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by Published on 2024-03-03 05:57 PM

Arena World Championship Dragonflight Season 3 - Mid-Season Clash
Arena World Championship has returned for Dragonflight Season 3! Tune in on Twitch and YouTube to watch gladiators fight for victory in the Mid-Season Clash, a double-elimination, cross-region bracket with $100,000 USD in prizing!


by Published on 2024-03-03 03:58 PM

Big Dumb Guild Disbands
Lozy, Guild Master and Founder of BDG, announced the disbanding of their hardcore/RWF guild after over nine years of raiding. Major factors that contributed to this decision include a decline in leadership, losing core players to burnout or other guild offers, and loss of sponsors.

Lozy expressed deep gratitude to all guild members, officers, partners, and supporters. He highlighted the importance of the community and gaming friendships, inviting former members and ex-raiders to connect for a chiller raiding environment for the next World of Warcraft expansion - The War Within.
Originally Posted by Lozy

As some of you may have noticed, we haven't really done anything since our kill 2 months ago. Some of this time has been for a break, some for considering which direction to go in the future, and some of it has just been me dragging my feet. After a putting a little over 9 years of my life into running this guild (first raid Oct 28, 2014), I'm announcing the disbanding of BDG as a hardcore/RWF guild.

A couple of the bigger reasons for this that all kinda work together:

  • Decline in leadership, both in quality and quantity. This has mostly been a recent problem, but I definitely don't feel the same level of desire I did back in the Castle/Sanctum days when I was excited to do work. It’s not fair to say raiding became an obligation for me, but the passion and desire was gone. I could have done better. Couple that with having to change out basically my entire officer team twice in the past year, business partners stepping away, and high amounts of stress/anxiety I've been feeling since Castle, I'm left with little motivation to continue this other than inertia. It doesn't feel right for me to give my guys anything short of my best.
  • Losing core players each tier either to retirement/burnout or taking offers from the top 3 (as they should). Regardless of the quality of their replacements, the process slowed us down and created a sense of a perpetual rebuild that gave the guild something of an identity crisis. Anyone who has been here for even a year knows what I mean, and it sucks. This just isn't something most core raiders on roster want to do again for the 3rd time.
  • Loss of sponsorship has a lot to do with the above points as well. This mostly ties into the first point of us not doing enough internally to secure our future, but pretty obviously the scene requires money that doesn't exist here anymore. Makes it hard for anyone to justify the time commitment outside of extreme passion, which frankly speaking, most people lose in about two tiers.

As for what happened this tier, I think we always knew a rebuild tier was gonna be rough. I thought Aberrus was going to be a rough rebuilding tier with all the stuff we endured post Vault (key players retiring, new officers, handful of people leaving a month before the tier), but we somehow pulled a W4th out of that. It seemed like it was feasible to match that performance, or at least get close, so that's where the expectation got set. After we realized we were not playing up to this standard (early Smolderon), that kinda set us on a path that spiraled down into poor play and attitudes we had to fight through primarily, rather than just fighting the mechanics. I am proud we stuck it out through all that though and finished the tier, as I think it would've felt significantly worse to end halfway through, which looked like a real possibility at one point.

I do want to express my sincerest gratitude for everyone who has been through this guild, all 295 of you. If I've learned anything in the past 2 months of not really playing WoW, it's the people that I miss the most, more so than the game. Ultimately, you all are what made this special. Feel free to DM me if you want to talk about the old days, high points, or low points. Anything from the US200 days in early WoD, or one of our INSANE world firsts (Vectis or Desolate Host or Fated Sire woooo), fun games of League or Tabletop, or any of the RWFs we took part in, or just to catch up! I'd be happy to talk to all of you, and wish you great success in life.

I'd also like to shout out all the officers and leadership that have been in this project with me. I think you all are some of the best gaming friends I've made, and a lot of you have challenged me and pushed me to be a better person and a better leader, and I'll always be thankful for that. There's gonna be a few too many people to list here, but from the early days of US 200th with Glade, Dhaubbs, Comfy, and Bubba, to our nightly era with Maevey, Witts, Cherryvodka, and Darkbard, to our most recent era with Dbzy, Darkfurion, Shampy, Impakt, Hyper, Sloot, Maple, Ftm, Crystal, Wolf, Zoey, and Flawless - I want to thank all of you for the work and sacrifices you put into making this guild a place I will never forget.

I also want to extend a huge thank you to all the people we worked with at Golden Guardians: Hunter, Spellsy, Danan, and Johnny to name a few. You all truly enabled my dream of participating in the RWF, and I'm not sure how to ever properly thank you all for that.

To my analyst team this tier - Choice, Doro, John, and Permok: I very much appreciate all the work you did behind the scenes, prepping, and after/before hours to keep me in the raid. Scared to think where we would've been without the instant WA support, or all the late-night Aug TCing, datamining, or anything and everything else. I hope you all can find another home in the scene if you want. Don't be strangers.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone in the community, in particular the people that tuned into our streams, helped us with crafting, splits, participated in our charity events, or just had fun interactions with our members. You all are the single most important aspect of WoW, and your support meant the world to us. May all your journeys be filled with success and adventure!

As for myself, I haven't committed to a future direction yet, in game or out of game. I still think there's a lot of passion in me for this game and this community, I just need a few months off to figure it all out after redlining it for 3 years straight. Maybe I'll be a part of the RWF elsewhere, maybe I'll reform with a some friends as a chill(er) nighttime guild for the new expansion (any ex-raiders that made it this far hit me up).

With heartfelt thanks and best wishes,
Lozy
GM/Founder of BDG
by Published on 2024-03-01 07:15 PM

New Shop Transmog - Dreadlord's Regalia Pack
A new transmog bundle is now in the shop for $20.00. The Dradlord's Regalia Pack includes two new Dreadlord transmog sets, the Dreadlord's Venombane and Dreadlord's Shadowbane sets.

Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker)

The Dreadlord's Regalia Pack Includes:
  • Dreadlord's Venombane Set
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Helm
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Shoulderpads
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Tunic
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Sash
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Breeches
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Wristband
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Grips
    • Dreadlord's Venombane Wings
  • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Set
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Helm
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Shoulderpads
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Tunic
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Sash
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Breeches
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Wristband
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Grips
    • Dreadlord's Shadowbane Wings

Ash'adar Mount Now In Shop
The Ash'dar, Harbringer of Dawn mount, previously a reward from the monthly trading post log last year, is coming to the shop for a limited time. It is available now for $25.00.

Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Herald in the heavens astride the ethereal, color-shifting Ash'adar, Harbinger of the Dawn* now available for a limited time** through the in-game shop.


Kaldorei legends whisper of a relentless hunter prowling amongst the deepest shadows of Kalimdor, never sleeping. By the light of the sun or the moon, Ash'adar now hunts with you.

Add Ash'adar, Harbinger of the Dawn, to your collection of mounts before it leaves for otherworldly adventures on March 31. And, for the fashion-forward, this mount also pairs well with the color-shifting Burden of Relenting Justice transmog set.

* Not available in World of Warcraft Classic games.
** Requires World of Warcraft® Subscription or Game Time.

Blues News: March 1, 2024
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Stay up to date with World of Warcraft when you join us each week as we round up some of the latest top blue posts and discussions.

Here are this week's highlights:
Dragonflight
  • Hotfixes
    • With the recent hotfixes, the maximum number of Follower Dungeons a player can enter in 24 hours was increased to 50. The presence of Followers in dungeons no longer decreases the XP earned by the human players.

Season of Discovery
  • Developer Update
    • The WoW Classic Team provided a wide-ranging update on changes coming to Season of Discovery soon, as well as their current thinking about design in the long term.
  • Hotfixes
    • Season of Discovery Phase 2 received many hotfixes, including a class tuning pass.

The War Within
by Published on 2024-03-01 11:03 AM

Set Your Sights on March's Community Discords Program
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Keep warm and dry inside with the Community Discords program. This month we welcome a new Discord Server to the program—Achievements.



Achieve with a New Program Member

Meet the latest members to the Community Discords Program—Achievements. This English-speaking server brings together like-minded completionists to form groups to work on achievements and various other content throughout the game.

Join the server here- https://discord.gg/achievements.



Dungeon Dojo

Mythic+ Monday

Every Monday the community comes together to help each other learn how to do Mythic+ content. Beginners, returning players, or those who are learning a new class or specialization are all welcome. This is also the perfect time to achieve Key Stone Master and Key Stone Hero titles before the end of the season.

Weekly Raid Progress

The Dungeon Dojo now raids two times a week. On Wednesdays, take on Heroic difficulty Amirdrassil, for new players and for those willing to push themselves a bit more. On Fridays, join them for Normal difficulty raiding. It’s a great time to just chill and learn the fundamentals of raiding for all those who want to!

Dungeon Dojo Invitational Season 3

The biggest event for the Dungeon Dojo returns on 15-16-17 March. Teams from across the world battle to prove their skills, what they have learnt through the season, or simply just to have fun! The whole event will also be broadcast on the Dungeon Dojo Twitch channel at https://twitch.tv/dungeondojowow with a wonderful team of casters!

All Druid Run

On 2 March the Dungeon Dojo is doing an all Druid Run in Amirdrassil in Normal difficulty to showcase this very versatile class. Tune in for the fun!

Join Dungeon Dojo community here: https://discord.gg/dungeon-dojo-874265119050301490



Starship March Events

The Starship Cup - Dragon Riding Tournament. SUBMISSIONS OPEN
Date: 22 March

Starship proudly presents "The Starship Cup" – join the exhilarating global dragonriding tournament!
Get ready to soar through the skies as submissions open on 22 March. Share your swiftest dragonriding clips on the Starship Discord for a chance to compete. Open to riders from all regions, the top 16 fastest times will advance to the world finals in June. Witness the intense head-to-head contest live on Twitch!

Sunday Raid School for New Players and Alts
Date & Time: Every Sunday from 20:30 realm time.

Are you new to raiding or looking to enhance your skills in a supportive and non-judgmental environment? Join Starship every Sunday for their Raid School. All skill levels are welcome as their experienced raid leaders guide you through current content raid strategies. If you can't make it in-game, catch the action on Twitch.

Streamers Wanted!

Starship community is looking for streamer. If you're a content creator and believe you'd be a great fit, reach out to the Starship admin team! Various opportunities, including casting roles, will be available.

Join the Starship Community here: https://discord.gg/YnEjUDXa



Warcraft Priests

In February the Warcraft Priests team participated in the Oracle Priest Hero Talents reveal. Join the server for to participate in a deep dive analysis of the hero talent tree- https://discord.gg/A7PzqhuT.

You can watch Warcraft Priests and the Taliesin&Evitel interview with George Velev and Rodney Pare here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI8vD46N9nM&t=1s.



WoW Secrets Finding & Collections

The WoW Secrets Finding & Collections has been busy playing Hearthstone and of course they figured out the new secret.
Join https://discord.gg/wowsecrets WoW Secrets Finding & Collections server to learn more!



Don’t press your luck and miss the March fun. Check in on the various Community Discords for any new activities they may have in store for the month.
by Published on 2024-03-01 12:02 AM

Community Council 2024 Update - Member Invites & PTR Content Coming Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Athlios: Is this project still useful and alive?

Yes! Very much so.

This week, we happen to be in what looks like a lull, because so much focus is on behind-the-scenes work. We’re spinning up the next round of new invites to the Council, which means we’ve been cataloguing and vetting and sorting through the thousands of applications. That also means that players who joined the Council in the first couple of months of 2023 will depart, and that’s a different set of behind-the-scenes work.

For the devs, there’s currently a lot of focus on upcoming content that is not yet being publicly examined. That will shift in the coming weeks, as we reveal some things and re-open our public test realms and then commit to the exchange of details and feedback that come with it.

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