Mënd - Stormrage
2. Class, Race, and Spec (and Artifact Level)
Priest, Void Elf, Disc (77)
3. Link to an Armory profile, and an explanation of anything that may not be readily apparent from your Armory profile (alternate sets of gear, currently PvP-specced, etc.)
https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/chara ... /m%C3%ABnd
4. What are your usual playing hours? Are there days/times when you are consistently unavailable? Inform us of your daily work/school schedule, what time do you get home from work/school, and what time must you be in bed for the next day. Are you able to make our raid times in general? Is this availability going to change within the next few months, or with a change in Semester (if applicable)?
I work from 7am - 3:30 or 4pm CST. I usually get to bed around 11pm CST sometimes a little bit later. My work schedule is very set and won't change from the current times. I am a new father (7 month old son) but this won't interfere with raiding at all. Raiding Spike Flails times are wife approved.
5. Discuss your prior endgame raiding experience. Specify your experience with Heroic/Mythic in previous content as well as your experience in the current tier.
Vanilla - Cleared everything pre-Naxx while current. I took a break between early Naxx release and TBC launch.
Burning Crusade - Cleared everything pre-Sunwell while current. Again took a break early in the last tier to start college. I was unable to raid 5 nights a week and did not return until Cataclysm. I raided with <Vital> on Dark Iron.
Wrath of the Lich King - As stated above, I did not raid / play in WotLK (unfortunately) since I was taking that time to focus on college.
Cataclysm - I was limited to normal raids and a small foray into Heroic later in the expansion, but nothing of note. I was quite casual due to still being in school but wanted to raid very lightly.
Mists of Panderia - I played minimally in MoP due to a rocky marriage to my first wife. We divorced late in the expansion. I remained fairly casual throughout the expansion, raiding mostly LFR.
Warlords of Draenor - Warlords is where I started to take raiding "seriously" again. I actively worked towards improving my progression in Mythic content and made strides to improve my performance. I worked my way up from being rather casual for the past few expansions (and to be honest early in the expansion) to getting Cutting Edge in HFC. In addition to HFC, I did some Mythic progression in HM and BRF but it was minimal and nothing to take note of. Later in the expansion I began getting involved in helping others in the Priest community, which continued through the end of Warlords and into Legion.
Legion - Legion is where I really grew into my own. I started to become very active in the Priest community (different forums and Discord). I used to write the guide on HowToPriest and moderate there until around May of last year. After some disagreements with the administration there I decided to help create Focused Will with some of the top Discipline Priest theorycrafters and players in the world. We're now the premier Discipline resource. In addition to Focused Will, I am the author for the Icy Veins Discipline guide (which I'm currently working on for BFA).
In regards to raid progression in Legion, I attempted to get CE in each tier but due to working my way up the ladder in 2 night guilds, I missed out on ToV, NH (by a hair, we almost had Gul'dan dead before the ToS patch dropped) and ToS. My Legion raid progression is below:
EN - 7/7M
ToV - 2/3M
NH - 9/10M
ToS - 7/9M
ABT - 11/11M
As stated above, I have a 7 month old son who was born in the middle of November 2017. I began phasing out of raiding about 1-1.5 months prior to his due date to help get the house ready and take a break before he was born. I came back to WoW after taking roughly a 6 month break after his birth (while still being active in the Priest community). I re-joined a guild I was in (<Storm> on Stormrage, US #156 2 night guild) and ended up getting CE in ABT, though, most of my experience is on Aggramar and Argus since I came in late to their progression (have done a handful of kills on the other bosses).
6. Why do you want to leave your current guild? Why do you want to join us? Specifically, what interests you in our band of merry idiots?
To be honest, I really love my current guild. <Storm> is full of amazing people and I feel terrible that I want to move onto something else, but I think it's time for me to grow again. I've been "settling" for 2 night raid guilds due to my (formerly) demanding schedule at work, going to school, being married>divorced>married again and now having a son. I feel like over the course of Legion I've matured as a player and am ready to get back to a "heavier" raiding schedule and prove myself in a more prestigious guild.
I felt like your emphasis on being a guild that consists of students and working adults (some of whom are parents) fits what I am looking for, and the days / times fit perfectly. The thoroughness and professionalism in your replies to other applicants was a major plus in my book as well. I think in terms of personality, Spike Flail would be a good fit for me.
7. Give us some info on your class knowledge and self performance analysis in this section:
7a. What resources and practices do you use to keep up with your class and maximizing your DPS/HPS/Surivability?
I have a unique situation in this regard. Being a guide writer for Icy Veins / admin and editor on Focused Will (Discipline Priest website/discord), I have direct contact with all of the Discipline theorycrafters and the top Discipline Priests in the world. I have a very deep understanding of the spec and when changes are made I usually have a good instinct to know what changes will mean to our talent selection and playstyle.
7b. What fights in the current tier do you swap Talents and Legendaries to something different than the norm (if at all)? What do you swap and why? Feel free to list on a boss per boss basis.
For Discipline, it's normally pretty cookie-cutter but there are exceptions. For instance, on Varimathras we would spec into Clarity of Will to ensure Necrotic Embrace targets would be able to be topped off before the debuff wore off and they received the healing debuff. Certain encounters would require us to spec into Shield Discipline (if a fight was longer or if we would not receive external mana in the form of Blessing of Wisdom or Innervate, example being Aggramar). Usually swapping to Shield Discipline was done when doing so wouldn't affect overall performance and I would have proper cooldowns to cover raid-wide AoE damage.
7c. How do you analyze your performance on a new fight and figure out how/what you can improve on next week? Don't just say you use logs and compare to others of your class - what specifically are you looking for when you have a good/bad parse?
Learning new fights usually consists of learning much of it on the fly (if you're progressing before any guides or public logs are available) but I will use logs in most cases to perfect my play after the first week.
Some things I normally do when trying to learn a new fight or am reviewing kill / wipe logs:
- Timing for when I do my "burst rotation". The difference between starting my DPS 1s after raid damage or .25 seconds after raid damage is important. If I could adjust my timing to ensure Atonements are out at the proper time to allow me to follow up with damage can make a big difference in my performance week over week.
- Verify I am using my cooldowns optimally. In most cases, I can learn this "on the fly" when progressing on a new boss, but reviewing when damage events occur after some attempts could help assist me in ensuring I plan my cooldowns where they make sense. If swapping talents from Shield Discipline (more mana return) to Mindbender (more frequent pet cooldown available) would provide me better performance or align better with the bosses abilities, I can adjust.
- Spot wasted casts. Currently, Plea is a culprit in a lot of wasted healing and mana drain for Discipline Priests. Reviewing spells that are not efficient and modifying my play is one of the main things I try to do early in progression. In most cases I play "balls-to-the-wall" in very early progression to try and push phases / get through difficult healing mechanics but will adjust over attempts to be more conservative and targeted in my casts to conserve mana as we push into later phases.
- Awareness. I try to be a hawk when it comes to taking unnecessary damage or moving too much. The less movement I have to make is the more I can DPS/heal. I look for damage events that could have been avoided and make mental note during progression attempts to adjust my positioning.
8. Please include your character log report showcasing your performance on the relevant bosses of the tier. If your logs are private, please change your Warcraftlogs login and list the username/password here so we can access your logs. If you aren't comfortable listing it publicly, please PM it to Palin privately on these forums. Please remember to change your WCL login again a few days later after we've reviewed your application.
https://www.warcraftlogs.com/character/ ... /m%C3%ABnd
9. Of the above logs, please do a quick analysis of what fights you did well on, what went wrong on certain fights, etc. Use this chance to explain any context behind good/bad logs.
https://www.warcraftlogs.com/reports/TW ... ity=194384
I focused on Decimation healing mostly in this encounter. Rapture was best used here for when I needed to be mobile during the first Apocalypse Drive. It was not up for the second but I did use Rapture later after it came off CD for a Decimation. My CD timing was ok at best, I could have went with Mindbender and gotten 3 uses out of it versus just 1 Shadowfiend. I ended the encounter with close to 40% mana which means Shield Discipline was overkill for that attempt.
https://www.warcraftlogs.com/reports/Z3 ... 12&phase=4
I had a really good burst here and handled quite a bit of the damage during the intermission. I normally start the intermissions with Rapture > PW:R > Evangelism + Velens > Pet > Penance > Smites and then will reapply Atonement and go into another PW:R > Lights Wrath at approximately 15 targets for the 2nd big burst.
Intermission 2 I had issues. I think this was mostly due to the HPal getting a good Aura of Sac off and essentially sniping me. Not really a big deal since intermissions are the most concerning part of the encounter.
Outside of Intermission's it's difficult to grab a lot of the healing since it's mostly spot healing, but after popping add's and the 2nd swipe I would try to quickly get out a PW:R > Penance. I think I have room to improve on Aggramar but I feel I did well even if the parse itself isn't that high.
10. Can your PC handle WoW at high effects (Lust, Scorp Room, etc.)?
11. Please include a SS of your raiding UI. IF A KEYBINDING IS NOT SHOWN NO YOUR FRAME, PLEASE EXPLAIN AND list any relevant keybinds not shown in the screenshot. Make sure we can see everything that pops up in a raid, meaning take the SS in combat in LFR or something of the like so we can see your boss mods, timer positioning, WeakAuras, raid frames, etc.
Out of combat / out of group:
Everything active (mouse-over bars are shown):
My raid timers are converted into a WA (DBM as a base) using the Pho Guild Timer WA (provides some added customization, located left of my Carafe/Blinding Light/Bursting/Innervate WA's). I have a custom cursor WA that I made that shows me the most important CD's around my cursor. Raid frames are bottom middle and major CD's are below that. I have my chat frame in an odd place since that's where I have my webcam for streaming. I've turned off healing numbers since they are pointless and they add clutter to my screen.
I have a slightly older version (I need to update this before BFA) of my UI posted on the Focused Will website here.
12. Tell us a bit about yourself. Age, gender, work/school, hobbies, etc. Add anything else you feel is pertinent.
I'm a 30 year old male engineer for John Deere. I have a wife, 7 month old son and a 5 year old doggo. My hobbies really consist of gaming (90% WoW, maybe a little overwatch and some stuff on the Switch). I'm looking at taking streaming seriously in BFA, so we'll see how that goes but I'm going to stick to it and try to grow my brand.
13. Out-of-game contact information - Discord tag, Battle.net ID, etc. Some way we can contact you besides these forums.
Discord is probably best for ease of contacting me, Mend#0001 on Discord. Battle.net is Mend#11540