Raiding Icecrown Citadel with PCG
(copied from Ross's original post and updated)
This is a summary of the regularly scheduled Icecrown Citadel raids within PCG, and how we organise them.
Raids expose you to some of the most difficult content in the game. You need to be prepared, focused and at your computer for their duration!
All times are UK time. We use the calendar in-game to handle signups and invites; if you want to come and are confident you can make it, sign up. If you later find you can’t make it, unsign. Raid Leaders will try to post finish times in the raid description so you can plan your playing time. Invites typically go out 15 minutes before the stated raid time.
For more detailed information about what you need to do to make sure you’re ready to raid, read Akee’s post here. If you’re concerned about your gear or readiness to take on ICC, talk to an officer or another experienced player of your class. We also run various other raids and members are always happy to help guildies gear up by running heroics.
Ten-Player Icecrown Citadel
We are currently trying to help as many people into ICC with the guild as possible. Some 10-player raids are very regular; others less so. Some of the more progressed teams have very regular members and are attempting extremely difficult fights: please bear this in mind when deciding which raid to sign with. Below are details of their usual raid times, leaders and structure/goals.
• Wednesday, 7.30pm
• Raid Leader: Akee/Jecaa
• Progress-focused raid for more hardcore raiders, Lich King Defeated, starting heroic modes
• Thursday, 7.45pm
• Raid Leader: Apheas/Boglin/Ykyik
• Progress-focused raid for more hardcore raiders, 11/12 normal mode at the time of writing.
• Thursday, 8pm
• Raid Leader: Darieth
• Progress-focused raid for more hardcore raiders, Lich King defeated, 9/12 on heroic
Saturday 10-Player Raid Team (name varies on calendar!)
• Saturday, 8pm
• Raid Leader: Varies, see calendar
• More casual raid.
• Tuesday 4pm
• Raid Leader: Chewwie/various
• More casual raid, runs when personal schedules allow
• See calendar
• Raid Leader: Denika
• More casual raid, runs when personal schedules allow, for insomniacs
Each raid has a designated Raid Leader. What the RL says, goes. This ranges from deciding who attends, to what loot system will be used, to when the raid ends. The RL will always be someone who is knowledgeable, fair, and intends to run the raid in the best interests of the guild.
The main initial goal for a Raid Leader is picking a team that can actually succeed in ICC. This means two tanks, three healers and five DPS (a mix of ranged and melee). These numbers are non-negotiable! If we have too many DPS, someone will have to miss out.
In addition to using the calendar for sign-ups, from now on Raid Leaders will also mention in guild chat that they are starting to put the raid together, in case some players didn’t sign up in time or signed Tentatively.
The Raid Leader also has to consider whether people are sufficiently geared to pull their weight in ICC. What this means in practice varies from class to class and can also be outweighed by having very well geared other players in the raid. Be prepared to take the Raid Leader’s decision on the chin if he says that he can’t afford to carry you in the raid because your gear is insufficient. It’s not an insult, just a fact. Please note that Raid Leaders will take a dim view of any gear which is not carrying the best possible gems/enchants.
Mains have priority over alts, provided that a balanced, viable group can still be constructed. Many of us have raiding alts which prove useful for filling in that extra healer or tank when required, but whenever possible we will give as many people as possible the chance to see ICC.
Note that, on occasion, Raid Leaders may be unable to attend on the scheduled night. In this case they’ll always delegate the raid leading to a reliable lieutenant.
Occasionally, an extra 10-player ICC raid might be set up on the calendar. The Raid Leader will always try to organise that raid fairly and openly but given that it will be organised more or less on the fly, please be patient and allow for some faffing around!
25-Player Icecrown Citadel
Please see this thread for a detailed description of how we organise 25-player ICC raids.
You can find out more of what’s expected of 25-player attendees in this thread. If you achieve the targets listed there, you will also be in good shape for 10-player ICC.
So What Should I Sign Up For?
If you’re prepared for it, you can sign up to any of these teams. You can sign up for more than one, provided you know you’ll be online for it. However, bear in mind that Epic, Win and Awesome are into quite consistent routines. Changing too many players in these teams is likely to set back progress, so if you’re new to those teams, be aware the Raid Leader may prefer to stick to regular members in order to maximise chances of progress.
If you can’t get a spot in any of these raids, and you’re desperate to raid ICC, and you’re sure you’re geared for it, please post on the forums and we’ll try to accommodate demand!