The competition is now closed – thanks everyone that entered! We’ll be doing the judging this weekend.
Notice for all!
It has come to our attention that despite managements best efforts, there is still some positivity within War Machine. As you know we’ve done some great work with the ‘No fun on progression night’ policy and the even more popular ‘Plan to fail’ seminars (thanks Chili). In spite of all this it seems there are still some pockets of resistance in the guild. This type of behaviour needs to be eradicated immediately.
To that end we’re running a competition.
We want your best demotivational poster. We at War Machine are dedicated to seeing our members lost and down trodden and to help with this cause we need as many demotivational messages out there as possible.
Posters will be judged on three main criteria:
There are a few rules however:
- Only in game screen shots will be accepted
- All posters must fit the standard format of a demotivational poster. If you need help making one, this handy generator might do the trick.
- Only one entry per person
- No inappropriate content including language
- Must be your own footage from in game (no grabbing from someone else’s work)
- All entries must be sent to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
You can work together as a team if you choose (although teamwork is highly discouraged at War Machine we’ve found we can’t stamp it out completely) but it’s still only one entry per person.
If you would like to see an example of what a WOW demotivational poster might look like this:
- 1st Prize – 5,000 Gold
- 2nd Prize – 2,000 Gold
- 3rd Prize – 1,000 Gold
Good luck to you all.
Bannox & Dakhan
Positively leading through negativity
It’s about time we ran a new guild event, so here it is, after months of planning, hours and hours of discussions, arguments and even a little begging, here it is!
Go read up on it and sign up today!
Here’s some video from the Running of the Bulls of suicidal Tauren. Warning: This may be the weirdest video you’ve seen in, oh, at least the last week.
War Machine presents “The Running of the Virtual Bulls!”. Unfortunately due to censorship issues and a none too polite email from our marketing team we are unable to divulge any of the activities for this event. Suffice to say fun times will be had by all (plus we don’t want to tell you because that’s how we get our fun!).
The event kicks off at 8:30pm ST on Saturday 3rd of March. Register your interest on the event in-game (one signup per player please).
After much planning, the first ever War Machine Amazing Race is only a few weeks away. Guild members should’ve received an invite in-game with more details – if you didn’t, this is what it said:
We at War Machine in conjuction with Legion of Light cordially invite you and one other to attend the AMAZING RACE! To be a part of this fun night simply complete the application form on the War Machine website ‘www.warmachineguild.net’ no later than Wednesday 2nd November 10PM server. The event will start approximately 8:30pm server time on Sunday 6th November 2011 and will last approximately 2-3 hours. Details will follow receipt of application.
To sign your team up, head to the application page.
As a sneak preview of what I’m working on at the moment, here’s the first leg of the Naked Gnome Madness run we did last week on Dreadmaul. More to come soon…
Shannox has fallen to the onslaught of the mighty War Machine! Last night we ran an impromptu 10 man with the intent of getting to Shannox as fast as possible and dropping him, and it certainly worked. Well done to all involved. Here’s the video – excuse the language at the end, Bannox was very enthusiastic.
Oh, and ignore me dying, and getting trapped. That didn’t actually happen, honest.
Well done all on the guild-first kill of Al’akir last night! Here’s footage of the event (with a bonus achievement!)
And to top of it off, we went and cleared Bastion of Twilight right after and got a video of our Cho’gall kill:
Hopefully I’ll have a Nefarian kill video to add to the list later tonight!
Only a few days now until the latest content patch is upon us – Patch 4.2: Rage of the Firelands. Quite a bit of stuff is included in the patch, from class changes across the board to brand new quests, zones, interface changes, a caster DPS legendary staff and a raid instance (and of course all the shiny new gear that comes with that!) The patch is scheduled to go live on the 28th of this month, so in order to be ready to go as soon as the servers come up (because I know some of you will be ready and waiting) there’s a few things you might want to do beforehand.
4.2 introduces two new daily quest hubs – the first at the Sanctuary of Malorne in Mount Hyjal (also known as The Regrowth) and the second being the Molten Front in the new Firelands zone. The quests at the Regrowth lead to unlocking the path to the Molten Front so you’ll need to start there. However, to get access to the Regrowth dailies you must have completed at least part of Hyjal’s standard quest chain. Specifically, you want to have completed the quest Aessina’s Miracle, which results in the area known as The Flamewake in Hyjal getting an infusion of life and becoming the Regrowth. This quest is about halfway through Hyjal’s chain and is pretty quick to get to and through.
Once you have completed Aessina’s Miracle, a new quest will be available at the Sanctuary of Malorne. This begins the chain that will eventually lead you to the Firelands.
But what about the raid? Good news for those of you that hate questing – you don’t need to do the dailies to get into the Firelands raid. The raid entrance portal is located in Mount Hyjal at Sulfuron Spire. You can see the portal in-game now, it’s just behind a gate.
Caster DPS will be salivating at the thought of finally being able to get their hands on a legendary weapon, and it’s definitely a shiny one. Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest will be available in 4.2, though it won’t be easy to get. Blizzard estimates it will take around four months for a guild to complete their first staff, and that’s with the focus being on just one person in the guild getting it. We will indeed be giving the first staff to a specific person, though that person has yet to be determined. For those of you that are keen to get the chain started (and I suggest you do if you are at all interested in getting the staff), there are requirements:
In order to begin the process of assembling the staff, players must first kill a Molten Lord in the Firelands, or have completed any of the achievements Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, or Throne of the Four Winds. Once any of these achievements have been unlocked, players can accept the quest A Legendary Engagement from Ziradormi in Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar, or Coridormi atop the Wizard’s Sanctum in Stormwind (players who have already completed any of these achievements are immediately eligible for this quest).
Source: 4.2 Patch Notes
Some of you will already be eligible from downing Cho’gall, others may still have a bit of work to do. We will still be running the older raids, and with the considerable nerfs being applied to them (20% reductions in damage and health for the most part) it should be easier to get us through them.
Since there’s a new tier of gear coming with 4.2, there’s going to be a lot of changes coming for the current gear. The major change is seeing all current items purchasable with Valor points being instead available for Justice points. This should make acquiring the gear considerably easier in preparation for Firelands (and for finishing off the BoT, BWD and TotFW). To go with this change, all your current Valor points will be downgraded to Justice points, up to a limit of 4000 JP. Anything over 4000 JP will be converted to gold (at a rate of 47 silver per point). What this means is if, for example, you currently have 2500 Justice Points and 2000 Valor Points, when 4.2 hits you would have 0 Valor Points and 4000 Justice Points, and receive 235 gold in exchange for the 500 excess points. If gold isn’t an issue for you, your best bet is to make sure you have no more than 4000 points between your VP and JP when the patch hits. I would strongly advise against spending Valor Points in order to even your points out, as anything currently available for Valor will be available for Justice after the patch, and JP are much easier to come by.
For those of you that PVP, the same thing is happening with Conquest Points and Honor Points, but at a rate of 35 silver per excess point.
For lore junkies (like me!) there’s a fantastic new quest chain being added with 4.2 that focuses around Thrall. An NPC at the Eastern Earthshrine in Stormwind (aka portal island) starts you on the chain, sending you to meet with Thrall in Hyjal. I’m not going to spoil the quest for you, but there’s some quite dramatic occurrences and is a lot of fun. And you end up with an ilevel 365 epic at the end of it.
There’s a bunch of other changes coming in the patch including as I mentioned many class changes, as well as the new Dungeon Journal UI feature, but I’ve outlined the big ones that require a bit of preparation beforehand above. For more on the patch check out Blizzard’s guide to Patch 4.2 as well as the patch notes. But beware of spoilers!