Great Scott!

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back-to-the-future

So take me away, I don’t mind. But you’d better promise me, I’ll be back in time.

The time is now January 12th, 2015.

A good time to formally announce our new raid times moving forward into 2015.

We’re going to be raiding Thursdays and Sundays from 6-9P server. That’s 6 hours per week, down from our former 9 hours per week. It’s shifted an hour earlier. The short term plan is for Thursdays to be our farm night and Sunday to be our progression night. So right now we’ll be doing Highmaul normal on Thursday and Highmail heroic on Sunday.

We have no plans for mythic raiding at this time. If the day should come that we’re roflstomping heroic modes and looking for a greater challenge, we’ll revisit the topic. But mostly, this raid is for fun and spending time with friends and family, so we’re not worried about it.

That said, The Ashen Order is recruiting! We need a good tank and some more DPS. We’re kinda full on healers but anything else we should be able to work in the rotation. Even if you aren’t a part of our guild or even our server, if you’d just like to join us on a regular basis please add Aily#1346 to your friends list and lets have a chat.

The State of the Order

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Order of the State?

My fellow guildmates,

This week marks the 32nd week of the Siege of Orgrimmar. In 32 raid lockouts, the Ashen Order has faced many challenges. We started as a small 10 man group, then expanded to 11. We managed to quickly clear the instance, and push about 5 heroics before the holidays. Some of our former members, who we would like to think of as dear friends, left the raid for various reasons, but we made new friends and continued on.

On March 25th, after much preparation, the raid team expanded to 25, and a new phase for the Ashen Order was started. After only 5 raid lockouts, our team pressed far into Siege of Orgrimmar heroics, besting our previous high water mark, claiming 7/14H, Ranked #6 for 25 man teams on Whisperwind.

Not bad, for a late start.

However, there are many challenges in front of us. First of all, we still do not have a stable 25 man team. The current roster stands at 22. A few of those 22 cannot make every raid, not to mention incidental things that come up here and there. Our goal is to be 30 strong for the 25 team. So, we’re recruiting.

Since the inception of the Ashen Order, I have been pretty much solely responsible for recruiting. I welcomed this challenge, and enjoy meeting new people. Its hard to turn people down when they don’t meet the requirements, but its been encouraging the amount of people we have found that are a good fit for this style of guild.

I think however, now is the time to ask for help. I think it’s more difficult to recruit right now than ever before, because moving from 10 to 25 now was a good idea, and many other great guilds had the same idea and are currently converting. Lots of guilds looking. So its a tough gig.

Thankfully, Soylentgreen has stepped up and offered to help with recruiting. I welcome his help and also anyone else who can direct people to our website.

Another way we are gaining new raiders is by gearing up current members of the guild who want to raid with us but are not quite there yet. Last night, instead of pushing heroics, we were shorthanded. We decided to make good use of our time by inviting as many lower geared members as we could and clearing Normal bosses, funneling gear to our guildmates. Making the guild stronger.

The weeks ahead will have many more challenges. As many of you know, I am going to be out starting at around 5/9. I’m having surgery. I don’t know how long I’ll be out, but I expect I won’t be back raiding until about 2 weeks. I will however be accessible probably as soon as a few days out. I may even log in to play, but I don’t want to make a 3 hour commitment to sitting in a chair until I’m comfortable that it’ll be alright.

During my absence, Basher and Blersina (Brandon) are stepping up to lead the raids. They both have my cell phone number and can contact me if there’s any kind of emergency, but I expect everything will run smoothly.

The plan for the next two weeks is to clear the easy heroics, then flip to normal and get our new guildmates as much gear as possible. For the next two weeks, we will go back to a 2 day raiding schedule and just raid Tuesdays and Thursdays with the goal of clearing as much as possible by Thursday night. This will also allow people to honor their mothers on Sunday, May 11th (just a friendly reminder if you haven’t gotten her anything yet 😉 ).

I want to remind everyone that as raiders our goal is still to kill the next heroic boss on our progression table, but to get there, we need to get better top to bottom. We need to be able to farm the heroics we’ve killed, and to do that, we have to have a more solid roster.

I’m writing this blog post to let everyone know that this is still my goal. We’re still recruiting. We’re still building. Pardon our dust, because it can be a bumpy ride. But at the end of the day, I hope everyone is proud of what we’ve accomplished together. I know I am.

Thank you,

-Aily

SoO Week 30 – Galakras Falls

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Member Updates

Invited new raid members: Cyonn (DK)
Invited new members: Salacity, Poledra, Zhenwu
Left the Raid Team: Katrinka (Resto Druid)

It is with sadness that I announce that Katrinka is leaving our raid team, though with us a short time I feel she made a great contribution. The Ashen Order wishes her good luck with wherever she goes next.

Raid News

This week the team took a stab at Heroic Galakras, and killed it on the second pull!

Next week our targets are still Sha of Pride and Iron Juggernaut. If we have good success we may even try Shamans or Nazgrim.

PVP Team News

I have put up a poll in the general forum fishing for when a good time for a rated bg team would be. We have a lot of interest, its all about nailing down a time for it. Please visit the forum if you’re interested in running rated battlegrounds with the guild.

Recruitment News

This week we are still looking for ranged dps (non-hunter), and now a solid raid healer. Please send anyone who might be interested to the website.

In other recruiting news, due to the recent rapid growth in members of this guild The Ashen Order will no longer be accepting applications for non-raiding positions unless the applicant is friends with someone currently in the guild, until further notice. We need to slow our growth so that the existing members don’t feel overwhelmed with too many new names, and so that the new names get some stability as well. If you have any questions or concerns with this new policy, please let me know at aily@ashenorder.com.

SoO Week 29 – 3 down, 11 to go

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Member Updates

Invited new raid member: Gnomelokz

Invited new members: Bubblestea, Aléssa

Left the Raid Team: Xak

Fairwyn has petitioned to switch from Hunter to Mistweaver monk for her main raiding char. Since we were looking for a full time mistweaver anyway and we had an abundance of hunters I approved this switch. She will still raid with the hunter for heroics for now until her Mistweaver is heroic ready (its close).

Raid News

The team dipped its toes into the heroic pool and managed to down not one, not two, but three heroic bosses our first week out as a heroic 25 team! It won’t be long before we catch up to where our 10 team left off, and from there, PROGRESSION.

This switch to 25 has gone smoother than I had anticipated and I deeply thank everyone for their efforts, its been a good move and will help this guild stabilize moving into WoD. Also, we are going to try our best to get a shot at Garrosh Heroic 25 before the next expansion hits. Stay Tuned!

PvP Team News

Our PvP team got a little boost from adding Bubblestea, a badass warlock who likes to execute fear chains expertly. However, we’re still trying to find a good time to put this, if you have any input please speak up in the forums so we can try to get a rated BG team on the ground.

SoO Week 28 – Putting it all together.

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General News

Last week, we killed everything including Garrosh Hellscream as a 25 raid!!

Yes!

Well, it was normal modes, lets not get too excited. Heroic will be hugworthy.

Member News
New Raid Members:
Druidabuser
Worgasmìc

New Members:
Higara
Parox
Thunderrfist

Please welcome them aboard when you see them online!

The Members Page has been Updated! – Please check out the members page and let me know if there needs to be any corrections. If I’ve missed you I apologize, it may have been an editing issue or a flat out miss. I encourage everyone to send me any kind of flair or updates you might have to help new members to get to know you better. See Basher’s profile for example.

The Raid
After successfully navigating Siege of Orgrimmar with 25 members, we have set our sights on Heroic Siege. We’re now going to resume our old raid schedule, progression on Tuesday and Thursday and cleanup on Sunday. As a 25 team, we plan to take on the Siege bosses in order and not skip around heroics. First up, Immerseus. I hope to push as far as we can before we clear on Sunday.

We are still looking for a few more ranged DPS to round us out, but the heals/mDPS and tanking feel really solid.

On Recruiting: If you’ve applied and you haven’t heard back from me, please email me at aily@ashenorder.com. I’ve added everyone who has applied to my friends list but sometimes B-Net gets screwed up. I always follow up on every application, even if I don’t think it will be a good fit.

PVP Team
We’re still doing rated battlegrounds on Saturdays from 2-4. I’m feeling like this time isn’t a good time so I’m considering other times as we haven’t had a great turnout. Maybe Monday nights would be better? If you’re interested in doing organized PvP with the guild hop on into the forums and let us know when a good time would be for you.

Saturday Flex
The Saturday Flex raid is back on the table. Every Saturday from 6-10p server we’ll try and run a Flex. I might not always run it myself, but we’ll try to have something lined up every saturday to get through the fights. This is meant to be a fun run where we relax the rules a bit, hang out, and get some loot. Alts are welcome as long as they are an appropriate gear level (510 for wings 1 and 2, 520 for 3 and 530 for 4, though this is a guideline and not a rule).

Big Damn Heroes
The Big Damn Heroes Gift Shop has so far raised almost $50 for Doctors Without Borders. I’ll be sending off the donation soon, hoping to hit $100!

SoO – Week 25 – Boosting, Expanding … and we have a gift shop!

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General News

The level 90 boost is live! Boost a noob today and send an officer a message for invite. We have lots of spirits of war in the guild bank so if you want some gear for your new alt send Aily an in game mail, lets limit it to one item per person for now.

In other news, Blizzard has announced the release for Warlords of Draenor will be Fall of 2014, with a tentative date of 12/20 (last day of fall).. that’s, a really long time for Tier 16 to be out, I expect that’s a placeholder date and hopefully it will come out toward the beginning of Fall, however, it means we have a lot of time to accomplish our goals.

Raid Team News

Repeated our progression kills (one shotting Iron Juggernaut this time) was cool. We made some great progression on Nazgrim. We’ll see how Tuesday goes to see where our focus will be Thursday.

For recruiting, we’re up to 16, possibly 17 members. At this rate we should be able to make the conversion to 25s within the next few weeks. There certainly will be some growing pains as we make this switch and I appreciate everyone’s patience while we go through this expanding period. Once we start tackling the content in the 25 format, gearing up new people will be easier and loot will drop faster. We hope to hit WoD running when it comes (when she comes)

On gearing up the new people, this Saturday I’m planning to run a full flex clear starting at 6p server like we used to. I think flex will get a lot more popular with the level 90 boost, and we have a lot of people now that can use the gear. If we could get some of our mains to come in and help, it will make it all the more faster. 🙂

PvP Strike Team

Remember Aily’s Srike team? Well doing away with that for the foreseeable future, replacing it with the PvP strike team! This saturday morning there were a few of us but we hope it catches on. Still trying to feel out a good time to place this, maybe Saturday Afternoons, please send me an in-game mail if you’re interested with what times you might like to go. Remember, this is for fun, not rating, so keep that in mind and we’re just going to have some fun with it.

BIG DAMN GIFT SHOP

Big Damn Mug

Big Damn Mug

Taking the Ashen Order pride into the real world, I would like to present to all, the ashen order gift shop!

http://www.cafepress.com/ashenorder (or click the link above!)

Take a look, peruse, get yourself some cool real world loot! All profits generated from The Ashen Order Gift Shop will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. So get some cool loot and help give a little something to the real Big Damn Heroes of the world, all at the same time.

Recruiting Update

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We march ever closer toward having a roster of 25.

In the last week we have added 3 bringing us to a total of 14. Our current class breakdown is as such:

Tanks : Druid, Monk, (Warrior OS)
Healers : Priest, Shaman, (Paladin), Priest OS
Melee DPS : Shaman, Rogue, (Warrior), (Paladin OS)
Range DPS : Hunter, Hunter, (Hunter), Mage, Priest, Shaman

( full roster list )

We’re heavy on hunters and shamans, so our priority for those classes is low.

Tanks should be fine as is, though having another member with a Tank OS would be welcome.

Healers, we need two more full time healers. Would love to have a Resto Druid or Mistweaver Monk. We need people with strong Healing offspecs for heavy healing fights. We will run mythic with 4-5 healers.

Melee DPS we should have at least five but no more than seven for a Mythic (20) raid, meaning for 25 roster we should have seven to nine. High priority for DK, Warrior and Paladin. Medium for Monk and Rogue.

Ranged DPS we should have at least seven but no more than ten for the Mythic (20) raid, meaning for the 25 roster we should have ten to fifteen. We currently have three mainspec hunters so priority on hunter is low, the rest of the classes remain high but especially Warlocks and Balance Druids of which we currently have none.

This is where we stand.. we are 11 members away from being able to start 25s. If you are not yet a member of the Ashen Order raid team and would like to be, please click the “Join the Order” link above and apply! If you have applied and haven’t heard from me, please email me at aily@ashenorder.com to schedule a time for an interview. I am adding your RealID to my list but we may not be logged in at the same time.