Pushing your guild to the next level
My guild is a little under a year old. It's a very new guild, in a server where progression is not exactly top-notch (no Algalon 25 kills yet, nor any Glory of Ulduar Raider 25, either, and of course, no kills in Coliseum 25 HC).
To give you a little background, we turned into a 25-man raiding guild right after Ulduar launched. And we've done rather well up until now trying to catch-up the rest of guilds in the server. We survived the summer season while progressing through Ulduar normal, but now, here's where the dillema comes:
Looking at normal progression, only Yogg is left (we've been working on him but decided to focus first on Coliseum to grab some gear from there), and then, every hard mode. However, after analyzing the performance of my raid members, I've noticed that, as I expected, we have players that are not putting in the effort that some others do. Now, I'll give them that some of them have increased their play, and raid performance has gone (DPS-wise) from a mere 55k raid-wide dps in Anub'arak two weeks ago to 75k-85k raid-wide dps and pretty much every raid member doing at least over 4k DPS and a few on the realm of 6k DPS, yea, I know, it's not astonishing, but I don't think it's that bad either if you keep in mind that we're playing sort of catch-up to the raiding guilds that have been focused on 25-man raiding right since WotLK came out.
So, now, our objective, is, obviously, hard mode/heroic progression. I don't expect Yogg to give us much trouble since we're already doing well in P2 and it's just a matter of improving our play. But, looking at hard modes, I know some of my guildies will have to step their game a notch. And here's where the doubts come:
Should we try to recruit new players (something not easy keeping in mind that we're usually the best 6-7th guild Horde-side) or motivate our existing players into improving their game and kick those that are just not interested in putting the effort to learn their class?
We don't mind players learning to play, and we've seen a few of them doing that in our raids. But there's some others that won't improve no matter what you do. And some of our more experienced/better raid members, are losing their motivation to raid since they don't feel we're gonna be able to tackle any hard modes anytime soon.
For further clarification, I'm GL, RL and MT of my guild, so I pretty much have the ability to bring any idea I want to my guild.
What are the experiences of other fellow RL/GLs out there when you were faced with this issue? Should we renew our roster by recruiting new (more capable?) players, or should we try to stick with what we have and hope they do improve their play?