Arrexander – Mal’ganis
2. Class, Race, and Spec (and Artifact Level):
Blood Elf Windwalker Monk (42 HoA)
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://www.worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/c ... Arrexander
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)?
Bottom line up front: your raid times are beyond ideal. I’m a 30+ hour a week player. Usually, on weekdays I’m on around ~4pm-12am EST and almost perpetually on weekends. Daily, I’m in school and work on-campus. My schedule is Mon-Fri 9:00am-4pm EST (at the earliest and latest). Between semesters my schedule is not varying too much, soon I’m going to have less in-person classes; my schedule is projected out until the end of Spring 2020. The only disturbance in my schedule is I’m going to my buddy’s wedding on July 26-30.
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.
BoD: 3/9M 9/9H
Uldir: 4/8M 8/8H
In Legion, I received every AoTC with a few scattered mythic kills/progression. I returned to Legion after a breakthrough half of MoP and
WoD due to a career change, so Legion for me was primarily about relearning how to be a high-end player. I don’t feel the need to bore anyone with the “back in the day” BC/WotLK raiding stories.
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?
It’s nothing personal against my present guild, but it's just not an environment where I can grow as a player. I have fun playing the game when activities are more challenging, and the evidence is there to support this is a group that feels the same (at Spike Flail). The primary reason for my interest is the amount of time your guild has been around. I’ve been in too many “startup” guilds since the start of Legion and want to postulate somewhere that’s stood the test of time. I’m only looking to go somewhere for the long run.
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/Survivability?
I don’t know if there’s a right answer, but in analysis I usually begin by answering the question “How can I take less damage?” Maybe it’s understanding a mechanic better or just better Touch of Karma/Diffuse Magic timing. After examining the damage, I audit DPS logs through WoWanalyzer to shame myself if any combo strike breaks occurred. If my DPS numbers still aren't where they should be I look to micro abilities better to maximize cleave and think of how to increase uptime. In general, I’m very self-hating when it comes to numbers and logs, regardless of how I perform I’m a firm believer there’s something that could be done better.
7b. What fights in the current tier do you swap Talents and Traits 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.
The beautiful thing to WW monk is the only talents I swap are for convenience/damage reduction. The sixth talent tree is the only place where PvE DPS monks can make choices, but in a raid environment, Xuen is outperforming Hit Combo on all fights. Magic heavy fights like Mechatorque, Jaina, and Opulence I go Diffuse Magic and everything else is Dampen Harm. Aside from utility swaps I only have to talent change to Hit Combo over Xuen in M+ due to the sustained AoE DPS.
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?
I touched earlier on my belief in predictive playing and using wowanalyzer to shame myself. In terms of pure log analysis regardless of where I stand in damage taken, I go the step to see exactly what mechanics are spiking me down. Then, research the ability, watch videos, ask guildies, anything until I can narrow down something more I can do to negate the damage taken.
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.
Latest Prog: https://www.warcraftlogs.com/reports/7DdAtmYN2xJLzCGH
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.
To avoid just linking farm parses I will only analyze a recent progression parse: https://www.warcraftlogs.com/reports/7D ... amage-done
Ignoring damage numbers, this was an average parse with a substantial room for improvement. I broke mastery three times to avoid mechanics, which is easily improvable and results in approximately a 26.7% damage reduction on that and the next cast ability, which in each case was either a Tiger Palm or Blackout Kick. Not wasting a big damage ability following is a positive, but improvement needs to be made. Despite 5 casts of volatile charges I still managed to maintain high uptime.
For fear of being long-winded, I’ll stop here. To sum up, a good parse is simply a parse where your rotations breaks are minimal, and damage taken is minimized.
10. Can your PC handle WoW at high effects (Lust, Scorp Room, etc.)?
Intel i7 7820x, GTX 1080ti, Samsung m.2 512gb, 32GB 3200MHZ RAM
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.
12. Tell us a bit about yourself. Age, gender, work/school, hobbies, etc. Add anything else you feel is pertinent.
My name is Alex, unsurprising, and I’m a 26-year-old married dude living in the Midwest. I’m currently pursuing a second degree in Mathematics to maximize my chances of pursuing a PhD in Economics. Aside from WoW, I live in statistical research.
Edit: Failed to mention I also keep a DH, DK, and Warlock all near-raid ready and am always willing to flex what best fits the present guild needs.
13. Out-of-game contact information - Discord tag, Battle.net ID, etc. Some way we can contact you besides these forums.
After some review we're going to have to unfortunately pass on your application at this time. The gap between your progression and ours is unfortunately a bit too high especially for a melee app. You seem to do relatively well given the limited nature of your Mythic guild and the slow kill times that come with it, but the first 3 bosses are really easy and not an accurate measure of what we need to see to consider a Trial. Feel free to reapply down the line if you find yourself with a deeper resume of progression closer to ours. Thanks again and best of luck!
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