Blackhand HC — Better late than never!

Blackhand HCAt last! Blackhand down on heroic. We almost had him down pre nerf (15%), but with the recent item level buff it was really just a matter of everyone getting everything right.

Here is a kill video featuring a wonderful feral PoV:

We are also recruting right now. We would like to have 2 healers joining our ranks to provide more stability in our raid setup. If you are interested contact us in-game.

A Message to the followers of Blood Cult!

First things first

I would like to thank the heroic raiding team of Blood Cult for wonderful 2 years of raiding.
We went through a lot of rough times, but over time and based on a lot of effort from every single member we managed to finally finish the latest raiding zone on the highest difficulty before it is being invalidated by newer content patches.

But now we have a new extremely huge challenge ahead of us; transitioning to a mythic raiding team, basically doubling our raid roster. Everyone who has been long enough around in the game knows, how difficult and risky this can turn out.

That being said, i would like to welcome all our new members that joined over the last couple months in order to experience and hopefully enjoy the next WoW Expansion and particulary its raid content. The task to integrate all the new people into our existing guild is our biggest challenge in the upcoming weeks and of utmost importance in order to successfully raid mythic content in WoD. I ask everyone to stay calm and behave friendly, towards eachother as well as towards the rest of the server.

Our path to mythic raiding

Our goal in the new expansion is clearly defined, defeat current raid content before it is being invalidated by new content. At the same time we want to maintain our entertaining raiding atmosphere as well as supporting all those raiders who are a very valueable part of the team but at have a lot of IRL responsibilities. Getting this balance right has always been a challenge, and we learned to get this one right. With double the raid size, this is not going to be easier and requires a certain amount of “wisdom” (for a lack of a better word).

However there are also a couple mandatory and measureable requirements which i will list next:

  • keep using the ingame calendar and update your raid attendence status frequently
  • be in time for raids or give a heads up if possible if you cant be (we are not in the 90th anymore, smart phones, internet etc. should be able to solve most of the problems here)
  • prepare encounters, at a bare minimum know your class and role specifics for a given encounter, and of course the encounter abilities
  • maintain your UI, use Addons to further support your raid tasks, Grid, WeakAuras, BossMods should be known, installed and running
  • flasks, potions, food, whatever the raid design requires should be available for use
  • offspec should be available and ready for raid setup flexibility
  • for mythic raiding a fairly high and relyable raid attendence is very important (there is nothing more frustrating then having to integrate new people on every raid while working on new encounters)
  • provide a stable environment on your end, 19 people having to wait for this one person that goes LD every 10 minutes is extremely demotivating)
  • ability to join and listen on mumble, it is a huge plus if you are also in the position to talk on mumble
  • read this: raid-awareness-is-a-learned-and-practiced-skill

Now we are not going to guild disband someone if he doesnt follow those rules. Bad things can always happen, your plans got changed or whatever, in short, shit happens and its fine. However it is going to be very obvious if not following those rules is an exception or the rule, and in the latter case this might very well mean that you wont be part of the mythic raiding team. If there is 24 people doing the extra efforts neccesary to stick to the rules, it is extremely unfair to not do it, and basically get carried through. This wont be tolerated for long.

Regarding the raid team setup

Initially we will raid heroic (previously normal) content to gear up and follow the progression path. For this content there should be no restrictions regarding the team setup.

For mythic we plan to establish a group of roughly 25 dedicated people. Whats the reasoning behind that number and why is it roughly 25, and not exactly? Well, there is a balance to find, and thats somthing we ll have to figure out on our way. But what is to be balanced?

The case for less people:
When learning new encounters, one does want to a stick to a fixed team, i guess everyone knows the term ‘never change a winning team’. Everyone knows how a certain person reacts in a certain situation, introducing new people in such a team can be quite a setback in terms of progress. This can be considered on a ‘per encounter’ basis, new encounter can mean a slightly different team setup.

The case for more people:
What is better, no progress at all, or a slower progress than anticipated? Someone gets called to work, the internet is down in greek, the GFX card just blew away, most of us have experienced this or similiar issues during your raiding carrier. In such a case it is alway good to have someone able to fill the open spot and enable the team to go on. Of course this doesnt work with someone who just dinged 100, you want a reasonably equivalent replacement in order to keep going.

That can only be achieved by rotating a few people through, sharing knowledge and gear among a bigger team than what is strictly neccesary. For 10man HC raiding we went with 13, and we feel for 20man mythic, 25 could be that number.

Pretty much the entire old HC raiding team will become the new mythic team (if the person actually wants to of course). The new HC raiding (previously normal) will be the stepping stone for everyone wanting the go mythic raiding. Here you can show your capabilities dedication and skill.

Raid entry defintions will come as soon as we have more information available, i am pretty sure however that we will move into a raiding instance as soon as it is available! Its not likely however, that some one in purely green items is going to be a help though, in fact with the new scaling system he could turn out as a burden, hence we will have to define a few entry barriers.

Closing words

There is no *I* in team. We will only achieve our goals if we pull into the same direction. If there are any questions or suggestions, feel free to throw me a message!

Cheers, Juwel

P.S.: thanks to Ilu we are officially presented on facebook:

Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2013!

Yes! We are still alive, actively raiding and enjoying the raid content more than ever before.

In the following days i will release a series of raid videos showing our last few raids in a summarized way. Some bosses are still missing on my last due to rotating on bosses to optimize drop chances.

Not that its particulary good kills, the last raids we rather focused more on having fun on the chat. We managed to achieve our raiding goals for 2012, even killing the first 2 heroics on top of it. We are all looking forward to continue raiding heroic content next year.

Part 1: Blood Cult 2012 series, Halls of Fear

If anyone is interested in joining our ranks, feel free to contact us in game.
Enjoy the last days of the year!
See you ingame!

Happy new year!

Blood Cult wishes everyone a happy new year and a successful raiding tier as well!
Due to the low signups during the holidays we just went into Firelands with a group of 9 finishing our Fireland Raid Meta Achievement!

1/8 HC — Another week, another news…

Like any other none casual raiding guild, we managed to take down Heroic Morchok. Underwhelming fight, happy to be done with it regardless. I guess Christmas and the New Year will result in reduced raiding next 2 weeks, so there is not a lot gonna happen.

Cheers all.


We saved the world! (this week)

One week later than anticipated and technically possible, we took down the final encounter, of Dragon Soul, Deathwing (normal), the latest content extension of World of Warcraft. Since we promised our people to continue working on their legendary, we kinda have to sacrifice one of our raid days, slowing us a bit down. But the enjoyment of the game and the team matters more than a useless ranking stat.
Congrats to all winners and happy hunting on heroic mode!

Still going strong!

Who would have thought that? 2 weeks into Firelands we almost quit the game, being heavily disappointed!

And now?

Yesterday we finished our first Legendary, the lucky person was Hendrik.
Of course this was only possible due to a large team effort of all members.
We even postponed our first venture into the newly released raid zone, to finish this one off.
And we will continue to do so, there are 2 more legendaries to come.

I am awaiting more news inthe near future, when we start our Dragon Soul raids.
I also expect to upload some video footage again for the interested.
So stay tuned!

Cheers, Juwel!


Short update. Blood Cult finally managed to get to 6/7 HC, with other words, ‘only’ Ragnaros HC is left. It took us a bit to get BT down on heroic due to 4 of our raiding team being not available (work pays the bills, but vacation??? WTF!).

Speaking of HC Ragnaros, congratulations to Sixteen Bit on their server first HC Ragnaros kill.

Unfortunately thats the only serious encounter for any serious raiding guild left, like most other people i think the ‘nerfs’ came in way too early this time.

Majordomo Heroic killed by Blood Cult!

Another week, another kill. No doubt things get slower from now on, but nethertheless an awesome kill.
Even recorded it, so instead of showing the normal fight, i jump straight to our first shot!
Video should be up by the end of the week. Awesome job, Cheers all!

Heroic journey began!

Quite a few days late, but worth a post anyways. Blood Cult took down heroic Shannox (twice by now) and started its journey into the heroic content of Firelands. Quite fun fight actually, and quite repeatable as well. Hopefully we can get a few more heroic kills in before the next raid content patch hits the servers.