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Battle for Azeroth

by GMAmalthia, 47 days ago

Release Date

Battle for Azeroth will be released on August 14th, 2018.


Launch Time

Battle for Azeroth will launch concurrently in the Americans, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand. With a midnight launch in Europe, this means players in the US can start Battle for Azeroth at 3pm pacific on August 13th.  

Americas (PDT) Europe (CEST) Taiwan (CST) Korea (KST) ANZ (AEST) UTC
 3:00p.m. 
 August 13*
 12:00a.m. 
 August 14
 6:00a.m. 
 August 14
 7:00a.m. 
 August 14
 8:00a.m. 
 August 14

Pre-Patch

In the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, players will experience all of the class changes, which include:

  • Many abilities added to the global cooldown.
  • Retirement of Artifact Weapons and loss of many artifact traits.
  • Many talent and utility updates for all classes.

All of the game systems will change in the pre-patch including:

  • Prestige calculations, War Mode, new Honor talent UI.
  • Battleground Queueing - removal of Strand and Ashran, and the addition of a separate large battleground queue.
  • Personal Loot as the only loot system.
  • Stat squish as well as the professional skill cap squish.
  • New Communities social system.

    There are also new scenarios and story quests for players to complete, related to the Burning of Teldrassil and the Battle for Lordaeron.

    The Battle for Azeroth pre-patch is estimated to go live sometime in July 2018. We've speculated it will go live on July 17th, as traditionally it launches 6 weeks from release date. 

    Learn more about the pre-patch content in WoW-Head's detailed 8.0 Pre Patch Guide.

Class Changes

Read up on the cumulative class changes from 7.3.5 through 8.0 in WoW-head's comprehensive Class Changes post. This includes new talents, artifact traits and legendaries converted to abilities, new azerite traits, and utility abilities.


WoW-Head has also highlighted important class topics in newsposts:

 

Guild Changes

Every Expansion sees some minor guild changes, as people come and go and the group dynamic shifts. As we adapt and evolve with the current changes, here is what we expect to see change:

Officers

  • Guild Leader: Ama (Amastrasza, Amalthia, Ama- etc. etc. etc.)
  • Raid Assistant: Ari (Aryin, Valetri, Shardani, etc. etc. etc.)
  • PVP Leader/Coordinator: Spot available
  • Mythic+ Coordinator: Spot available
  • Officers: None currently, Merit based position

 

PVP Leader/Coordinator: Organize, Schedule, Strategize, Lead, and Recruit members for Rated Battlegrounds and Guild Accredited pvp groups. PVP nights may not interfere with Raid Nights. 

Mythic+ Coordinator: Organize, Schedule, Strategize, Lead, and Recruit members for Guild Accredited Mythic+ group/s, including "regular" Mythic runs that are all inclusive and at least one "progression" group pushing to get as high a mythic level as possible. Progression M+ may not interfere with Raid Nights. 

Social/Leveling (No Changes)

Midnight Carnival is a social and leveling guild where everyone - all lvls, classes, alts, & even entire little guilds - will be equally welcome. Laid back, friendly, experienced members can help with all your game questions while you learn how to play and make friends.

Above all else we want all our members to have fun while we assist them in learning their class, their spec, how to use and play the game, and how to be the best them possible in a supportive, non judgmental environment. Players are encouraged to ask questions of every kind and never feel they will be insulted when the answer is given. We hope someday they will pay it forward and pass this information on to others who need the help. 

Doing things together, as a guild, is mutually beneficial. You get to see content and make friends, and groups of 3 or more guildies earns the guild bank money, which is then used so you can repair without spending your own money. The more money the bank has, the higher that limit is able to be set. You can also forge friendships outside of game, via this website and Facebook. 

Raiding

When the new expansion drops, the current raid team will disband. This allows all members to change classes/roles if they wish, and not be locked into a toon they may be bored playing. When the raid schedule is announced for BfA a start date will be set for guild raiding to begin, and the application unlocked. Anyone wishing to join is expected to put the effort in to be ready and have applied by that date. 

Main Progression Raids (Heroic/Normal only) Tuesday and Thursday - 6:00pm to 9:00pm MT (8:00pm to 11:00pm ET) Invites start 10-15 minutes prior to raid.

· Toons that are not in guild can NOT be given priority placing on this team. It is a GUILD group. Please consider moving any toons you wish to raid with into the guild. 

· Raiders must demonstrate class competency and a basic knowledge of the fights, which can be gleaned from MULTIPLE sources on the Internet. So there is no excuse for you to not know what you're doing. 

· Remember a min ilvl (to be announced) is required with all gear gemmed and enchanted. 

To Sign up: You must read all raiding informational threads in their ENTIRETY and then fill out the application at the end. No exceptions. This proves effort, dedication, and ability to find what you need on your own. 

Keep in mind if you do not meet minimum criteria you will be declined. If you are accepted but demonstrate no class knowledge you will be sat out until you do your homework. Signs you are not class competent include pulling low numbers with high gear, not using extra spells like CC and dispells, and asking "what's that" when we ask you to do something. Also if you continuously stand in fire you will be sat out until you learn to move your ass and that fire is NOT a buff. 

All information you need to become a raider is provided for you on the Raiding tab. Good luck! And we hope to see you on the team!!

Dungeons/Mythics

In BfA we hope to "hire" a Mythic+ Coordinator to Organize and Schedule members for Guild Accredited Mythic+ group/s, including "regular" Mythic runs that are all inclusive and at least one "progression" group pushing to get as high a mythic level as possible. Progression M+ may not interfere with Raid Nights. 

This should allow for groups to gear, bond, have fun, and feel like they're part of a team, if perhaps they can't or don't want to raid. There will be set nights that you can hop online, jump into a group and run some mythics with your guild. When enough people come regularly a schedule and group set up can be set. 

PVP

In BfA we also hope to "hire" a PVP Coordinator to Organize and Schedule members for Guild Accredited Rated Battlegrounds and 3v3/5v5 arena groups, etc. Midnight Carnival has not had the opportunity to do coordinated PVP since the Cataclysm expansion, and we missed it. We'd like the opportunity for those who enjoy PVP to be able to do so, without having to PUG or join random groups. We can coordinate in our Discord, have some fun, and kick some ass. 

There can be set arena teams, take all comer nights, a designated team for a Rate Battlegrounds night - the possibilities are endless. We just need someone (or two) to step up and get things started.  

So that's the plan! Are you excited? I'm excited! What are you MOST excited about this expansion? What are you going to play?? Tell us! Leave a message. 

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We're recruiting, tell your friends!

by GMAmalthia, 103 days ago

This is our current recruitment message. We're looking for raiders to finish out this expansion and establish themselves for the next one. We're also (always) looking for social players to keep guild chat lively and run instances together.

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20743616345?page=2#post-23

Est'd 2010: Everything guild founded on mutual respect. Looking for friendly, helpful people regardless of lvl or skill lvl. Perfect for new players, returning players, casual players, casual raiders & all your alts. Large guild with all the perks. Join us!

Currently Focusing on Semi-Hardcore Raiding, Leveling, and group play (Mythic+/Etc). Raid applicants must be IN guild, APPLY, and meet pre-set criteria outlined on the guild website.

Welcoming all Social and Leveling players as well.

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WHEN WE RAID:

Main Progression Raids (Heroic/Normal only)

Tuesday and Thursday - 6:00pm to 9:00pm MT (8:00pm to 11:00pm ET)

Alt Runs/Fun Runs (which are optional and only when available)

Saturday - 6:00pm to 9:00pm MT (8:00pm to 11:00pm ET)

Invites start 10-15 minutes prior to raid. 

CURRENT RECRUITMENT NEEDS

We welcome applications at midnightcarnival.info from players who share our approach to the game. We will always consider exceptional players regardless of class. Currently, we are actively seeking the following:

DPS (950+ilvl, 75+ap, 1M+dps)

Ranged DPS - 3+ (Boomkin, hunter, Warlock, E Shaman for Class diversity)

Melee DPS - 2+ (Monk, Dh, Rogue for Class diversity)

Healer (950+ilvl 75+ap)

2+ (Pally, Monk, Shaman for Class diversity) Need MH and OH for back up

Tank (960+ ilvl and experience required)

1+ - MT spot available - accepting applications for DPS with tank OS to act as back-up also

We welcome all applications! Even if your class is closed, or your ilvl is too low, we will consider exceptional players. We strongly encourage you to schedule an interview as quickly as possible following the submission of the application.

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EXPECTATIONS AND WHAT WE OFFER

Expectations:

- Ability to fill your role demonstrating high class and raid awareness

- Ability to maintain 80% raid attendance

- Ability to take criticism and improve upon your abilities

- Know your class and be able to keep up on changes

- Know all fights by prior study using online sources

- Patience and Mutual respect for the rest of your team

- Most importantly, have fun and enjoy raiding!

What We Offer:

- Guild bank repairs

- Flask/Elixirs, raid food, potions (as available)

- Gem/Enchanting materials

- Fun raiding environment

- FB Social Groups/Fan page to stay up to date

- Guild website complete with All linked strategy information

- Socially active guild

- Alt runs/Fun runs when available

______________________________________________________

ARE YOU READY:

If you think you are ready to find out what end game has to offer:

- Stop by our website: http://www.midnightcarnival.info

- Join us on our Discord

- Post here and we'll follow up

- In game: Amastrasza, or ask if "Ama" is on to any guild member (lots of alts)

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon. 

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Class Breakdown:

deathknight (tank) medium until we hit 2MT, 1 Backup

demon hunter (dd) medium 

demon hunter (tank) medium until we hit 2MT, 1 Backup

druid (balance) medium 

druid (restoration) medium (Have 1 and he's OP)

druid (feral-dd) medium

druid (feral-tank) medium until we hit 2MT, 1 Backup

hunter high

mage low (have 2)

monk (healer) medium

monk (dd) medium

monk (tank) medium until we hit 2MT, 1 Backup

paladin (holy) medium

paladin (protection) medium

paladin (retribution) low (have 1, if you can beat his dps you get a cookie)

priest (healer) medium (Have 1 disc)

priest (dd) medium (have 1)

rogue medium

shaman (elemental) medium

shaman (enhancement) low

shaman (restoration) medium

warlock high - we just want your ports and candy, sorry to use you! :-p 

warrior (dd) medium (have 1)

warrior (protection) (have 1 - medium until we hit 2MT, 1 Backup)

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Happy Anniversary

by GMAmalthia, 138 days ago

From Lich King to Legion and beyond...

On Saturday, March 31, 2018 our Midnight Carnival turned 8 years old. 

Eight years of highs and lows, the best people, inside jokes, and evolution... We hope to have eight more. 

Join the discussion on our facebook group as we plan for a 10 year gathering, with all our friends. To celebrate a full decade of love, laughter, and phat loots. 

Be good to each other. Always. 

What has been your favorite memory? Share it with the guild in the comments (hit reply). 

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Raid Team Hiatus, and the LOA of Ama

by GMAmalthia, 202 days ago

Greetings, Carnies and Carnival Fans alike! 

It is my solemn duty to report that your Glorious Benevolent Dictator will be taking a short Leave of absence due to financial issues, but fear not! I AM coming back. I expect to be back in early March at the latest. 

While I am gone, if you need to reach me, the best options are:

● The Facebook Group: Leave me a Message, I get notified

● Discord Chat: Leave a message in #general, I should either see it or someone will tell me it's there

● Contact Aryin. Aryin is in charge while I'm away, if it's something simple like "invite my alt" she, and any member of the guild, can do that. If you need to get ahold of me, (if it's SUPER IMPORTANT) she can. 

Please follow all rules and keep the place alive for me while I'm away. I wont even be gone long enough for someone to petition for my position, so fear not. 

The Raid Team, and the Player shortage

The raid team will go on Hiatus, after raid, on Thursday 2/1. With me away, the raid team is down to nine people. At 10p people have to leave, so they have to stop even though we're supposed to raid for another hour. This has mad it nearly impossible to progress. So the raid team is taking a short break. 

What it means:

● Raid team members are free to PUG raid with whomever they like, starting 2/2. They are also free to ALSO take a break, but they are expected to come back, either way, at the end of Hiatus which is currently estimated to be Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. 

● Raid members can use the spare time to level and gear alts they have been working on, and run Heroics/M+ instances together to do so. When the raid team convenes 3/6 those alts can be ready to take over as the "new" raid team from then on. (Ari goes Tank, Someone goes heals, Zark goes DPS, etc)

● New members of the raid team, being recruited to join beginning on 3/6 can be geared and ready to start at that time. (They still require and application and to meet minimum requirements). (Aryin in particular wants to run and gear these people whenever they are available.

● You will return, ready to go, 3/6/18, Enchanted, Fed, Flasked, with runes and roll coins, ready to go at 5:45p Server for invites. Period. 

What it does NOT mean:

● Gquit and find another team - That would be some serious bad juju considering all we've been through together. Not cool, bro. 

● You can come back whenever you feel like it - Nope. If you don't show up for after Hiatus Raid night, you lose your spot. Sorry bro. 

● The guild is falling apart - Can you not? It is not. Chill your shit. 

● Farvin is a grouchy pants - Okay, well, that one is probably true... 

Notes:

~ Exact return date is subject to changeIt will not be BEFORE 3/6/18, only AFTER

~ If you want to join the raid team, you need to show motivation to improve, be involved in brainstorming ways we can improve or ideas, and work on yourself (Improve your toon) between raid nights. You need to fill out an application (I will check and approve it) Know the raid rules and expectations, and be ready to roll the announced raid night after Hiatus (if there is no announcement, it is 3/6)

~ Ary has a life too. She can't run things with you every night. Expect gearing nights to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, make sure she knows you're interested in coming, and confirm your intent on the calendar. If you sign up but don't show up, you will not be considered for the raid team. 

~ When Raid nights resume, everyone is expected to be ready to pull more weight than before hiatus. You will call out no less than two hours prior to raid, or be found out of compliance. You will be on time for raid, or Notify Ama of possible delay, no later than two hours prior to raid. You will speak when spoken to. Ie. So what went wrong there, and what can we do about it? You will give your opinion, or ask questions if you don't understand something. You will work on your toon between raid nights, even if it's one minor improvement. 

Cheers! See you on the flip side. My account expires at Noon EST on Friday 2/2. See you in March! I will still be posting on the guild News feed, updating the website, and available for questions via facebook. 

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The Raid Team Needs YOU!

by GMAmalthia, 228 days ago

The raid team has, or is shortly losing, people (Because of life, no bad blood) and will be dangerously close to not being able to raid at all when people call out, so we could use YOU. We currently only raid in normal and heroic.

Raid nights are Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9p Server time. You need to commit to all night both nights. You need a 920+ ilvl, fully gemmed and enchanted, with all of the points on your artifact weapon unlocked (with your goal being getting to lvl 75 ASAP). You should have a working knowledge of both your class, and the fights (Wow-head/Icy-veins). You need to have DBM (Deadly Boss Mods) and DIscord installed.

It should be stated for the record that we are not looking to (and cannot) carry anyone. You need to put in the maximum effort to be as efficient (not perfect!) as possible with an eye of always looking to get better. (Running M+'s, Doing world bosses, when the raid week is over, pugging bosses we didn't kill, etc. etc.)

Our group is non elitist. We mess up a lot, but we always try to learn from it. We grow together. We will wipe, sometimes a lot, but as long as we improve per wipe that's expected. All we really expect you to be is on at least our level, (can't carry!) and wanting to have fun.

Everything you need to know, plus the application (which is required) is on the guild forums at: http://midnightcarnival.wixsite.com/index/raiding

ps. We most Need:

1. A FT Healer. (Do not have a shammy or a Pally at all, but anything rocks)

2. A ranged DPS with a Heal OS (To step in when a heal calls out)

3. A Melee DPS with a Tank OS (same but for tanks)

4. Ranged DPS (We have 2 hunters already, we'll still take ya but you'll fight for gear)

5. I guess more melee. Why do they even MAKE so many melee then all the fights are designed to eat them? So stupid... uh.. *cough* we lost our unholy DK, our monk, and we don't have a rogue or a dh. 

In that order. Thanks! Hope to hear from you!

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Badass is the only kind of ass to be.

by GMAmalthia, 231 days ago

Going into the new year, I was reminded that I have not been enforcing the rules and expectations lately, and that there is wide spread abuse as a result, from which our raid performance and guild identity has really begun to suffer.

I don't really have the energy to call people out anymore, and be a hard ass, because generally if people don't care enough to follow the rules, it means they just don't respect them. I could use some officers, but generally they just refer all disputes back to me, so what's the point? The general guild policy is "Don't be a dick." Super easy.

Assuming that disrespect is not the case, and that people are just busy, don't know them, have forgotten them - here they are in all their glory.

I will just assume that now that you know them, you will follow them and remind others who are not to do the same, because you love and value your guild. I will assume that if this is not the case, it will sort itself out.

I'm a dictator, but I strive to be a benevolent one. Help me out by just keeping your awesome dialed up to 10, and I'll keep my bitch switch in the off position. Party time all around. I resolve to be less checked out and make a more active effort. You resolve to make me proud. Win-win.

Guild Rules & Guidelines: http://midnightcarnival.wowlaunch.com/forums/viewforum.php…

Raid Team Rules & Guidelines: http://midnightcarnival.wowlaunch.com/forums/viewforum.php…

Bad ass picture of Judge Dredd riding a raptor who is riding a shark breathing fire... Also some rockets and a bit of pew-pew!:

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Winter Veil 2017

by GMAmalthia, 259 days ago

It's that time of year again... when we're inundated with holiday spirit whether we like it or not, and if anyone was ever going to force something down your throat, it is DEFINITELY Ama.. 

Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a fun guild activity to encourage guildies to make new friends with people they might not normally interact with!

How it works:

    • Submit your name, and a short list of things you might like to receive as a gift. (ie. Amalthia - Battle pets, Tailoring Mats, Flasks)

Example of Email:  Amalthia - Int Flasks, Best in Slot Food, Battle Pets I don't have, Mounts

    • About a week before Christmas (Monday, December 18th) Ama will take that list and use a random number generator to assign all sign ups a secret Santa from the pool and send everyone who they are assigned and their gift list via in game mail. 
    • You pick something from Their list, and in-game mail it to them on December 24th. 

 

Rules:

    • You must be in the guild, and active to participate.
    • If you submit your name, you must also give your assigned guildy a gift.
    • If you gquit, or go offline for a long stretch of time your name will be pulled out of the pool.
    • Do not make unreasonable requests (ie. I REALLY want a Vial of the sands!) or, since it never hurts to ASK, pose your requests like this: Actual Requests: Flasks, Pets I don't have, Gems I need (name them) Fantasy Requests: Vial of the sands
    • Try to stick to the requested gift list. It is OK to spend real money at the blizzard store (Game time/pets/etc.) But MAKE SURE the person does not have whatever you bought first (Check the armory)
    • You may not choose your Secret Santa recipient, nor trade them for another one, you get who you get.

 

To put your name in the Pool either send Amalthia (PLEASE, not all my alts, JUST Amalthia - My Druid) and In-game mail Titled: "Christmas" with your MAIN TOON (the one everyone knows you by, or you're marked as in the roster) and your wish list. Or you can reply to this thread (hit the reply button) and give the same information.  

Christmas Party

The Christmas Party will be December 24th, 5pm Server on (Subject to change). We realize lots of people will not be able to make the party because of family obligations, and that's ok. (Mail your secret Santa gift to the recipient either in the morning, or before you leave town)

We'll all be meeting online and in Discord to hang out and possibly run things together. In commemoration of an EPIC tantrum thrown four years ago, when we wouldn't leave our Christmas Party and go kill the Sha, we used to kill the Sha or Anger wearing Santa Suits. Because we're assholes. But now any one of us can basically solo him, so if you kill the Sha in your Santa suit, screen shot it and we'll make a collage of the images, so post them here for posterity!

 Have Ideas? Share them! We'll incorporate them into our celebrations!

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