Hello everyone and good morning! It’s been a while since I’ve talked about raiding here but with my recent return to WoW and after seeing all those adverts for pugs in trade chat it got me thinking about raiding again and about a problem I had before as a raid leader. Some information has been modified to protect the guilty. So I’m curious to see what would have been your solution to my little problem.
Let me set the stage first. You are the raid leader of a “hardcore casual” guild, one of those guilds made up of above average raiders with a few casuals who want to try to raid thrown in. You guys are not raiding that often to keep it casual and you’re not the first to clear content but still, you’re getting somewhere and life is mostly good in the guild. Overall, a fun place to be and a fun gang to raid with.
Then someday the new uber-dungeon gets released and everyone jumps in with both feet, eager to clear content and get all the new sweet loot. Progress is made at first but it’s slower than usual, more wipes are happening and you can feel a bit of frustration building. You tell everyone that it’s normal because this raid is really harder and everyone needs play their best to clear the place. Still you struggle more and more as time goes on up to the point where no progress is made at all. It feels as if you’ve hit the brick wall.
So like any good raid leader you start to investigate everything about your raid and members to uncover what exactly is giving you so much trouble. Is it the bosses, the difficulty, someone not performing? Whatever it is you need to find it fast because it’s starting to turn this fun guild into a pressure cooker ready to explode. Fun and casual guilds can only sustain so many wipes before things go sour. Then one night, you find the problem.
Your problem is rather simple in fact, it’s simply one of the healers who can’t keep up with the raid. While the fights were easier he could handle it but with the increased difficulty he just can’t keep up and this is making the raid wipe… time after time. And it’s when you realize you have a real problem.
You see, this particular healer is a pillar of the guild. Someone who’s liked by everyone, who makes everyone laugh, who’s helped everyone out when they really needed it. Without him the guild wouldn’t be the same. Still, the pillar just can’t keep up with the raid despite your tries at having him improve and its becoming clear that you have to do something before everyone just leave for other guilds who are not wiping.
So how would you handle this? What would be the correct way of doing this? I know I failed by keeping my mouth shut and trying to have the healer improve but tensions and frustration got the guild down first.