Good discussion with some good feedback.
Also, sorry for the long post, but trying to cover everything.
Thursdays have become a real sore point for our team. Last few have had to be cancelled as people have not been available for whatever reason. A suggestion was made a while ago about moving our Thursday raid to a different night, as that could allow any interested Win members to sign up. Personally, I can't see this working. There will now be something guild wise every night of the week :
Wed = LFR
Thurs = Win/Awesome raiding
Fri = LFR
Sat = New raiders
Sun = Awesome raid
Mon = Win raid
Tue = Awesome raid
From that list, only Monday will be free to me. So Thursdays are going to be a real problem due to Archaz working on that day. With only 10 full time team members (counting Archaz in this
), things are hard. Ideally, we would want a minimum of 12 in our team to allow for some leeway. Unfortunately, we just do not have the numbers. I always hope that we'll get those extra few we need, but it's been months now since we had a stable team. We seem to get some new blood into the team and either they leave, or someone else leaves. Such is life. We will continue to try and recruit. I know I've been slacking on this and will try and do more.
Regarding OS. Yes, if you can work on your OS, then great. As a mage I do not have a non-dps OS, which is why I've been working on my bear and am happy now to tank when needed. Like last night. Of course his OS is another issue. I will heal on him, but have never really been consistent with it. As others have pointed out, LFR is a terrible place to gauge your performance. Certain classes can use the wrong spells just to make themselves look good on charts. Sniping heals are also a big problem in LFR. It's only when they are asked to properly heal, do you find out if they can. Sha is a good fight in my eyes. As you have to keep your group alive when you are sent to a pavilion. You fail, then your healing may not be up to it. I have healed pug dungeons and by and large keep the group alive. But even there you are not sure due to the discrepancies in gear and people playing correctly.
Darieth and Team Epic. Must admit that I always am comforted by the way you keep helping out our guild and team. You have allowed us to make more progress than we would otherwise have. It's a shame that we still need to have you join us to fill our roster, and yet it's great that you are there. Your insights into the fights are a real boost, and any failures quickly pointed out. All I can say is thank you. Though thank you is not enough.
Meki. As Aphaeas has said. We are more than happy for anyone to constructively comment about any guild/team issues from day one. Sometimes the new person will actually see something that others have missed. So, keep commenting.
Ayumis. Yes, that was an unfortunate bit of commenting by some in our team. As you say. That could quite easy be taken wrongly and frighten any new wanabe raider off. As you quite rightly surmise, it was just some banter. But still could be off putting. I will try and keep an eye on this in future and make sure that people realise it is just banter.
Sanjo. Thanks for putting your hand up to come and heal for us. Unfortunately your ilvl was too low and I believe you would have struggled. LFR gives a good idea about what ilvl you need for normals, though the newest ones would need more.
MSV = 460
HoF = 470
Terrace = 470
Of course, ilvl is only an indicator of your gear.
There are players out there who can do wonders with low ilvls. eg. Klog was running rings around me at a lot lower ilvl than I am sporting in HoF. iirc he was 463 and I was 485 and he was putting out more dps and damage.
But, ilvl does give a good indicator for healers as you need so much to keep your MP5 high.
Manafist (the warlock that Darieth was mentioning). Thanks for filling in and doing a good job. Not sure how much experience you have of real raids, but you did decent dps and listened to what was going on. In hindsight it may have been better if we had carried on in MSV, so that you could have got to see more of the raid and maybe got some loot. As it turns out, we would not have gone on much further anyway as Archaz had to leave at 10. Hopefully you enjoyed yourself and may feel like joining us again.
Beginners Raid. As Aphaeas said, it's something we have been meaning to do for a while but never got around to. The issue has been who would turn up and who lead/organise it. Darieth has mentioned before that he would be happy to lead it, which is really great of him. Though this did worry me :
Originally Posted by Darieth
I'd be happy to lead it. Hopefully, this would be a useful recruitment ground for the two established teams; I know several of my current raiders that I spotted during the Saturday afternoon casual raids, and they all turned out to be excellent.
Will he use it to get more into his team ?
Only kidding Darieth
They would need to be really good players before you would consider them for Team Epic, and something special to poach them from PCG.
But seriously, it is something that will happen now (Aphaeas has posted about it elsewhere). If Darieth is happy to lead it then that would be really good. Hopefully we can start this ASAP.
I do have one question : What will happen to Epics alt run on Saturday ? I know some from this guild have participated and will probably wonder the same. Will they carry on even if you are leading the PCG Beginners Team ?
Originally Posted by Darieth
I guess its a good job I'm not in charge of the team; if one my my raiders signed up as "accepted", then didn't show up, forcing a last-minute change of plans, and then bragged about it doing so on the team forum, I might not be really impressed.