10 + 10 = 25?December 3, 2008
<Unemployed> had their first ‘official’ Naxxramas raid last night. I obviously didn’t go, since I’m not near 80 yet and I was out seeing Quantum of Solace, so I missed the action and how it went. But seeing the roster of who had signed up to raid on Tuesday and who actually went has brought up some concerns I’ve had.
There were about 16-17 level 80 characters signed up with hopes of raiding with the guild last night. This is understandable, since just a couple of months ago, we were having 25+ people sign up for raiding regularly, and we’ve gotten several new recruits since our BC raiding days.
But Naxx is only a 10 man raid. Which means once our 25 raiders get to 80, only 10 of them will be getting to raid each night. We could possibly build a second group if we have proper class balance, but even then, that means at least 5 people are being left out each raid night. And I think there is a limit to how often people would like to be told to go run heroics instead, since eventually that’s not what they’ll be wanting to sign up for.
One of the things I have been most excited about is getting into the new raids and being present for some more guild first, feeling like I’m part of a team who works together 3 days a week. Although I’m not a raid leader and I don’t really get to hear about the decisions the leaders make about who gets to go, these are the only possibilities I can see coming to pass:
- We run 2 groups, 1 of the ‘top geared heavy hitters’ and 1 of the people who took too long to get to 80.
- We swap around groups, alternating which people are in which group, thus causing problems coordinating people and strategies since there are no solid teams, and leaving people disappointed for being benched at the last minute.
- Raid nights get split up, and we have two groups running different days, so those with multiple 80s can get in on the action every day of the week, and people don’t have to deal with being benched when they are sitting there waiting for invites at raid time.
I can’t really say which option I think is the best. They all have pretty big downsides, and I do not look forward to any drama to come.
I understand that the guild wants to do what’s best for the guild as a whole, and that a lot of people are focused on progressing as quickly as possible. Which means, since it is taking me a couple more weeks than everyone else to get to 80, I may not get much chance of raiding with the people I want to, or with the frequency I’d like. It’s likely I’ll be the 5th hunter in <Unemployed> to reach level 80, which makes my prospects of getting into a 10 man raid pretty grim. But my concern is not just for myself, I don’t want any of our raiders feeling left out.
I’d like to say, I do not regret my decision to take things slow in Wrath. I’m really enjoying each level and the experiences I’m gaining through them. I’m glad I focused on school when it was necessary, and spending my weekends with my dear Dwarf Hunter are much more important than rushing to 80. I just hope my decision doesn’t cost me in the end.
I can’t be the only person who is flummoxed by the math here. I’m sure there are other guilds who had 25 raiders who are returning and looking for more of the same intense progression and action. It’s a tough decision, and I do not envy any raid leaders who have to make it. How do you take 25+ people and stick them into a raid that only fits 10 (or possibly 20)?
Brajana – Level 78 Troll Hunter
- Skinning: 450
- Leatherworking: 424
- First Aid: 418
- Fishing: 392
- Cooking: 400