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Covenant Football League - Champion Crowned.

Chard's Goat Herders crowned Covenant Football League Champion for the 2019 season!
Trailing 140.22 to 139.74, Chard's Goat Herders staged a comeback and rallied back to beat Irok's Rokkets in the championship game with a final score of 152.36 to 140.22.  Chard's Goat Herders finished the season with a record of 11-5, while Irok's Rokkets ended the campaign at 13-3.
1st Place  -  Chard's Goat Herders
2nd Place  -  Irok's Rokkets
3rd Place  -  Baentir's Brawlers
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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings, wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity during the holidays and in the coming New Year.
~  Covenant of the Phoenix
 
 
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Path of Exile - Free to Play

Path of Exile is a free-to-play action role-playing video game developed and published by Grinding Gear Games.
ABOUT THIS GAME
You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. With a focus on visceral action combat, powerful items and deep character customization, Path of Exile is completely free and will never be pay-to-win.

Key Features
Freedom. Power. Revenge.
Banished for your misdeeds to the dark, brutal world of Wraeclast, you play as the Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Templar, Marauder, Shadow or the Scion class. From forsaken shores through to the ruined city of Sarn, explore Wraeclast and uncover the ancient secrets waiting for you.
Unlimited Character Customization
Create and customize hundreds of unique skill combinations from tradable itemized gems and our gigantic passive skill tree. Combine skill gems, support gems and trigger gems to create your own unique combination of power, defense and destruction.
Deadly Missions
The Forsaken Masters each have their own style of mission and each of these missions has many variations. As you explore deeper into Wraeclast, the pool of available variations increases to challenge you in new ways. All of the Missions and their variations can occur anywhere in the game, including within end-game Maps.
Dressed to Kill
Path of Exile is all about items. Find, collect and trade magic, rare and unique items with arcane properties, then customize your character build around the deadliest combinations you possess.
Brutal Competitive Play
Battle in PvP tournaments seasons and Capture the Flag events for worldwide recognition. Compete in Daily Leagues and Race Events that run as separate game worlds with their own ladders and economies to win valuable prizes.
Customise Your Hideout
In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the Forsaken Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout. Once you've earned a Master's trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options. Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.
Fair-To-Play. Never Pay-To-Win.
We're committed to creating a fair playing field for all players. You cannot gain gameplay advantage by spending real money in Path of Exile.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/238960/Path_of_Exile/
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By Damis

Smite - Free To Play.

Smite is a 3D fantasy MOBA where players take on the role of mythological gods and battle in team-based arenas. Unlike other MOBAs, SMITE puts you directly onto the battlefield with a third-person action viewpoint. From blind-side ambushes to aimed shots, a new pantheon of strategic possibilities awaits.  Become a legend of myth, enter the Battleground of the Gods, and play FREE now!

Game Modes:
Conquest – the main 5v5 game mode. Features three lanes and a jungle area filled with neutral monsters. Arena – a 5v5 game mode with an open battle area rather than lanes. Each team begins with 500 points and must reduce the other side's to zero by killing heroes, minions, and escorting allied minions to portals. Joust – a 3v3 game mode with a single lane which otherwise plays like Conquest mode. Joust can also be played 1v1. Assault – similar to ARAM (All Random, All Mid) in LoL, players are assigned a random God and fight on a map with a single lane. Siege – a faster version of Conquest. Siege mode consists of only two lanes and contains a special Siege Juggernaut minion that deals extra damage to structures.
Never played a battle arena before? Don’t worry. Auto-buy, auto-level, and the deathmatch-like Arena mode let you jump right into divine MOBA action. Aspiring pro? Top the ladders, join a competitive team, and you too could be playing at the SMITE World Championship.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/386360/SMITE/
 
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By Damis

Barotrauma - On sale on Steam

Barotrauma is a 2D co-op survival horror submarine simulator, inspired by games like FTL: Faster Than Light, Rimworld, Dwarf Fortress and Space Station 13. It’s a Sci-Fi game that combines ragdoll physics and alien sea monsters with teamwork and existential fear.  The game is on sale on Steam for 34% off the regular price.  The sale ends January, 2020.
EMBRACE THE ABYSS
In the not too distant future, humanity has fled to Jupiter’s moon. With its irradiated icy surface, life can only be found in the ocean below. Travel through a punishing underwater world and discover what lies in the depths of Europa. Stay alert: danger in Barotrauma doesn’t announce itself.
HELP YOUR CREW SUCCEED, OR MAKE SURE NO ONE DOES
There are as many ways to enjoy Barotrauma as there are ways to die in it. Work together with your crew to achieve your goals, or brace for betrayal when you have a traitor on board. Play with friends, strangers, or your worst enemies.
EXPLORE, OPERATE, COMMUNICATE
Navigate underwater, complete missions for the last remnants of humankind, explore the ruins of an alien civilization, flee or fight monsters. Operate complex on-board systems and devices like the sonar, nuclear reactor, weapons, engines and pumps. Communication is key!
EXPERIMENT, CRAFT, CREATE
Master the complex on-board wiring and the comprehensive crafting and medical systems. Create your own submarines and monsters with built-in editors to rival the standard ones. Even tap directly into our source code and mod away.
Features
Best enjoyed in multiplayer, with 2–16 players on a submarine. Supplement your player count with bots as needed; single player also available and being developed further. 6 player classes with different skills and tasks: Captain, Engineer, Mechanic, Medic, Security officer and Assistant. Procedurally generated map and missions with multiple game modes for virtually endless replayability. Built-in Submarine, Character and Procedural Animation editors. Share and discover mods directly via Steam Workshop. All data exposed in xml and the game’s source code public on GitHub. https://store.steampowered.com/app/602960/Barotrauma/
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New Raiders & Casual Raiding

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So it comes without question that people in Covenant are interested in raiding, the more newer players who wish to get into the raiding scene and see what all the hub-bub is about when people are talking about rotations, pushing DPS walls, solo healing, DPS-healing, so on and so forth. So I've spoken with Fatalia and I spoke with Bunny, Bunny who facilitated the idea of making a casual raid group and Fatalia who is backing the idea 110%. I am just putting the information out there for those interested in doing so as I did not see a thread dedicated to doing so, and trying to talk in voice-chat sometimes becomes overwhelming due to how many people are in it at once.

So the idea stems from starting off at either Coil Savage or the lower end Savage of Alexander aka Gordias before moving on to Midas and then Creator. Alexander being the new raid-tier for Heavensward offers a unique challenge to players through it's tricky mechanics and semi-punishing DPS checks. For many of you, this would be your first time raiding so a bare minimum is going to be expected of you. The mindset from that of an average player to a raider is not a very long leap, but your expectations/standards do need to be raised if you're going to break from the mold of casual to hardcore in the future. You need to be able to take criticism with a grain of salt and give feedback where it is necessary and most importantly you need to be able to communicate with your fellow raid members, breaking bread with those around you will make your raid experience much better and your performance/syngery as a group will soar to newer heights as you progress through more difficult tier's of Alexander.

 

Job Expectations 

This is the bare minimum/bottom of the bowl for what is required to raid.

Level 60 Disciple of War/Magic

An understanding of your job's basic rotation, while weaving in oGCD (Off Global Cooldown Abilities). Being able to read guides that show you how to optimize your DPS so you can play your job at an efficient level. This is required as to not put any extra strain on someone else. You are there as a team and everyone must do their part to ensure successful raiding!

ACT - Advanced Combat Tracker - This is what is used to track and monitor DPS (Damage Per Second) HPS (Heals Per Second), Mechanics and other factors of a fight. Without this tool it is without a doubt that any group will be in the dark as to why they wipe, what mechanics caused that wipe and what they can do to impede/mitigate the mechanic that wiped them. 

FFLogs (Optional) - I am saying this is optional because you guys are just beginning your career as a raider. FFLogs is essentially a leaderboard where players can upload their ACT Data or "Parse" to a public database where everyone can view it. This is usually used to determine what your role is in a raid and how well you do compared to other players. Ask about it and people will tell you more information.

 

Raid Terms 

These are some fancy lingo's all of us raiders use! 

Wipe/Wipe It Up - Easily explained. 

OT - Off Tank 

MT - Main Tank 

LB - Limit Break 

Trash/Trash Pull - Fodder Mobs

Rez - Ressurection

CD - Cooldowns

There's a variety of different languages used by different raiders, but these are just a few you'll come across. Over time you'll come to learn/understand them and maybe even make a few of your own. In no time you will be apart of the XIV raiding community! If you are interested in raiding and want to explore more into it, feel free to ask myself, Fatalia or anyone in the FC! We can direct you to the right sources and informative players in the Free Company who have equal or more raiding experience! 

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Love love love this!

 

If we can make this happen I think it would be a great thing! There is a steep learning curve between what 99% of the game prepares you for and what is needed to successfully raid on a current Savage tier. A fresh group starting slow and growing together is something that I have always wanted to see happen.

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This is great and will hopefully help those who may have been on the fence about raiding or just barely getting their feet wet. Everything we can do to make people who want to get into raiding for the first time more comfortable so it isn't a nerve wracking event, the better.

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I will be one of the people that will help in this group :D I hope we can see if this happens i think it would be a fun and interesting thing to be apart of

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I'm gonna quote this here cause I'm gonna follow up with a question after:

 

ACT - Advanced Combat Tracker - This is what is used to track and monitor DPS (Damage Per Second) HPS (Heals Per Second), Mechanics and other factors of a fight. Without this tool it is without a doubt that any group will be in the dark as to why they wipe, what mechanics caused that wipe and what they can do to impede/mitigate the mechanic that wiped them. 

FFLogs (Optional) - I am saying this is optional because you guys are just beginning your career as a raider. FFLogs is essentially a leaderboard where players can upload their ACT Data or "Parse" to a public database where everyone can view it. This is usually used to determine what your role is in a raid and how well you do compared to other players. Ask about it and people will tell you more information.

 

 

 

You say these tools are benefits to general raiding. Now I don't game on a PC but game on a Ps4 Console. Lets just say in a hypothetical instance that I would be interested in general raiding.  How would you get these tools on there??

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I'm gonna quote this here cause I'm gonna follow up with a question after:

 

ACT - Advanced Combat Tracker - This is what is used to track and monitor DPS (Damage Per Second) HPS (Heals Per Second), Mechanics and other factors of a fight. Without this tool it is without a doubt that any group will be in the dark as to why they wipe, what mechanics caused that wipe and what they can do to impede/mitigate the mechanic that wiped them. 

FFLogs (Optional) - I am saying this is optional because you guys are just beginning your career as a raider. FFLogs is essentially a leaderboard where players can upload their ACT Data or "Parse" to a public database where everyone can view it. This is usually used to determine what your role is in a raid and how well you do compared to other players. Ask about it and people will tell you more information.

 

 

 

You say these tools are benefits to general raiding. Now I don't game on a PC but game on a Ps4 Console. Lets just say in a hypothetical instance that I would be interested in general raiding.  How would you get these tools on there??

 

You can not.  The game does plenty well enough job to telegraph boss abilities, and how to avoid them, and a lot follow from normal modes, so you should generally know how to avoid them.  If people die to unavoidable damage (targeted dmg, room wide aoe dmg) then your healers aren't healing enough.  If you're constantly hitting enrage or can't kill X before it blows up and wipes the raid, then your dps is low. If a tank dies to a tankbuster even after getting healer shields and topped off, then they aren't using cooldowns (or the proper ones at least).  If you're not advancing through a combo (the next ability didn't light up), then you missed and your accuracy is low (you can also turn off all other player dmg floating on the screen and you'd notice the big MISS float up from the boss).  The only thing you can see from ACT and not from the game itself is the actual numbers of dmg and healing, but the game has an answer for that in Stone, Sea, Sky practice dummies. If you can kill the selected dummy (for instance A9S dummy) within the time it gives you, then you can do enough dps to help the group clear.  The only thing then is keeping up your rotation while dodging mechanics.  That comes with practice in the fight itself.  Lastly, the game has a combat log (which is what ACT reads) which is customizable to show exactly what you want it to, like just dmg you've taken, or just dmg you've done, or both, or everyone, etc.  It will even say in the dmg log how you died (YOU have taken 10000 damage from X (5000 overkill)) if i remember correctly.  Haven't looked in a while.  You can even seperate your chat windows so you can have them showing all the time.

 

ACT can be another tool if you plan on being in the competitive scene and need to extreme min/max, or if you're tryin to join a raid group that is highly competitive, but for just getting through content, they are not needed.

Edited by Justanote Ondafridge

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I would be interested in joining a raid group. I've been waiting to get my ilvl up first before asking about raiding and always willing to learn how to better my class being personal tutorial or guide.

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I would be interested, I posted my classes and availability in a pinned post.

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