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8-04-2008 @ 11:44AM
One bit of advice I have for you: Don't underestimate the "fresh 70s".If you're average guild progression is beginner SSC, these people can be a valuable asset to your progression. If you find that you have 3 mages, but really need 5 (randomly picked a dps class, just go with me here), a fresh 70 can quickly be geared up enough to bring a moderate amount of dps to a beginner SSC raid in a few week's time. Balance your Kara groups so that you have a very strong member that needs no gear from Kara grouped with the lesser geared member who needs all their gear from Kara. Increases overall raid dps and will quickly gear the lesser geared person. Even if the gear the person needs doesn't drop, in a few weeks time, badges can be saved up to purchase some very nice upgrades. It all depends on a few things:  over-geared members willing to run lower level raids for the greater good of the guild.  the lesser geared person's only barrier to running higher level content being their gear. (all the gear in the world won't make a difference if the "fresh 70" isn't actually willing to work for it and doesn't know the basics of their class)Stick with it. This is a really bad time for raiding guilds, especially casual raiding guilds. Add to that, many of us have the added recruiting difficulty of being on low pop servers and it can be very tricky getting raids together under those circumstances.Another Tip: Keep scheduling raids; Kara, ZA, anything to keep those that are actually showing up busy and interested in raiding. We made the mistake of saying "ok, attendance is sucking, let's wait a few weeks before scheduling any raids when more people are online". What we found out was that people would log on, see we're not raiding, and some would lose hope and log right out again. Keep the raids on the calendar and let your guild know that they may not happen but the more people sign up, the more chance you have of going eventually. Encourage those you see actually logging on every day and try to keep morale high. It's not easy to do right now but when your guild sees you actively working to make things happen, it lifts their spirits and makes them that much more willing to stick through the rough patches.
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