Welcome one and all to my raiding recruitment post for World of Warcraft!

Bear with me, this recruiting thing is new to me. But this is serious.

Are you excited about raiding (on Alliance side) once Warlords of Draenor is released, but you’re concerned with the changes coming to raid team sizes? Do you really want to raid, but you don’t yet have a team?

Why not consider joining Team Wanda and the Band of Misfits (Azuremyst-US)?

Team Wanda has had consistent success raiding in World of Warcraft, both normal and heroic modes, for years now but always as a ten person team.

Team Wanda is a progression raid team that is serious about killing bosses and completing achievements, but on a limited weekly raiding schedule. Balance!

With the changes coming to raid team sizes in Mythic, Team Wanda is looking to expand it’s roster with some determined, skilled raiders who are willing to work with others as part of a team, put forth a ton of effort and concentration into each boss attempt, and can consistently be on time and prepared.

Have I scared you off yet, or are you still interested?

Here is the plan.

During this summer, in less than a month, Team Wanda will be expanding from the current 10 person team to a 25 team, and begin raiding normal Siege of Orgrimmar. The first 25-person raid is planned for Wednesday, June 4th.

The purpose of starting the 25 team now is to take advantage of being able to play current content cross-server so that the new 25 person raiders can shake out, get used to working as a team, and give prospective new players from other servers a chance to get to know Team Wanda (and vice versa) and decide in advance whether server transferring to Azuremyst-US and the Band of Misfits guild for WoD raiding will work for you.

Let’s be honest, it also gives a new raider from another server a chance to make a new alt on Azuremyst, level up to max and get geared out before WoD is released, so the cost of a server transfer can be avoided if that’s a problem.

Team Wanda’s raid schedule is;

Wednesdays at 6 -8 server (PST)
Sundays 4-8 server (PST)
Occasional Saturdays 4-8 (PST) (during progression)

All schedules will be up on in-game calendar at least a month in advance, so you can plan for raids accordingly.

Team Wanda still needs about 7 full time raiders to fill out the Mythic team. 

One sad note… we’re full on Hunters. I know! But what can I say, Hunters are a popular class.

We would prefer to also have at least 3-4 more players to be part of the team that would be comfortable being rotated in/out on a weekly basis. This is called a bench, we would need it to ensure raids every week when a few people might have real life conflicts. So if you are serious about wanting to raid and giving your all, but you just can’t commit to raiding two or three nights every single week, you could choose to join the guild and be one of the members of the bench.  You’d obviously need to try to absolutely max out your raiding main so that when you are needed off the bench, you’re ready to go. Swapping in and out will help keep the gear up there.

So. Interested?

If you’d like to join and give it a try, contact Alkeehol#2134 (Tom, Team Wanda’s raid leader and Band of Misfits guild leader) for further details. Remember, our first 25 person raid is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4th.

Tom says he will be making himself available in the coming weeks for any inquiries. Remember, cross-server raiding is available until we get closer to the actual expansion, when it will be fish or cut bait time. Or server-transferring time, anyway.

Tom says that your current gear level is not a big issue, as we are building a team primarily for Warlords and not for Siege of Orgrimmar. Siege normal (and eventually heroic) is just our training ground for the new expansion.

You should be willing to start on the legendary cloak quest if you do not already have one on the character you are planning to raid with, as the buffs to drops coming later in the expansion will make it much easier to obtain.  With that in mind, green level gear will NOT be acceptable, there is an island full of free purples to get you started. This isn’t planned as a carrying service, even though it is pre-expansion raiding. There is an expectation of wanting to progress, which means putting in the work to do so, on both a team level and on an individual level.

Loot? I bet you have questions on loot.

Suicide Kings is currently the leading candidate for the 25 person Mythic loot system, however that isn’t set in stone just yet. Tier pieces are on a separate loot table and will be dealt with on a case by case. A majority of the raiders in our current team are fairly well geared in heroic gear, so gearing new players isn’t going to take a long time with the abundant drops that come from 25 mans.

Speaking for myself, BigBearButt’s raiding main, Ursinerate, has a decent smattering of heroic gear and I’m one of the bench players for the 10 person team. So when Tom says the current team is fairly well geared, he’s not kidding.

Yes, we’re serious.

I know the idea of expanding a raid team at the start of summer may sound strange, but if you think about it, when better to begin preparing, trying out new players and getting a team nailed down before the expansion comes out?

Currently the plan is to just tighten up and focus the team in advance of Warlords raiding, running as a 25 person normal Siege of Orgrimmar team and getting all the kinks worked out.

HOWEVER, that does not preclude any existing heroic raid progression.  Our current 10 man team clears Malkorok heroic weekly, and we would like to be able to get back to that if not PAST that point with our newly expanded 25 man squad in the days before Warlords of Draenor.

Wait, Bear. I thought you freaking quit?

Um.

Well, I haven’t yet. At this time I have canceled my account, but there are still 13 days active before it shuts down, and I really don’t know if I am going to be able to break the WoW habit or not, especially in the face of Team Wanda raiding. Maybe I’ll renew for the summer, maybe I won’t.

You should keep in mind that this isn’t about raiding with BigBearButt, I may or not be there, and if I’m not there over the summer I probably won’t have earned a spot in the team once Warlords of Draenor comes out.

If you talk to Tom, you should do so because you want to be part of the most kick ass and fun team full of upbeat energy and ‘can do’ attitude without whining or bitching I’ve ever seen. A team that doesn’t suffer fools gladly, or at all.

If I came, would I feel welcome?

It’s a sad commentary on our times (or on what I see on the internet, anyway) but it’s important to me to say that this is not an all frat-boy college-age raid team. There are people from all walks of life in this team right now, of all ages and sexes, and they are joined by a burning desire to kill some freaking internet dragons.

Don’t come expecting a problem and hoping to find something to offend you, and don’t bring your own problems with you to slop on other people. Respect goes both ways.

That means people won’t be talking racist or sexist crap, but at the same time there may very well be tons of jokes about how drunk some people (including the raid leader) may be during off night raids, because all walks of life are welcome, INCLUDING the hard drinking dragon slayer.

Long post, but we’re kicking it into high gear and hoping to fill out the team before the first raid on June 4th.

Interested?  Contact Alkeehol#2134 through Battle.net or send me an email with your questions to thebigbearbutt@gmail.com and put “Team Wanda” in the header.

6 Responses to “Band of Misfits is looking for a few good Heroes!”
  1. Sprowt says:

    I don’t know why, but I was shocked when I followed your Armories character link and DIDN’T find a bear!! :p

    Good luck with the recruiting .. sounds like a great bunch of people, and I’d be tempted if I was US ;-)

    • bigbearbutt says:

      Been a long time since I raided with my bear. Sadly, the class mechanics were changed out from under me, and I never adapted to a point where I liked it. Broke my heart, but I’m not gonna whine, I’ve found others I still enjoy.

      • Sprowt says:

        Even now, it still fills me with joy when we get a new bear tank. One of our main tanks, who has been playing a paladin, has recently geared up his bear to tank and I love it!! I don’t know whether I just have a weird fetish for furry butts, or if its just nostalgia, but I do love healing furry tanks ;-)

  2. Jem says:

    Good luck with the recruitment and team building. Numberswise though you don’t need more than 25 people if you plan to have a bench, Mythic raiding will be fixed at 20 man, not 25man in WoD.

  3. Navimie says:

    Good luck with recruiting! :) Though I would be petrified and too awed to be raiding with the BBB!

  4. Mannyac says:

    BBB you should consider joining WAAA (warcraft addicts anonymus of america) I hear they raid , um I mean meet, once per month..

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