A Gnome With a View

I’m in a semi-casual guild I guess. We raid a few nights a week and we’re expected to show for those nights. I’m starting to think that I have a different view of this than other people in the guild though.

The way I want things to work, is that people show up for raids. We currently raid maybe 50% of the times we’ve scheduled raids, and that’s on a good week! We have some people who can’t always be there, which I can understand. Real Life, Jobs… all those things.

However. Maybe if you can’t make at least 80-90% of the raids you shouldn’t be in a raiding guild? Or be in a more casual one?

I sort of want to recruit new people who can raid those nights. It’s only 3 nights a week, something that should be easily doable for anyone who really wants to raid. As long as your schedules match, or you can make your schedules match. I miss a raid now and then too, but it’s not often because I schedule my plans with friends and family on nights when I’m not raiding. After all, the majority of nights in a week I’m not raiding, so it’s not too hard. I realise with an evening shift at work you can’t do that. But then why can’t I recruit someone who can raid when you’re not there?

I’ve argued about this with fellow officers and we all have very different views. I want to recruit more people so that we raid more often (this is not a new thing, it’s not like people are suddenly a bit less active, it’s been going on since the expansion hit, and even before), and if that means that on some nights we end up with more than 10 people signed up, I’m happy to rotate people out.

Some officers don’t like this at all. They think that sitting people out is a bad idea and will make them leave the guild. I think that if you leave the guild because you’re rotated out (and the only reason you are is because we had to recruit to be able to raid when you’re not around!) then gtfo good riddance.

Why should I, who want to raid on all of the scheduled raid nights, have to sit around and twiddle my thumbs every time time to see if enough people show up? What is so wrong with having someone sit out once in a while?

In a raid the other day I even had a guy complain that we got started late with raiding this expansion. The thing is, we weren’t raiding the first couple of weeks or anything – but we weren’t really late. We weren’t early, but we were far earlier than some casual guilds I know. The only reason our progression was slow was because people weren’t online to raid!

You don’t kill bosses when you’re not raiding. You don’t raid if people aren’t online. It’s difficult stuff to wrap your head around, isn’t it?

Now, where can I find some good gnomes raiders when I need them?

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Greedy Gnome Hunting

So we eventually got enough people online to go into Firelands and we killed Beth’tilac. An Eternal Ember dropped, and we of course had had no prior discussion regarding what to do about it.

There are only two casters in our guild/raid group which is me and another. The other guy hadn’t picked up the quest and couldn’t roll for the ember, so I got it. Though our Feral Tank wanted us to roll for it, cause obviously we’d let a tank get the caster legendary first. At least he had the quest!

I asked again what we were going to do about the legendary, since it felt bad that I got the first item simply because the other caster hadn’t gotten the quest prior to the raid. I was told that we’d deal with it later because it was only one drop so it wasn’t a big deal. Later on I eventually cornered our raid leader and asked, and got the response that because the other caster and I are pretty much equal (both officers, both long standing members, both active) we should just discuss it between the two of us what we want to do.

Now, I can understand that it might be a difficult decision for the guild to do as a whole, especially considering that we are fairly equal in just about everything. But to put it on the two of us seems rather unfair as well. I am normally a pretty nice gnome and I will let others have things before me, but this is a time when I want to be really greedy! It’s a friggin’ legendary that turns you into a friggin’ dragon!!! What gnome doesn’t dream of such things?

So, I’m sorry my caster friend, but this is one item I will fight you for. How about 50 000 gold? Or an “artistic” picture of a gnome as nature intended?

I think in the end it will come down to us rolling for it. I don’t like the method of rolling, but I see its merits. In the end, I’m just frustrated that this wasn’t something that we decided on beforehand.

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Legendary Blues

Patch 4.2 has hit and I picked up the quest line for the legendary staff. Not that I think I’ll get it. But I might. Nobody knows.

This is something that frustrates me. My guild has made no conscious decision regarding the legendary. No discussions. No questions about who is interested. No nothing.

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs written by guild leaders and guild members, and their guilds all seem to have had a process regarding the legendary. They know by now who is going to be the recipient the first time a quest item drops. Not my guild. I suspect that when the first quest item drops everyone’s going to stand there and sort of look at it, and then those interested will have to roll.

I’m not saying that rolling is a bad option, though not my favourite, but I wish that there was a decision before the time comes. To make sure there’s no drama. I think everyone would be rather upset if the caster who joined the guild week and a half ago rolls a 100 and gets the item. Rules, my friends, there’s a reason for them!

Is my guild the only one without a decision, or are there others out there?

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All About Responsibilities

In my raid group we have a druid tank who refuses to use his abilities the way they’re meant to be used. Interrupting those bad spells that the boss casts? Forget it! Removing a curse when not tanking anything or dpsing? Forget it!

I realise that to remove a curse as a druid you have to shapeshift, but if no one else in the raid is able to do it, you should!

As frustrating as the refusal to remove curses is though, the one that grinds my gears the most is the refusal to silence the boss. You’re a tank – it’s your job to silence the boss! Tanking isn’t just standing there, looking pretty and making aggro. It’s also positioning, planning and interrupting bad shit!

Instead this tank thinks that the healers, who are usually busy keeping said tank and others alive, should be the ones interrupting. This is wrong on so many levels.

Yes, healers can interrupt and if there’s no one else who can they should. However, it’s not as easy for healers because they’re a) busy healing and b) not even targeting the boss in question, meaning that it takes them longer to switch target and silence than the tank who’s already targeting the boss.

This tank even went as far as to say that druid interrupting is bugged at the moment. I’ve heard some rumours about there being problems with DK silences, but this druid bug is news to me. Especially considering the other druid tank I run with at times who seem to be able to get every single interrupt without issues.

In a raid environment, especially if it’s a 10 man, everyone has to pull together and do what they can. It may not be the most convenient thing for you, but it’s part of what raiding is about.

Interrupting is part of the tank’s job. It’s part of the dps and healers job too, but the tank doesn’t get a get out of jail free card from it, because they’re the most logical interrupter on some abilities. A lot of bosses have several abilities that need interrupting, and the tank then needs to do at least one.

This is something that frustrates me equally in 5 man heroics. If you can interrupt a nasty ability that something is casting. Do it! Whether you’re a tank or dps, interrupt is there to be used. I don’t care if it takes a gcd off your dps. Do it!

Or you might find that others ignore their own responsibilities as well. Maybe the healers decide that they can’t be bothered to heal. The dps decide that they rather play with their companion pets than do damage.

How about we just do what we’re here to do? Our job.

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Introducing Peekaboo

This is the first post in the 20 Days of Challenge, and you can see a full list of topics on Spellbound.

My name is Peekaboo, or Boo for short and I will remain by that name here. I suspect I’m older than the average WoW player (do we know what the average is?), but I enjoy the game and that’s all that matters.

I started playing WoW in Vanilla and have been at it ever since, no breaks. Raiding is my passion, but I’m not hardcore, I play because I want to have fun, not because I want to be server first. (Kudos to those who do though.)

My second passion is alts. I have many, many alts and I just love making new ones, even if they don’t make it past level 20, but I still love my main and she always gets the most attention naturally.

Who are you?

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The First

Inspired by the many brilliant blogs out there I’ve decided to take my first gingerly steps into the blog arena. It’s almost as scary as the PvP arena in WoW, perhaps even more so, since it’s not just my gameplay that can be bruised (by smashing defeat), but my writing as well.

So, without further ado, here it is. The First. As in, my first blog post here at “O Gnome Where Art Thou”. (Brownie points if you get the reference!)

I will be writing about World of Warcraft first and foremost, but I don’t have a personal blog so there may be times when I jot down the personal thoughts about other topics as well. If you were looking for a personal blog with lots of topics about my outfit of the day (jeans every other day, so I swear it would get boring quickly) and long nights out with my friends (does evenings in Stormwind count?) you will be disappointed.

If you’re interested in reading about my adventures in WoW (unadulterated and unabridged), sprinkled with a bit of real life bits and bobs – we might end up getting along well.

To allow anyone interested to get to know me (and because I am a disaster with About Me pages) I will kick off the blog with Saga’s 20 Days of Challenge. I figured it may be a good way to introduce myself, as well as give me some topics to write about, along with all the other things I already have planned.

That concludes it. The First. It’s done, and I appear to still be standing despite my nerves. All in all, that’s a good day.

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