This weekend we should remember that we achieved quite a lot!
Heroic BRF Iron Maidens ...
and Heroic BRF Blast Furnace.
We also came within 4% of Heroic BRF Blackhand!
Due to the new raid rules of each raider having seen the boss on LFR or higher before attempting to raid with Immortal Ascension, we were waiting for the LFR version of the new 6.2 raid Hellfire Citadel. So, with Ashemmi (our raid leader) out of the game due to a graphics card malfunction, Emrald (our raid manager) decided to focus on finishing Heroic Blackrock Foundry.
However, everyone did not welcome this decision. Can I remind you that as a mature, casual raiding guild - we do expect that the decisions of our raid leadership are accepted in good grace.
Yes, even decisions that may not be as well explained as you would like!
However, excitement of the new patch was high (and as "mummy" was not in the room) it seems certain that quite a number of things were typed in guild chat that appeared to be more aggressive and barbed than was really necessary.
Can I (as GM) remind our members and introduce our newer members to an earlier post OWNING that Middle Ground! Go on... take a moment to read it and remind yourselves... we have been here before.
This specter emerges from the shadows to stir up the guild - every time we are on the cusp between normal and heroic, or between one patch and another. To be honest, it seems to be the release valve for the degree of frustration that is built up as we get closer to the end of raid sequence and some lose focus.
Immortal Ascension is determined to "own that middle ground". The officers also are committed to work at not frustrating the heart out of some of our higher performers, so to achieve that... we have set a new raid rule. We intend to ensure that all raiders have achieved a certain level of performance and have at least seen the mechanics of a new boss at the level below that which the raid group is facing. This may mean a check of a raider's WoW Armory to see if the minimum has been done. If it has not been completed, that raider will be expected to finish the LFR version BEFORE we allow you to join in a normal-level raid. This is intended to be a bit like having to do the silver proving grounds before heroic dungeons.
Yes, we will let you join in as soon as you've done it. So, this can mean that you will join into the raid after you have finished the LFR whilst we're raiding - so don't log off - go get it done! Once done, then we'll bring you in - fully expecting that you were paying attention to learning the mechanics.
This is to achieve two things:
1. Improved raid awareness for those raiders who for some reason or another seem to struggle to pick up the mechanics, and
2. Minimise the degree of frustration that some of our more accomplished and raid aware raiders.
If you fall into category 2, and you're feeling a bit like you're putting up with a lot
Please be reminded that, as a guild, we choose to work as a team with those who do not have the time and/or the capacity to be as prepared as other raiders due to work or study, partners and children, illness, and disability.
Never have we been so close to the final boss at the heroic level before a new expansion. We've had some people work very hard to overcome difficulties with work, study, family, illness and disabilities to get there. We also know that when we step into the new 6.2 raid Hellfire Citadel - we will not return to Blackrock Foundry's final boss without an even greater struggle to get the numbers.
Yep, for some members who are getting annoyed with this sort of delay and don't want to see the old content any more, we are happy for you to not persist and to go and pug out for the content you wish to see and experience. But, that in itself is a symptom that points to the fact that our guild may not be the guild for you. It is not to say that we are not the right guild for what you are working at being a part of. It does take time to adjust to the guild's culture - especially if you're used to a harder approach. That is just another example of what Immortal Ascension is getting better at - carrying others.
Just as we are flexible and tend to carry people in the heroic content, we carry lots of people in lots of different ways. We work at supporting each other as a team, with a little (and at times a lot) of give and take. It will not always be the perfect mix - but we are getting there. It also means carrying newer members as they adjust to our guild's culture. This is just part of OWNING that Middle Ground. We are good at that.