Xzerath : Mage(Ranged DPS)

Discussion in 'Accepted Applications' started by Calberin, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. Calberin

    Calberin Xzerath Raider

    1.)Character Name: Xzerath
    2.)Character Class: Mage
    3.)Which role are you primarily applying for?: Ranged DPS
    4.)Armory Profile Link: https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/character/anvilmar/xzerath

    5.)Age:21

    6.)Please provide us with a link to your WoL parses:

    https://www.warcraftlogs.com/rankings/character/7463858/latest

    7.)Why do you want to join TFB?:

    I want to be apart of a team that I won't grow out of in the foreseeable future, surrounded by like-minded and similar skilled individuals to myself.

    8.)Please provide us with a screenshot of your raid UI



    9.)Are you easily offended by racist, sexist, or other such humor?

    No

    10.)Do you have any friends within TFB? Any enemies?

    No

    11.)Do you have any alts worth mentioning?

    A 2nd mage for split raids.

    12.)What is the absolute latest time you can raid?

    3 AM EST

    13.)Please note our raid times are in EST, are you able to make those times stated above?

    Yes

    14.)We raid from 7-11 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. What time zone do we raid in?

    EST

    15.)If the raid leader was to wrongfully chew you out in the middle of a raid how would you react?

    Say I didn't do it, if it was still an issue explain during break/after raid. I would not spend the next 5 minutes arguing why he was wrong. It's not worth wasting raid time over something that doesn't matter.

    16.)If you were asked to sit out for a raid that you signed up for in advance how would you react?

    I'd play CS or Melee and enjoy my night off.

    17.)What two websites do you visit for the most WoW information related to your class?

    MMO Champion and Altered Time

    18.)A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

    He enters the room with a waveshine short hop bair short hop dair shine full hop dair shine full hop fair wavedash ledge grab and says"Is that Xzerath "luigi g0d" Jackson and can I get a exdeeinthechat in the chat?" He's here to spread G O O D V I B E S and the message of 20GX and start a training montage with the end goal of turning me into the next Abate.

    19.)Why are you actively searching for a new guild? What expectations do you have for us?

    I left my guild at the start of the tier to find a new guild, but took a break instead. I want to raid on a higher level than I was previously. My expectation for TFB in regards to raiding is to clear each raid before the next one releases with enough time to parse/farm after. Raiding is everything in this game for me; before ToS dropped I pvped a bit and when the expansion came out I did a lot of M+, but I pretty much exclusively raid.

    20.)How long have you been playing WoW and how many guilds have you been a member of?

    On and off for 11 years, raiding for 5. 2 guilds within those 5 years, not counting alts.

    21.)What is your longest tenure in any one guild?

    1-3 Years

    22.)How active do you plan to be on the forums during your tenure here?

    2-3 Times A Week

    23.)What previous raiding experience do you have?

    7/14H SoO pre mythic, 14/14M after. 7/7H HM, 10/10H BRF, 13/13M HFC, 7/7M EN, 3/3M ToV, 10/10M NH.

    24.)What can we expect from you in our raids?

    A competent player who understands class mechanics and explores the fight mechanics without placing the raid's success in jeopardy.

    25.)Despite our 3 day a week raid schedule and having an application that tests your humor, we can be very serious about DPS/HPS, reflexes, and raid attendance. These will be heavily critiqued by the raid leader. Can you handle this kind of criticism?

    Yes. I'm not a care bear raider.

    26.)What do you feel are the most important aspects of your class and spec? What do you bring to the raid and how do you maximize it?

    The absolute most powerful thing about a mage is the raw utility that all three specs have available. While mage lacks true self-healing and any massive sustain, they do have a few tools that, when used correctly, can save the mage as well as counter major mechanics (Shimmer/Ice Blocking Gul'dan bonds, pre-Greater Invising Mannoroth's Curse, Frost Nova/Cone of Cold Botanist Fetters). All three specs have an elemental barrier (absorbs >1m damage), Ice Block (10s stationary immunity), and on-demand short range displacement in the form of Blink (can be talented into Shimmer, a blink that doesn't interrupt casting). Arcane has a larger Ice Barrier as well as Greater Invisibility, a pseudo 2nd Ice Block that allows movement and persists 3 seconds while able to dps. Frost has a true 2nd Ice Block and larger Ice Barrier which allows countering of a 1 shot mechanic an extra time. Fire both applies HoT when Blinking and Cauterize, a cheat death which can be used to absorb large hits or can be paired with Ice Block to counter DoTs and heal to 35%.

    What I bring as a player is comprehension of my class and competency to learn the fight mechanics. I spend an hour on average every week looking through Altered Time and patch notes to figure out what I need to do to improve. I then will talk with other mages and do in game testing (usually in the form of a couple hours of m+) to get a feel for changes in a variety of settings (single target, cleave and raw AoE). When a major patch comes out (7.1, 7.2.5, ect) I spend several more hours researching, testing and discussing both the spec I believe to be most viable and the class as a whole. That being said, while I do loads of research on my class I don't spend much time researching fights. In my eyes, normal gives a nice layout of the fight, heroic adds one mechanic and makes the others more deadly, and mythic adds yet another mechanic as well as often changing the strategy used to kill the boss significantly (unless it's an end boss with a "super duper secret p5"). The first week the raid is out I run through it on normal a few times on various characters, sift through the dungeon journal, and look for minor class optimization tips I can utilize on each fight. Outside of that however, I typically don't watch many kill videos or check out strats; my job isn't to decide strats, it's to make sure my cog in the machine is polished and oiled, and that's exactly what I do.

    Each mage spec has a strength that you gear around and the type of fight determines which mage spec you play for it: Fire for cleave/AoE, Frost for sustain, and Arcane for bench warming (just kidding, but there is some truth to it. Arcane is also for cleave/AoE and does a worse job at it than Fire does numbers wise, meaning Arcane doesn't really have a place right now. Mages essentially maintain two specs - Frost for almost every fight, and either Fire or Arcane for the occasional AoE fest). When talking about each specs stat builds it can vary significantly based on item level and tier sets, which can be best seen in Fire. Without any tier and low item level, you prioritize crit to around 65% (or where you feel comfortable) then switch into both haste and vers; for fire AoE/cleave you would start perusing mastery for ignite damage. With t19 2 set and t20 4 set however, the value of crit drops a large amount due to both tiers 2 set bonus, meaning crit suddenly becomes one of your worst stats. This sets the stat priority for fire and AoE/cleave almost identical; everything but crit. Because of this, it actually makes gearing for fire very easy. Fire in Legion is traditionally brought for fights such as Skorpyron and Tichondrius for the flash AoE with Living Bomb and Flamestrike as well as free Ignite damage radiating off the boss meaning your only fire gear set you used was mastery. Having a lot of crit however means you can essentially gear fire for both ST and AoE at the same time (something to note is, while this helps gearing you still wouldn't play fire for ST meaning this point is essentially void). For legendaries single target you need Marquee Bindings of the Sun King (bracers), then either Koralon's Burning Touch (belt) or Shard of the Exodar (ring). For AoE you need Darcli's Dragonfire Diadem (helmet) and Kil'jaden's Burning Wish (trinket).

    For Frost your stats depend somewhat on which build you are playing. For both builds however, Glacial Spike and Thermal Void, 33.33% crit is a soft cap known as the Shatter Cap. Shatter is a spell that effects nearly all your major damage abilities. When casting into a frozen target, Shatter takes half your crit and adds it to itself, then adds 50% crit. At 33.33% crit, it takes half (16.66%), adds it back on (49.99%), then adds 50% crit (99.99%). While the magic number is 33.33%, the goal is 30-33% since getting that last few % isn't so important and you can rely on RNG for a good pull. For instance, I'm currently at 32.9% crit which means I can still add and remove some crit and still be okay, allowing me to gain other important stats or just raw item level for an intellect increase. After obtaining Shatter Cap, each build does change in stat priority, but only slightly. For Glacial Spike it's vers > haste > mastery and for Thermal Void it's haste > vers > mastery. For both builds you want Shard of the Exodar (ring) and Magtheridon's Banished Bracers (bracers lol). Shattered Fragments of Sindragosa (helmet) is good as well, however mages run 6 tier pieces meaning Shattered Fragments of Sindragosa can't be used.

    For Arcane you want mastery > crit = int = vers > haste for both AoE and ST. This part is short since, as most mages I was playing fire when Legion came out and started playing Frost for ST when it became better (making Fire my AoE/cleave spec), meaning the last time I played Arcane on a serious level was in HFC (other than the class challenge, if that counts).

    In regards to stats, it should be noted that aside from Shatter Cap, these values fluxuate a great deal based on gear and legendaries and are only a template as to where to start gearing. I look at a piece and see if it fits where I think my stat weights are, and if I think it's a huge upgrade I will put it on. If not, I sim my character in various situations using both the new and old piece to both figure out which is better and to see if - due to stat weight shifts with a new piece - there's any new pieces I can put on that are sitting in my bank. I then export my brand new stat weights and import them into Pawn, which I use to help fine tune gear as I get it within one raid sitting where I don't have the option to sim myself.


    27.)If there's anything else you want to add; either a self bio, information about friends who may join, or if you simply want us to know something not asked, this is the time to let us know.

    Consider my parses from NH; as I stated previously, I took a break when ToS came out leaving me at both a gear and muscle memory disadvantage, meaning they don't give justification to my abilities as a mage and a player.

    Something you may have noticed on my screenshot is that I don't have KJ bound. That's because my on-use button if F, which is currently occupied by my trinket. While I could (and probably will) bind KJ to T instead of the ever useful human racial, KJ isn't an ideal legendary and will be dropped as soon as I obtain the frost bracers.

    Also I was 7/10H NH as a 5 man group (m+ group) before ToS came out, so that's a thing I guess.


    28.)TFB has no guarantee that server transfers will be automatically accepted into the guild. Failure to perform at our level or failure to attend raids reliably during your recruitment period can and will result in denial. Do you accept this risk?

    Yes

    29.)How did you hear about us?

    WoWProgress

    30.)What is your current artifact level on your weapon? Do you have any legendaries?

    58 in frost 52 in fire (I took a break, remember?), 11 legiondaries; noteworthy include TW ring, KJ, fire bracers (no frost bracers yet).
     
  2. Doldra

    Doldra Meleesexual Guild Officer

    Hey there! Right now I believe Ast is glancing over some logs and may be asking one of our mages for some insight as well. Just hold tight.
     
  3. Astraeus

    Astraeus Pope Benedict Arnold XIV Senior Officer Raid Leader

    Hey there,

    your logs from NH from the last tier look pretty good, so we'll offer you a trial starting this coming Wednesday. You'll be a part of what may be our last heroic clear for the tier, and then some of the mythic encounters (At least 1-3, probably more like 1-5). Good luck to you and lets see some magey goodness :)
     
  4. Calberin

    Calberin Xzerath Raider

    Sounds great, I appreciate the opportunity you've given me. See you Wednesday.
     

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