things like Blockade I took Tiger Dash for the orbs. This is definitely an encounter specific row.
45- Unlucky that Legion is over and guardian affinity is pretty much dead. It was a lot of fun, but probably too powerful. In BFA, resto affinity is the strongest option and I am regularly on progress using wild growth and swiftmend to help get through tough moments. <The Brigade> really struggled with Mythrax, so I felt like me and the other boomkin were offhealing a lot. Some fights you don't need to offheal at all and the passive is still the strongest choice. For cabal, I took guardian affinity of course because of ranged tanking.
60- Fight specific, typically defaults to typhoon for moving an add if needed, but of course Mass Entangle for fights like Mekkatorque.
75- This one get's changed a lot in BFA. On paper, Starlord is the strongest option and sims really well. On some fights it even plays really well. However, for a lot of fights in BFA, incarn has just had more uses in reality and is way too strong of a cooldown to not have it assigned for a specific part of the fight or in the opener. Starlord is typically more of a farm talent unless a fight is strictly needing strong sustained single target. I used Starlord for Uu'nat progress.
90- Stellar drift is a dead talent unfortunately in BFA, we'll see if anything changes in 8.2. Twin moons for fights with a lot of movement or for some add cleaving moments. For fights with a strict ST need, or a strong reason not to cleave adds, Stellar flare is the way to go. For about half of Uu'nat progress I played stellar flare. However, our setup changed every week with so many absences from raiders that at some point we had add damage issues so I played with Twin Moons. For reference, I played stellar flare on Jaina as it is a pure ST fight.
100- This is similar to the 15 row. Shooting stars is basically a default pick, for ~3% of your overall damage and astral power generation, but you can sometimes change to fury of elune for shining on priority add damage (again, chosen for Fetid, etc). New moon is a bit of a meme in BFA.
The above statements are a bit wordy, but all-in-all I'm pretty flexible and attentive to my talent / gear choices. I map out what I want to play before a raid is released, and then make adjustments based on how they play on the fight, what the guild needs or lacks, or if a boomkin friend of mine in the top 10 has made some revelation about a talent swap before I've had the chance to.
Do you have any logs from your recent raids? Please provide extensive narrative as to why some logs are below average / anything specific you want us to take note of.
We private logged for the past few years. When the guild was disbanded, they made everything public. However, some old logs (not even too old, Uldir) are not exported so they don't show up automatically. If you need help finding anything, let me know.
We private logged for the past few years so we developed a really good mindset about playing for the kill and not for DPS. Overall, when glancing through tier overviews, tier averages across all bosses for the given raid for the past few years range from 88-99%. Playing for logs is typically pretty silly, but I did have some good performance.
Although it’s a bit long, I would recommend watching or skimming through parts of my ranged guide for Jaina that I made after we killed her. I speak pretty honestly and openly about my mistakes and what I could have done better. Over the past years, I don’t think I’ve made glaring mistakes when it comes to damage or mechanics for a first kill and always play for damage in the correct places.
There have been bosses where I have done odd jobs (ranged tank on cabal, 3rd tank on argus, resto for some fights) or we held DPS for long periods of time. Since we private logged, I would say that anything not >90% was an example of us not having public logs or trying to do something cheesy. Additionally, in my talent choices I talk about swapping around for a first kill, with some logs.
Name: Jake Age: 26 Country: Finland – American living here for 5 years Do you have any upcoming events or plans that will make you unavailable for a long period of time (such as holidays/exams, etc)?
I don’t have any planned trips or absences. There will be one concert in August, but that is on a Friday. In general, I give about a month’s notice in advance if I will somehow miss a raid.
Meeting the requirements:
What is your normal latency(ms) and FPS during raids? (Ideally give us the specs of your PC)
RAM: 16GB Hard drive: 120 GB SSD for WoW installation, other disk drives for normal use Processor: Skylake i5-6500, LGA1151, 3,2GHz, 6MB Graphics card: GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming OC
Actually upgrading my internet to something faster tomorrow or whenever I set it up, but I have played on this internet for years without issue. Typical ping is 60ms and FPS never drops or stutters (as some people complain during big pulls or recent raids)
Can you raid on all of our raid days (Wednesday, Sunday, Monday)? In addition, if raid days are moved will this cause a problem?
Yes. After 4+ years of raiding on Fri / Sat with <The Brigade>, I'm ready to play primarily on other days. I work a normal 40 hours per week and since I am in Finland, the raids start later for me which allows plenty of time to eat, handle things at home, and sit down uninterrupted.
Do you have Discord installed and are you willing to speak?
Yeah, of course. I’m an active social member but don’t talk randomly during pulls unless its farm and people are joking around anyway. I try to provide relevant help when there is open discussion, and definitely admit my mistakes or shortcomings on a fight if they happen. No one likes a mute when asked “what happened there?”
Your Raiding Background:
Please give a brief overview of your guild history and what is the reason for leaving your current/last guild?
I have a full guild history available, but as stuff from NA servers and from years ago is less relevant, I'll save it for if you want to see further. It is mostly unimportant guilds from NA.
On EU for the past 4+ years, I have raided with <The Brigade>. I played with them from world 1000 all the way up to world 50. 2 night raiding was a great challenge for efficiency and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the cliche is "all good things must come to an end". <The Brigade> disbanded peacefully so I did not leave. Lots of great friends were in that guild and we played together during all sorts of situations. If you have more specific questions about my time raiding there, I would be more than happy to answer them.
The only other guild worth noting was my NA guild in WOTLK called <Mordred>. It was my first true raiding experience and I really enjoyed it.
What is your raiding experience? (starting with the most recent Tier(s)).
I’ll put BFA / Legion in reverse order for you so you can glance at the most recent stuff, the other expansions will be in order of tier released.
BFA (druid main):
COS: 1/2 world 73 --- RIP <The Brigade> BOD: 9/9 world 51, Famed Uldir: 8/8 world 90, Famed
Legion (EU) druid:
Antorus: 11/11 world 86 TOS: 9/9 world 167 NH: 10/10 world 280 TOV: 3/3 world 277 EN: 7/7 world 378
WOD(EU) druid, hunter, priest: Highmaul: 7/7 world 1000+ with Brigade going back for a CE on Imperator BRF: 10/10 Only progress kill on Mythic was Maidens, rest were farm HFC: 13/13 all farm and reserve raiding
MOP(EU) druid: moved to EU (Finland) at end of MOP, found a guild, and cleared SOO when it was super nerfed
MOP(NA): rogue, hunter, warlock, shaman, druid, mage Only played arena on Tichondrius
Cataclysm (NA) rogue, hunter, shaman: No raiding to mention, only played arena.
WOTLK (NA) rogue, hunter: Naxxramas: full clear (10 & 25) + “The Undying” Malygos: cleared (10 & 25) + kill in 6 minutes on 10 man Sartharion(OS): cleared (10 & 25) + Sarth+3D (10 & 25) VoA: cleared Ulduar: full clear (10 & 25) + hardmodes + Algalon Trial: full clear with half of <Mordred> and half of <Pandoras Mighty Soldiers> Onyxia: cleared ICC: cleared (10 & 25) + some bosses on Heroic Ruby Sanctum: I believe I was unsubscribed by the time summer had hit, so I never touched it.
BC (NA) rogue, mage: Kara: cleared Gruul's - cleared
What websites/resources do you use to keep yourself updated on the game and your class?
I started maining druid in MOP when I moved to Finland. Previously, on NA servers, I only dabbled in resto and balance but really wanted to make the swap when I moved to EU. I liked the druid vibe.
As a balance druid, I feel like I know quite a bit about not only the theorycrafting of how the spec works, but also on how to play it. The spec isn't complicated by any means, but damage really suffers from poor movement planning. If you don't know the encounter, you will have way too much downtime to be competitive on the meters. DPS isn't everything and I feel like my knowledge of resto (I mained resto in The Brigade during WOD) helps with watching frames and helping save a life from time-to-time. I can play resto if needed as well as guardian. There have been farm where I have played guardian, as well as progression fights (Argus), where I was a 3rd tank for our guild.
I keep myself up-to-date with all things balance by being a part of the balance druid theorycrafting discord. Its a small community of about 30ish or less active members who are responsible for everything that is published on WoWhead, Icyveins, the Dreamgrove discord, dreamgrove.gg, moonkin monthly, etc. I'm active there in not only discussing the theorycrafting, but also all of the gear, talent, defensive, and movement choices for optimal play on fights. The discussions there can either be memes or really in-depth analysis and testing on PTR for optimizing the APL for simcraft. In Legion, I was responsible for the end-of-expansion Emerald Dreamcatcher panic when we released that ED was again the top choice and it sent a wave through balance druids who were excited to get the chance to play it after not being a part of the most fun version of boomkin ever (emerald dreamcatcher in emerald nightmare )
Other than that, playing my class, helping with the background work on guides, and open discussion is how I keep myself up to date.
What do you expect from us?
I’ve heard from some old guildies that <Bad Luck> was perhaps once upon a 2 day guild. Also, after a brief chat with Edgey, it seemed like he had followed us and / or Group Therapy relatively closely. Putting those two things together makes it seem like you guys play similarly to how we did.
I expect a focused raid environment with the common goal of killing shit and being efficient with it. It’s a good feeling when people come prepared to raids, knowing not only the fights, but what they can do on their character to help the team. This is a hobby, but why not be good at it? :P
Do you know anyone in the guild, if yes who?
I don’t think I know anyone
Where did you hear about us? (WoW Progress, MMO Champion etc.)
When <The Brigade> stopped raiding 2 weeks ago, I took my time to step away from the game and think about what kind of guild I would play in. I got a few offers, but I ultimately settled on the idea of playing with less hours as I have been for many years. After looking around on WoWprogress and chatting with some people in my guild, it seemed like this guild could be a good fit, so I added Edgey to chat.
Lastly, is there anything else you'd like to mention?
I'm a pretty easy going guy. I moved to Finland from the USA on a whim out of pure interest. I am currently an HSE engineer and adjunct professor at a local school teaching one lesson per week as a hobby. I'm renovating a 109 year old house with my girlfriend, have 2 dogs, and enjoy raiding.
I can be your token American if you want me to be ;) Thanks for considering my application and I look forward to hearing some feedback!
Scratch that, warcraftlogs is being pepega af. Just let me know if something is screwy or you can't see past tiers. We transferred from Maelstrom --> Draenor in BFA and I'm still not entirely sure if everything is public now. They should be though.