Saturday, May 20, 2017

Guildleader chores - Why did I ever worry about recruitment?

I've finally figured out that recruitment and stressing over the roster was only ever a thing because of mythic raiding.

Now that I don't have mythic raiding on my radar (except if we are looking for stuff to do on raid nights because we've finished everything else), the place is bulging with people. Flexible raiding is so much more FUN because I can go with 10 or 30, and we can always get 10 people together for a raid. And people seem to like hanging around because of that, despite my best efforts to dissuade those that I feel aren't quite happy here.

The latest recruit is a friend of another guildie. The guild seems to be full of people who want to step back from mythic raiding and guild leadership, though you know those things always trigger warning bells for me.

The last time I spoke to this person (with regards to recruitment) it didn't go down so well. They had a very mythic mindset which didn't fit in at all with our guild, and I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't going to work out because I quite liked this person but I didn't want drama. That was years ago, during Mists of Pandaria.

This time, he came back to me with some life changes and a series of guild incidents that lead to guild implosions making him take an extended break from WoW. He was back and looking for a something a little more casual.

I can't help it - once a mythic raider, always a mythic raider, right? And I know this person. Deep down he still thinks we compete for our raid spots against one another, when it's really just about meeting some benchmarks. But, he really wants to give it a go in a guild where people like one another (who doesn't want that?) and I will give him the benefit of the doubt and guide him in the right direction. That is, the direction I want him to be going if he's going to stay here.

On a slightly different note, a former guildie that runs his own guild on Saurfang (and am still friends with) wanted to have a chat to me, as he wanted permission to allow some of my guild's raiders to raid with him doing mythic whilst we are on downtime. I said that was ok, but that as soon as we started our own raiding with Tomb of Sargeras those guys were expected to return to our raid roster - and I was also quite happy for them to leave and join his guild except they didn't want to go. When I told them that they can go do mythic raiding if they like and join another guild they insisted they didn't want to leave, because they like it here, all their friends are here, but because we're not doing anything right now they wanted to know if it was ok to help the other guild. They were also worried that they would lose their raid spots when they came back and I reassured them that I don't mind what they do when we aren't doing new raids or progression but I fully expect them back here when we were and they were totally ok with that - in fact, that's what they thought SHOULD happen anyway. I wonder how many people were interested in doing that, as I only know of 2.

The other officers felt a bit affronted. What about when we want to start doing mythic? But they forget just how many people are on the roster. In full swing there will be 33 people in the raid roster and we can't possibly fit them all in! It's kinda good that we're thinning the ranks a little at the moment. People are on break, people are working, people having kids or people are playing other games!

Regardless of what happens, if we have enough for mythic, that's great. If not, well back to free time. More time to do dungeons or chase achievements or do some PvP. Or get round to finishing that Mind Worm mount thing.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Raiding - Only because there was nothing better to do

I thought we might try for fun a bit of mythic. People might need something a little more challenging but not super time consuming so we can all still get down and play our alts.

I put it in the MotD that we might try a little bit of Mythic Skorp because everyone keeps telling me it is easy.

Wednesday we ran out of time because we were stuffing around a bit and had tons of alts - I was sad because a few people were interested in trying mythic. But, we ended up not doing it on Wednesday. So I decided to try it for Thursday. I put a few easy things first, like Heroic EN and TOV before we tried to hit up mythic, and HK argued with me about it.

"If you put this boring stuff up, people are not going to logon and come," he said.
"I don't want to wipe for 2 hours on stuff and not get anything," I said. "At least if we do this easy stuff we can warm up and walk out with some AP or something."

We've decided to agree to disagree.

So after wiping on Helya because of goofing around (and it's been a while since we wiped to anything!) we knuckled down and killed it leaving 50 minutes to have a go at Mythic Nighthold.

Consti, for all his constant chattering seemed to have quite clear instructions for Skorp. It was helpful and for everyone who was nervous about doing Mythic it turned out to be quite fun in the end, especially when the fight went down in about 7 minutes. I was a bit confused about the colours but once it was explained and called out for us it was easy. We had one stuff up when there weren't many shards to hide behind and lots of us got knocked back and we had to deal with a whole bunch of scorpions, but we managed to recover nicely. Everyone was quite excited about our first mythic kill, even though it was a very easy mythic. HK got a nice trinket (which added a 750k health to him so he was feeling rather godly)

Didn't leave us much time for Chromatic Anomaly but we will need some adjustments to healer cooldowns to do it better.

I don't think we will try to push more than just the first 3. I still want to have time for all my mythic plus runs on Saturdays and Mondays and keep some fun stuff going for Wednesday and Thursday. Looking forward to next week now!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prestige 11... 4 to go!

Well I did it!

So that unlocks a new appearance. Since I transmog my weapons in Boomy and Resto, at least I can show off my new appearance in Bear!

Fel Bear ftw!

Minipost: Boomkin Legendary #4 - Emerald Dreamcatcher

Yay another legendary! That was quick...

That's a lot of legendaries I got out of those Legionfall boxes (when you hand in 100 Legionfall supplies). This is a pretty cool legendary!

Now I need to be able to use it properly and make sure my power is at 100 before I start casting lots of starsurges!