I must say, I am recently trying to train an officer to run the raids when needed. Just small stuff like khara and za, or bosses that in theory we have so far on farm we can do them in our sleep. We all credit the stability and success of a raid on the Mt, and the main healers, you can have slightly less on the ball people for anything else but those positions have got to be the best. It just never works if you don’t.
But what about the raid leader, does a slightly less on the ball raid leader really make or break your raid? Does the raid rely on those calls for the things they should be watching that much. Is everyone really that immune to the bars, the warnings, the mobs running around? I mean when your halfway through ssc, do you really need your raid leader to tell you so and so is sacrificed on illhoof in kharazan? In theory, we’ve all been doing this for months and it should be autopilot, i mean khara clears in under 4 hours every week both raids for badges mostly, put a new raid leader in to take charge and all of a sudden its a two night event. Is this due to the raid leader or people not paying attention.
I wondered this, so i decided to get sneaky and slip into the vent channel with the announcements off and see what was going on. I slipped in and i listened to the raid, the new leader was doing much better this week, but it all seemed so stiff, there wasn’t allot of communication, and everyone was quiet because the prior week they had spent the entire raid overriding the raid leader and ignoring the instructions, or outright contradicting them even though they were the correct instructions. So of course they got balled out for that. But all of this brings me down to one question.
No matter how wonderful your raid is, does your raid leader make or break it?
And if as i suspect this is the case, what do you do when you find you need to train a new one, and no one has the certain something it takes. I’ll tell you now theres not alot of good raid leaders out there that can hold there temper, and solve the problems the raid runs into. I find as time goes on that the people who could be good raid leaders are scared to step up, due to former issues where there stepping up was considered an attempt to take over and caused conflict with the officers. And so this one way monologue, waunders into a conversation on drama and maturity.
Where do you as guild leaders and members draw the line? We all know the line, the someone that is trying to show there worth, but ends up arguing with the gm instead of listening as they should be. Or the raid leader who can’t handle people stepping up to help them out because they are so much in control. BTW this is me to a slight extent, if im in the raid im in charge Period, Exclaimation point, were doing things my way and no one elses. However i fortunatly listen to my officers and my way has been developed through research and trial and error. So at least i temper the control freak in me with a little moderation.
Another question to the guild leaders, Why are you a Gm? Why do you day in and day out deal with the difficulties, the trials the stress and the sheer time from your real life to be a guild master and raid leader. People rarely thankyou for it.
I think these are all good questions you should ask yourself. If your confortable with the honest answers more power to you. Anyhoodle back to work now, thats my meandering for the day. Ill put up an antecdote next time i think.