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#1099031 Feb 02, 2009 at 10:37 AM
Chris Raab
1. What is your character's name, class, race and level?
Chrisraab – Mage – Gnome – 80

2. Link your armory.

3. Describe your talent spec and why this spec works best for you.
I am currently spec’d for frostfire (0/53/18), which is currently the highest DPS spec. I enjoy being a ranged caster and having high DPS and this build works perfectly for me.

4. How did you determine the optimal spec for your character?
Any forum or theorycrafting site can tell you that this is the optimal spec. I also can determine such information using my own knowledge.

5. What resources do you rely on in order to help with gear selection?
Websites such as and help with gear selection. However, I am capable of my own gear comparison and have created several spreadsheets that calculate gear worth for my character.

6. What WOTLK factions are you presently working on and why?
I am working on any of the factions that I am not exalted with. This is primarily so that I can get any gear that is given as a reward for being exalted, but also I like to have all my factions at exalted.

7. What item currently attainable within the game outside of raids would provide your character with the single biggest performance upgrade and what are you doing to attain it?
There are very few items that I could attain that would help my character (outside of raids). I know my character class extremely well and already have most all the important non-raid gear I could get. However, the one piece I am missing is I could use the boots that are a reward for Wyrmrest Accord reputation, which is why I am doing the dailies and wearing the Tabard when I do heroics.

8. Would you be able to respec if needed for raid purposes? What is your interest level / preparedness (gear / knowledge) to play other specs of your class?
Unfortunately a mage is generally only used for DPS in raids. However, I am familiar with all viable builds for the mage and can use any of them, given the need. At the moment, there aren’t really any fights where a different spec for a mage would be needed.

9. Tell us about your raiding experience in WOTLK, BC and pre-BC WoW? Did you raid in any other MMO's?
I come from a long history of playing video games, and more specifically games by Blizzard. I did not raid before The Burning Crusade came out, simply because I did not play World of Warcraft yet. In The Burning Crusade, I have raided everything and have extensive experience. In Wrath of the Lich King, I have also raided everything currently available and know every raid boss very well.

10. Give us some idea of the performance (eg. DPS) your character is capable of. Support with WWS logs / screenshots is encouraged.
At the moment, I don’t have any current WWS reports that I could post. However, I can assure you that I am more than capable of maximizing damage output in raids and am always on the top of the damage charts. At the moment, I sustain about 3000 DPS in single encounter fights. Given the gear I have, this is very good and I often get whispers and compliments about how high my damage is, given my gear.

11. What times does The Blacklist raid? Will you consistently make these raids? For what reasons would you ever miss a raid?
Blacklist raids Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 7:00pm – 10:00pm PST, except Sunday which starts an hour earlier. This is a good raid schedule for me, and I should be able to make most of the raids. I will mention that I will not be able to make every single raid, simply because I have real life obligations at times, but I should be able to make most of them.

12. Explain why it is important for us to recruit only members which commit to consistently show up for every raid each week, barring reasons like those you explained above.
First and foremost, it is important to have dedicated players. If everyone just chose to play whenever they wanted, organization would be very difficult and nothing would get done. Generally the attitude that a consistent on-time raider brings is very positive and they are usually the better and more knowledgeable of players. Plus it is important for the same people to play together as they learn how each other play and became way more effective.

13. Please give a brief guild history of your character with a brief explanation why you and your former guilds parted ways.
Over the past couple years, I have been in a couple different guilds, across two different servers. The most common reason for me leaving a guild is lack of player skill and dedication. I know my character extremely well and am an outstanding gamer, and I do not like to be surrounded by people of inferior skill and intelligence.

14. How do you deal with criticism?
I absolutely love criticism, at least when it is constructful, and actually prefer it. I like when people are honest with me and can give me insight.

15. Do you have a high level of situational awareness? Describe what having a high level of situational awareness means to you in WoW.
I have a very high level of situational awareness. To me, situational awareness is the general understanding of your surroundings, what is happening, and adapting to your environment and changing surroundings. Knowledge of the game as well as fast reflexes are vital for situational awareness. It is also necessary to understand how your actions affect others, as well as yourself, in both present time and the near future.

16. Do you have a computer and internet connection which do not suck? (FPS > 5, disconnect rate < once per night)
I have a very fast computer and connection, and very rarely get disconnected.

17. Are you able to use Ventrilo during raids? Do you have a working microphone?
Yes, I have Ventrilo and a working microphone.

18. What is your favorite television program? In this television program, who was your favorite character?
My favorite television program is probably Seinfeld, and I always liked Kramer.

19. What would be the best way for us to get in touch with you?
My character is currently on a different realm, so there are a few options. You can contact me on that realm, I can create a character on this realm, or you can contact me via email ( or through the forums.

20. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
Even though much of it was expressed in my answers above, I would just like to stress that I am an exceptional gamer, and am highly skilled in World of Warcraft. I am not some average run of the mill gamer, and I take this game very seriously. Obviously I like to joke around and am almost always in a good mood, but I take raiding very seriously, and take pride in playing well.
I would also like to admit that my gear, although decent, is not the best that it could be. However this is mostly due to the fact that I have not been in a good guild for a while, and doing pickup groups for raids often leads to disaster.
I would also like to mention that I am 28 years old, and am able to work my own hours, so I have no limits with playing World of Warcraft.

21. Is there anyone in this guild or in your former guilds who would give you a reference or vouce for you?
I do not currently know anyone in this guild. I could probably get someone from my past guilds to give me a reference.
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#1099442 Feb 02, 2009 at 01:30 PM · Edited over 9 years ago
Guild Member
63 Posts
Hello Chrisraab,

Thank you for your interest in joining <The Blacklist>. I just have a few questions for you, if you don't mind.

1.) You mentioned you have "extensive" experience raiding TBC content. However, your achievements in your armory profile seem to contradict this statement. See below.

Gruul's Lair - achievement met
Mag's Lair - achievement met
SSC - no achievement
TK - no achievement
Hyjal - no achievement
BT - no achievement
SWP - no achievement

How do you explain this?

2.) You mentioned you also have experience raiding "everything currently available" in WotLK and "know every raid boss very well." See your achievements below and explain the discrepancies. On second thought, there are too many to type here. I'll list only what you HAVE completed.

Normal difficulty
Arachnid Quarter

Heroic difficulty
Plague Quarter
Arachnid Quarter

How do you explain this?

3.) I noticed you are exalted with Sons of Hodir (gratz), but you're still wearing the old enchant. Why?

4.) Why aren't you hit-capped? How do you plan to remedy this?

Also, I am very disappointed that “Seinfeld” is your favorite TV program.
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#1101491 Feb 03, 2009 at 09:25 AM
To answer questions 1 and 2 as simply as possible, I do not have the achievements due to lack of progress from the guilds I have been in. As far as The Burning Crusade, I have been on every final boss of each raid, and have had no trouble doing my part; however as a guild we were never able to finish them off. Also keep in mind that I did not raid after the patch that nerfed all the raids, as I took a short break from the game, so I did not go through and easily get them all. As far as current raid progress, again many times it is an issue where I have been present in raids for a particular boss, however we were not able to get them down. The last guild I was in also used to call me in in the middle of a raid, so I would have experience with certain bosses, but not others. I will admit that I may have exaggerated my current raid progression a tad, but this is just because I wanted to emphasize that I know the game very well, and that it is only others that are holding me back at this point. I would have no trouble keeping up with a good guild, and would gladly come on a trial basis and be the source of scrutiny.

3. I just became exalted with Sons of Hodir, and actually purchased the better enchant and have it sitting in the bank, but just haven't put it on my shoulders yet. I guess originally I was hoping to get better pieces of gear before I started using the better enchants. Thank you for the suggestion though, I think I may very well add it.

4. The reason my hit rating is low is because hit rating is only necessary for raid bosses. Outside of boss encounters, I use different gear than I would on the boss. This maximizes my damage outside of raid bosses, both in a raid and while not raiding. I simply use a mod (outfitter) to change to my hit gear when I am going to be doing a raid boss. Obviously the raid bosses are the most important part, but I think it is quite a waste for players to be running around hit capped while not fighting a raid boss. I believe at the moment I switch three pieces of gear and as a result get full hit rating (341).

P.S. How do you not like Seinfeld? Arguably the best television program series of all time. What program is your favorite?
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#1101497 Feb 03, 2009 at 09:25 AM
I actually have one question for you. My information may be wrong, but I noticed that the realm Silver Hand is an RP (Role-Playing) realm. Is this correct?
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#1102082 Feb 03, 2009 at 01:15 PM · Edited over 9 years ago
Guild Officer
254 Posts

thank you very much for your interest in this guild. However, in the last couple of weeks <The Blacklist> has seen some very difficult times with the exodus of a large portion of the officer core group, our two main tanks and the subsequent collapse of organized 25man raiding. While the guild still exists as a place for friends to get together to enjoy the game, there is very little hope for 25man or even 10man raiding to recommence in guild-majority groups. As a result, it would be my recommendation to you to seek a raiding home on another server and I wish you the best of luck in doing so.

Thank you,

Formerly in Charge of Recruitment
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#1104013 Feb 04, 2009 at 08:44 AM
I just wanted to thank you for your time and for being honest with me; thanks.
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