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5-13-2009 @ 3:34PM
Something VERY like this happened to my guild. Our first night in, took down Leviathan, and a fragment dropped. It basically came down to, "Oh crap... Ok, we'll let the healers sort this out." It was discussed for a few minutes, by the end of which I was getting impatient - we had no policy regarding the fragments yet, and 6 healers trying to figure out what to do, with only three of us even saying much in the discussion. I'm one of those healers (a priest), the others were my significant other (main pally healer for our guild), and the healing lead (a shaman). We all love our guild, and we all obviously want the mace, but we know our personal greed or ego or whatever does not supersede the needs of the guild.We could have sat there all night long holding up the raid, but that would have been ridiculous. I had to ask that an officer make the call, and it was agreed in short order that, at least the first fragment, ought to go to someone (anyone) and the other fragments would go to someone else on rotation UNTIL an official policy had been worked out. It went to the healing lead, which at that point was really fine with me. Anything to not put an end to an other wise very short raid night.It took another two weeks for a policy to be agreed upon, but I greatly appreciated the way this policy was reached. The healing lead is, obviously, an officer within the guild. It was decided that all of the officers BESIDES the healing lead would discuss and decide how to distribute the fragments.The shaman's been our healing lead for years. Our guild uses EPGP, and on that, I'm the highest (but would we be charging for fragments, or the mace at the end?) ratio, while my guy has the highest listed attendance (EP) on the list. We're all extremely reliable in terms of raid attendance, while most of our other healers are kind of in and out, or just plain newer to the guild or healing in general.It was decided that one person would collect all their fragments first, and then the next person in "line" would be able to collect theirs. Once the mace itself was completed, the person would be charged out the nose for the mace, with the EPGP system, but not until then.Officers chose the healing lead for the fragments: While I was disappointed that the sucker isn't mine, I'm not in the guild to have "the best" or "the coolest" gear, or bragging rights. I'm in the guild to experience content I wouldn't other wise be able to experience. I'm in the guild to raid twice a week for a total of 6 hours, and still be able to see new, difficult content, and triumph over bosses that are new to me. I'm in the guild to test my healing chops, and to help other players I actually like succeed in their raiding goals.All of that said, while my guild came to the same conclusion as Will's, I feel that my guild's process gave more respect to the healers included: an in game object of Legendary rarity is going to someone, but the candidates for receiving that object should not be part of the group making that decision. There is no way to pretend there wasn't someone with extreme bias involved in making the choice. While I agree that Will would be the obvious candidate (officer, low flight risk, high attendance [one assumes, as a raid leader]), it'd still feel very unfair. Will should have sat out on the decision, though what they'd do with the first fragment would be a toughie (though I imagine the easiest thing to do would be what my guild did, rather than laying down the policy within an extremely short span of time; if I'd been one of the other healers involved, I would have been pissed that policy had been decided so spur of the moment, rather than the issue being given the thought and argument the gravity of the situation warranted... still, I wouldn't penalize my entire guild for my own personal tantrum, because the entire guild wasn't involved in the decision).
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