Topic: Meikos - Mage
1. State your character's Name, Race, Class and Role.
Meikos, Human Mage, DPS
2. Why do you want to join SPG?
Of all the guilds I've seen interested (or that had at least replied to my LFG topic), you guys seem to fit my tastes best. Raiding times withing my preferences, 10 man and best yet, I wouldn't have to transfer! Plus, it seems as if you guys have a great sense of humor!
3. Please list all previous guilds/servers and your reason(s) for leaving each.
I'm going to start with WotLK because I didn't really start serious raiding till then nor did I play my Mage in BC. If you need, I can re-post the BC guild...
In WotLK I was with a guild on Anetheron-Horde called <Profanity>. They were great friends, but mediocre raiders. For a long time, friendship kept me from leaving. But eventually, the guild started to fall apart, especially after Kingslayer: the GM stopped attending his own raids, rampant attendance issues, people got on less... but worst of all, me and around two other players who consistently made raids were pretty much carrying a group of ten people who were... bad. With the friendship quickly draining out and good raiding long dead, I left for greener pastures.
I moved to Ysera to join a guild that fit the bill for what I was looking for, <Southern Gentlemen>. They were literally nobodies on the server as they had just transferred/rerolled for reasons not so different from mine. I took the risk and was rewarded. We were doing good, 2/7 (maybe 3/7, can't remember) in our first week of Firelands raiding - which started a week after the patch. This is where this guild splinters apart... attendance. Our GM had to stop raiding due to Real Life <Destroyer of Guilds>. Other core members stopped logging on. Eventually, it was posted that raiding would be suspended indefinitely. As much as I don't want to, I now face that I have to find a new raiding guild that fits my picky tastes or become an entirely casual player, farming BGs all day in my Honor PvP gear on my Mage, Rogue and Priest. That wouldn't be fun.
4. What is your endgame raiding experience?
For current content, I'm 5/7 and experienced with most if not all mechanics that require or allow a DPS to focus on an element of a fight. (E.X., Rageface/Riplimb, Beth'tilac and her Drones/calling out Spiderlings, Rhyolith and his feet, Baleroc and his shards etc.) That goes for T12 and T11 - I was always the first volunteer for the more interesting and fun mechanics so I usually got them assigned to me. (Atramedes and his bells, dispelling off of Maloriak etc.)
5. Are you able to use Ventrilo to communicate during raids--as well as any other addon we require?
6. Please post a link to your Armory (http://armory.worldofwarcraft.com) profile.
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/y … s/advanced
There's a chance that I may be in my PvP gear. If this happens, just PM me back and I can arrive in SW for inspection.
7. What, if any, entertainment value do you offer?
I collect achievements, pets, mounts, transformations and other obscure curios.
Ever seen an Ogre cast Mirror Image and then pound a boss down with Fireball? Or a character access transformations for the opposite gender? (Female Human using Orb of Sin'dorei to become Male Elf.)
8. List the consumables you use for encounters and a brief explanation as to why you use them.
Flask of the Draconic Mind, Volcanic Potion and Sagefish Heads because, simply put, Intellect is the BEST Mage stat, especially for Arcane where it's over-inflated due to how it interacts with Mastery.
9. Explain what you perceive your character's role in endgame content to be. Explain how your current gear, glyph, and talent choices mesh with performing that role, and any ways in which you are still working on improving your character. For healers, use this section to describe your personal "healing style": which spells you favor, and why. For DPSers or tanks, lay out the DPS or threat-generation rotations you employ, and explain, in detail, why each ability is used and why it's in that particular order. For example, if your rotation is Dot1-->Dot2-->CastTime Spell, explain why the Dots are put up first; what happens if they aren't? Don't skimp on this answer, show me you know what you're talking about, and that you didn't just regurgitate information from ElitistJerks, etc.
Well, I'm going to use Arcane here because I'm going to go ahead and assume Fire is out of the question! (Oh Blizzard, why won't you remove my yo-yo DPS issues...)
For Arcane, the whole "one button Mage" myth is false. It's still incredibly boring however, but who doesn't enjoy inflating their recount bar to absurd amounts? Start with Arcane Blast until ideally 80% Mana (I don't use any Mana bar addons or assiting addons for this point, I didn't even discover them until I had already gotten the whole rotation under my hat.) after which you pop every single cooldown you have except Volcanic Potion if you're saving that for a specific moment of the fight. (Rather save it for mass CD popping during Magmaw's vulnerability phase instead of at the beginning, for example.) Mana Gem should pop you back up to around 100%, allowing you to fully benefit from the Mastery for AB spam phases. Spam more AB. Pop Flame Orb. Spam moar AB! At 30%, Evocate and pray to Greg Street that you don't get targeted by anything to interrupt or chip time off Evo. After that, watch your Mana bar and use 1-4 ABs before using Missiles in order to keep yourself above 80% Mana. Once Mana Gem is off CD, Arcane Power and trinkets should be as well. Wash, rinse, ???, profit.
Glyphing is pretty straight forward. "Hey, Mana dictates my damage as per Mastery! I should take a glyph that increases my Mana gain!" "Hey, Arcane Blast and Missiles are my two highest damage abilities! I should take those glyphs!"
Prime Glyphing is pretty darn straight forward. Major Glyphing is where it gets interesting.
Poly because, let's face it, you can't always idiot-proof that one pugger and even if there are no puggers, accidents happen. Evocate because, hey, if I can't move for five seconds and am completely vulnerable, I may as well heal while I'm at it! It's actually fairly nice for Baleroc too. Arcane Power because it allows you to keep going after a Blink during my most important phase, the burn phase. The Mirror Image aspect is very nice too as it lets you mash every CD you have into one button.
Minor Glyphing is, you guessed it, minor! But in case you look at my Minor Glyphs and say, "Hey Meik, y u no Mirror Image Glyph?", then here's your answer - it sucks for Arcane. It sucks for PvP. Your Images go oom and do less damage because the AB debuff they get doesn't seem to work properly for the damage aspect. And for PvP, they no longer slow.
Talents are basic cookie cutter spec which leaves you with a few extra talents. A lot of Arcane Mages take Master of Elements from Fire... I say, nay! It only affects the base Mana cost of AB, so when that 4-stack crits and costs you 10k Mana, you only get back 150-200 Mana, less with Shard of Woe. Yech. So I figured, "Let's take more mobility because, let's face it, my spec's mobility is bad. BAD."
10. Our raiding schedule is 9:00pm-12:00am EDT (server time, basically), Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday. Do you have any conflicts with this schedule (i.e., can you be there every night)?
Not at all. I can even stay 1-2 hours after 12, but I would rather be done at 12.
11. Tell us about yourself. Include age, gender, profession... but don't stop there.
People call me Zac or Meikos (That's MY-KOS. It's a bit obscure, hearing me pronounce it may be needed as I've noticed a lot of people get it wrong for some reason...) I'm male, 18 (Turning 19 in a month) and currently in college. I'm majoring in, well, General Education, because I have no idea what I really want to do yet. I do not have a job or my own place, at their insistance, my parents allow me live with while in college as long as I do whatever oddjob they want me to do ("Hey Zac, mow the neighbors lawn!") because, as they put it, "Parents are expected to contribute much to their children's education, and since we have little money...". You get the picture.
Profession? I'm going to assume you mean in WoW. Otherwise, you're trying to confuse me and are incredibly cruel. I'm a Tailor/Enchanter/Fisher/First Aid(er?)/Cook. I have alts who are in the WotLK-era of JC/Mining and a Cataclysm LW/Skinner.
12. Please post a screenshot of your UI during an active raid encounter or inside a battleground once it has started. You can use http://www.photobucket.com/ to host your image.
Ugh. I hate my WoW Screenshot folder. So... bloated. "Oh hey, this is from when I first downed Shade of Aran!... Why are there 20+ copies of this...". But, I understand how vital this could be, therefore...
Yes, I know what you're thinking. "Meik, you use no custon UI addons!". I just... Never really had an issue with the default UI. And every time I try out a custom one, I find it not worth the effort to get it to fit my picky tastes. If I HAD to use one, though, I would SO use LUI.
It's a bit dated, but that's my basic keybinds set up. I used to have ASD keybound too and move exclusively with the mouse. I never liked Hunter a whole lot and didn't plan to ever go Fire... Why would I need to strafe when I can just jump, spin, cast instant spell and then land back in the same direction?
Then I found out I actually did like Fire. A lot. So much so that I completely rearranged my keybinds and bar layout so I would be able to strafe and move forward with the keyboard.
13. If you are applying as a dps or a tank, what is the top-end dps/tps for your class and spec on a (non-gimmick) movement-heavy encounter? Low-movement encounter? How far away from this number are you, and why? Post a WoL/WWS/etc link if available.
Err... I have no idea what other people are pulling. Most of the other top end Mages I've met are jerks so I don't associate with them and most of them on Anetheron where crap. The only real note I can think of would make me pretty bad, as a Gnome Mage once told me in T11 content that he had crit for a 201k AB in BWL where my highest had been 120k. I'm pretty sure he was (pardon my language) bullshitting me, because now in a lot of T12 gear, I still don't crit that high, not even on the gimmick chromatic hounds pull in BWL. I do, however, utterly destroy them in a matter of seconds.
Here's a WoL report: http://www.worldoflogs.com/reports/4f24knlbl12pmiz9/
Arcane soars on a "Patchwerk" fight, which means a fight that requires no movement and target changing. Baleroc and Shannox are the closes examples of this. On Beth, I was assigned to Drone killing and calling out Spiderlings and switching to what ever else for the 10 or so seconds we had before a new drone arrived after the previous one died. On Shannox, I was assigned to Rageface and had to switch off to Riplimb if he didn't go down as fast as Rage. Then there's Rhyolith... I utterly despise this boss. More than once, I was assigned to coordinate the feet effort, but thankfully I was assigned to adds this phase. Baleroc, I was on a shard. This was when we were starting out and still in mostly T11, as I went Fire to see if I could get it work until recently when I went back Arcane. (Which, of course, is when raiding stops...) I could show you the Fire logs but then I'd have to kill you. Why? They're that bad.
I would assume that most Mages at my gear level are around 20-22k DPS solid on low movement fights, and 19k DPS or around that for the more movement-oriented fights. Which, I'm pretty sure, I would be around if I started to raid again. You may think, "Wow Meik, that's a pretty elitist/snobbish attitude!". But I know I'm doing the right thing: I know rotation, have macros, keybinds, subtle nuances of fights (You can racial out of Majordomo's stun when he spreads seeds and then IB/Shield to completely avoid the entire mechanic.)... I know I'm good.
I know that everyone will say that of course, so if you like what you see in that log but still are unsure, invite me to a BH run next time you do one and need a DPS. Whatever you need.
14. Is there anything else you feel we should know that is relevant to your application?
I like to snack during raids? Don't know. Not much else.
Actually, wait! Do you guys ever clear T11 H? Specifically, BoT. That Shard of Woe is STILL Arc Mage BiS, and will likely stay so this entire expansion if it isn't nerfed...