Raiding is fun, but any time more than two people stand in the same place and try to accomplish something as a group, bad things can happen.
We try our best to run fast, fun raids with as little downtime as possible. Our raiding schedule is casual, our attitude is not, but it's that attitude that keeps our raids fun and free of frustration - the guidelines below eliminate the annoyances that take the fun out of raiding.
If you are new to our raids, or returning after some time away, please read the following:
Before The Raid: Sign Up, Check The Roster, Be On Time And Be Ready
Efficient raids start before they start. Sign ups and team postings are managed through the website. Once you're on the team, making sure that you're ready to go with full repairs, consumables and gear sets when the invites go out means that you can head straight to the instance and be ready for the first pull. And it's not just in-game consumables, either. Let the dog out, get a drink and a bag of chips, take one last pee break... We'll let you pee again later.
Be Ready For Loot
Here comes the math: If each item of loot takes one minute and five items drop per boss and we kill six bosses in two hours... We just spent 25% of the raid dealing with loot. BORING! Know what drops, know what you need, know what you want (distinguish between the two, please). Make sure you understand our loot system and you know how many trump points you have at the start of the raid.
Be on vent. Be silent. The raid leader leads, the rest of us raid. If you have a suggestion, whisper the raid leader or an officer. Save vent for DIRE emergencies and times when you've been assigned to call something out. The raid leader insn't ignoring you, he's busy because 8 people are talking to him and Lu is yelling at him.
We all use them, but we have a long-standing policy of not posting meters to our raids.
Think for yourself, but follow the leader. Obviously there are some situations where you have to use your head. Others - like long cooldowns - should be saved until called for.
We don't have any mandatory addons. Deadly Boss Mods is always a good idea. We do have some fanatical UI customizers who would love to talk about addons for days. Check out our UI Forum.
Toon Tune Up
We don't post meters and we don't bench people. But we do hope that everyone is squeezing as much as they can out of their characters. That means top enchants, glyphs, gems, talents, farmed gear and practice.