The casual guild’s heavy guild master

As I’ve noted before, there is a large disparity between The Regiment’s raiding experience and my own personal history. As a form heavy raider – and someone gradually climbing back into the saddle after disdaining raiding for some time – my experiences pre-expansion included full clears of all raids except Naxxaramas. I currently maintain a somewhat heavy raiding schedule, including Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep on my priest and soon my hunter. I fully intend to see the inside of the Black Temple before Wrath of the Lich King is released.

This differs with the vast majority of my guildmates. Prior to The Burning Crusade, The Regiment organized weekly, extremely casual runs of Zul’Gurub. After the release of the expansion, we took a couple of months to organize a core group of raiders to maintain a weekly Karazhan group. For many of these people, Karazhan was the first raid that they had ever done. As casual raiders (which differs from casual players!), they don’t ever plan on seeing anything beyond Zul’Aman – a goal that we’ve just started within the past week. Members of The Regiment occasionally sub into any of numerous 25-man raids when openings and their availability coincides. They’re content gradually seeing new content and knowing that they may never progress any further.

This contrast in playstyles and experience results in an interesting dynamic in the relationship I maintain with the people under my command. For one thing, it results in different end-game goals. My focus during much of the week is raiding, whether it’s actually stepping foot into the instance or preparing for the raid. I spend a lot of time attempting to acquire better gear that would improve my performance in my raids, which includes jealously hording badges in anticipation for the badge gear that will be available in patch 2.4. On the other hand, most of my guild members don’t have that kind of drive. Rather than running heroics to acquire badges or even better gear, many play any of a myriad of alts. This is an particularly sore issue with me, as we continue raiding Karazhan months after we first stepped inside with people who could be better prepared for each of the fights but aren’t.

And don’t get me started on consumables and their use – or lack thereof – during fights that we sometimes still have problems with!

The balance between a raiding background and a guild that desires to be nothing more than casual raiders is a hard one to maintain. It frequently leaves me frustrated when people come to the raid ill-prepared, without consumables, their gear broken, in pieces of gear that they could have been upgraded months ago if they’d have run heroics instead of leveling alts, and showing up late or not showing up at all. As a comparatively experienced raider, this clashes with what I consider normal raiding practices and the standard that I personally maintain for myself whether I’m entering Tempest Keep to pit myself against Kael’Thas or returning to Karazhan for the umpteenth time to aid my guild in their weekly run.

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  1. The lack of preparation is what will keep most of those members in your guild. When they start to have more of a “drive” to do better, then you will start to see them improve until one day they leave for a more progression-centric guild.

    Not saying this is good or bad, just the reality.

    If you want to improve the quality of your raiders, you need to recruit. That doesn’t mean spam trade, or put up posts on the forums. It means taking time to find people that are either leveling or gearing up just below your current level of progression. Once you find people that fit that bill, you can either recruit individually (usually breeding a sense of loyalty) or you can work out mergers with other guilds. Mergers are difficult especially if you wish to maintain control. A good way to approach it (from your guild’s perspective) is to approach a guild that is having issues filling their KZ raids but successfully clear when they do. This helps because you are getting skilled players, but not so many all at once that you have “too many”.

    This is a hard way to approach things because there are so many variables and issues that can crop up and it requires you to micromanage nearly every detail. That’s how you’ll keep control.

    The other way is to look for a guild that is in Gruul’s, but having trouble filling the raid. Same thing except you are negotiating to join them. Find out which members of your guild would be willing to allow something like this to happen, look around for guilds that fit everyone’s desires. Then, when you present your guild to them, make sure you know who your solid core players are and without mentioning names, let the other guild know exactly what you bring to the negotiation table.

    It’s a tough situation to be in when you realize your guild has more potential than your current level of progression suggests. It’s even tougher when the potential isn’t there…

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