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I have been watching and learning about the Raids over the last few months trying to learn as much as I can and taking part in a few Pugs in order to get my feet wet. I was able to get a group the other night and we took down the first two bosses in Spirit Vale. I guess my question is is anyone here interested in running them or putting together a group? 

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I'm going to necro this thread, because I can... Is this content anyone in MoB is interested in? I left WoW recently due to heavy Artifact Power grind burnout. GW2 has always been the game that holds my heart strings, but I'd really like to see endgame. Before I brave the subreddit to try and find a recruiting raiding guild I wondered if other people who share my values are interested in endgame content?

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On 5/18/2017 at 0:33 PM, Eònan said:

I am playing more GW2 and would be interested, but I'm a noob at GW. :)

Luckily you know me. Noobs are fine as long as they're willing to learn/listen to raid lead instruction. (This assuming I ended up leading, which I intend to do.)

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Yes please, GW2 Raid.  Use to raid...in WoW.  Being tempted sorely by a good buddy of mine to play it again...I am reluctant to.  Please tell me this is going to happen.....as I don't want to go back to paying month by month.  May still play it, but GW2 is my home now.  Um..in that regards....does our guild raid team have room for a clumsy mesmer? :)

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Team,

As we prepare to tackle raiding content, please be aware of the following:

  • Ensure the character you wish to play is built based on current meta options
    • Please note, this does not mean that you must have the meta build or else you cannot raid.
    • Use the following links as a starting point to building your character appropriately. Use this forum as a talking point on build selection.
  • Ensure that you have studied up on the boss fight mechanics, below is a link to get you started. Remember people... the more you know...
  • Ensure that you have access to Discord. The Humble Mumble server has been discontinued for the new hawtness that is Discord.
    • Link to join (never expires)

I'm sure that I am not alone when I say that it takes effort from all parties involved to make large group content a success. I will say that from my research, Guild Wars 2's raiding content is bare bones compared to other MMO's (this is based on the fact that 5 man groups have completed the raid content). As a partaker of several iterations of raiding over the past 15 years (man I'm getting old...) this is not my first rodeo. That said, I want to ensure that all involved are having a good time, that's why we play. By introspectively reviewing the points above and taking consideration in proper application, I believe we can conquer raid content in Guild Wars 2 and have a blast doing so.

Please note, SSJ DMAN (a.k.a. Devin) and myself (Ryan) have headed up the more difficult roles of raiding (aggro specialist, a.k.a. "Tank" and raid support, a.k.a. "Healer"). At this time, consider classes that provide options for condition damage and raw power/precision/ferocity builds (berserker).

Please reach out here or the Discord chat with any questions moving forward. You can catch the regular Guild Wars 2'ers on Discord, generally on a nightly basis. Please join in the conversation in one of the voice channels.

Stay classy, MOB.

-Roontek

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So there is interest!  Good!  I've recently come back, and was interested in raiding once I got some Ascended gear.

I'm a ranger, and was planning on going with a healer build, but since that's filled I guess I should go with one of the DPS/Support Druids instead?  I'd be fine with any, just thought main healer would be in demand.  Would one of these builds be preferable?

https://metabattle.com/wiki/Build:Druid_-_DPS/Support_Condition

https://metabattle.com/wiki/Build:Druid_-_DPS/Support_Power

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38 minutes ago, Eldryth said:

So there is interest!  Good!  I've recently come back, and was interested in raiding once I got some Ascended gear.

I'm a ranger, and was planning on going with a healer build, but since that's filled I guess I should go with one of the DPS/Support Druids instead?  I'd be fine with any, just thought main healer would be in demand.  Would one of these builds be preferable?

https://metabattle.com/wiki/Build:Druid_-_DPS/Support_Condition

https://metabattle.com/wiki/Build:Druid_-_DPS/Support_Power

http://qtfy.eu/build/ranger/#condi_ranger

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Alright: so with interest being garnered I can post a bit more about me.

My main is a Guardian, full ascended across the board including off-meta weapons and such. Those who've played other games with me, Eonan and Eldryth in this case, can vouch for me making the efforts to be the best I can in any scenario. I take raiding seriously because it's a commitment.

My history is that of a raid leader, and seeing that the MoB squad had not previously fielded a team this expansion, it had been my intention to step in and fill that raid leader/shot caller role. It's what I tend to do in games, and have had success with it. I've had several, what I think can be termed, zero to hero success stories. I gravitate towards this role and can honestly say that I tend to have the most fun while in it. Strategies, adaptation and that sort of thing tends to be something I excel at. (Please don't interpret this as me saying "all shall bow to shrimp" but more a "here's my resumé, every team needs a leadership corps")

Now, two of what I'd term my WoW crew, have stepped up and thrown their hats in. (Eldryth and Eonan) We spent the better part of the past year playing WoW together and raiding over there. We also have other WoW guild mates who have been testing the GW2 waters and likely would seek to be incorporated into the raid team as well. I believe Eldryth and Eonan can vouch for us having formed a fairly tight knit crew in our time together in WoW. (This is mostly me vouching for those players who may not yet be on the forums.)

As someone with a raid lead history, I have done a bit of research into GW2 raiding. Reports indicate that for people with a "raiding"  mindset it is a highly satisfying and challenging bit of content. Without a constant gear treadmill, fights can be designed around tight execution and around mechanics that can rarely be simply "outgeared" or "brute forced." GW2 raiding is still in it's infancy, but the people I've talked to and the reading I've done indicate that people who have spent a great deal of time raiding in other games find GW2 to be a refreshing take on the content type. Meta is, sadly, more important in GW2 than in other games, but I do think it's very very important to keep in mind that this will be a learning and growing experience for folks.

 

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I'd like to note that getting Ascended weapons(via crafting) and accessories (using the living story season 3 maps) is fairly important for raiding, but my understanding is that with that starter set in place you can do the early bosses in the early raids and thus get chances at ascended gear drops.

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Spudmaster Bob here! I recently finished my full ascended vipers set including the accessories from LS3 for a PS + Condition Warrior meta build, and am getting antsy to try a few raid encounters.  So far the only one I've read up on is the Spiritvale encounter (round platform, red, green, and blue quadrants), since that is one Dev mentioned we could start with, but if there are any others we are going to start with let me know and I'll check 'em out.

I also have a fully ascended zerker elementalist if needed, but haven't done any research yet on the Meta builds for that one.

Lady is also interested, but I forget which build-type she is targeting.

 

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Don't mind the guidance as well, but I would not want to be liability in a raid.  Not raid ready by any means, but even though I'm not the best at the whole jumping puzzle thing, I'm not a bad mesmer.  Those links will certainly help with the gearing..as I tend to play a condi mesmer.  Still, I am excited that the guild is finally tackling raids.  I still have to clear all the other end game maps...barely started on Bloodstone fen (the whole vertical thing of the expansion is throwing in for a loop).  BUT - I do enjoy the game.  Wouldn't mind doing the end game maps with guildies and some 5 man dungeon whenever anyone is running it.  So stoked though!  Let's do this!  I'm going to work hard to get geared....I just hope someone who played WoW with me and raided me can vouch that I'm not a total noob :)

 

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Of the WoW crew that is coming over, one is playing Condi Engineer, the other is playing Revenant. Currently gearing condi. Have another with some interest as well, though less sure than the first two playing Condi Necro

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Well the point was to practice, so exotics are fine...but definitely be aiming for ascended gear! Trinkets especially you can do with little difficulty; the LS3 zones can be farmed for petrified logs, jade shards, etc...and you can get a full set of ascended trinkets in a couple of days, essentially for free. We had a couple that were not fully geared, and we still managed to do pretty well.

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