This is kind of an open-ended question, as our guild (and I would imagine other guilds) are struggling with this.
The Altaholic is the culprit
The scenario that every guild wants to avoid is the “altaholic” that gears up toon after toon.
At worst, he’s an obnoxious leach, expecting everyone to be enthusiastic about dragging his newest alt through the same content the guild already ran over and over with his last few alts. He probably has a tenuous grasp on class mechanics of the newest toy in his arsenal.
At best, he gears up outside the guild, and is actually competent at his class. but it still feels like loot given to the latest in a string of alts is a waste.
Why to limit alts/offspecs in raiding:
- “Wasted” loot
- Class mastery (or lack thereof)
- Additional resources outside raiding to “catch up”.
Why alts/offspecs are beneficial:
- Creating class balance so a raid can happen
- Providing alts for a separate raid ID
- Preventing burnout
- Versatility within raid (i.e. healer swaps to DPS for specific fights)
Our guild: Using EPGP
Because we were starting to do 25’s again, we reinstituted EPGP for loot distribution, since free rolls work pretty well in a 10 man but not so well in 25’s where pieces of loot are desirable to more than 1-2 people in the raid. EPGP has the added side-effect of encouraging people to focus on one toon and one spec.
So far it doesn’t seem like it’s necessary to restrict people to main toon/main spec when they’re spending their EPGP. In theory, people will hold out and spend their “priority” on items that benefit their main spec, and not waste it on off-spec items.
Spending EPGP on off-spec items
I’ve already had the opportunity to beat out a rogue for cat loot, and I chose not to, just out of “fairness”. I’m not sure if guildies would have been peeved if I had rolled, even though I use my cat spec, or at least would like to, and have worked diligently to get that gear up to par with my healing set. (Actually now I’m pretty sure they’d be peeved, looking at the responses to Hana’s and Keeva’s posts on rolling off-spec in instances using the “LFG” tool.)
I wonder how I’d feel if the bear tank had chosen to spend his EPGP on spellpower leather for his boomkin set. Would it matter how often he got to play boomkin? Or whether he preferred DPS to tanking and was only tanking to take one for the team?
Alts in raids
I wonder what will happen when we ask someone to bring an alt to make the raid work. EPGP stays with the toon – but is that fair to the mage who really wanted to bring the mage and only brings the warrior so that we can have the raid happen at all?
What if that alt-warrior gains loot that the main warrior wanted? On the one hand, it benefits the guild to have the main-warrior geared better than an infrequently used alt. On the other hand, the alt won’t be useful for situations where we don’t have sufficient tanks if we don’t gear him at all.
1. What is the main/alt/off-spec policy of your guild?
2. What is the raiding loot system used?
3. Are you happy with the main/alt/off-spec policy and the raiding loot systems? What are the problems, if any?
4. What is your raiding program like? Do you do primarily 10’s or 25’s? Where are you progression-wise?