As a raid leader, I have what appears to be an unusual set of rules.
- I don't use gearscore.
- I don't care about achievements.
- I do not have an attendance requirement.
- I do use elitist groups, and care about your enchants and gems. Your average ilvl is something to consider, but is not a pre-requisite.
- I have a Raid etiquette
- I raid once per week, rarely repeating content.
- I like wiping. It generally means we are stretching ourselves. (Either that or some of us are being slack.)
- I require vent, especially for new players.
- One regular tank was interstate, replaced by a DPS player in an offpec, slightly undergeared as tank.
- One regular healer was at a sports (drinking) BBQ, replaced by a DPS player on an inexperienced and undergeared (elitist group said Ilvl 192) healing alt.
- One regular healer is on the cusp of burning out, so brought a very undergeared DPS (average Ilvl 180), replaced by a DPS on an experienced healing alt.
- One regular DPS was off doing Insane in the membrane
- My nearly teenage son was joining us as DPS. This was the third time he had raided.
- Very ranged heavy.
That invite was for the DPS that did have vent.
It was messy. We died on the starting trash, twice. (Note: we are on vent, check that the trash has died before entering the instance).
To be honest, we struggled. It may not have been the best night for PUG's. I caused a wipe running to the boss, by running out of the healer's range. (One pug left, replaced by a casual DPS who sometimes runs with us). We struggled on the end of phase 2 (2nd wave of whelps and too many guardians. The other pug left, replaced by a guildy's spouse that raids as much as my son). In the end, against the advice of the raid, army of the dead spread damage enough to keep us all up. Phase 3 went like a charm.
Once the boss was down, Aphona (experienced raider, but lets the inner child out sometimes), decided that playing whelps would be fun. I still took my screenshot.