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Siege of Orgrimmar is going on a year old soon, and I think it's time we discuss the future of the raid group going forward into the rest of this expansion and into Warlords of Draneor.
First off, let me say I am extremely impressed by the guild and raid group. We have done exceptionally well this expansion, we started a bit rough, but have ended this expansion with one of the strongest raid teams this guild has ever seen. The knowledge, skill, and willingness to help each other out is at the highest point I've ever seen in the guild. I am very proud of all our current and former raiders who have helped us accomplish this. It's something to be proud of.
Lately, emotions have been running high, and people have been snapping at each other more then usual. I attribute this to the fact people are starting to feel burned out and they simply are not having fun with this content anymore. It's turning into a cycle of people are simply showing up because they more or less feel obligated to be there for their friends. Everyone is doing their best not to disappoint others. It shouldn't be like that at all. People should WANT to be online to raid every Tuesday and Wednesday. It shouldn't be a struggle to maintain attendance if everyone is having fun. Yet week after week over the last month, we are always concerned about being able to fill the raid team.
We are getting close to the point when the officers and raid leaders will put the 25man on hiatus until Warlords is released. I would like to give everyone a few weeks to a month off from mandatory raid times and let people just relax, and level and raid with alts. When this happens, I will continue to run a raid team, 10 man if needed, on Tuesdays to push heroic Garrosh. If we have the people for 25's we will do 25's. We did this same thing with Dragonsoul. We put the 25m on hiatus and we formed a 10 man that ended up killing Heroic Deathwing before Mists was released. I fully expect we will have a similar situation.
School is starting back up soon and we are going to lose members, be it from people excited to see their college friends again and want to spend time offline with them, or class schedule / homework gets in the way. I fully expect to have some people post MIA or go MIA because of it. Happens every year and it's something we are used to dealing with. So don't feel scared to let us know about it. I would much rather you be upfront and tell us honestly, then simply vanish with us wondering what happened.
About WoD raiding:
Normal and Heroic modes are changing into flex style of encounters, where we can have 10-30 people in raid at once. So we will fill the raid team as much as we can while maintaining a group comp that will be efficient at downing content. With how strong our team is now, I do not anticipate that normal and heroic content will take us very long to progress through. Which brings us to Mythic content which is only 20 man. In regards to raid spots in the mythic team. We will obviously do our best to ensure everyone gets a shot at it at some point, but while we are progressing through it, we will bring our most skilled and capable players initially. So some of you may have to ride the bench while we work on killing the content. It's no different that how we handle progression now, it's just that now, only 20 people get in at a time, so 10ish people may have to be patient and willing to sit around and wait their turn. It won't be personal, it will be based on performance within the team. So if you struggle at certain aspect of boss fights or are a mechanically weak player, you may see the bench more then you would like to.
I heard there was a Canada contingent coming this year to the Guild Party. I don't know the details, but it would be cool to head to Boston if possible and we can share a ride. Mastric and I have carpooled from Albany to Buffalo for the past 4 years. If there are enough people, we can get a van from Boston to Albany to Buffalo.
I am sure that a lot of people might not know me, but I am sure that most of the guild can vouch for me. I am not a rapist or anything. I gave that up when I became a terrorist.
Comment on here if you plan to drive to Buffalo along the east coast, maybe we can figure something out. You can post on here or on the facebook group.
Topic for 5.4.8 Talk so we don't kill the shoutbox
If for some reason you didn't know... 5.4.8 is live allowing item upgrades to 16 ilvls, 4/4.
If you're not fulling Valor capped AskMrRobot has an upgrade option that will show you what best to spend your Valor on.
Also i want the horse hitching post!
Criteria being considered for Core Raider rank can be found at the following: