I enjoy the casual raiding style. I can raid if I want, or go do “real life” things if I need to without worrying about repercussions. No attendance requirements, no fear of losing my raid spot for some odd reason, no arcane loot distribution rules.
That said, though, I always show up for my raids. I always have consumables. I earn my raid spot, not by being the GM, but by putting out the top dps, not standing in fire, and knowing the strategies.
The downside of casual raiding happens when a bunch of people don’t show up for raids, and we have to do a 10-man raid on a night we should be doing 25-man runs. Or when people log in an hour late and expect to have a raid spot. Or when people don’t play for a week, then show up to a raid with no consumables. There are definite drawbacks.
Sometimes I wonder if I could hack it in a hardcore guild. I wonder if I could even get accepted into a hardcore guild. Its not like I’ll have a chance to try – I’m the GM of the only guild I’ve ever been in, and the guild has been around for over two years. I’m not going to leave to test the waters. So this is just thinking out loud.
If I were guildless, would I have the guts to put in an application to a top guild? If I got accepted, would I be able to handle the pressure to perform? I am confident that I know my stuff, but could I enjoy a raid if I thought that every little error was being scrutinized? Last week I failed to get out of the way of a Deep Breath in Onyxia. Yes, I FAILED. In my guild, that’s a simple “Sorry guys, I won’t do that again next time.” In a high-end guild, do I get yelled at? Kicked from the raid? Lose my raid spot?
How do top guilds choose people, anyway? What could I say in a guild application that would make me stand out? Yes, I do a lot of dps. I can explain the pros and cons of all of my talent choices. I know the strategies of the bosses I fight. Would that be enough to get me into a hardcore guild?
I’m just wondering out loud. If anyone in my guild reads this (hi guys) I’m not even considering leaving. I’m just speculating on the hardcore style of gameplay which I have never (and will never) experience.