It's a pickle no doubt about it! Wall of text crits you for 10k words
Tbh, it's not only healers that we lack sometimes, I do remember being the only mage (sometimes Luzid came along at the expense of his rogue) in ZG or just having 3 i believe when we took down ony. Perhaps a few less mages wont make as much a noticeable difference as a few less healers, but you do miss us in the aoe parts (and that nice water hehe)
Back on topic, the point here is that we do go in a sort of cycle where we miss numbers in a certain class at some point (can't really explain this), infact I remember a ZG not so long ago where we had all the healing we needed and then lacked dps, go figure. Having a larger player base would help us to fill up raids easier I suppose, but then you would probably be leaving some ppl out (which is never a nice thing ofc).
At this stage i think we haven't got more than 30-32 lvl 60 members who can be online at the same time (damn those alts
), so perhaps there are few free spots to fill up. It's all down to how we recruit then, I think we still should keep to the SSX way. Remember that BC is officially confirmed and its not so far away now. Interest in the game will increase a lot when that comes out, so for now there is hardly any point in going to great lengths to raid instances at all costs. Having said that, these 2 months or so that we have before the release could be used to find a couple more nice players and get a few runs going just to get ourselves used to each other and raiding in general. This would help us to come up to speed faster when the new content arrives.
One more point I wished to mention was the Leader/Raid organizers issue. Correct me if I'm wrong but my feeling is that we are making the same mistake of letting a few ppl run and organize things, and in turn taking it for granted, and we all know where that took us before. Currently if those few ppl cannot be online, the rest of us just stand there and sort of wait for something to happen, myself included. Is it time to introduce class leaders
again?, who could take over if some of the mods are not present during some days. That would give the opportunity for more ppl to get involved in the running of the guild and would spread reduce the overall burden for some. Also its up to everyone to stand up and be counted. Every member should take the responsibility to come prepared and in time for raids, perhaps if we sticky a post on these forums listing what every class should be expected to bring along to certain instances, and also strategies on dealing with them. It's much better if ppl know before hand what to expect (we do have new ppl, and less experienced one such as myself) than having the raid leader screaming over vent or raid chat 2mins before the start. Just a couple of links here and there could suffice (I use wowwiki on most occasions). Then its just a case of encouraging ppl to come more often on the forums (alas some are still to shy here
). All of these things should be common sense actually, but sometimes we need to have some written right and proper for everyone to see. The point here is that, a little extra effort from everyone
will make things go so much smoother, it won't alter the SSX way of doing things. Of course, some of us have RL commitments which we cannot ignore (work aargh
), but these are things which can be done in spare time, and not necessarily before a raid. We should put up a guild motto "Come prepared
". It will make raids more fun definately.
That's pretty much what I had in mind I think. Some of my ideas could make separate threads, might do it when i have some spare time
. Sorry for the long post, but it had to come out eventually