Hug a Murloc (HaM) is an Alliance guild on the Kilrogg server. HaM was formed on November 1, 2013 as a Re-roll guild, and we're proud of the fact that we're one of the re-rolls that actually made it to end game. In late November, 2013, the Kilrogg and Winterhoof servers were merged, so members of both servers are welcome in HaM. We founded HaM to provide a laid-back and friendly atmosphere of tight-knit players who still enjoy playing the World of Warcraft (WoW) but understand that WoW is a hobby, not a second job. We are focused primarily on the late-night player with real-life committments. We believe the bonds of friendship you forge are more important than any boss you defeat or loot you obtain.
We understand and embrace the desire to keep playing and enjoying WoW, but without the pressure to log in every night or raid four nights a week. Our focus in on Flex progression through SoO first. After we clear SoO on Flex, we will form a 25-man team to clear it on normal.
We raid on Tuesday & Thursday nights from 9:00pm PST - 12:00am PST (Server time).
We use an EPGP loot system for all our normal attempts.
While we are a guild for busy folks, don't mistake our relaxed approach as lacking a clear vision or having defined expectations. When we are raiding we expect members to give 100% effort, play their character correctly and down normal and flex-mode content.
The Officers have been discussing it and the plan is for HaM to transition to a 25-man 'Normal' raiding guild for the rest of MoP. The plan is still to complete SoO on Flex and then switch over to Normal mode. However, there will be a transition period where we will likely be doing both so we can ensure that everyone has the gear necessary to do well in Normal SoO. In the event we cannot consistently field 25 people, our fall-back will be to create two, 10-man raids.
We decided on a 25-man format for several reasons. The main reason was that we enjoy all your company. :) Seriously, this guild has been raiding as a single unit since we first stepped into Molten Core at 60 back in November. The idea of splitting the group up into different teams just wasn't appealing. Additionally, 25-man allows for a larger variety of specs and classes, and is not quite as punishing as 10-mans are. I'm sure some of you will love this idea and some not as much, but we hope you'll stick with us.
Below is a very rough outline of our plans for the next month. Please keep in mind this is not set in stone, but more a roadmap of where we'd like to go. There are many variables that can and will alter the plan. One of the main variables you all control, and that's how focused we all are as a raid team at downing the Flex Content. :)
3/11/14 - Flex Wings 3 & 4 *Last night we will run Wing 3*
3/13/14 - Normal Immerseus + Protectors, Flex Wing 4
3/18/14 - Flex Wing 4
3/20/14 - Normal Immerseus + Protectors, Flex Wing 4
3/25/14 - Flex Wing 4
3/27/14 - Normal Immerseus + Protectors, Flex Wing 4 (if Garrosh not down)
4/1/14 - Flex Wing 4
4/3/14 - Normal 25-man
4/8/14 - Flex Wing 4
4/10/14 - Normal 25-man
4/15/14 - Flex Wing 4 *Last day farming Flex wing 4*
4/17/14 - Normal 25-man
4/22/14 - Normal 25-man *first week or exclusive normal mode*
4/24/14 - Normal 25-man
Thoth has set Mondays and Wednesdays as 'Alt' Flex nights. As we continue to drop Flex wings from our normal Tuesday/Thursday raid nights, Thoth will try to add them to the 'Alt' nights. This will ensure that you can still farm specific pieces of Flex gear you need for your main, or you can gear up an alt.
For Normal Raiding we will be using an EPGP loot system.
As we get closer to April, and our transition to focusing exclusively on normal raids, we'll post the requirements necessary to be a consistent member of the normal raid team. As we've said all along, Flex raiding is a right of this guild, but normal raiding will require a higher level of commitment and performance. Flex raids will continue to be offered on off-nights so even if normal raiding is not for you, there will still be plenty to do in HaM. :)
Signing up - Please, please, please sign up on the calendar for raids. In order to become a 25-man guild we need a clear handle on who is showing up consistently so we can determine if we need to recruit more or not. Priority on raid nights will be given to those members who have signed up and show up on time for the raids.
Future plans - Once WoD is released we will become a Normal mode raid guild. In WoD, all raids except Mythic will utilize the 'flex' technology. We could potentially attempt heroics once we clear normals, but we have no plans to become a Mythic guild.
There you have it! As always, if you have any questions, concerns, comments or issues just ask any Officer or post them here. We've been doing great and I'm super excited to see us really take off!