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10-12-2009 @ 5:44PM
I'm a PuG raider, in general, in a casual guild too small to field our own raids. Sometimes we form our own 'PuGs' with my wife at the head (she's an incredible raid leader), and sometimes join up with others.Last night, we joined with a 25-man ToC that used loot council. They hadn't raided in a number of months, and assured us they would be 'fair' when it came to loot distribution, and would take all kinds of factors- performance, attendance, etc. into account.While slightly skeptical, we went with it.She moved between 1st and 2nd DPS through the night, I was consistently top heals (for what it's worth, between 5-10% higher than the next person) and felt like I was carrying the healing- whenever I just stuck to my assignment, we wiped.We took down only two bosses, loot distribution took a solid 45 minutes after each of the two, meaning loot council was going for half the 3-hour raid time.Lots of lovely healer loot dropped, and I was passed over for each piece- often to a member of the guild alliance who simply wasn't able to keep themselves up through the fight, replacing a piece on-par with what I would be replacing. I'm technically undergeared for 25 ToC, and I would really like to get myself up to a spot where gear checks don't count me out.I imagine it was discussed, and thought about, and all that, and in the end, the loot council did what loot council's do, and put the loot where it would benefit the guild/alliance the most, which was not with me.The problem is that all I saw of it was piece after piece of fine, lovely pixels going to folks who just weren't able to contribute to the raid. To me, all I could see was a loot council giving loot to its buddies, and it stung, oh boy, did it sting!As such, I won't be raiding with the group again, and I certainly won't be joining their alliance (being a mostly PuG raider this long makes me leery of joining groups where people in my position feel so shafted).TL;DR: Last night I learned a little bit about just why it is that loot council is so nearly universally looked down upon. At least I got 'knowledge loot' of why, and now have the wisdom to avoid it myself.
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