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12-29-2008 @ 8:00PM
Here you go again, tapping into just the issue I've had to face over this past weekend. What you didn't cover and probably shouldn't because the question was from the guild member's POV, was the GL and/or raid leader's perspective. As I have to deal with this right now in my own guild, I'll tell the questioner how I feel. I'm not 80 yet, but probably will be by this weekend. As we're a casual guild, I put no pressure on anyone to get to 80 by 2009 or, as one of my warlocks says, by 2012. You get there when you get there. Does that mean that we'll be slow, as a guild, to experience Wrath endgame content? Yes it does. But when we get into that, we will go in with people who have enjoyed leveling at their pace. They will be excited to see what the endgame has to offer AND they will not be burned out by some mad race to a number where the XP bar disappears again. We are always running 5-man content. My RL and I assess what old raid content would be beneficial to us or what we didn't clear before Wrath and are putting those raids together. We look at what things we still need to work on as a guild, whether it's getting people to show up on time, repaired and with their consumables or is it getting the guy who decided to take his warrior prot some tanking experience. There is always one raid a weekend to occupy people's time. I know you're bored and you really wish you could run endgame with guild members. I have no problem with you PuGging instances when we aren't where you are level-wise. What I have a problem with is when you PuG and make yourself unavailable to the guild. If you are frequently asked to come help a 5-man and your standard response is to say, "I can't. I'm scheduled to run Naxx tonight" and we, as a guild, aren't anywhere close to Naxx, my thought is, "Why are you even here?" I feel that your first responsibility is to the guild whose tabard you wear. My guild is not for everyone and I've lost a lot of players who don't care for the casual atmosphere. If you want more structured raiding or higher endgame content raiding, there are a lot of guilds who are doing that and I wish you well. If you like the people here, like the raids that we do and are just bored because we only have a handful of 80's, then just give us time and we'll have a bunch in a month or so. You can see who is within striking distance. You know the schedule for raids and if we aren't raiding and you can get into a PuG, you know you have my blessing. But, if you start scheduling your own raids simply because we aren't where you are and that means you are off doing your own thing when we're raiding as a guild then you probably ought to leave and find a group you're more comfortable with. As others have said, decide why you're in the guild and if that's reason enough to stay. If not, there are probably a great number of guilds that would love to have you.
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