RAID MANIFESTO AND EXPECTATIONS
--How will runs be scheduled?
We plan to begin Cataclysm by scheduling raid on 4 nights a week using the Guild Website calendar.
Raids will happen on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday.
We will always attempt to run 25-Man raids, but may decide to run 10-man raids because of turnout, or role/class composition.
--When will raids occur and for how long?
Invites usually start around 8.15pm GMT (9.15pm Server Time) and we aim to be killing stuff by 8.30pm (9.45pm ST). Raids usually go on for at least 2-3 hours (until Midnight ST) but could be longer.
--Who will go?
Practically everyone has a chance to go. All we ask is that you are prepared to raid and have visited these forums and taken on board what will be expected of you.
You must sign up on the Guild Website for the best chance to be picked for the raid.
Members with a Rank of Raider or Core Raider will get some priority in selection, but they must have signed up on the website like everyone else.
--Who will decide who goes?
The raid leader or any available officer.
--What will they base those decisions on?
We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, well geared, knowledgeable of the raid/boss, skilled with their class and well prepared.
People who spam guild chat for a place, or constantly /w an officer/raid leader will probably not get picked and/or /gkick.
People will often be picked based upon the requirements of the raid. This means if we have too many of one class, or two many of one type of role (say melee DPS) your place may go to someone else who signed up after you or not at all.
--What is the immediate goal?
Getting back our raiding mojo.
--What is the long-term goal?
Being the best goddamned raiding guild on the server!
--Will we recruit more aggressively?
We will examine our recruitment policy after the expansion arrives.
--What will we look for in recruits?
Good people foremost. Good experience second. Good gear third.
--Will we have CLs (class leaders)?
More that likely. We've been toying with the idea for a while, and we are close to finally implementing this.
--What does it take to become a CL/role model?
When this role is available, I would offer this advice: Strive to be the best in your class... Best in your role... Best in the raid... And prove it time and time again.
--What voice chat software will we use?
Mumble is our software of choice. Please get this set up. This is now a requirement as you need to be able to hear voice chat during the raid for the purposes of warnings, instruction, etc. You do not need to speak.
--If we need a server for voice chat, who will moderate and pay for it?
Our Mumble server is provided by the Guild Leader (as is the forum and website). Any problems, let him know.
--What addons will we use?
Omen and Deadly Boss Mods are now seen as THE mandatory mods for ALL CLASSES. EPGP Lootmaster is also needed.
--How will loot be handled?
EPGP - See this page for details.
--Who will be the main tank?
We have several very well geared Main Tanks. And more than enough off-tanks. If you want to take up these roles, you have a fair amount of competition.
--Will we focus on gearing up one tank/character exclusively at first?
No focus at all. Gearing everyone is a priority.
--Will I have to read up on boss strategy and watch videos, and post in this forum?
Yes you are expected to know the fight inside out, and yes we would like you to post regularly in this forum. Screenshots of our boss kills are appreciated, as are comments on the raid and boss strategy.
Members joining the guild should be aware of the sort of attitude we expect from people when we are on a raid. These rules are not definative, but are a general indication of how I expect people to behave in order to avoid any unfortunate drama.
TURN UP ON TIME
Sign up for the raid. Turn up on time. Get yourself to the appropriate location. Don't rely on a summons. Cancel your signup if you can't make it.
KEEP IT CALM
If you're unhappy with not being picked for a raid... Not happy with where we're going... No happy about the loot... Not happy about someones behaviour... KEEP CALM! /w an Officer or the Raid Leader, but remember that until the raid is over, their time may be limited to acknowledging your issue, rather than dealing with it, or discussing it at length.
LOOK AFTER YOUR GEAR
Enchant your gear. Make sure it is suitable for your class or your role. Make sure it's repaired. Get it gemmed correctly.
Ammo, food, pots, etc. You'll see this said alot on the forums.
YOU WILL DIE
We will wipe, you will die, it will cost you money for repairs and sometimes wasted consumables. Often this will be multiple times, sometimes because of our inexperience, sometimes because of our stupidity. Deal with it without venting.
ADMIT YOUR OWN MISTAKES
Own up to your mistakes. If you know why we wiped, because it was something you did, admit it, learn from it and move on. At the end of the day we don't care that you accidently body pulled, or your pet went off attacking additional mobs, or that you broke cc... Just admit it so we can move on.
We will probably take the piss out of you for doing so! But we just want to KNOW what happened without having to start pointing fingers and apportioning blame. That method achieves nothing.
IF YOU HAVE ISSUES WITH THE RAID, TALK TO A RAID OR GUILD OFFICER
Do not go spouting off in raid or gchat while the raid is going on. If you need to vent your anger, please direct it at an officer, who can take action if necessary.
IF YOU HAVE TIME ISSUES, TELL AN OFFICER
If you have to go at a certain time, tell an officer so that he is aware of your situation. We generally like raid from 9.30 until at least 12/1am and I would expect guild member to try to be committed to that timeframe. A raid officer may be able to keep thing moving for you, but otherwise we move at our own pace as dictated by raid officers, tank and healers.
Spamming chat channels telling the raid to move on will probably end up with you being muted or kicked. You have to go eventually anyway, so why not kick you now and find your replacement.
Try to do it at same time as everyone else. I.E. During raid downtime while waiting for res, regroup, summons, etc.
Ask a raid leader if it is ok.
Always use /afk to indicate your status.
EXPECT MORE WIPES
Expect more wipes moving forward and deal with it on your own terms without affecting the overall morale of the raid or guild.
LOOK FOR THE POSITIVES
Look at the positive aspects of the raid, focus on what has been achieved in a raid, and more importantly make valid suggestions on how things can be improved moving forward.
If you are unhappy with Loot Distribution, please /w an Officer instead of venting your frustrations into gchat or the raid channel.