Today's post, however is a whine and cheese post. That wasn't polished - and no I wasn't talking about that last boss fight. There are currently so many ungemmed, unenchanted pugs for DS10.
I generally only raid Friday(or possibly Saturday) nights. We can now one shot bosses 1-4, and don't have too much difficulty on Ultraxian. I still get nervous on Zonozz, and die to Ultraxian trash. I like struggling on fights, for me it means I am in the right place. Which I suppose means that out of the first 4, I prefer Zonozz. And even more than that; I would rather spend an evening wiping on Spine than farming the first 4 or 5 (I've seen both Spine and Madness once but didnt down it on either occasion - both times pugging for a guild I have some association with).
LFR isn't raiding. It's a glorified wrath heroic dungeon; good for valor points and a bit of ordinary gear.
Due to a re-organisation with a couple of allied guilds (Two tankards split amicably with a tank going one way; one DPS moved countries and another DPS joined yet another guild; Pratorean Guard decided they wanted to raid as a guild Friday nights too - and picked up one of the Two Tankard's DPS). This left me down about 5 raiders.
For me - the best way of recruiting is simply to raid. Organise tanks and healers and DPS come. No one ever waits for DPS (well wrong but more on that later). I am picking up players that are obviously available and on my server, and are currently free.
Getting players for a fresh run Friday 8:30 pm server is easy. When short, I have in the past encouraged players to either pick up their tank or healer toons - no more than 3 or 4 times a night (or fight or minute depending on my desperation). When that doesn't work I resort to pure bribery.
I organise my tanks, healers and what DPS I can ahead of time, and advertise in trade for the rest. When I first started DS, all players were gemmed and chanted. They might have missed one or two, but are generally fine. Now for
For regulars, I really don't mind helping out. If you raid with me and do your best in the raid; I am happy to help out at other times. I bring feasts and cauldrons because they save time in the raid and help other players. I have loaned or given players: gear, gems & enchants. It's only gold and I have enough of that. What I need is competent players to help me kill pixelated dragons.
The last couple of weeks I have fresh farmed the first bosses on Friday nights, and extended Saturday. Gathering 10 players for Saturday has been more of a challenge. DPS apparently want fresh runs for gear and don't want to be saved to a single boss (or even worse? be on a learning night). What's even worse is when I have people in the both the far east and far west raiding; the Easteners fade about 10pm (or 1am their time), but the for the Westerners, it is still only 7pm. As it was nearly time for a couple to log, and I needed to pug some anyway, I called for players to bail if they wanted to. I was left with 2 tanks, 3 healers and a melee DPS.
Check friends lists; they are already raiding. Check guild - either logging off (westerners) or not able (new toons). Ask in raid (nope). Ask in friendly guilds (already have taken everyone they can recommend). Ask in trade.
Last Saturday at 10:30
/1 LFM DPS DS10 Warmaster Blackhorn
I was met with silence. Not even any trolls on.
A few minutes later,
Some idle trade chatter, then
Tank LF DS10 (I am already full on tanks - and neither of us have DPS specs yet)
Healer LF DS10 (I'm in a 10 man raid and I already have 4 healers - sent one off to wear DPS gear).
I ask them both if they have DPS specs but, like me, they don't.
I 'joke' in trade that the night I need DPS, I find tanks and healers, with no DPS to be found. I then get whispered that there are DPS around, but they want a fresh run.
I have gold. I don't have enough players. This generally works for tanks and healers.
So I respond /1 LFM DPS DS10 Warmaster Blackhorn; paying 500g (1/2 now; 1/2 at end of evening)
I get a bite, and invite the toon to raid. Now, because of some bad experiences, I have a few players standing buy to inspect new players. This toon is almost entirely ungemmed and unenchanted. For .. crying out loud. Sorry mate. But but I'm now saved and you wont let me try the boss. No; you are not saved until you kill a boss. But but but. No.
I also see
(Bob*) Melee DPS LF DS10 fresh run
(Jane*) Melee DPS LF DS10 fresh run
(* Names have been changed to protect the guilty)
So I try
/1 LFM DPS DS10 Warmaster Blackhorn; must be gemmed and enchanted; paying 800g (1/2 now; 1/2 at the end of evening)
I am sure I spent more time finding players Saturday night than I did raiding. Grrr. Rejected a couple of players for lack of large numbers of gems or enchants.
I finally am able to fill spots with DPS. All Melee. I am not kidding; So so many of the DPS that were on were rogues and warriors.
Again I try
/1 LFM *Ranged* DPS DS10 Warmaster Blackhorn; must be gemmed and enchanted; paying 1000g (1/2 now; 1/2 at the end of evening)
I'm starting to have doubts about Gevlon's advice; I'm paying peanut plantations (well probably 500g/hour) and well, ...still not enough polish. Some players who know me have claimed that I wouldn't care if they were in questing greens as long as they had their enchants and all possible gem slots. It's an exaggeration I tell you - I hope.
I have met a lot of great players as trade pickups. Some I see just once or twice; others I keep for longer. I would like to keep more of them on my runs - but often the better players are filling in because they missed a regular spot. That's OK - it happens.
However, if you are free on a Friday night on Caelstrasz Alliance server (Australian Eastern time), (or maybe even the odd Saturday night) and would like a run that is more about progressing casually than farming, let me know. Send an in game mail to Foolich. Both regulars and casuals are welcome.
Just be gemmed, enchanted, and if I dare hope - have potions too?