How to elevate your guild?
Me and two IRL friends created our guild when we started the game years ago but it was just a haven for us. We have always raided in other guilds and this was a home for alts, etc. The GM of our last raiding guild started fading out on us and we decided if we were going to run a guild, it might as well be ours. The other guild was always fairly casual and worked to clear normals before the next patch. For Cata, we managed to get to 3/8 HM before the GM started disappearing. Most of the raiders from that guild followed us when we server transferred mid-Cata and so we have kept a core of about five people. Despite the late start and having to level the guild, we did clear 3/8 HM in DS 10m in our guild as well. After that, attrition really killed us. Iím not sure how much the end-of-expansion boredom contributed to our attrition lately, but we are assuming that was a big issue for us.
Now, we want to change to 25m. Also, we want to make a more serious push at HMs for MoP. Weíre going to have to recruit well to make these happen. We seem to have a couple issues there. To get where we want to be, weíd like to recruit selectively for skilled raiders. That creates several issues:
1. We would be holding new recruits to standards we have never enforced in the past on our current raiders.
2. Getting initial interest is hard since we donít have a pedigree to promote us.
3. When we do get initial interest, our past progression, or lack thereof, discourages interest from recruits.
4. Our current inconsistent attendance and a number of underperforming members have reflected badly on us for a couple of previous recruits. We need to be able to get people in and keep them long enough to finish building.
I really feel that we need an experienced recruiter. However, Iím not sure about how to find that person. Additionally, since we have a lack of people willing to accept responsibility, we have a very undesirable situation. We donít want to hand responsibility to people we donít really know.
Many recruits seem to view being a guild member as a business arrangement. For those who see it as a social one also, we get compliments that they like us. Those are the ones we can usually hang onto for a good while. That works pretty well because we donít want to lose the social aspect and we donít think thatís mutually exclusive with being able to clear HMs. We donít need to be server first, we just donít want to be server last, lol. We want to be able to do it on two nights a week but I have been able to get some concessions to consider three nights a week.
We understand that we will have to make some really hard decisions with guildies we like but who might not be capable of HMs. Until we have an alternative, however, we canít exactly sit them. We probably need to have a guild meeting to explain the officerís vision and see if everyone is on-board. If they are, then we can set expectations and then hold people accountable since expectations have been set. I worry that this will still cause some drama but I donít see any way around that. If they are not on-board, then we will have to set expectations about wanting them in the guild but not having a raid spot for them in the main group.
We also know that we will probably have to get improvement out of some of our current raiders. We at least need to let them know the standards we will have for recruits and that those standards will apply to them too. I don't see them really improving unless they feel the need to. I am usually the source of info for class knowledge, raid mechanics, etc. I don't think many of our guild members who were with us from the previous guild ever read guides etc. They have me and they consider that good enough. For instance, there are at least three or four that come to me after every upgrade. I simcraft them and wowreforge them to get them set up. Some of our newer members are more self reliant and usually ok, even though they may not be exceptional. For instance, I'm a prot pally with ret OS. On single tank fights, I'm usually top dps despite still having about four pieces of lfr gear.
Just looking to see what wisdom the old reliable Tankspot can bring to our situation.