Does your guild require certain mods?
Most guilds require a boss mod. That’s pretty much a given. After that, many require a threat meter.
Then we start getting specific. Many guilds will require Pallypower, for example. Or require that healers use Grid, Vuhdo, or Healbot (whichever one they want).
Assisting Struggling Raiders, Making them Better
As a casual guild, ours can’t really micromanage. We don’t enforce specs, like many guilds do.
In terms of meddling with raiders, we pretty much leave them alone. If they’re struggling and aren’t doing the damage/healing/threat necessary for content, we’ll troubleshoot with them and suggest spec and mod tweaks.
But what about the people who are doing OK. Sometimes they’re doing great, even. Should we be messing with them?
Yesterday, a priest in the guild who is mostly holy but sometimes shadow casually mentioned to me that she doesn’t use any mods for shadow spec. I was horrified and impressed at the same time, since shadow is a difficult rotation and it requires dot tracking. I asked “not even a dot tracker“? Nope, she just watches the debuffs really carefully.
Now here’s where I’m torn. On the one hand, she’s mostly a healer, and very rarely asked to DPS. Realistically she’s doing fine on the DPS meters, at least for a part-time-DPS. And you gotta pick your battles with the raiders. You can’t be telling them “fix this, fix that” or they’re going to think that they suck, or are doing way too much work for a game.
But on the other hand the “meddlesome troubleshooter” in my brain shouts “she could be doing even better with a dot tracker. Forte, Classtimer, Dotimer, Eventhorizon, even Power Auras! Something!”
So I opted to tell her that she might be able to squeeze a few more DPS out of a timer mod, and then let it go at that.
I know a couple other guildies who don’t use mods and rock the damage meters… but all I can think is “imagine how much more they could do with a few strategic mods…” Because it does work that way.
We had a pally healer who was doing extremely well, but he got a new computer that could support mods and downloaded Grid – and his healing shot up even more. Dirty cheater.
How does your guild handle guildies’ mod choices? Is the leadership hands-on or hands-off?