Rule #2. We don’t talk about raid club.
Well I am throwing the rule book out, because I am a little ticked off this morning.
The guild is currently 9/10 Heroic Nighthold. They have been progressing really well this entire expansion. Certainly there are a few people that wish the guild was pushing into Mythic raids, doing Mythic +15+++, raiding more than 2 times a week. We have always been a casual guild. Have never made any claims to wanting to be #1 on the server, or to push for downing content at what ever cost. I have not raided this expansion. I do not have a grasp of my class, I do not perform to the level I feel I should, and with scaling as it is, I will not go along to make a fight more difficult just so I can get a purple piece of gear that might be a little better than what I have gotten doing other things.
I have heard some of the grumbling, have heard about some people demanding members of the raid team be sat out for fights so that the better players can get credit for the kill. I have not been thrilled with hearing these comments, but I do not run the raid team, and I understand it is a fine balance to maintain between being inclusive, and progression. So it was a bit of a shock to log in last night to two people leaving the guild without a word, to look at the log to see that 8 people left in the past 24 hours, and that they were most of the top level players on the raid team. These are the people that have been in the guild for less than 2-3 months, are online all day, they pug Heroic and Mythic Nighthold, have most of Emerald Nightmare Mythic done, are the people in 890-900 gear. They need nothing from Heroic content. And they were the ones calling for people to be benched for not having the same level of commitment that they do. They probably were very helpful in getting the guild to 9/10, but now I see what that cost was.
Now we have lost near half the raid team. And all of those people that were passed over, were asked to sit out have to be wondering,
“Oh, am I good enough now to be asked to go?”
We have a lot of people that are Mom’s, Dad’s, have jobs, go to school, have families, kids, WoW is something they do for fun, and to be a kid playing video games for a time, the game does not define their life, it is a part of their lives. I cannot fault the people who left. Over the years I have seen the same thing happen time and time again. It is far easier to jump ship and go to another guild, to another server, than it is to try to work through a tough spot. If the guild had completely given up, and said LFR is all we do, then I could grasp their decision. But to hear they had Guldan Heroic down to 10% on a first full night working on him, to these 8 people just walking away, to leave the other 7-10 people on the team high and dry? Yeah, I am a bit angry. I understand, but I can be angry about it.