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Vortex News & Information / Vortex Masters Mythrax! (7/8)M
« on: December 11, 2018, 10:22:49 PM »


While simultaneously battling the joys of updated addons and class changes with the launch of 8.1, Vortex took down Mythrax in his final form.

The fight changes in that Mythrax brings along his pal Xalzaix (Not to be confused with Xalilith), a Squidward-looking fellow who casts some of the same annoying beam abilities for which Mythrax was previously known to have a monopoly. Most of the changes involve stacking to place Xalzaix near the boss for cleaving in P1, and successfully managing Void Echoes in proper raid placement.

Great work, everyone! It's time to kill a slug!

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Vortex News & Information / Vortex Zealously Vanquishes Zul! (6/8)M
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:57:35 PM »


After progressing through Vectis and Fetid Devourer, Vortex turned our sights on Zul, and even worse, the trash before Zul so that we could put work towards polishing off the final few bosses of Uldir. As is usual, there were several changes between Normal/Heroic and the Mythic form of this boss, and some of the changes are particularly unpleasant. The Pools of Darkness must still be soaked, and the Corrupted Blood you get from soaking them (Or the raid gets from you NOT soaking them) never drops through the rest of the fight. Additionally, all of the adds regenerate once killed, unless they are affected by Decaying Flesh. A wholehearted shoutout to our dispellers for handling moving this to the correct targets.

While many guilds have killed this fight by making use of numerous Sub Rogues to cheese the non-dying Crawgs for a single target damage buff on Zul himself, due to us not running a stacked comp we did things perhaps the way Blizzard intended, actually killing most of the adds on our first kill. Thanks to everyone. Mythrax awaits!

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Hello Vortexians!

Our steady progress in Mythic Uldir has taken a severe toll in repair costs and it is once again time to replenish the guild bank! To keeping makin' it rain, we will be holding our next installment of the Vortex 50/50 draw on Tuesday, December 11th!

What is a 50/50 draw?
You purchase a ticket or several tickets and we pick a winner through a draw.
The proceeds from the draw are then split. 50% for the winner, and 50% for the guild bank. The more people who play, the better the pot will get, so people are encouraged to contribute as much as their means allow.

Why are we doing this?
Aside from just being a fun thing to do, the main goal of this draw, is to put some gold into the guild bank. The guild bank has helped finance everyone in the guild (repairs, etc) so we hope everyone in the guild will participate. It is okay if friends who may not be part of the guild want to participate, as long as they have some tie to Vortex.

What will it cost?

The ticket prices are as follows:
1000g for an individual ticket
2500g for a group of 3 tickets

Those who wish to purchase tickets should send TORQUEMADA an in game mail with the gold amount, and the number of tickets you believe your gold sent purchases. Just in case, here is some clarification:

4 Tickets: 3500g  (2500g for the block of 3 + 1000g for the extra ticket)
6 Tickets: 5000g ( two groups of 3 tickets)

You can buy as many batches of tickets as you desire until the cutoff date (mentioned below).

Final thoughts
This draw is primarily a means of putting some money into the guild bank. The added bonus is that you can profit from it as well.
If you win the draw you can choose to donate your winnings to guild bank, but you cannot refuse the prize. You must take it for yourself or donate it back to the guild bank. It is not transferable.

Important Details

All Tickets must be purchased before 7:30pm Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. Torquemada may accept last minute purchases, but not without severe condemnation and indignity.

All tickets must be purchased by sending an in game mail to TORQUEMADA with your gold amount. The gold amount must be accompanied by a message telling me how many tickets you believe your gold will purchase so we are both clear on the amount of tickets you will have for the draw.

The draw will take place at 8:00pm on December 11th at the start of raid. All are encouraged to get in Discord as the draw happens. If you are unable to attend the draw and you win, your winnings will be mailed to or traded to you.

As a matter of transparency, all money that is received for the draw will be put directly into the guild bank so that people can track their amount. The total will be tallied and posted in this thread. The winnings will be 50% of the total collected, and will be paid out directly from the guild bank.

Any questions? Please ask.

Good Luck!

Current Total: 480,000g
Current Prize: 240,000g

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In fairly quick fashion, Vortex has downed yet another new boss, this time the mythic incarnation of Fetid Devourer.

The changes to this version involve a host of changes to abilities so riddled with alliteration that they seem a tribute to the memory of Stan Lee.


In any event, the "adds" that spawn (Corruption Corpuscles and Mutated Masses) appear in groups of threes that have to be coordinated down before the Fetid can slurp them down like a medpac. Additionally, the Malodorous Miasma and Putrid Paroxysm attempt to spread much more insidiously to all targets in range. The Fetid Frenzy remains constant, yet also alliterative.

After just a few nights on this boss, we managed to rack up a kill with our first pull of the night. Good work, team! Time to start leveling Rogues for Zul!

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With just a few nights of solid work, Vortex applied copious amounts of cleaning solution to the blood stain left by our most recent conquest, Vectis.

As with most bosses, Vectis incorporates the previously learned requirements for Normal and Heroic, and adds a twist. On Mythic, Vectis gives out 4 different Omega Vectors, meaning that 4 separate groups are needed to manage the spread of communicable and infectious diseases. This is paramount, as the stacking debuff Lingering Infection gains some new spice. At 6 stacks, players who continue to receive stacks of Lingering Infection spread AOE damage and put additional Lingering stacks on their neighbors. At 12, gaining additional stacks means you spawn an Engorged Parasite, which is in itself a terrible proposition. Should a player managed to reach 25 stacks without dying (No small feat in and off itself), they will cause raid wide damage and die in spectacular yet mockable fashion.

Good work to everyone last night The joy for melee that is Fetid Devourer is all that stands between us and Mythic Zul trash!

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Vortex spent the last week and a bit reacquanting ourselves with the Zek'voz, this time in his mythic and final form. In this version of the fight, the Nerubian Voidweaver adds can additional bit of awfulness, requiring coordination of stuns and CCs. Additionally, the rings of Surging Darkness pulse 4 times in total, with fun yet frustrating patterns to avoid.

Good work, everyone. The Vortex Extermination Service moves onward to handle a leech next!

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Vortex News & Information / MOTHER's Day has come and gone! (2/8)M
« on: September 29, 2018, 06:49:36 PM »


Fresh on the heels of our successes against Heroic G'huun and our reclear of Mythic Taloc, Vortex took on the second challenge of the Mythic Uldir raid: the Matron of Tenacity, Herald of Endless Research (M.O.T.H.E.R., henceforth referred to as MOTHER). MOTHER is a Titan construct designed to keep Uldir from falling completely to the pervasive corruption threatening it, and so puts you through your paces as she tries to burn away all the germs inconsiderate raiders bring inside her living space.

The fight is similar in nature to Heroic, except that when you move from room one to room two and from two to three, each role spawns specific adds DPS still spawn Remnants of Corruption, which have to be interrupted or stunned to stop their free casting, while the tanks crossing over the Defense Grid spawn Resistant Bacterium which buff the other spawns. The healers spawn Viral Contagion, which but a nasty debuff on players that has to be run out lest it spread.

The timing and spacing is a bit tight, particularly for the third chamber, with the wall and ceiling lasers being very reminiscent of a scene from the first Resident Evil movie.



Well done everyone! May our success continue with Xek'voz and the other bosses, and may Litto continue to get ridiculous amounts of BoE drops!

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After putting the band back together and re-figuring out our paces, Vortex polished off Heroic Uldir! Like many other guilds, we actually polished off Mythic Taloc before Heroic G'huun, as Taloc is so much like heroic as to make it fairly trivial (A few more beams, a spread out and a soak mechanic, and tank swaps actually being required). The fight is made significantly easier with the availability of Spellwarding/Bubble to ignore the soak mechanic, but even without it we recleared in short order.

The Italian dinner that is Heroic G'huun was much more worthy of mention as we worked hard to avoid sharing our meatballs (Explosive Corruption) with the rest of the raid, and learned to effectively dodge pepperonis (Malignant Growths).

Good work, team! More work on Mythic MOTHER awaits!

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Vortex News & Information / Uldir 50/50 Draw! Current Prize: 372,750g!
« on: September 13, 2018, 09:26:43 PM »

Hello Vortexians!

With raiding in full swing and our progress Mythic Uldir on the horizon, it is once again time to replenish the guild bank! To keeping makin' it rain, we will be holding our next installment of the Vortex 50/50 draw on Tuesday, September 25th!

What is a 50/50 draw?
You purchase a ticket or several tickets and we pick a winner through a draw.
The proceeds from the draw are then split. 50% for the winner, and 50% for the guild bank. The more people who play, the better the pot will get, so people are encouraged to contribute as much as their means allow.

Why are we doing this?
Aside from just being a fun thing to do, the main goal of this draw, is to put some gold into the guild bank. The guild bank has helped finance everyone in the guild (repairs, etc) so we hope everyone in the guild will participate. It is okay if friends who may not be part of the guild want to participate, as long as they have some tie to Vortex.

What will it cost?

The ticket prices are as follows:
1000g for an individual ticket
2500g for a group of 3 tickets

Those who wish to purchase tickets should send TORQUEMADA an in game mail with the gold amount, and the number of tickets you believe your gold sent purchases. Just in case, here is some clarification:

4 Tickets: 3500g  (2500g for the block of 3 + 1000g for the extra ticket)
6 Tickets: 5000g ( two groups of 3 tickets)

You can buy as many batches of tickets as you desire until the cutoff date (mentioned below).

Final thoughts
This draw is primarily a means of putting some money into the guild bank. The added bonus is that you can profit from it as well.
If you win the draw you can choose to donate your winnings to guild bank, but you cannot refuse the prize. You must take it for yourself or donate it back to the guild bank. It is not transferable.

Important Details

All Tickets must be purchased before 7:30pm Thursday, September 25th, 2018.

All tickets must be purchased by sending an in game mail to TORQUEMADA with your gold amount. The gold amount must be accompanied by a message telling me how many tickets you believe your gold will purchase so we are both clear on the amount of tickets you will have for the draw.

The draw will take place at 8:00pm on September 25th at the start of raid. All are encouraged to get in mumble as the draw happens. If you are unable to attend the draw and you win, your winnings will be mailed to or traded to you.

As a matter of transparency, all money that is received for the draw will be put directly into the guild bank so that people can track their amount. The total will be tallied and posted in this thread. The winnings will be 50% of the total collected, and will be paid out directly from the guild bank.

Any questions? Please ask.

Good Luck!

Current Total: 745,500g
Current Prize: 372,750g

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Vortex News & Information / Vortex Breaks into Uldir!
« on: September 04, 2018, 11:52:48 PM »


After several weeks recuperating from the end of the Burning Legion and the grind of World Quests and mythic dungeons, Vortex has once again resumed raiding by entering the corrupted Titan facility of Uldir. Despite Blizzard best attempts to once again destroy their login and authentication servers, the guild downed the first 7 of 8 bosses in one evening. Several burgeoning memes were born (Unworthy Vessel, Log out and update your addons, etc.), perhaps the meme-iest moment occurred after defeating Zul and clicking the console. A sizeable portion of our raid discovered Mythrax the hard way.

Cheers!

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Welcome back, friends! It's been entirely too long since we've had a chat. We're recently overcome two different yet equally difficult raid bosses: Mythic Aggramar and the Attrition Boss.

In what we are assured is his final form Aggramar gets a little bit spicy, modifying his previously regular as clockwork Taeschalach Technique and instead changes up the order in which he does each part of the technique. It's a bit tricky to get the hang of, but is actually one of the more interesting changes. The other main change involves the Embers which join the fight. They get rather ornery, enraging when they get hit by Aggramar's other fiery abilities, becoming much more annoying to control, and requiring a specialized composition (Blood DKs are highly prized) to manage.

While the Legion expansion begins to wind to a close, we continue to push on with our newly gained friends and fellow raiders to finish Antorus once and for all. Argus pulls are already a thing, and we're optimistic that Cutting Edge is on the horizon.

In the meantime, enjoy this video.

Litto: Fury Warrior

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Vortex Applications / Vortex Class Needs
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:05:34 PM »
Potential Applicants,

Thank you for considering Vortex. We appreciate everyone who's inquired about us or taken the time to fill out and submit an application.

When we do have openings, we will keep them marked as "Open" until the spot is formally filled.

If you're thinking about applying, please take the time to read our Application Form and Instructions (in this forum) COMPLETELY. It answers a lot of questions that many applicants have. Also, please note that we require all raiding members to have and use authenticators on their WoW accounts.

We're specifically looking for:

1 Restoration Shaman or Mist Weaver Monk
1 RDPS Hunter
2 RDPS Druids
1 Mage (Any Spec)
1 RDPS (Any Class)

Please keep in mind that exceptional applicants of any class are always welcome to apply. If you know some of our members and/or think you'd be a great fit for us in terms of personality and skill, we'd always like to hear from you! We archive every application we get and if raiding spots open up, those archived applications that we were unable to accept will likely be the first spot we look for great folks to join us.

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Potential Applicants,

Thanks for your interest in Vortex. You will find our application form below. Please take your time and fill it out completely as it represents your first impression to many (if not all) of us. Only Vortex members have forum access. You do not need to be a registered member of the forums to post your application. To make sure that you don't lose valuable work in case your forum session times out, we recommend that you compose your application in a text editor (Notepad, etc.) and then post the completed application here.

We have a five-step application process.

Step 1:
Check to see if we are recruiting your class. You can do that by visiting our Vortex Class Needs post. While we are always looking for exceptional applicants, that post will contain a regularly updated list of specific classes we are looking for.

Step 2:
Complete and submit your application. Once posted, the form will create a thread in an internal members-only forum where the entire guild can read and comment on it. That initial feedback will determine whether you'll move on to Step 3 of our Application Process.

Step 3:
Applicants with strong applications will be invited to talk with our guild members on our Discord server. This group will include at least one officer and several of our guild members with experience in your role and/or class, but it's quite common for a large portion of the guild to show up and listen in. It is important for us as a community to have a group interview because it provides us as a guild to meet and talk with you as well as giving you an opportunity of meeting our group to ask us questions and see how we work. We will also traditionally invite applicants at this stage to spend a raid night (or portion of it) with us on Mumble to get a feel for our raiding atmosphere so they can decide if it's an environment that they're comfortable with. Feedback from this stage will determine you'll move on to Step 4 of our Application Process.
 
Step 4:
Candidates with continued positive feedback at this stage will be asked to raid with Vortex for typically six nights (and occasionally more) during our regular raid schedule. These runs gives us a good feeling for how you interact with groups of people as well as your skill level.  The Vortex members that group with you will add their comments to your application for other guild members to see. At this stage of the application process you should be prepared for any encounter that Vortex has completed up to that point as well as any progression content that we may be working on. 

Step 5:
The entire guild will be asked to vote on whether you should be admitted. This is a difficult step for some, but we feel strongly that our members should be able to chose who they play with. If accepted, you become a full member of the guild immediately. If you have put in the commitment necessary to complete our application process, we need to show you the same commitment in welcoming you to Vortex.


How To Fill Out This Application:

To submit an application through our web form, follow this link: Vortex Raiding Member Application

Once submitted the form will automatically create a private thread for our guild to review. If you'd like a copy of your application after submitting it, please get in touch with a Vortex officer.

You may add additional information at the end of the application as you deem it necessary; however you must complete every question to the best of your ability to be considered. Every question is designed to help us gauge if you will be a fit for us.

Once we've received your application, you should be contacted by a Vortex officer within 3 days. While you are waiting, please take whatever steps are necessary to prevent e-mails from the vortex-guild.com domain from being filtered by your anti-spam software in case we need to contact you via e-mail.

If you have not heard from us in that time, please feel free to contact one of the Vortex officers directly (listed below).

- Gronnsbane (Bajablaster#1203)
- Gale (Gale#12402)
- Torquemada (Wikkie#1898)

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we thank you for your interest in Vortex.

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Vortex News & Information / Vortex 50/50 Draw! Prize: 560,000g!
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:11:16 PM »


Hello Vortexians!

With Antorus in full swing and the downfall of Mythic Argus on the horizon, it is time to replenish the guild bank! To keeping makin' it rain, we will be holding our next installment of the Vortex 50/50 draw on Thursday, April 26th!

What is a 50/50 draw?
You purchase a ticket or several tickets and we pick a winner through a draw.
The proceeds from the draw are then split. 50% for the winner, and 50% for the guild bank. The more people who play, the better the pot will get, so people are encouraged to contribute as much as their means allow.

Why are we doing this?
Aside from just being a fun thing to do, the main goal of this draw, is to put some gold into the guild bank. The guild bank has helped finance everyone in the guild (repairs, etc) so we hope everyone in the guild will participate. It is okay if friends who may not be part of the guild want to participate, as long as they have some tie to Vortex.

What will it cost?

The ticket prices are as follows:
1000g for an individual ticket
2500g for a group of 3 tickets

Those who wish to purchase tickets should send TORQUEMADA an in game mail with the gold amount, and the number of tickets you believe your gold sent purchases. Just in case, here is some clarification:

4 Tickets: 3500g  (2500g for the block of 3 + 1000g for the extra ticket)
6 Tickets: 5000g ( two groups of 3 tickets)

You can buy as many batches of tickets as you desire until the cutoff date (mentioned below).

Final thoughts
This draw is primarily a means of putting some money into the guild bank. The added bonus is that you can profit from it as well.
If you win the draw you can choose to donate your winnings to guild bank, but you cannot refuse the prize. You must take it for yourself or donate it back to the guild bank. It is not transferable.

Important Details

All Tickets must be purchased before 7:00pm Thursday, April 26th, 2018.

All tickets must be purchased by sending an in game mail to TORQUEMADA with your gold amount. The gold amount must be accompanied by a message telling me how many tickets you believe your gold will purchase so we are both clear on the amount of tickets you will have for the draw.

The draw will take place at 7:45pm on April 26th right before raid. All are encouraged to get in mumble as the draw happens. If you are unable to attend the draw and you win, your winnings will be mailed to or traded to you.

As a matter of transparency, all money that is received for the draw will be put directly into the guild bank so that people can track their amount. The total will be tallied and posted in this thread. The winnings will be 50% of the total collected, and will be paid out directly from the guild bank.

Any questions? Please ask.

Good Luck!

Current Total: 1,120,000g
Current Prize: 560,000g

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