Challenge Modes will be returning in Warlords of Draenor. They'll be available immediately for launch and as the daily quests reward a Challenger's Strongbox (Raid Finder level epics), we will be doing as many of these as we can to suitably gear out the raid team for Warlords when raiding goes live.
We're looking for the above classes to help make an immediate impact in Siege of Orgrimmar. Heroic experience is preferred along with the necessary gear levels to make it worthwhile.
Along those lines, we're looking further ahead into Warlords of Draenor. If you feel that you're not in any condition to raid competitively within the current tier but wish to join the guild in the hopes of making the Warlords of Draenor raid roster, you're still welcome to apply. Recruitment is open for Warlords of Draenor.
Since many of you have asked about how we plan to fit in both Heroic and Mythic level raiding in Warlords, I've decided to put together a little something here. Please do not take it as gospel or as final because decisions do change.
We are going to assume a number of things:
Raid times do not change
The lockouts for Heroic and Mythic remain separate
Our primary goal is that of Mythic content
Ability to teleport to specific bosses remains in the game
One of the main goals of the organization is progression raiding. That means on any given night, there has to be something we do that gets us further towards our goal. Doing Heroic content on week 1 helps provide us with the gear and tools we need to enter Mythic. Doing that same Heroic content 5 months later would not be as effective due to irrelevant loot. You obtaining gear via Garrisons helps you improve your character which helps the raid. Likewise be it via crafting, Heroic dungeons, Flex normal, or what have you.
We'll assume the raid tier lasts 4 months (Quarter 1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 each representing one month).
Option 1: Heroic raids only
I suspect we'll be doing this for the first week or three mostly. That means we're focusing exclusively on the bosses at the Heroic level until we completely clear it out. We don't attempt Mythic at all until we're done.
Option 2: Mythic raids only
Equivalent to smashing your dick over and over against a wall. It's not fun. It's going to suck. We probably will not reach this stage until Q3 at latest and until there is almost nothing left from Heroic we need.
Option 3: Heavy Heroic
(Note: The term heavy comes from craps. If I place a 5 dollar bet on the hard 6, hard 8, heavy on the 8, the stick man knows to put 2 dollars on the 6 and 3 dollars on the 8. The bet on the 8 is "heavier" than the 6.)
Two days on heroic, one day on Mythic. We can open with our day 1 and day 2 on Heroic, with day 3 on Mythic. Or we can alternate to day 1 Mythic, and days 2 and 3 on Heroic. This will serve as a graduated transition from Heroic to Mythic. We can transition to this schedule during Q2.
Option 4: Heavy Mythic
As we become more experienced and geared, we will begin clearing through Heroic content quicker. It should become easier and not as much of a problem. We might even be able to clear out the whole instance within one evening (at least, that's my dream). Two days of Mythic, one day of Heroic. Like option 3, we can alternate the days around. If we don't hit this towards the end of Q2, we should be here within Q3.
Our raid activities will be dynamic based on things like difficulty, attendance, current roster, and so forth. These are the main four combinations of raiding we'll do throughout the week.
Next week, we'll look at the levelling process and my expectations tempered with the reality.