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11-05-2011 @ 10:19PM
Pug raids generally are terrible for current content. Bosses are hard, no one knows what to do and you depend on raiders who've already seen this content on their main toon. Everyone else is along for the ride, and not everyone is cut out for teamwork, following instructions or even being at their computers. There's a reason raiding guilds need to recruit - people who need to AFK suddenly do not make good raiders simply because they hold up the raid and then ~20 other people are doing nothing but idling in WoW. The only raids that seem to work well i.e. don't run 8 hours and can kill 3-5 bosses are old content raids, where everyone outgears the instance and you can have a decent shot at killing anything that doesn't have truly messy mechanics that require repeated practice attempts. Thus in my opinion the only solution is to make it possible to slightly overgear the raid finder instances so that people actually get something done. Having a raid REQUIRE a raid leader is a terrible pre-requisite, and one that seems to be made at a roll of the dice. There are only so many decent raid leaders in the world! And raid leading itself is a thankless job with a group of recruited people, leading a bunch of unknowns would be a real good way to ensure an account cancellation after a couple tries.
11-05-2011 @ 10:31PM
"And raid leading itself is a thankless job with a group of recruited people, leading a bunch of unknowns would be a real good way to ensure an account cancellation after a couple tries."Indeed. If the problems are not addressed, it will be raid leaders who lead on time spent with the "deserter" debuff.
11-06-2011 @ 7:30AM
I instituted "break time" Everyone knows it is coming 2 hours in. You go to the bathroom, get drinks, etc PRIOR to the start of raid. You know it is going to happen at a specific time, so you wait. We went from losing about an hour a raid to various people going "bio afk, 5 minutes" to losing a single 15 minute chunk. It was amazing how this 1 little change sped things up.I intend to check that leader box and announce a similar move in this thing."welcome to my guild's LFR raid. We are here to have fun, hope you are too. We will be doing things a little differently than you might expect. I will be setting things up, looking at folk's gear, etc. I may whisper you to ask why you chose that ilevel 3 grey weapon that is equipped. I don't expect optimized everything, but I do expect some thought and effort, Int trinkets on melee is a no no. While this is going on, I'd like everyone to take a break, get your drinks, doing whatever needs doing. We will not take ANY more breaks until X time. If you have a problem with that, drop group now. If you intend to be an ass hat, drop group now. If you can't follow simple directions, drop group now. If you can't use vent or don't want to, drop group now. We vote kick as a unit, there are 13+ of us and we do NOT intend to have 1-2 people ruin it for the other 20+ in this raid. "I think I might have to reduce the lines for a /RW macro...Still working on it.
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