Friday, May 30, 2008

Raiding casually is NOT a myth

Lately I seem to keep reading in various blogs/forums people deploring the fact that there don't seem to be any raiding guilds that don't expect at least 3 nights raid attendance a week. It's starting to irritate me. I'm here to tell you that raiding successfully without a ridiculous schedule is possible.

I can only assume that the people bemoaning this fact are also the people who want to be downing Kil'jaeden now but only raid once a week. Wake up and smell the Dark Dwarven Lager people you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Our raid is currently 5/6 in SSC and 3/4 in TK with a Kael/Vashj downing getting ever closer. We raid once a week on Friday server for 5 hours. Yep. Once a week. We are also serious about our raiding. In a way because we only do have the one weekly raid this makes us want to really take advantage of our time. Therefore we do our homework, we discuss strategies and we come to the raid ready with the flasks, pots and etc that we'll need.

I'm not including the various Kara & ZA runs nor the random spontaneous Gruuls/Mags runs since we have this content on farm (maybe not so much with ZA) and are generally gearing alts mostly whereas our 25 man is our progression raiding.

So you might be thinking that our progression must be really slow. Well let's compare to a well known guild in blogging circles - the erstwhile Aetherial Circle. We entered SSC and TK after AC who raid I believe 2 or 3 nights a week and are currently on a par with them re progression. The only difference is - they have downed Vashj *cheers for AC* and Rage Winterchill in Mt Hyjal. The Badger raid could definitely go lay some smack down in MtH but we want to down Vashj and Kael first - because that's how we roll baby.

Anyway the point I am trying to make is not that my raid is uber but rather that it IS possible to raid casually. I had a brief email conversation with BRK about the definition of casual raiding and according to how he defined it our raiding can't even be considered casual since casual raiding guilds spend 2-3 hours on 2-3 nights a week raiding. So we are... I don't know... relaxed raiders? Hehe.

According to WoWjutsu we are ranked 56 out of 171 guilds on our realm and 5,314 world wide. That's pretty damn good for a group that raid once a week.

The message here: if there are that many people who all have the same issue surely they could find guilds that suit their playstyles. Or am I just incredibly lucky?

Clearing Sunwell Plateau before Wrath of the Lich King is highly unlikely for us, but I'm confident we'll be well into MtH and Black Temple before then. The amount of content I get to see given the amount of time I spend raiding seems like a pretty good deal to me.


Ratshag said...

"casual raiding" always struck me as an attempt ta define the undefinable. Sounds like ya got a good system goin' fer ya, so awesomes on you. Who cares what ya call it?

I agrees - you'll definitely get well inta T6. I'll be lookin' forwards ta hearin' what ya done fer Vashj and Kael'thas.

Pike said...

Dang, we raid twice a week and are still in Kara. >.>

Cynra said...

I love raiding with the Badgers, mostly because we're so damned effective. Having played the game since open-beta, I can honestly say that our progress is nothing short of amazing. Csilla's 25-man raid still hasn't downed Hydross and we've been running two days a week for around, hell, six months now? And we're moving into a third day of raiding for just Mount Hyjal, which drives me bonkers (it means I'm back up to raiding four days a week, bleh!).

I think what really makes the difference is how dedicated most of the raiders are. Or, perhaps the core group of raiders. You guys are always looking for ways to improve, whether it's acquiring new gear, switching out gems and enchants, reviewing boss strategies, examining spec changes, or just talking about the damned game. There are a few people in the raid who lack these qualities, but most of you are locked on, dedicated, and more than willing to put in the effort required to not only do well but also excel!

It really makes me proud to be raiding with you guys.

typhoonandrew said...

Have to agree with Jez and Cynra - its the attitude that the players bring - not the purples. If a great crew you'll progress over time, and have fun doing it.