We had “just one of those nights” this weekend.
We were in Naxx 25 with Spider Wing cleared and we decide to do Military next.
For whatever reason, we were off our game. The dps was relatively low compared to past weeks, the priests had some trouble with the MC, tanks were accidentally taunting the wrong mobs – no one was really at their best. We wiped a half dozen times on content we have already cleared.
We did finally get by Razuvious, and went on to Gothik, along with cheers of “Yay, free epics!” for the upcoming easier fight.
And then we proceeded to wipe on Gothik multiple times for a multitude of reasons, mostly related to our dps being low and falling behind on the waves of adds. Eventually, we called the raid for the night.
This is not a post complaining or calling out my guild’s raiders. Far from it. This post is about how we as a guild bounce back from adversity, and how that reflects the strong core that we have.
One of the ways I have always evaluated who was a good “fit” for our guild was the way they handled wipes. After a bad night, players who are very progression-minded will immediately start looking for another guild that wipes less in raids. Self-centered players will start complaining about their repair bills. Rabble-rousers and wannabe-generals will start pointing fingers (at everyone but themselves). These kind of players have a short life span in my casual guild. We don’t usually kick them out. But they always find that they are the last to be asked into runs and raids, and eventually they realize that they aren’t fitting in.
Sure, we wiped a whole bunch on stuff that should have been easier. But each time we got up, rezzed, wiped off the dust and charged back in. The next night, we re-formed the raid with no complaints and went back in, cleared Plague and Military Wings, killed Gothik for good measure, and felt a lot better about it.
How does your guild react to setbacks and off-nights? Arguments? Blame game? Discontent? Gquits?