This is a very simple principle that a lot of people don’t get…
Assigned spots: If you want to be able to raid every time you want to, you need to be prepared to raid when you don’t feel like it.
Rotation: If you want to be able to skip raids every time you want to, you need to be prepared to not-raid when you might want to raid.
As you probably guessed, given our emphasis on Real Life first, the Effers go with the Rotation model. We have enough raiders to cover when people go on vacation… or work late… or get sick, but that means that sometimes we have a few too many who are ready and able to go. So we rotate.
Now, this rotation is imbalanced. Namely because there are always more DPS than tanks or healers. The DPS take reasonably frequent turns sitting. However, Team Heal almost never sits out. I’m not saying that the same 3 of us showing up to each and every raid. I’m saying that there have only been 3 of us available at any given time.
What this means is that if 2 of us can’t make it on a given night, we are scrambling for heals, usually borrowing from Team Tank.
Last night Eff got 2 new awesome healers.
Am I pissed that I will now have to sit out? HELL NO. I don’t have to sit out. I get to sit out. I get to not-sign-up and not worry that the raid will not happen if I don’t go. In the end, being able to take off when I want for RL is definitely the biggest consideration. You bet your ass I won’t be crying about sitting out when I’m catching up on girly TV that Gnoble won’t watch with me.
I am looking forward to welcoming new members to TEAM HEAL. May our reign be long and oppressive.
Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to take a peek at druid healing, since we now have 3 priests. Oh yeah, and I’m obviously INSANE.