Emerald Dawn

Emerald Dawn -

The Final Countdown

Legion is nearly upon us! In these final days before 7.0, we find ourselves impatiently waiting with our bags full to the brim with transmog items. But while 7.0 will bring many long-awaited features and lots of new content, it will also permanently remove some content and achievements from Warlords. Here’s a list of what to get done before it goes away forever!

Gone (or harder) with the 7.0 pre-patch on July 19th:

Gone (or harder) with Legion’s launch on August 30th:

Emerald Dawn is Recruiting for Legion!

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<Emerald Dawn> is opening recruitment to fill out our raiding team. We raid weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at 9:30pm EST. We currently have around 14-16 regular raiding members, but are looking to add a few new members to bolster our ranks. If you are looking for a guild to have fun with, we may be the guild for you!

An ideal candidate would be an adult interested in a friendly, relaxed raiding environment. When we’re not raiding we’re running challenge modes, running legacy raids for achievements, farming mounts, collecting pets, or leveling alts.

We are looking in particular for the following roles:

  • Fury or Arms Warrior
  • Unholy Death Knight
  • Mage
  • Warlock

If you’d like to learn more about us, feel free to whisper Kaylei in-game or whisper any of our members. They will gladly help you out!

Emerald Dawn turns 5!

This week, <Emerald Dawn> turns 5 years old!

To celebrate, we have some special pre-raid events planned. There will be a scavenger hunt, trivia games, and some other fun activities for great prizes: mounts, pets, and gold. We’ll even be giving away a few of the new Brightpaw pets!

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Check the calendar for specific dates and times for these events. We’ll see you ingame!

– Kaylei

Becoming a Better Raider

I am fortunate enough to raid with very talented people. While many of us don’t spend near as much time in-game as we once did (thanks to careers, family, and the need to be responsible, productive members of society), we still stay on top of our class changes and optimizations. This shows when we get together on raid nights.

But the days of cracking a red bull and staying up until 3AM for progression are long behind us. We raid only three nights a week now, and some nights for only a couple hours. So at a time where raid mechanics are becoming more and more elaborate, how do you minimize the number of pulls before a kill so you can make the most of the time you have?

I’ve already tried encouraging everyone to quit their jobs, abandon their families and raid full-time. That tactic doesn’t go over well for some reason.

One area that I personally am always trying to improve upon is raid awareness. I (rather ironically) distracted everyone during our Kormrok pull this past week to discuss this (which may or may not have resulted in a dead tank – oops), and I feel like it’s an important topic for everyone – even the most experienced raider.

Hamlet discusses this subject more eloquently than I ever could, so I urge you to read his blog post: Raid Awareness is a Learned and Practiced Skill.

The MVP of your raid group isn’t the person at the top of the DPS meter; it’s the person who hasn’t died by standing in fire in 3 months.

More recently he has published an updated blog post with some WeakAura strings that alert you to the more important mechanics to be aware of in HFC – which are way better than the alerts that DBM throws at you.

I’m very excited by how well we have been doing and progressing this past month. HFC has proven to be a very fun raid so far and I look forward to clearing it with you guys!

– Kaylei