Ask FFXIVGuild 002: All about RAIDING!

Our second issue of Ask FFXIVGuild is all about Raiding! What composition did we use? Our thoughts on Melee? How did we find BCoB 1-5?

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Hello guys and welcome to Ask FFXIVGuild.com #002. This weeks topic is all about RAIDING!

for those who might be wondering, what is this column all about? Any and all questions you might ask us, through Facebook, twitter, email or comments might appear in this column!

What Raiding composition did you guys use to progress and finally beat T1-T5?

Here was our main Lineup:

PLD: Maruko San
WAR: Mitlet Gyles
WHM: Mahiko San
SCH: Alexander Luthor
MNK: Kimi Ruyifang
MNK: Kharas Dorian
BRD: Weewooweewoo / Rylai Ariamis
MDPS: Mamasita Golddigger (SMN) /  Poipoi (BLM)

2 Melee? Did you guys plan this specific lineup? Why?

We just formed our very first team with whoever was coil ready at the time (Early October). We do enjoy the fact we have two melee because many people like having zero or 1 melee for “learning” fights. Simply because ranged is easier to position. Two melee, however, makes us feel like we’re studying the fight without bias. As if you pugged it and gave equal chances to ranged/melee.

How did you find FFXIV’s first tier of raiding – Bahamuts Coil Turn 1-5?

We had a bunch of fun, to be honest. Around half our guys were new to raiding. We started a bit late, but managed to down T5 in a timely enough manner.

Turn 1:  We had a bunch of fun here. Back when Burn Strategy wasn’t possible, the fight is actually pretty damn hard. It tested Individual Skill most of all!
Turn 2: A bit confusing at first (Not Enrage Strategy). This turn tested Group Communication and strategy.
Turn 4: We oddly got stuck here for around 3 weeks. It was super fun during the early days. I think it tested Strategy / Refinement.
Turn 5: Nothing prepared us for this. The learning curve for Twintania is super steep. While RNG plays a huge part in this fight – it’s pretty damn fun! Killing TT for the first time was the most rewarding thing i’ve felt in a while! I really hope T10 will have a boss as memorable is Twintania.

What’s your thoughts and hopes for Turn 6 – Turn 10 and Leviathan?

For Leviathan, we’ve heard he’s going to be one of the hardest bosses of all time. Let’s hope it’s true!

For T6-T10, we hope they do something about certain “enrage” timers and such. For example:
Turn 1: The feeding mechanic can totally be skipped if you’re even a bit over geared.
Turn 2: The enrage timer should insta-kill.

Why? Isn’t this kind of an elitist attitude?

Well, no we don’t think so. We feel that skipping these intended mechanics makes for a less than fulfilling encounter. Finding a raid group to enjoy the game with, and progress with, is a more fulfilling and permanent solution instead of these semi-roundabout methods for “easy loots”.

What’s your lineup for T6-T10? What do you think the ultimate composition is?

For T6-10:

PLD: Maruko San
WAR: Mitlet Gyles
WHM: Mahiko San
SCH: Alexander Luthor
Melee1: Kimi Ruyifang
Melee2: Kharas Dorian
BRD: Rylai Ariamis
BLM: Cassandra Valentine

We don’t currently know if either of our Monks will go DRG for the next patch.

As for the ultimate composition… I personally think the above, with 1 MNK / 1 DRG is pretty close (If you choose not to “stack”). Another would be to have the DPS look like DRG BRD BLM BLM. But this is a pretty irrelevant question since it revolves more around the actual fight mechanics, not your team lineup.

Well that’s about it for today! Next week we will be answering some other questions, but we’re leaning on the theme for next weeks article to be about FFXIVGuild.com and Crafting! But of course any questions are welcomed! Feel free to comment below, ask us anything on Facebook or Twitter, or give us Feedback! The next question here might be yours! Thanks!

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Ask FFXIVGuild 001: Welcome the Weekly Columns!

Our first issue of Ask FFXIVGuild.com! Topic this week: About content and updates!

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Hello guys and welcome to our very first issue of Ask FFXIVGuild.com. First off, for those who might be wondering, what is this column all about? Any and all questions you might ask us, through Facebook, twitter, email or comments might appear in this column!

The topic for this week will be all about FFXIVGuild content updates!

Have you guys thought about Editorial content or weekly columns?

We get this one alot. The quick answer is – YES! Why haven’t we done it sooner? Well, our small team wants the site to be more of like an old-school gaming site, versus the “norm” nowadays which are more Wiki-ish. Chunking down “MOST” of the games basic info and setting the pavement for future updates was our first goal. We’re getting close enough to that goal that we think it could be the time to write more entertaining, community engaging stuff like weekly columns. What do we have in store? Here’s what we will reveal for now:

Planned for every Monday – Ask FFXIVGuild.com (Stuff like this article you’re reading right now)
Planned for every Wednesday – FFXIVGuild: Into the Aether (What’s it about – You’ll find out tomorrow!)
Planned for every FridayWe’re unsure of the name of this, but somethings in the works!
Planned for every Sunday – The Week that Was (Revived!!!!)

I guess we wanted to put down a good foundation first. This foray into a gaming fansite is a first for us, so forgive us if we’re not so perfect yet!

If all goes well, we will be publishing at least the planned Monday and Sunday articles this week! HOPEFULLY the others can be done within this week! Obviously, this one was late one day. Big plans ahead for the site!

Why do updates take so long sometimes!?

It’s true, updates CAN take a while. It may seem like “ages” before “new” content comes around, but trust us, we are working on it everyday. A lot of times we make small edits and refinements to our older guides, fixing small errors and adding new-found knowledge to existing guides.

Very often, we do not put up the pages in our front-page (News or Featured). An example of this is – You may or may not have noticed the inclusion of Gear Guides for all battle jobs. Another guide we didn’t put up on the frontpage was our Definitive Twintania Guide (since it’s, at least in our opinion, not yet fully fleshed out). If you’re curious about the Gear guides, they can be found in the main menu under the jobs!

I guess it’s our job to inform people BETTER on new stuff. The Sunday column will help us with this, as well as some design improvements we have planned. While new content may not be obvious, it’s there! We’re open to suggestions as to HOW you can recieve updates. A weekly newsletter perhaps?

How about juicing up the forums!?

Oh god… we’ve been researching on the best ways to integrate a more familiar forum software into the site. I DO NOT WANT people to register twice (once for forums, once for site comments) Maruko has been checking things out. We want to use PHPBB. Once we have that main concern sorted out about account registrations, we will be PUSHING HEAVILY for a more active forum community! Please bear with us in the meantime!

I cannot verify my Account here! I’m locked out of the site for no apparent reason!

Another sucky side-effect from the unexpected growth we’ve had. Apparently having a high-traffic website leads to ALOT… and I mean ALOT of spammers. So we researched the best ways to stop these guys. Sadly, none are full proof. We have to manually fix these anomalies as they come, stretching our ever so stretched time to work on the site. You cannot imagine the stuff we went through each step of the way! We simply wanna give information out, but apparently the net is filled with more bots than we ever could have imagined.

It’s a pain, but this is something we’re actively juggling in our schedule. Again, we want to have great foundation… one step at a time.

Well that’s about it for today! Next week we will be answering some other questions, but we’re leaning on the theme for next weeks article to be about FFXIVGuild.com FC and Raiding. But of course any questions are welcomed! Feel free to comment below, ask us anything on Facebook or Twitter, or give us Feedback! The next question here might be yours! Thanks!

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