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5-10-2011 @ 11:02AM
I didn't gear fast enough, and the guild started raiding without me. I lost my spot. They continued to out gear me and it got to the point that I didn't even try. I didn't have a spot saved for me to come in, you can't pug unless you have the achievement to link or a certain gear score. So I put my main on hold and focused instead on leveling my alts. This exact. same. thing. happened in Wrath too. I missed out on Ulduar because once again my guild outgeared me so quickly. It is frustrating to the extreme. I love to raid! I love the excitement of being with 25 other people, making sure I feasts and flasks and bandages and that my gear is completely up to par! I am never late, usually early, I always carry extra stacks of other classes consumables in case they forget because they usually do, always have extra flasks and mana pots! I even carry around repair bots just in case we need one and our engineers come up empty! I research my character, working towards the best gear--gems--enchants--talents--spell rotations! But. Too late. And no pug really cares about all that. They want LEET DEEPS and achievement and a certain gear score. So back I go to leveling my shaman through the dungeon finder. Crossing my fingers that since she is a healer I'll be desperately needed and will get to raid on her. I am grinding netherwing rep (2500 into revered wooot) and when that's done I'll be back to full time leveling. Interesting to see I'm not the only one left behind. Too bad we all can't get together and raid!
5-10-2011 @ 2:26PM
I hate to say this, but your guild was captured by "Progression-only" raiders.That mentality leads to an "A-team" and "the rest". If the guild leadership isn't willing to commit to either organizing a true "B-team", or swapping people in to their "A-team" on a regular basis, they lose their "alternates" (bench warmers) completely. As you said, the gear disparity means that they CAN'T swap people in any more.IMO, it's a guild leadership failing. Wrath eventually countered it to some extent by making the tier gear more accessible, making it easier to catch up. We're not there yet with Cata.
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