Greetings and salutations, everyone, and congratulations on making it through another Monday! As January swiftly draws to a close, ending the second full month of Warlords, we have time to reflect back on all that we’ve accomplished so far- which, for us raiders, is the completion of one or more difficulties of Highmaul. For my raid team (so far), that is 7/7N and 6/7H (hopefully 7/7H this weekend!) And as Highmaul draws to a close, as Imperator Mar’gok lies dead at your collective feet, the sound of drums echoes in our ears, as our senses are filled with the impressions of hot iron, burning coal, and the oppressive heat of an everburning forge.
That’s right. Next week, the Blackrock Foundry raid opens up in Normal and Heroic difficulties, and with it comes new challenges, bosses and the first official Tier of the expansion.
Oh. And Blackhand the Destroyer.
Gird your loins, folks, because Blackhand has a whole slew of new baddies for us to bang our heads off of and- eventually- take down, including Blackhand himself (I hope his fight and death are more satisfying than Ner’zhul’s- whom I am convinced is not dead- and Kargath’s.)
But before you charge off to The Pit in Gorgrond, you should make sure you and your raid are as prepared as you possibly can be! So here are some suggestions to make your first forays into Blackrock Foundry more successful!
Prepping for Raid: Into the Fires of Blackrock Foundry
1. Get your 690 ring. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to have it- just like I said in my Prepping for Highmaul guide. You have had plenty of time to collect your 125 Abrogator Stones in LFR, and the follow on quests aren’t nearly as difficult as the “lets go kill the spirit of a dead dragon” thing you had to do to get your 680. Get it. There’s still plenty of time to finish off your ring! You have a week!
2. Make sure your internet connection is solid. Even filthy casuals can’t stand it when a member of their raid constantly DCs. It just makes everyones’ lives more difficult- it still counts you as there (so the boss’s increased health is still there) but now, whatever role you’re filling is NOT BEING FILLED. No DPS, no heals, no tanking. We’re not asking you to have the best internet you can get- we’re asking you to check your router before raid, make sure the kids aren’t downloading anything while you’re raiding, keep the cat away from the wires, etc.
3. If your FPS are an issue- even with spell graphics turned all the way down- its time to upgrade or fix your shit. No, you cannot raid at 10 FPS, and don’t try to tell me you can. You can’t. You’ll miss things, you’ll end up standing in shit and making healers waste mana on you, you’ll miss a vital interrupt or otherwise not be able to perform at your best. Do us all a favor- fix your video card, invest in a new one, or sit out until you can improve your framerates. We are trying to clear content. If we can do this, then so can you.
4. Make sure you understand your class and how it works. This includes rotations, defensive coolowns, procs, raid wide cooldowns, CC’s, and any tools you need to ensure maximum raid survival. Have questions? Ask someone! Do your research. Remember, things will change between patches, so it is vitally important you keep up with class changes!
5. Improve your situational awareness. This should be a no brainer, but standing in shit is bad. If this is a problem for you- or someone in your raid- there are tools that can help! Download add-ons like GTFO and DBM (and make sure you have the most updated versions, as older versions tend to have bad timers.) Get help and don’t get butthurt if people tell you to stop standing in shit- they’re trying to help you. Accept the help and fix yourself. And if you aren’t the one standing in shit, help people who are! No need to be an asshat about it.
6. Research your Tier set bonuses NOW. This will help in the long run- remember, we have to share tier tokens throughout the raid, so knowing if you can skip your 4-set bonus or not (and which pieces you should be picking up) will be monstrously helpful when those tier tokens start dropping- sharing the wealth means the whole raid gets geared up and has a much higher chance of success overall. Don’t be selfish- don’t take a Tier token if you’re just going to replace it in the next few bosses- suck it up and let someone else have it, someone who WON’T be replacing it with anything other than Heroic Tier.
7. Start getting your Savage Bloods to augment your crafted pieces. Well, technically, you should have started this already. But it won’t hurt to start now, if you’ve been putting it off. Savage Bloods allow you to craft tokens that will upgrade your 640 craftables to 655 (and then to 665!) BRF item level is going to start at 650 for LFR (which will not be out until Feb. 17) and will increase by 15 when you go up a difficulty level (so Normal will start at 665, Heroic will be 680, and Mythic will be 695.) Anything you can do to improve your gear before BRF drops will help- it can’t possibly hurt.
That is it from me for now! Keep your eyes peeled, for there will be many videos coming in the next few weeks! And, as always, keep cool, and stay angry, healers!