Hey guys. <Hit it like you mean it> is looking for a few adults to add to our 10m raiding roster. We utilize a flexible raid scheduling system which allows us, as adults, to put real life first while also being able to commit in a hardcore way to raiding. Basically what we do is this. Every week by Saturday, all members will enter into a spreadsheet their availability for the upcoming raid week, and how many days that week they can commit to. You can see the actual spreadsheet here.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... SGc#gid=10
By Sunday evening, an officer will select who and what days we will be raiding the upcoming week, based off of everybody's availability.
Part of the value of this flexible raid schedule is to respect people's familial commitments while keeping the commitments to one another to succeed in this game. For that to work out well, it means not wasting each other's time. This starts with everyone using the spreadsheet on time. It continues with knowing boss fights and your role before we step inside the raid. Finally, during the raid make sure you respect everyone's time by showing up before the raid starts, stay till it ends, be back before breaks are over and pay attention to raid leader's instructions the first time. If you are unclear on what needs to be done, ask before we pull.
For the flexible schedule to really work out well, it will require our players to be flexible in their classes and specs. Everyone, or almost everyone, should have 2 different roles/specs that they can perform just as well as they are expected to perform their main role. This means that hunters, warlocks, mages and rogues will be encouraged to roll and gear an alt, primarily on their own.
Be it learning your off specs, updating your UI, or scouring WOL. Everyone has room to improve. Everyone should have a BURNING desire to improve and seek it out. We expect it and should expect it of one another.
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WE expect our tanks/healers/dps to perform like a world class tank/healing/dps team. We expect the members of each sub-team team to talk among one another, establishing strategies as a world class team. If we are ever to be on the forefront of progression, we need to be capable of establishing our own strategies, to break down encounters and build our own internal knowledge base on solving problems. Everyone should be excited after every raid on doing some kind of research before the next raid to solve some problem and figure out how we can do better at the next raid. If this means you look at your own parses on World of Logs or maybe look at what other guilds are doing or possibly even just looking at the incoming damage and doing calculations on what HPS we need to be to out heal the aoe damage of a given encounter. Whatever it takes, I expect everyone to be working as a team to figure it out. Don't rely on the officers, everyone needs to be working together to figure it out and doing so AGGRESSIVELY.
If we were all serious all the time, it wouldn't be a game. With that said, people need to understand the difference between "screwing around time" and what we call "game face" time. Game face time should be the time in which you have 100% focus, you don't have TV's in the background distracting you, you aren't catching up on a TV series on Hulu on your second monitor, even your wife / kids understand that gameface time is focus time and you need to be "in the zone" to down a boss. Every single boss, even if it's a farm boss should receive that level of focus. Even if we are going back to old content to get achievements, you should have the same level of focus as if we were doing progression for the first time.
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