Righteous Raid Leaders.

Hello all! I’m back from my over seas adventuring and have walked straight into some more drama!

The life of a guild officer. 

Currently our guild has two 10 man raid teams running, it has been this way since Cataclysm, there always seems to be one team that runs into quite a lot of issues with regards to retaining members. The issue this time is of a different ilk all together. 

From my personal experience as a raid leader, the role is to research fights, make the calls during the fight, keep every body cool if tensions start to get out of hand, and to talk to people if they seem to be having trouble with regards to gearing/gemming/chanting/reforging.

I do not believe that it is a raid leaders job to point fingers and publicly (via guild forums) tell each member of their raid team what they are doing wrong according to his opinions. 

This is the issue we have run into. A Righteous Raid leader (RRL). He seems to think that his way of playing is all that matters, and as such has gone to the forums and highlighted each person problem withing a public medium. 

The raid leader of my team, will talk to you privately, and talk through the decisions you’ve made before flat out telling you they’re wrong. A raid leader does better by listening to their raiders and their reasons for picking the gear and enhancements of said gear before picking them apart. 

As such we have a great team, and one team that is not in a very good position. And to top it off, said RRL has now issued an ultimatum (after putting the team on hiatus for 2 weeks) saying that if these people don’t change to what he believes is the correct way to do things, he will leave. Keep in mind he is asking casual raiders, to do what hardcore raiders do. According to him “Not having the time or gold” to have the money or do the dailies to get the money to pay for the expensive weapon enchants or gear upgrades is not good enough. If your raiders are having trouble with current content, then back step. It’s not an admittance of failure, it’s listening and knowing your raid team well enough to know that they’re not ready. 

The whole point of our guild is to foster a fun, happy environment to be in. If you have a raid spot, you should feel comfortable in that spot, and not fear the constant reprisal from your Raid leader. I’ve hard core raided, I know what it feels like to spend every minute of every day trying to better your gear just so you can hold onto your spot and not get removed from the raid team. 

I’m not quite sure what myself and the other officers are going to do about this, nor am I sure how we would approach it, however it can’t continue on like this.

Anyhow, it’s good to be back! Hope you’ve all been well! :)

~Fat Furry Tank

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4 comments

  1. suspiciouswriting

    I realize this was posted about a week ago, so I’m sure you and your fellow officers have already come to a conclusion. Personally I would start looking for a new Raid Leader, because behavior such as that in a casual team just isn’t necessary. My guild had a similar problem with one of our previous Raid Leaders for our Team 2, who went out of their way to simply tell people that they suck and are in the “wrong” spec. Needless to say my Guild Master & Raid Leader of Team 1 was pretty upset that they took such a harsh approach. I realize people want to get into Throne of Thunder but one person can’t bully the whole team into what they feel is the “right” shape.

    • fatfurrytank

      Precisely! I said to him it wasn’t on. He removed his post and apologised publicly and via in game mail to all players. But it was taken very seriously. If he does anything akin to that again, he will be removed from his position. :)

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