Feb 25th 2008 2:01PM I feel that our guild has a pretty good system going. Raiding is our guild's priority. However, there are a number of members such as myself that don't raid. Despite this, it is clear to me that if I donate gold it will be used to further the guild's progression and I am fine with that. Only one person has access to our guild bank. We already own all the tabs so gold is used for two things: consumables and shadow resist gear. The class leaders put in request for mats or gold for consumables that they then pass out before the raid starts and our "treasurer" manages the storage and purchasing of mats for SR gear (for BT.) Everything else is expected to be financed by the members unless they decide to donate mats which are needed for the SR gear which is then handed out on a person by person basis.
Feb 20th 2008 5:54PM Let me start by stating some of the results of my experience using a mod to raid-queue AV post-2.3. At the very least this should help clarify things for discussion purposes.
1. If you raid queue AV properly you can reasonably expect a minimum of 30 people to get in. In my experience the average was around 35. Add the fact that you can easily convince newer players to /afk out by mistake and you have 37-38 of your own people in the correct AV.
2. If you have a group of people who are in mostly pvp gear and have a decent handle on their class and have a mic/listen on vent you can expect two things:
a. You should win in 18-24 minutes after perfecting your strats.
b. You should earn between 850 and 1000 honor per AV. Expect this number to peak for most groups around 1000 when diminishing returns are removed in 2.4.
3. I can state anything for certain in regards to queue times. However, I know a number of WoW players on different server/battle groups and all of them have one side (usually alliance) which is "boycotting" AV. This means that one side has short times and the other long. A raid-queue option should, ideally, decrease queue times for the side which is not boycotting.
Now for my opinion. I think raid queues are a good thing to bring back. It opens a new venue in which strategy must be used to gain the max benefit. This is especially nice for those of us who don't or rarely PVE. However, it will most likely make honor less obtainable for casual gamers and more easily obtainable for the hardcore crowd. Regardless, it is incentive to join a larger guild which, in the end, influences players to continue playing WoW because of the community ties. This tells me that it is actually in blizzard's best interest to do so.