This whom to roster for your spots, like wow.com talked about a few weeks ago – filling spots based on attendance, rotation, seniority, or proficiency. This is about when you fill your slots.
This tension occurred to me when I was reading about how Psynister’s guild does rostering (and how other guilds do rostering) versus how my guild does it.
- People interested in a raid sign up.
- About 24 hours in advance, the raid leader marks raiders confirmed or standby, and locks the event.
- If you are on confirmed, you are expected to show up, or provide notice.
- If you are on standby,
- you can show up, earn EP, and be first in line as a sub if a confirmed player doesn’t show.
- you can choose to go to the movies instead.
Alternative system used by some other guilds
- You sign up.
- Nobody is confirmed.
- At raid time, you are invited or you are not. You need to be there, ready to go, though there is a chance you will not be called on to raid.
- Methods of selection/nonselection vary, as do “rewards” for being on standby.
It seems to me that our guild’s method is more respectful of raiders’ time and busy lives. However, it seems that the “select at raid time” method is more likely to produce a successful group.
If someone who is confirmed no-shows in my guild, we are kinda screwed, especially if it’s a tank or healer – even if we had plenty of people on “standby.” There’s no guarantee that the standby people will be online and ready to go. They’ve already made other plans for the evening based on the assumption that they will not be needed.
On the other hand, if we have to pick people at raid time, we don’t have to worry about no-shows. We simply pick from the people who signed up who happen to be online at the time. People who might have otherwise gone to the movies if they were certain they were not raiding will be showing up for a chance to raid. This method has a higher probability of getting a viable raid off the ground at go-time when spots are not assured.
Personally I think it’s disrespectful of raiders to pick at raid time. If you ask for sign ups, you are asking for a commitment from the raider to be there… but you are not willing reciprocate by making a commitment to the raider to tell the raider whether or not he has a spot. Further, I think stringing people along until raid time is incompatible with casual guild principles – because it doesn’t fully acknowledge the difficulty of casual raiders in devoting multiple nights to WoW.
One guy I raided with observed: “My wife gives me 2 nights to play WoW. If I login on one of those nights and the raid doesn’t happen, I’ve still ‘used’ one of my nights.” That’s the predicament of the casual raider: needing to know ahead of time, planning accordingly, and making each snippet of playtime count.
When does your guild choose raid members, and do you feel that it is fair?