Tagged: Guild

So I’m a little late!

Hello again my precious readers!

It goes against everything I’ve read, but I am none the less going to apologise for my lengthy absence. I’ve been sick, my kid’s been sick, and the guild has been filled with drama! DRAMA LLAMA!!

Today I am not going to focus on the drama though. Maybe… I never quite know where my fingers and mind are going to lead me when I begin to type. 

Firstly, I’m just going to say that I am endlessly excited for patch 5.4, especially after watching the release trailer. I can honestly say that I will be glad to kick Throne of Thunder in the butt and be free of it!

Between my daughter and myself being sick, I fell behind in aspects of LFR gearing/Legendary quest chain. That being said, I had gotten everything I could from LFR regarding gear anyhow, I was literally turning up for raid nights and that was it. Everything has settled down again and I’m back in the groove. Thankfully enough, Blizzard’s RnG gods seemed to note this, and decided that last week they were going to give me 10 secrets, which meant I have already gotten my meta gem!

Now I have to get titan stones ugh. 

Our normal 10 man raid team has progressed extremely well since I last posted. I realised my last post regarding a boss was horridon. Ha that seems like eons ago! We are currently ramming our head against…

wait for it…

it’s coming…

here it is…

Lei Shen!!! Ermagherd! That’s right. We are up to the last boss of Throne of Thunder and I couldn’t be happier. Well I could… he could be dead. But I digress. We progressed fairly well on him this Sunday just gone by. With one strat we got him to 8% Unfortunately for reasons not quite known, we changed the strat on Monday night, and couldn’t get past the second intermission. So it was a bit of a down week for us. However things can only improve, and we now know what we have to do. Now we just have to implement it. 

I will do a more detailed post tomorrow, but for now I just wanted to touch base with you all and let you know what has been going on!

Don’t forget to feed your tanks! They like food!

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

Here we go again!

Guild Drama. Most of us have seen it, most of us have been part of it, and a lot of us have had to fix it.

But what do you do when most of your guild is sectioned into smaller groups. It’s like high school all over again.

Currently our guild is suffering from “The officers do nothing and don’t help us, but I’m not going to talk to them about it, I’m going to talk to all my friends, who aren’t officers and then expect something to magically happen!”

As an officer, what do I do in this situation? People are assuming that we don’t care. And for some reason are not approaching us when they need help with, well, anything!

I’m currently trying to push the use of our guild website a little bit more, as I find it a more structured environment than FaceBook, for this kind of thing. However it’s always the same people frequenting the forums. There are literally 5 of us, out of a guild of about 250+ members, that are currently talking about the steps to take to fix this lack of communication within our guild.

What I seem to think is the major culprit of the hostility towards the officers is the raiding. It’s something I’m yet to bring up in as many words, because I don’t particularly see that stirring the pot has any benefit to any one. However what do we do? In cataclysm, I was the raid leader of the second raid team, one that cycled through members constantly, for many different reasons, weren’t progressing fast enough, people’s internet connections making it hell for the rest of us, personal issues flowing into the raid environment, and non-committal from a lot of my raiders.

The other raid team had a steady roster that cleared content every week. When there are two ten man raid teams, this seems to be something that happens quite often.

Currently we have 1 steady raid team, it just happens to be the one that I’m a part of (after making a decision at the end of cataclysm to give up raid leading and go back to main tanking). This team consists of people who work their asses off in the short time we have to raid (casual/social guild) and clear at a nice pace.

However the second raid team that started before us, pushed hard and fast, and fell apart. They had a big raid group blow out in december, and nothing has happened since. Then there was suddenly a third group of people around December as well, that wanted to start a third raid team. At this point you’re probably wondering why we’re not running 25mans, instead of three 10 mans.

The reason for this is that currently, we can’t even field two full 10 mans. And for some reason the majority of the guild seem to think this is the officers fault.

But my question is, how can the officers help you build your raid team back up, if even when asked, you don’t tell us what you need to fill your ranks?

How can the officers help with anything, if we’re never made aware that there are problems?

I’m at a loss. And the forum post is just the same five people going round and round in circles.

My question is to you fellow bloggers, if you’ve ever experience these issues, or any similar, let me know! I’d be interested in seeing how other people deal with the issues that surround guilds! Otherwise I might just have to climb up a tree and be in permanent /facepalm

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Plate to leather…

So you’ve finished Cataclysm as a prot warrior. Patch 5.0 made your soul cry, because you forgot to read patch notes, and had no idea why suddenly shield block wasn’t working straight off the bat and you’re running into a boss fight with no instant mitigation. (I know, I know.. BAD prot warrior.) you’ve also spent a lot of time Offtanking as a Blood DK for your guilds other raiding team and have been enjoying that more than your warrior.

So what do you do?

Now the important question is upon you. Which team do you raid for in Mists of Pandaria, and which online persona are you intending on using? The weeks leading up to the release of “Panda Land” are filled with stress, to the point where you are pulling your Worgen hair out and becoming some strange… hairless, allergen friendly creature of peoples nightmares. You were always going to tank, that’s a given, but which class. Especially since you have the means to have them all.

But no, you don’t go the easy route. You don’t take your already level 85 character and do the new content. You bite the bullet, grab some heirlooms, and start at level 1 again.

And the next thing you know, you’re an overweight, stomach jiggling, black and white furred, mohawked panda with a moustache. By level 20 you realise “Oh my, this is the class for me… where have you been all my WoW life?!” and settle in to level.

I mean come on… who doesn’t enjoy throwing beer all over mobs and then setting them on fire. FIRE!!! Mmm burnies…

With every new ability your enjoyment of the class grows. Although you’re still a bit creeped out by the fact that your stomach jiggles whenever you move.  You turn into some possessed levelling machine, knowing your deadline to be ready for raiding. You level so quickly, that one of your guildies makes a macro to gratz you because she can’t be bothered typing everytime you yell “Ding!!! *smashes face into keyboard*” in guild chat.

So you level your way to 88… and then bam. You get stuck in a rut. 88-89 feels crazy slow, you feel like your eyes are melting out of your skull with every quest you hand in, and your xp bar doesn’t move. Your guildies encourage you, and you push through and then BAM!! You hit that magic number 90!

And Ta Da!! Here I am. A level 90 Brewmaster Monk. It is to this date my favorite class.

The transition from a plate wearing prot warrior to a leather wearing monk has been an interesting experience. Even now, I’m changing things around in raid bosses to better up my mitigation for certain fights. This first post is mainly an introduction to the wacky mind that is me. The further into this blog I get, the more information regarding my gameplay and the rotations, cooldowns, talents and glyphs I use will be covered. The adventures of dungeon running with friends, including the wipes we have from being overconfident, to the first time we got our asses kicked in a challenge mode dungeon.

Until then fellow Azerothians, quest well, may the gold flow and don’t forget to pat your tanks!

~The Fat Furry Tank