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The application submitted by Sackson is as follows:

Name : Sackson
Game : World of Warcraft
Server : US - Kil\'Jaeden
Level : 100
Gender : Male
Faction : Horde
Race : Tauren
Class : Monk
Spec 1 : Brewmaster
Spec 2 : Windwalker

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What is your main spec? Do you have a viable off spec? Discuss your gear, talent build, and rotations, as well as how they complement each other.:
Brewmaster MS. 100% Geared. 100% Ready to kick ass.
Windwalker OS. Windwalker spec is 75% geared. Not viable currently for WW play. Once geared willing/able to play.

Stats - Bonus Armor > Mastery > Crit > Versatility > Haste > Multistrike

Bonus armor is BiS for all tanks period for both dmg and physical reduction.
Mastery due to the slight nerf to stagger in 6.2 so stacking mastery gets us closer to the level of OPness seen in 6.0/6.1. Bigger guards/more stagger = less dmg taken.
Crit to generate elusive brew stacks primarily and also to yield the maximum dps and the minimum amount of survivability loss in a secondary stat.
Versatility to smooth more damage intake in Mythic. Gearing for survival/progression only. Otherwise I get rid of my Versatility.
Haste because of monk 4pc which yields more guards and therefore less dmg taken.
Multistrike is purely a scumbag DPS stat for us. I don't take it unless I have to such as neck from archimonde. Does next to nothing to survival.'jaeden/Sackson/

Most of the gear is static, the only things I switch around are trinkets. I primarily run Warlords/Anzus for max survival. When dps is required in a fight I go Warlords/Class Trink. For farm I go Warlords/Soul Cap for dps scumbag reasons.

T1- Celerity or Tiger's Lust. Depends if the fight requires burst movement and what kind of movement. Tiger's Lust Fel Lord/Celerity Iron Reaver example. Momentum does not have a place this tier.

T2 - Each have their place. Generally Chi Wave because of hps/dps output. Chi Burst if burst dmg or healing required. (Kormrok Hands for example). Zen Sphere if I am getting knocked down to low health quite often which is typically only on progression fights.

T3- Ascension because I have the 4pc. Power Strikes is no longer needed. Chi Brew only in select circumstances such as burst dmg or problems with elusive brew gen for fights like kilrogg/mannoroth.

T4 - Charging Ox Wave if I want a ranged interrupt essentially. Leg Sweep if I can get close enough and a stun is required. Ring of Peace I haven't touched in a long time.

T5 - Diffuse Magic if significant magic dmg. Dampen Harm otherwise. Significant magic dmg being more than what dampen harm would mitigate.

T6 - Xuen if no adds. Rushing Jade Wind if adds.

T7 - Serenity for physical survival or select burst dmg. Chi Explosion for when I can live without serenity because of higher dmg output and low survival cost due to shuffle being bleh now.


Simply, maximize guard generation and use tank cds when necessary.

For more complex explanation....
4pc lowers cd on guard for 5s per expel harm so I game my health without being in danger to get as many guards as I can.
Elusive brew stacks to 15, use it before it caps obviously, but generally I use it to bridge gaps between guards assuming I don't need it more dps(Class Trink) or to avoid getting a debuff (killrogg/mannoroth) in which case I may let it cap just so that I know I have it up when I need it.
Pooling energy is important as a monk, I always need at least 40 energy banked so I can expel harm if I get whacked too hard and never go above 80 energy generally because thats 1 global from capping energy which is never to be done.
Pooling chi is also important, but to a lesser degree. I need it to guard if I expect some large dmg and I need it to purify stagger if it gets ugly. Once again capping is bad, but staying at 0 is generally hopefully avoided unless running Chi Explosion in which case pooling chi is not nearly as effective so I do it only when I have noticed problems.
Can explain anything or expand upon any aspect. Tank rotations aren't very straight forward, but that's the way I like it.

Gylphs - Expel Harm/Fortitous Spheres always due to being strong for survival. (Lowers energy cost of Expel Harm by 5 below 35% and spawns a large heal if below 25%) Then either Keg Smash to hit more adds, Zen Med to soak or not break it if needed, and Rapid Rolling otherwise for movement.


Have yet to truly play in a progression setting, but capable with practice. I'll keep this shorter than Brewmaster.

Stat priority - Haste > Multistrike > Versatility > Crit > Mastery

Assuming a Chi Explosion build, with serenity it gets tweaked slightly to

Multistrike > Versatility > Crit > Haste > Mastery

T1 - Situational (See above, same reasoning)

T2 - Situational (See above, nearly same reasoning except Zen Sphere is now damage based over survival based)

T3 - Ascension if Chi Explosion. Chi Brew if Serenity.

T4 - Situational (See above, same reasoning)

T5 - Healing Elixirs as I am not expecting to take big hits, but Diffuse Magic if some soaking or personal required to live.

T6 - Situational (See above, same reasoning)

T7 - Chi Explosion if cleave. Serenity if no cleave.

Chi Building
1. Expel Harm below 85%
2. Jab
3. Chi Brew with 2 stacks unless saving for burst.

Chi Spending
1. Tiger Palm active
2. Rising Sun Kick active
3. Fists of Fury on CD
4. Chi Explosion/Blackout Kick with combo breaker
5. T2 talent
6. Chi Explosion/Blackout Kick

What previous guilds have you been in? Why did you leave or are considering leaving? :
Immortal Legion - Kel'Thuzad. Broke apart due to RL getting banned.
Blacklisted - Kil'Jaeden. Times aren't doing my health any favors and I feel like I am ready for a step up

What is your raiding history? Include the name and class/spec of the character along with which guild from above that you were in at that time. We are only interested in content when it was current.:
Tier 14
16/16N Jugernaunt? Not entirely sure the characters name this far back, but it was a DK tank that I moved around a bit.

Tier 15
12/12N Clan Bushido - Nerh'Zhul. Vavos DK tank.

Tier 16
6/14H Crusade? - Kel'Thuzad. Moved around to a few guilds. None of which are still around save Crusade. Vavos DK Tank/DPS

Tier 17
7/7H - Paramount Kel'Thuzad. Avantguarde Paladin tank.
2/7M (including Imperator) - Blacklisted. Kil'Jaeden. Sackson Monk tank.

10/10H - Immortal Legion - Kel'Thuzad. Dallai Monk Tank.
8/10M - Blacklisted - Kil'Jaeden. Sackson Monk Tank.

Tier 18
5/13M - Blacklisted - Kil'Jaeden. Sackson Monk Tank.

What addons do you use for raiding and why? Please ensure that they are visible in your UI picture below.:
LUI, hate standard blizzard ui. Big Wigs, boss timers. Tellmewhen, for simple setups that Weakauras is too complicated for. Weakauras, for complicated timers/abilities. Kuinameplates, nameplates with threat I use in my tanking. Vexpower, energy bar. ChiBar, chi bar. Exorcus Raid Tools, many reasons, mainly raid CDs and Boss mechanics helpers.

Post a up-to-date picture of your UI (use a site such as imgur or Tinypic if needed) while in combat. If you have hidden key binds please have them showing for your UI picture. We are interested in seeing how you play.:

Please list your Btag info so that we may reach out to you promptly.:

Please link your recent parses from Warcraftlogs.:

Do you have Mumble and do you have a working mic?:

List your computer specifications (CPU & Graphics card):
Alienware 2015 Intel Core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.6GHz. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti OEM

How old are you? Male, female, or other?:
20. Male.

Why should we consider you for membership?:
I am an exceptional tank as illustrated by my 95%+ tank suvivability parses on every Mythic fight I have thus far completed, my Challenge Mode Golds of which I have many more on other characters (all tanking from this expac and last expac), and by my performance in Proving Grounds (Provden Defender from MoP when it wasn't easy).

I am always up to date on every occurrence within the game that might affect the way I do something. I have Misume on btag, the best Brewmaster in the US, for any questions I may have and as a partner in theorycrafting. I enjoy being vocal in my tanking and figuring out strategies with my tanking partner well before any fight is started if possible.

I can also switch to any tank at any time. I stay up to date on all tanks, but focus most of my time on the one I am currently playing for obvious reasons. With gear on all my tanks, I am equally as capable on all. This means you don't need to worry about a tank comp with me, I can be whatever you need me to be. I am also willing and able to maintain alts for the purpose of split runs or alt runs.

I heard you guys needed a tank through the forums and through Vida. I hope this is still the case as I am ready for a step up in my game play from a moderately successful Mythic guild to a very successful Mythic guild. I am at a point in my life where I can push that top end US ranking and I want to do so.

What are your expectations of us? What are you looking for in a guild?:
I expect realistic progress for the number of hours raided and a stable environment in which to grow old in. I also expect a mature guild composition and atmosphere as I am not looking for a drama train and I am not looking for a guild of kiddies. The only things that I need in a guild is progression, people, and purpose. Basically, I want to kill stuff that no one else I know has, know some of the best players in the US, and have a goal in mind whether it be ranking on the realm, US, or World stage.

Is there any additional information we should be aware of when reviewing your application?:
I have been in contact through Vida and I was told he/she needed to talk with officers, so I decided to put this application in as I had some free time this morning and I want to speed the process as quickly as possible. Every day that I am not raiding with you guys, is a day I am wondering what its like. Please let me know if you need anything else from me. I'm excited to a prospective for you guys and I hope we see more of each other soon. Take Care. =D

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Hi Sackson, thank you for your detailed application. One thing that came up is that we require our tanks to have viable offspecs since we at times rotate tank classes/specs based on whats best for a particular boss fight. In this way, our tanks can still gear up even when not tanking. Do you have an up-to-date DPS or Healing spec currently?

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