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Anatomy of a Raiding Guild: Overview and Officers

Today I’m going to venture into some writing territory that is new for me. I’m going to talk about guild leadership and organization. I think it’s a really interesting topic, and I like hearing about how other guilds operate, so I’m going to share a bit about how Apotheosis does things.

The basics

Apotheosis is primarily a raiding guild. We do lots of other things, but raiding is our focus.

We have a 75% raid attendance requirement and we usually have a raiding roster of about 30-33 people. We strive to have:
– 3 tanks
– 8 healers
– 10-11 melee
– 11-13 ranged

We want a big enough roster that we can still field a full group when vacations and personal absences line up poorly, but we don’t want a roster so big that we have 10 raiders sitting on the bench every fight. We have never had to cancel a raid at the last minute due to a lack of people. We occasionally cancel a raid in advance (like when holidays fall on raid days, or half the raid is going to BlizzCon), but other than that, if a raid is scheduled it’s going to happen.

We have approximately 60 active, non-raiding members of the guild. All of our non-raiding members are either people who raided with us at one point but retired, or friends and family. We only invite potential raiders or people with personal affiliations within the guild.

We raid 25s three nights a week for a total of 9 hours. We are very strict about our 25-man designation – we never drop down to 10s to get new kills in current content.

How successful are we? At the end of Tier 14 we are 8/16H. WoWProgress has us ranked 1105 out of all guilds and 188 out of all 25-man guilds in the US. WP has tracked 15,549 total guilds and 1393 25-man guilds who had killed a boss in the US. Of course, I’m sure not all of those guilds are still active, but taking the numbers at face value puts us in the top 7% of total guilds and the top 13% of 25s. I’d love to have had 1 or 2 more heroic kills, but considering our rather limited 9-hour raid schedule, I think we are doing pretty well.

I think we strike a good balance between having a successful raid and providing a pleasant environment to play in. We have rules around behaviour and language – a few choice words and slurs are verboten and we want people to be respectful of each other. However, we’re not above filling Mumble with discussions about penises and bear butts while we’re clearing trash or buffing up before a boss pull >.> We’re serious about killing bosses, but we also like to keep things light and have fun.

Ranks

We have the following ranks:

  • Guild Leader
  • Bank – There’s only one character in this rank, Apothbank. This is the character used to buy/sell things on the AH to keep the gbank stocked. This character is the only one (aside from the GM) who can withdraw gold from the guild bank.
  • Officer
  • Officer alts – The only reason we have a separate rank for this is so officers can ginvite and access the bank without having to be on their main character.
  • Veteran – People who have raided with us continuously for at least 1 year. Veterans can invite people to the guild. We currently have 9 people in this rank.
  • Raider – This one’s self-explanatory
  • Initiate – People on trial to become raiders
  • Member – People who once raided with us, but have stepped down
  • Friend – Friends of raiders or members of the guild
  • Alts

Officer roles

Apotheosis has 6 officers, each of whom have specific roles in guild and in raids. The main officer roles in guild are: raid leader, recruitment, melee lead, ranged lead, tank lead, healer lead, bank admin, lootmaster, and GM. Since there are so many responsibilities a few people have multiple roles to play.

Here’s what our officers are responsible for:

Serrath
Raid leader

  • Creating and posting raid strategies
  • Posting the raid plans for each week
  • Creating the roster for each raid and determining what swaps will happen
  • Making calls during raids and addressing problems with strategy or execution
  • Posting a raid review thread after every raid
  • Log dives to discover problem areas

Serrinne
Recruitment officer

  • Finding applicants
  • Posting and updating our recruitment blurb on the official forums
  • Posting in the threads of people looking for guilds that suit our requirements
  • Talking to potential apps and answering their questions

Other responsibilities:

  • Filling gbank requests
  • Back-up lootmaster
  • Healthstone reminder service

Tikari
Melee lead – Role leader description below
Bank admin

  • Ensures bank is stocked with consumables and gear enhancements for raiders
  • Coordinates weekly EP drives (chooses the donation items, collects them, updates EP)
  • Sells excess items in bank (patterns, BoEs, etc.) to keep funds up
  • Fills gbank requests

Other responsibilities:

  • Back-up raid leader
  • Mid-raid log dives (for problems that need to be identified and fixed immediately)

Slout
Ranged lead – Role leader description below

Chronis
Tank lead – Role leader description below

Jasyla
Healing lead – Role leader description below

Role lead responsibilities:

  • Is the primary point of contact for any feedback, suggestions and complaints for raiders and initiates in their role group
  • Represents members of their role in strategy discussion
  • Centrally involved in the interview and feedback process for new applicants and initiates in their role
  • Keeps Initiates informed of the status of their trial
  • Provides feedback to people in their role. This includes both formal, written feedback on performance at certain intervals along with more instant feedback on performance (and possibly behavior) when required
  • Gives specific assignments during raids (interrupts, stuns, cooldowns, target switches, etc.)
  • Live calls during raids when required

Things that all officers have input in:

  • Adding new/revising existing guild policies
  • Whether to accept or decline new applicants
  • Promotion of initiates
  • Deciding our recruitment needs
  • Weekly raid plans
  • Suggesting changes to raid strategy or roster

That’s the basic information about what Apotheosis is about and how responsibilities are divided up.

Oh, hey, I haven’t talked at all about what the GM does. That’s a topic for tomorrow!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Last night, Apotheosis killed Will of the Emperor on 25-man Heroic mode. It was, without a doubt, the most difficult fight we had encountered this tier. Hell, it was probably the most difficult fight we had ever encountered as a guild. I know it may just seem that way since it’s fresh in my memory, but I’m pretty sure it was tougher to execute than Heroic Spine or Blackhorn by the time we got to them, and nothing from T11 or 12 that we tackled (we didn’t really work on H. Ragnaros) sticks out as being this hard.

It took us more than 100 attempts over 7 raid nights to get this boss down. We changed strats often. Kill Rages 8 at a time, kill every pack, now back to 8. The strategy that finally worked for us was to kill packs of 4 or 8 during the first round then CC and kill all 12 at a time in between each add break period.

Heroic Will is a complex fight that requires a ton of organization. We need a CC order any time we’re controlling Rages. We need 4 tanks (2 on bosses and 2 on Strengths). We need slows assigned to Courages. Every dps needs a primary target (Rages? Courages? Strengths? Bosses?), then they need a secondary target when theirs isn’t up or is being CC’d. We need assigned Spark soakers. Hunters can soak every pack of Rage Sparks, the Strength tanks can soak their Sparks, a Rogue and Moonkin can soak the Courage Sparks – oh but wait, the Moonkin’s won’t be up for the middle one, he’ll need externals or a backup soaker. Then we need extra backups to Soak in case anything gets missed. The only part of this fight that did not require an inordinate amount of organization was the healing, for which I am grateful.

On top of the organization, execution needs to be pretty close to perfect. Lose focus for one second and stand too close to a Spark – you’re dead. Dance with the boss and mistime the swings – you’re dead. Stand next to a pack of Rages who are rooted – you’re dead. Pop your cooldown a second too late or early while soaking Sparks – you’re dead. Strength gets away from its tank and does a smash – a few people are likely dead. A second late on your Ring of Frost or Gorefiend’s Grasp on the Rages – they go everywhere and soon everyone is dead.

The thing about this fight I didn’t like was that it really required some degree of class stacking. When I asked people for tips when we were going into this fight, having a couple DKs for Gorefiend’s Grasp to control the Rages was always mentioned. Problem – we have one DK on our roster. I’m really not a fan of bringing alts into raids. I don’t think we should have to, and I don’t think it’s fair to anyone. However, after nights of failed attempts, I finally gave in and we had one of our Monk healers switch to his DK (whom he had raided on throughout Cata). We still had a ways to go after this, but controlling Rages got much better. Killing the Rages and soaking the Sparks is 100x easier when each pack can be gripped into one spot – which is something that couldn’t be done with only one DK. The fight also requires a lot of Spark soakers. Hunters are optimal since they have a 100% deflection every minute. Shadow Priests are good too, though their cooldown is longer. Rogues can soak well. Feral Druids and Monks are good for soaking single Sparks. Through Symbiosis, Resto and Balance Druids can soak as well. Apoth has 2 Hunters, 1 Shadow Priest, 1 Rogue, 1 Feral, 1 Resto Druid, 1 Balance Druid. One night, both of our Hunters were unable to raid. Result? We were unable to even attempt to do Will. We probably could have worked out a complex rotation of Rage Spark soakers but it would have left us no backups and no room for error. I really wasn’t a fan of the roster restrictions this fight put on us.

This fight really wore on people. Spending whole raid nights where our attempts didn’t progress past the 4-minute mark because of a couple mistakes got frustrating quickly. The fight was exhausting and tired people make more mistakes. There was one point when I even considered whether to not we were capable of succeeding on this fight as a guild. Had we met our skill cap? When Bashiok said 5.2 was going to be released on February 26th I thought about how absolutely soul-crushing it would be for guild morale if we spent all this time on this fight and didn’t get a kill.

Thankfully, we had not reached our skill cap, and it felt pretty damn amazing to finally see those bastards go down and see the Cutting-Edge raid achievement pop up on my screen. I’m really proud of my guild for their persistence – fighting through a non-optimal roster, adapting to strategy changes until we found one that worked for us, not losing focus after a heartbreaking 800k wipe.

For me personally, Heroic Will was full of ups and downs. At first I was excited about the amount of utility I could offer the raid. Aside from knockbacks, and options for CC, HotW could let me help on dps during breaks, I could Symbiosis a hunter and Deterrence would let me help soak Sparks. But there was a problem. I was bad at soaking Sparks. No, I wasn’t just bad – I was fucking terrible. I’d use Deterrence too early and it would wear off before I hit the last Spark. Over our first two raid nights this happened a lot. Way too much. In my eagerness to help, I was only succeeding in killing myself half the time. I felt awful and like a complete and total failure. Hearing our raid leader sigh and say “Please rez Jasyla” so many times was terrible. Thankfully, I got better. Actually, that’s probably not the truth of it. The thing that made the biggest difference was that our controlled killing of Rages got much better. They died closer together, Sparks spawned closer together, Hunters were able to get them all without the need for backups. By our latter attempts I only occasionally had to soak 1 stray Spark on its own, and that I could handle.

If I can put aside my Spark shame for a moment, I’m pretty happy with how I did on our actual kill. (However, if you’re watching our kill video, ignore the part where I need a rez). I felt really useful. My healing was good. I never stopped moving as I bounced between our two Strength tanks, healing them up when they soaked a Spark. I was able to do a couple million damage with HotW during one of the break periods (in between running between the Strength tanks). I picked up Mass Entanglement and helped to control the first set of Rages after each break, affording our Mages some more dps time on the boss before they had to start CC’ing. I used Ursol’s Vortex to help CC later on. I even soaked a stray Spark (on purpose, without it killing me).

It was certainly a rough ride, but I’m so happy we managed to complete this really challenging fight. I feel more confident and more excited about entering T15 with Heroic Will under our belts. 

Three Years

It’s that time again. With the holidays comes yet another blogging anniversary. I’ve now been at this for 3 years. I usually take this time to talk a bit about how many posts I’ve written and comments I’ve received throughout the year. This year, WordPress has done it for me (isn’t that nice?).

I certainly got a lot more visits than I did in previous years, though my rate of posting was a little slow this year with only 51 new posts. You’d think since I was unemployed for 10 months I’d have all the time in the world to write blog posts, but with a great amount of spare time came a great lack of motivation.

Judging by my most visited posts this year and the search terms people find me with most often, Druids really like their gear lists! To be completely honest, gear is my least favourite thing to write about, but I’m happy people find those posts useful.

Next year I hope to pick up my posting pace a little and try to write at least a post a week. I want to update my World of Logs guides for healers early in the new year (maybe if I say that out loud I’ll be more likely to do it). I’m also hoping to broaden my horizons a little bit and write about topics not confined to Druids.

In game, I’ve had a good year. There are two things I’m particularly proud of. First, I think Apotheosis (we’re recruiting!) has done really well so far this expansion. Our raid team leveled quickly, even getting some realm firsts along the way, and aside from a couple bosses that gave us more problems than they should have, I think we’ve been progressing at a good pace. On November 29th we completed all normal mode raid content and since then have killed 3 heroic modes. I’m very proud of my guild. Good job team 🙂

Apotheosis and Sha of Fear
I’m also really pleased that my challenge mode team was able to get Golds in all of the Challenge Modes, which got me my one and only server first Feat of Strength, a cool mount and the best transmog armor ever. They were also a lot of fun to do.

Challenge Mode Conquerors

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog, left me a comment, shared a post or talked about Druids with me on Twitter. That’s a big part of why I’ve been doing this for as long as I have.

Here’s to a great 2013, with more boss kills, more blog posts and less unemployment.

The Art of the Guild Application

I’ve seen many, many guild applications over the seven years I’ve played this game. Some great, some awful, most somewhere in-between. If you want to join a new guild, you need to impress them with your application. In most cases, your app is all the guild has to go on. You may be a fantastic player with a winning personality, but no one knows this yet, and if you don’t successfully convey it in your app, you’re not going to get a chance to prove it to anyone.

I’m going to do a step-by-step walkthrough of the application for Apotheosis, using my own application from almost 2 years ago. Of course, it’s a bit different than any other guild’s, but it’s not all that unique. Any semi-serious to serious guild that requires you fill out an application is going to be looking for similar things. They’ll also be turned off by similar things. Hopefully, this will help you ace your next application when you decide to apply to a new guild.

1) Character name: Jasyla
2) Character class and main spec you are applying as: Restoration Druid
3) Offspec (if applicable): Balance Druid

I hope no one needs help with these first three. One note on the offspec question though – you should really only list an offspec if it is something you are willing and capable of playing in a raid. A feral offspec that’s geared out in greens that you only use for dailies and don’t have any glyphs for is not really something to broadcast.

4) Armory link (please be logged out in your raiding gear and spec): http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/eldrethalas/Jasyla/advanced

Many people who read your application are likely to click through to your armory and fully dissect every aspect of your character before they even read the rest of your app. You need to make a good first impression. As it says right in the app, make sure you’re logged out in your raiding spec and gear. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing dailies or PVP or naked dwarf tossing, you need to log in your most raid-ready attire for as long as your application is active. Your glyphs, gems, enchants and reforging should all be set up for raiding. Look at your own armory and make sure everything is as perfect as possible before you submit your application. Double check it to make sure you’re not wearing a fishing pole or chef’s hat. If the guild has a certain ilvl requirement, don’t use inappropriate gear to get ahead.

5) Age: 27
6) Do you have an authenticator associated with your account? If not, would you purchase one?
Yes, I have an Authenticator.

Again, I hope no one needs help with these kinds of questions.

7) Can you attend at least 75% of raids in a given month (9/12) for the full duration? We raid Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 9pm-midnight (ET) and you are expected to be online at 8:45-8:50pm for invites.
I can maintain 75% attendance but I would likely miss a couple Sunday raids per month.

Be upfront about this question. Though responding that you’ll never miss a raid may sound good, it could come back to bite you in your trial period if it’s not true.

8) Why did you choose to apply to Apotheosis?
From reading the blogs and twitter feeds of people in Apotheosis, I’ve gathered that it is an excellent guild to be a part of with great leadership. The progression level is ideal, and very close to my current raiding progression. I read in one of your recruitment ads that you’ve never had to cancel a raid due to lack of players – this makes me very happy. I also think it would be fun to be in a guild with so many other bloggers.

This question has the potential to show quite a bit about your personality and what’s important to you in game. There’s no real right answer here, but there are some things you should avoid. Answers like “I want heroic gear” can make people wonder about your motivations. Stick to stating what about the guild (the atmosphere? the people? the raid times?) appeals to you.

9) Why are you leaving your current guild?
I love my current guild and I’m quite sad to be leaving it. <aus> raids on weekend evenings which has become extremely hard for me. Having to choose between raiding and seeing my friends and family isn’t something I want to do anymore.

This is another question that can reveal a lot about your personality in-game and can help weed out potential drama llamas. Using this question as a platform to bash your previous guild is a poor choice.

10) Please detail all your previous raid experience. Yes, we mean all, dating back to pre-BC, if applicable. (Note that we mean raid experience when it was current, progression content. Firelands when you’re decked out in T13 does not count, for example, nor do “retro raids”.)
I have been a resto druid for my entire WoW career. I started playing near the end of Vanilla.
Vanilla – Completed ZG and a few bosses in MC and AQ20
Burning Crusade – Completed all Tier 4 – Tier 6 content. I was working on Felmyst in Sunwell Plateau when 3.0 came out.
Wrath – Naxx, Sarth 3D, Ulduar (most hard-modes – can’t remember exactly how many), TotC (3/5 heroic in 25s, 5/5 in 10s), ICC (10/12 heroic in 25s, 11/12 heroic in 10s), normal Halion.
Cata – 12/12 normal, 1/12 heroic in 25s.

I have also played as a hunter (during BC and Wrath post Ulduar), resto shaman (Naxx-Ulduar) and discipline priest (Cata) on another server. I still play on my disc priest who is 1/12H in 10s, but lacks an Al’Akir kill.

I led raids in T5 and T6 on my hunter.

In addition to listing which raid content you’ve completed, you should mention which character you did it on. If it was not the character you are applying on, you should include extra armory links. The most important thing is to be honest. People will be checking your achievements, including the dates they were achieved. You may think embellishing your experience will make you look better, but you’d be wrong. People will find out.

11) Please include a link to a World of Logs (or similar) parse of you in your raiding role and spec in a raid environment. Screenshots of Recount or Skada do not count. Here’s a link to help you create your own World of Logs parse if you don’t have one available. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL.
Rather than link a parse of a raid that was all sunshine and roses, here’s my last raid, which was a learning night (aka wipe fest): http://www.worldoflogs.com/reports/q7l80tw1bwpwg3am/

If you’d like to see some more successful examples, I have lots of parses.

The response to (or rather, complete ignoring of) this question is the number 1 problem I see in applications. I’ve had to revise this question a number of times. When I applied to Apotheosis this question was actually surprisingly succint – “11) Please include a link to a World of Logs (or similar) parse of you in your raiding role and spec in a raid environment.” But a number of people would just completely ignore it. I’m not even talking about responding “I have no logs” or “I don’t know how,” many people would just skip right on past to question 12. I’m really not a fan of using all caps, but I wanted to impress upon potential apps that when we say we want logs, we really mean it! And it still hasn’t worked. /sigh

My advice here (both for your own benefit and the sanity of guild leaders everywhere): don’t submit an incomplete application. If you are asked for a log and don’t supply one, your application is not complete. I know some people are very eager to apply, but do yourself a favour and get a combat log parse first. Also, when your logging a raid, play like you mean it, even if you’re doing LFR. Use proper buffs, don’t stand in the fire, even if it doesn’t hurt much. Until you get a trial, this log is going to inform the guild of how good a player you are.

12) Do you have a stable internet connection, a computer that can handle the game and are you able to use/install mods required by the guild? Are you willing to speak on Mumble if necessary during raids?
Yes, yes, yes. And yes.
13) What things do you enjoy doing in game that are not raid related?
I’m an achievement whore. Arbitrary point systems make everything more fun.

These are easy ones.

14) How do you gain knowledge about playing your class or spec? Do you find reading blogs or websites useful to you as a player? Which ones do you find the most useful?
I read a lot of druid blogs and I write one of my own. I enjoy seeing other people’s thoughts on druids but I mainly like to figure things out for myself. The resource I get the most use out of is the TreeCalcs spreadsheet. For a new player I would recommend restodruid.info and Elitist Jerks.

We want to know where you get your information from. The biggest mistake you can make on this question is to not list any resources. It tells us you don’t put a lot of effort into being knowledgable about your class.

15) Please give us an overview of the reasons why you chose the talents, gems, enchants and glyphs that you did. Would you be willing to change any or all of these if it would benefit the raid?
My talents fit my play style. At my current gear level I’m not finding mana much of an issue so I have dropped the usual mana talents (Furor, 2 of the points from Moonglow) and have picked up talents to boost my output (like Genesis). I also have a couple talents some people would consider outside the norm – Living Seed (now that it has been unlinked from Efflo) and Nature’s Bounty. I use Regrowth a fair bit and the almost guaranteed crit and Living Seed result in a higher HPS increase than other talents available.

I mainly use only 3 different gems – 40 int, 20 int/spirit, and 20 int/haste. I have a compulsive need to match socket bonuses, but do avoid them in favour of +40 int gems if the bonuses are really crappy.

My Glyphs are quite standard. Druids do not have a lot of options. I occasionally change my glyphs, i.e. I replace Lifebloom with Regrowth for Chimaeron.
My enchants are also fairly standard. I could use a better bracer enchant, but I’ve been waiting for better bracers (though I’m now convinced that epic leather bracers are a myth).

I’m open to changing up anything if there is a good reason for it.

Aside from your armory link and the logs you provide, this is the question that tells the most about if you know what you’re doing. The worst answer to this question is “Because Elitist Jerks told me so.” That doesn’t tell us you know anything about playing your class. Use your experience to impress us. Explain any choices that go against the grain. Tell us why you think one talent is superior to another on fight x, but not fight y. My answer above is from last expansion, so the specifics no longer apply, but the important thing about it is that I elaborate on my choices so that people think I know what I’m doing. (haha, fooled them!)

16) What do you hope to accomplish with your time in Apotheosis?
I want to be a core part of the raiding team for a long time. I hope we can help each other to progress through Tier 11 and beyond.

This is basically an extension of the question asking why you want to join the guild. Try not to come off as a loot whore or a guild hopper. You should also ensure that your goals are aligned with the guild’s.

The last three questions on our application are personality questions. Just be honest. Sell yourself! Tell people how awesome you are (without sounding like an egomaniac).

 And lastly, some general tips, some of which I’ve talked about before:

  1. Use spellcheck. Use capitilization and punctuation too.
  2. In the interest of readability, format your app so it’s easy to to tell where the question ends and your answer begins.
  3. Don’t pepper your app with random ‘lol’s and other nonsense.

I hope this helps you the next time you want to apply to a new guild. And now that I’ve walked you through Apotheosis’s application, why not come apply? We’re 16/16 in normals and 1/16 in heroics and are seeking dps. We are Alliance and raid Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 9pm to midnight (EST).

The Sincerest Form of Asshattery

Dear GM/Officers/Guildmates,

Unfortunately, I have to step down from raiding with you guys. Due to my job/family/health/upcoming prison sentence I just don’t have the free time to commit to raiding 9 hours a week with you guys anymore.

Hopefully if the situation changes I could come back to raid with you in the future. Otherwise, I may try to look for a 1-night a week guild or maybe set up a GDKP run at some point.

Thank you for the great guild and raid experiences I’ve had here, I’ve learned a lot from you guys. I have had an amazing time raiding with you all and I wish you nothing but the best in Mists.

This is a nice, respectful way to tell your guild you’re leaving them. Real life happens, everyone understands that.

But you know what people are less understanding of? Lies.

You know what makes people angry? When they respond to your goodbye post with understanding, sympathetic messages and wish you all the best with your busy schedule that no longer allows you to raid 3 times a week then find that you are now the GM of a new raiding guild.

Anger levels reach a fever pitch when they find out that the ‘new’ guild you’ve started is a complete knock-off of the guild you just left.

You can probably guess that this post was inspired by real, and very recent events. We had a raider announce that he was stepping down from raiding due to not having the time to raid anymore. Two days later he was the GM of a new guild, with a guild website set up that completely plagiarized all of Apotheosis’ policies and application posts. The raid times are exactly the same, the pitch he uses to recruit people on the forums is almost exactly the same, the guild application is an exact copy.

All he had to do was tell us “You know, I really want to be in charge of my own guild, so I’m going to try to start one up for Mists” and this whole situation and all the rotten feelings everyone now has towards him could have been avoided. Saying you’re too busy to raid then magically having enough free time to run a guild makes you look like an asshole. Of course, the fact that he lied and then copied all of our forum content means that ship has sailed.

I don’t want to give this asshole’s new guild any free advertising, so I will not be linking to them. I will also not mention the guild by name, instead I will use a pseudonym. I will call this guild Uranus.

Let’s take a look at some examples of how Uranus has completely ripped off Apotheosis, shall we? (All these screenshots were taken from their guild forums this morning, I’ve just changed the proper names to protect the not-at-all-innocent).

Uranus’ application preamble:

Then there’s the guild application itself:

This is Apotheosis’s application. Go take a look, I’ll wait.

It’s the exact same thing! Right down to our personality-testing question 19 – the image and question have both been copied. Even the line: “Remember that good grammar, spelling and humo(u)r are a plus.” Is copied. The (u) in humour is a play on the fact that Kurn (any many others in Apoth) is Canadian, and we put ‘u’s in everything. This guy is most definitely not a Canadian, so he just looks like an asshole by leaving this in.

He’s not only stolen the exact text from many of our posts, but also our plan for raiding at the beginning of Mists:

And this is what our Mists raid leader posted about our raid plan a number of weeks ago: (can’t link to this one as it’s in part of our forums only visible to members).

So, good job, Uranus. Nice raiding plan you’ve mapped out for your guild there. So happy for you that you were able to copy all of our forum content before we banned your pathetic ass.

This is one of my favourite bits of copy/pasting fail from the Uranus forums:

Try a global search and replace next time, asshole. This is Apotheosis’ reapplication policy. Perhaps I should be thanking this guy for looking out for us in this post, because we definitely do not want his sloppy seconds applying to us if they don’t make the cut in Uranus.

Then there are some of the guild policies:

And here are Apotheosis’ guild policies. I actually have to applaud him here, as policies 2 and 3 are not direct copies of our policies. Similar, but not the same. He may have even written that whole PVP part himself (or stolen it from another guild, who knows).

But let’s look a little closer at number 1.

Uranus:

1) Be respectful of others. Due to our goal to maintain a respectful atmosphere, we expect all players to be polite in all communcation channels of the game. This applies to guildmates as well as trade/general chat. We want to show that Uranus is full of good people.

While profanity in moderation is fine, there is a limit. Some of our guildmates have children who can listen in and even participate to some extent. Please think about things before they are said.

Apotheosis:

1) Be respectful of others. Be polite and considerate of your guildmates, and people in the game in general. You represent the guild, show others through your behaviour that Apotheosis is full of good people. Be proud of being part of Apotheosis and be proud of what your guild is like. In short, don’t be a jerk.

This includes guild chat. While moderate use of profanity is fine, there should be no comments or jokes that target a minority group. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include (but are not limited to): racial slurs, use of stereotypes or insults used against a social or religious minority and casual use of the word “rape”. This includes using the word “gay” in the pejorative.

I think it speaks volumes about this person’s character that he blatantly copied so many of our policies word-for-word, but he took the time to remove the bits from our rules about not using racial slurs, stereotypes or the words “gay” or “rape.”

I could go and talk about how he’s stolen more content from our Who We Are post, and our Guild Ranks, and even copied some of Kurn’s responses to applicants word-for-word, but I think I’ve spent enough time on this. And Kurn will likely go into them more when she gets home and has some time to channel her disgust into a blog post. 🙂

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I say that’s bullshit. In this case, imitation is the sincerest form of laziness, dishonesty and theft.

To be honest, I’m not even all that angry at this person. I love a competition and I’m going to enjoy how the real Apotheosis is going to wipe the floor with his copycat guild in raiding progression and quality of guild members.

Game on.

Resto Druid Roundtable

Hello everyone. My blog has been quiet lately. Not sure why I haven’t written much, as there’s certainly a lot going on. Apotheosis is still clearing heroic DS every week, we’re still doing RBGs and I’ve been making a run for PVP achievements and playing a lot on the beta. We’re preparing for Mists and I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that I’m going to be GM when Kurn leaves – maybe I’ll write about that soon. (P.S. Apotheosis is recruiting!)

Team WaffleIn the meantime, I’ve been invited to participate in the Resto Druid Roundtable on the Team Waffle Podcast. It will be recording on Friday, August 10th at 10pm EST. The show will be hosted by Arielle and the other participants are Beruthiel, Lissanna and Starship. I’d love to see you there, there will be a Q & A period at the end of the show.

Times They Are a-Changin’

A couple weeks ago my GM in Apotheosis announced that she would no longer be raiding, or likely playing at all, in Mists of Pandaria. It’s kind of hard to think of Apotheosis without Kurn, since she created the guild (twice!), and it is very much her baby. I’m really grateful that she gave us so much advance warning – she’s going to contin raiding with us until we’re done with Cataclysm, and stick around through early Mists to help make sure we’re ready to hit the ground running. But, it’s still going to be a big change. Kurn isn’t much of a delegator, so she handles most of the day to day guild stuff – She’s the GM, responds to all guild-related concerns, handles most of the recruitment process, is the raid leader, plans all the strats, roster and does log dives after raids when it’s needed, she handles the bank. And not only are we losing Kurn, our caster lead, Majik, is also not planning to raid in Mists. That leaves 3 officers who are going to continue to raid in Mists, and a lot of responsibilities that need to be divided. Obviously, we’re looking for a few new officers.

When a guild loses a GM, especially one who takes on so much of the work, it’s obviously a time of much change. And with change comes a lot of apprehension. The paranoid, negative part of me worries that everyone will leave and the guild will collapse. Then I’d have to go through the whole guild search process and likely end up raiding in a place without all my Apotheosis friends that I really enjoy playing with. And that, frankly, would suck. The slightly more rational, positive part of me knows that the guild is strong enough to survive this. Apoth has a really great guild atmosphere. Our raids have their stumbling blocks, but are generally a lot of fun. We’ve been quite successful in Cataclysm, and have gotten better every tier. The people in the guild like each other and have fun outside of raids too – we do RBGs and other pvp together, we do old achievements. We also have a lot of real life connections in the guild. I personally have met 10 of the people I currently raid with and there are 4 of them who I hang out with on a regular basis and consider really good friends. I know a lot of other people in the guild feel the same – they want to raid with Apotheosis. They don’t want to look elsewhere and they’re willing to work to ensure the guild’s continued success. There’s only one person (as far as I know) who has expressed doubt that they want to stay in the guild with Kurn gone (and I really hope they can be persuaded to stay).

Though I have no doubts that Apotheosis will continue to be a great place to raid and a great guild to call home in Mists, I have concerns. First, it’s really difficult to choose a new GM and Raid Leader who will make everyone happy. In fact, it’s probably impossible. I just hope that everyone will be a little bit patient and give the the people who take those roles a chance. Change is hard, but it can be a good thing. Second, I worry about communication. People don’t always say what they mean, or they say it, but not to the right people. It’s easier to sit and brood or make snarky remarks to your friends when you don’t agree with something, but it doesn’t make anything better. I want everyone in the guild to be happy as possible with the way things are run and have a good time. I hope that everyone in the guild will share their honest feelings (in a tactful way) about the way the guild is moving forward so that issues can be solved and improvements can be made. The last thing I’m concerned about is also about communication. When people do have something to say, they go to Kurn 96% of the time. I’ve been an officer (healing lead) in Apoth for a few months now, and people have only come to me about guild-related things a handful of times. Perhaps the healers are just really low maintenance, but it does make me worry a bit. Kurn gets dozens of PMs every week and does weekly office hours where people can come talk to her on Mumble about anything guild-related. I’m worried about how long it will take for people to get comfortable bringing their concerns to someone else.

So, it’s a bit of a stressful time, but we’re going strong. We’re working on filling out our officer core, deciding who will be taking on which roles and working on transitioning all of Kurn’s guild work to other people. And we’re still clearing heroic DS every week (though this week we were struck by the “everyone going on vacation at the same time” boss), kicking ass in RBGs and recruiting to fill in any gaps for Mists.