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4-07-2008 @ 12:12PM
I left an adult casual guild I loved very, very much in early TBC for the simple fact that the lack of skill and understanding of class mechanics made it a nightmare to group with my friends. I actually wanted to see bosses downed, I had loot goals, and I had (and have) the skill and interest to raid. The content has "softened" a bit, and is slightly more forgiving than it used to be--but it is still vital to gear & spec properly, and read up on encounters as well as keeping up on the changes with ones class if you are going to raid successfully.I've since been in more hardcore guilds and have found I disliked the social environments, as well as the fact that raid times kept me up late on a regular basis. I'm now in a hardcore casual raiding guild in BT & MH with a 12 hour per week raid schedule--we are largely casual in many things, but when we raid we do so with the same intensity and focus as any of the hardcore guilds I've been in.I think that distinction about not being able to raid casually is an important one. Show up on time with all needed reagants, keep vent clear for raid related announcements from leaders, use consumables, spec and gear properly, don't afk suddenly, do what feels like chain pulling to get the trash down, don't expect breaks between every single pull and yes--you can raid on a very limited schedule and have a blast doing it.
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