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Officers' Quarters: Rock bottom {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 10:11AM Quite frankly, this is going to be one of the roughest transition periods to survive. Many guilds that started in the vanilla/BC days are finding that their members who were once college students are now professions in the world with difficulties maintaining raiding schedules. Recent changes with the easier normal modes and LFR are also making it difficult for casual raid guilds to survive.

I think over time what you are going to see are the usual hardcore guilds doing what they usually do, and then about a dozen or so social/softcore guilds that may or may not be raiding together as a guild (and, if so, just barely). LFR has done a lot towards making sure that raids are accessible, but they have, IMHO, killed the cohesion of most casual guilds. Burnout of players who have been playing WoW for many years is also not helping.

I admit, the only reason I still raid today is because of the people I raid with, and not necessarily the raid content. While that can still be fun sometimes, I think of it more like hanging out at a bar after hours, playing darts and being with friends. Fortunately a version of our guild has transitioned to SWTOR, so even if/when our WoW branch ends, I can still be with my friends.

WoW Insider's Cataclysm Launch Giveaway: GeForce GTX 580 graphics card {WoW}

Dec 7th 2010 2:52PM Yay! GTX 580 is a Legendary item!

The Twelve Days of Winter Veil: Day one - Steelseries gear {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2010 7:59PM I have needed a new keyboard, mouse, and headset! This would be so awesome to get!

Win a year of Curse's premium service {WoW}

May 12th 2009 9:33AM I still miss wowmatrix sometimes

Engadget's recession antidote: win a 32GB iPod touch plus a free copy of iPodRip! {Engadget}

Mar 26th 2009 12:15PM iPod Touch win! I've always wanted one of those things!

Ghostcrawler: "Balancing around recount stats is like using a thermometer to predict the weather. " {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2009 1:21PM I think they get a lot of from constructive feedback like this. If you were to raise a complaint that said "I can't react to raid situations because I'm watching 8 different cooldowns," I would imagine that getting more attention than "WAY TO GO BLIZZ MAKING LOCKS SO COMPLICATED CAN'T SEE QQQQQ!!!"

Recount is a great tool to help mentor a DPS/healer in identifying potential issues with gear/rotation, but even the highest DPS could also be the bum in your raid who doesn't pay attention, shift properly on Thaddius, or pulls aggro.

I don't care how "high" your damage is. If you're going to make my raids become too risky, you're not likely to join them. I think this was the point of GC's reponse to basing raid member value entirely off of WWS or Recount.

Officers' Quarters: Riding the pine {WoW}

Jan 5th 2009 1:48PM Tanks in particular have really gotten the shaft in the expansion because they don't scale properly into the 25-man raids (ex. 25-man Naxx requires at most three tanks, two for most encounters). Ourselves, we have had to ask a few pallies if they would mind respeccing healer so that they fill open healer slots and they can participate in raids more often. Some have said no, which is fine. But unfortunately there isn't always an opening.

The guild leader in this situation brushed off one of his dedicated guildies far too quickly. Even if there are too many tanks you can always work in a rotation of tanks. Keeping the same team every week excludes other potentially awesome raiders and is greedy of the team leader. Progression raiding is one thing (where you want the best team you can get), but farming stuff and not letting others in on the action is just selfish.

This is not a good time for tanks. Tank scaling sucks and Blizz added another tanking class.

Happy Loot-idays from WoW Insider: Day one {WoW}

Dec 23rd 2008 1:04PM G.R.E.N.A.D.E WANT!