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5-17-2008 @ 5:21PM
"We really need another healer in here. I see two options: Player A who has been around for only a month, but online all the time. Player B who vanished without a trace for 3 months, but has tremendously superior gear.""Yeah, we should get Player B in here right now.""Actually, I am going to bring in Player A."This is a conversation theme occurs every once in a while in officer chat in our guild. Ninety percent of the time, I will bring in the consistent player rather than one who did a vanishing act. Yes, Player B has better gear, and will give us a better chance of beating the boss right now. But bringing in Player B is short sighted. You make that decision the wrong too many times, and you will pay a very hefty price at some point. It might not be today, or tomorrow, but its coming.The longer term must always be considered. Not to the point of completely ignoring the needs of tonite's raid, but it has to be given a lot of weight.Many people have the gear, ability and experience to raid effectively. That is where the decision making process often stops when it comes time to do raid invites. It is wise to go one level deeper and consider as well *the will to raid* in a person. This represents the longer term, and considering it greatly decreases the chances of fatal guild issues down the road.Still, some times stuff just blows up!
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