Give us an explanation for your gear choices, including why you prioritize certain stats: Stat priority: Int>>>crit until 30%>>*secondary stats basically equal
In words: item level is usually paramount, because intellect has a much higher stat weight than everything else. Crit is the most important secondary stat until 30%, when its value drops to approximately the same stat weight as the rest.
*From this point onwards, I try to keep around 10% haste (the amount of haste you can have as a hpala depends on how you feel about your mana). I try to get as much mastery as possible. Technically, at this point mastery has a higher stat weight than the others but at an average of 15 yards it drops to about the value as the others. I keep lots of different pieces of gear in my bags that I can swap out when mastery becomes less valuable when the raid is spread (change mastery-> vers, ideally). At the beginning of legion I crafted/purchased 3 full sets of obliterum gear (crit/vers and crit/mast with a few crit/haste pieces to get 10%, and a full crit/haste set for my disc). Again, this is something I constantly min-max. These days, it is mainly just trinkets that I swap; I have all the raid ones.
Age: 20 Country: N. Ireland 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 study physics at university and I am currently in 3rd year. I have exams in mid-january and late-may. I have always been able to maintain 99-100% attendance despite this.
What is your normal latency(ms) and FPS during raids? (Ideally give us the specs of your PC). I have 2 PCs (one at home, one at university) but they both have the same specs. GFX card: Nvidia GTX 970 CPU: Intel i5 6600k Samsung 850 EVO solid state drive http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/5772054419
I have no FPS or latency issues.
Can you raid on all of our raid days (Wednesday, Sunday, Monday)? Yes.
Do you have Mumble/Teamspeak/Ventrilo installed and are you willing to speak? Communication is extremely important to me. I called raid cooldowns (as well as other things) in both of my previous guilds.
Please give a brief overview of your guild history and what is the reason for leaving your current/last guild? Iron Edge: Throughout HFC their GM made bad decision after bad decision that resulted in massive amounts of drama and discontentment (blatant mathematical manipulation of their EPGP loot system to favour his friends, bringing friends of his that weren’t raiders and were terrible players to progress raids, giving trials the Archimonde mount, not appointing a new healer officer when the old one went DPS at the beginning of the tier, to name but a few). At the start of December several essential raid members left due to this discontentment. I also left to pursue a more hard-core raiding guild, but was convinced (both the raid leadership and several raid members essentially begged me, if I am honest) to return when it became very clear my leaving was going to cause the raid to disband. I returned for several months as an officer, while we recruited over Christmas to repair the damage and finally progressed to and killed Archimonde. Their attitude to raiding was always very casual, and the player quality was always quite low except for a few key players, but I thought I could change or influence this as an officer. Sadly, it was very evident to me after seeing how the guild was really run (extremely deceptively, bordering on blatant lying to their members about how decisions like standby are made) that nothing was ever really going to change. Despite strong disagreements with the other officers on how they run the guild, and personal grievances with how they treat fellow human beings, the vast majority of people in the guild are decent people that I enjoyed raiding with. It was not an easy decision, but I eventually decided to do what I had originally planned; to look for a more hard-core guild for Legion with higher player quality, raid efficiency and aspirations that align with my own.
NextLevel: I felt like I ended up in a very similar position to Iron Edge, in the sense that 1) I was doing the job of a healer officer in the absence of one without wanting to be one 2) raid quality was far too low and 3) the raid atmosphere was toxic. In truth I wanted to leave before Legion launched but I did not want to damage the guild, so I waited until progress was over. Next Level had huge roster issues in Emerald Nightmare, especially because of awful tank/healer trials that the GM built the roster around. His plan to fix it was to violate the same principle of building the roster around trials with questionable qualifications and getting totally screwed when they are bad. In a guild meeting of core members I pointed this out and proposed that instead two competent, core members should re-roll healers (we already knew they could play them) so we didn't run into exactly the same problem - this should have happened in the first place, and if it had Next Level could have been top 100 in EN. This is the policy they are now pursuing, but they took my criticism very personally. I didn't feel confident that other problems that might arise in the future would be dealt with without it being taken personally again, and I don't enjoy being in that position - it is toxic - so I left.
What is your raiding experience? (starting with the most recent Tier(s)) HFC - 14/14 mythic (2day pw guild) EM - 7/7 mythic (4day pw guild, world 160ish)
I feel like I have developed as a player, and a healer, massively since WoD launch, when I started getting back into PvE. Being a healing officer in a casual, 2-day per week guild was a very valuable experience for me, for one reason above all: I learnt to call raid CDs. I also became comfortable regularly making suggestions on bosses to changes in raid strategy.
In late HFC farm I joined a 4-day per week guild, Next Level, with the intentions of pushing world ranks in Legion. During farm, I solo-healed HFC regularly and this experience was immensely valuable to me. As a result of this "training", I have never been a better healer in terms of output. Naturally, when solo-healing, I achieved several rank 1-5s. The ranks aren't important to me, and will never be, but I consider the ability to push my output to the limit as essential.
In Emerald Nightmare, although I wasn't an officer, I again took on the same responsibilities. I organised in advance and called healing cooldowns on TS during progress, created a google doc with healer specific strategies and boss tactics to try and strengthen a very weak healer team, contributed to vetting applications on the guild website and trials in raids. This is the kind of player I am - eager to contribute.
Ultimately, I feel like I have never been a stronger healer and player.
What websites/resources do you use to keep yourself updated on the game and your class? MMO Champion/wowhead/some WoW Youtubers (although they all tilt me in different ways :p) Hammer of Wrath discord/The Light and How to Swing it spreadsheet
What do you expect from us? • A competitive environment in which raid spots are determined by who is the best-performing player • An efficient raid with fast-paced progress on a 3 day raiding schedule • A chance to raid with players who are as determined to constantly improve and push themselves as I am • A well-established guild and a strong, inclusive social environment
Do you know anyone in the guild, if yes who? I don't.
Where did you hear about us? (WoW Progress, MMO Champion etc.) Contacted by Edgey on WoWProgress.
Lastly, is there anything else you'd like to mention? Raiding is all about continual self improvement, and I always focus on 4 factors: ⦁ High Attendance ⦁ Survivability and ability to execute mechanics ⦁ Numerical performance (DPS/HPS) ⦁ Willingness to volunteer to contribute above and beyond what is demanded purely of role I feel that I have reached a point where I can offer excellence in all of these areas.
I spoke to Edgey about the current healer roster in your guild, and how it is debatably crowded in terms of paladins. If you decide that you would like to accept my application (of course, it doesn't matter if you decline it :P) then I think it would be necessary to discuss this further, perhaps on TS, so intentions etc are clear.