These are the guild and raid rules for the SOS Brigade.
Your guild and raid leader is Haru (battle.net tag Haruhi#1992)
A few requirements for our raid group: (SOS Core Group)
Required ADD ONS:
DBM (Deadly Boss Mods): Big Wigs possible substitute with permission
Exorsus Raid Tools
Logging system (Skada, Details, death-note, etc.)
RC Loot Council
Any boss specific add-on that may be required.
Any Spec specific add-on. (Omen threat meter for tanks for example)
DispelFrames/Decursive/Healbot or some way to indicate the need for a dispelling a debuff.
Any other necessary raid add-ons or mods will be assigned.
You will also need to have a quick method to download an add-on as necessary. Sometimes a solution to a boss is an add-on and we would recommend something like the Twitch (formerly Curse) app to automatically download and update your add-ons.
DISCORD: (Voice chat)
Discord is what we use to communicate during raid, and it's required for every raider to have. There is a link to all our Discord information on the SOS Brigade info tab in the guild menu. You have to have a working mic to raid as most bosses require in game communication. Even though casual chatter will be permitted, there are certain expectations for chatter:
At no time will there be any type of rude, offensive, or derogatory chatter. We do NOT allow players to insult/flame each other in raid, period. If it occurs, you will receive one warning, and if it occurs again, you will be removed from raid for the night, if not permanently. There are no exceptions to this. Use common sense and the golden rule, don't treat others in a way you wouldn't want to be treated.
Constructive criticism will be permitted through contacting the raid leader, or the designated assistant raid leader through whispers. Just because other people blurt out suggestions, doesn't mean that you should.
Once a ready check is given on a boss, all casual chatter must stop and everyone's attention is then to be given to the raid at hand. Casual chatter is fine during any other part of a raid as long as it does not interfere with the speed of the raid.
With the Battle for Azeroth expansion, personal loot is now the only option.
Now, there are scenarios where extra loot will be available; such as when a person doesn't get an upgrade and can trade the item. In those situations, we will distribute loot via the old guidelines below. But ultimately loot belongs to the owner, and they can do with it what they want as far as keeping it or giving it to the raid leader for distribution. Harassing a player for loot will not be tolerated. And if they do decide to forgo their loot and give to the raid, it will be given to the loot master and the old master loot rules below apply. At no times can you go around the raid leader to give loot to someone else, doing so will result in expulsion from the guild.
Note: Some people play for Tmog, so if they get loot it is their right to keep it for tmog and offspecs before it is given to the raid. We would prefer people share loot whenever possible to ensure raid progression, but it is not required.
Old Loot Rules: (applied for personal loot distribution of extra items)
Loot will be on master loot for raids (if possible), and will be decided on and awarded by the raid leader or an assigned master looter.
There are many factors that go into this decision:
- Upgrades for current items
- Attendance to raids
- Loot already awarded from the raid
Loot will be linked in chat and available for all to see; or an add-on will be used. If there is anything that the raid leader or the master looter has overlooked, contact the master looter. This will ensure that loot distribution is fair and that no one member gets special priority over any other raid members. If you feel that you may have received loot unfairly, you may contact the loot master. Raid leaders aren't perfect, so please hold us accountable. But do remember there are other people who want and "deserve" it just as much as you.
We distribute loot via trades or add-ons specific to the current loot environment. If you do not have the appropriate add-ons you will not be counted towards loot distribution. If you have any questions on the current loot system please ask the acting raid leader or master looter. Please refer to the following options when asking for loot via an add-on:
- BIS: "Best in slot" this equipment is the perfect piece for my equipment slot. No other existing equipment is better. Note: This is in regards to the specific tier. Heroic and Mythic pieces of the same loot are both considered BIS.
- Upgrade: This loot provides an all around upgrade for this equipment slot.
- Side-grade: This loot is the same item level as my current gear but provides better stats for my class/spec. This includes items that will allow you to swap your gear to have a better stat composition.
- Warforge: This is the same item I already have, but it is a higher item level due to a warforge or titanforge.
- Offspec: This loot is intended for use on my off spec.
- Transmog: I only want this loot for the transmogrification appearance.
- Pass: I do not want this loot. (If you are manually whispering the master looter, just don't whisper them; no answer will be defaulted to as a pass)
Sometimes new options are added specific to the raid tier, expansion, or even just an era in World of Warcraft. Below are some examples, but this may not include all of them:
- 4th Tier Piece: Collecting this loot will give me a four set on my tier bonuses.
- 2nd Tier Piece: Collecting this loot will give me a two set on my tier bonuses. Note: This also means you intend to wear it as soon as you get it and will not just be waiting until you get a 4 set.
- Relic Re-roll: I have this relic already, but I want a chance to re-roll the relic trait.
- Replace Legendary: I need this gear to replace a legendary. Mainly to switch to another legendary.
- Off/main-spec Azerite power piece.
In the situation there is no add-on to distribute loot you are to do as follows:
Master looter will link item via raid warning.
If you are replacing an item for MS, then link the item you are replacing and your item level to the loot master. If there are two items for that slot (ie. Rings, trinkets, weapons) be sure to link both.
If there are no requests for MS and you want the item for OS, then core members may roll on the item.
Finally, if no one needs it for any type of real functionality the loot will go to the owner for transmog purposes. Only if they do not want it does the raid have the opportunity for transmog.
If Absolutely no one wants it, then it will go to the owner or raid leader for disenchanting/scraping purposes.
Be on time. You will be expected to be logged in at least 15 minutes early to prepare for raid and receive invites.
We will pull trash at raid time. If you are late, then you forfeit your eligibility for loot or participation that night. If you can't make it, post to the discord "SOS Core Raid Absence notification" tab. You can also in game mail, email, text, or otherwise contact in any normal method the raid leader to notify them of your absence. There is no excuse for an unexcused absence. Communication is important and integral to the team effort; if you let me know ahead of time, you will not be penalized. Raid leaders are slave drivers but we're not completely heartless.
We understand emergencies do occur. Please deal with the emergency first, and when you have time inform us via the methods described above. Keep in mind, injury and going to a hospital is an example of a real emergency. Forgetting the raid time or having to study for a test is not an emergency. Please use your common sense. (With smart phones today this should be a relatively easy task to inform us via Discord's phone app.)
Be prepared for the fight. Read up on fights, watch videos, and do everything that is necessary to improve the raid's chances of success. Your success will lead to our success.
Don't waste time. Run back when we wipe. If we call a mass resurrection, then it won't be necessary, but mass res. will not be necessary if you run back. See how that works? You also want to know when you shouldn't run back. In the Legion expansion, priests have a legendary cloak that allows them to res after the fight ends, so you can always count on a mass res and running back actually slows us down.
Know your role and activate necessary buffs. This should really go without saying, but we are never safe from slackers.
As previously said, discord is required and you must have a mic to talk if necessary. You don't have to participate in guild banter but you do have to call out interrupts and other such mechanics.
You are responsible for your own repairs, food, flasks, etc... Do not expect handouts.
Remember that getting the kill is the most important thing. Your DPS and HPS is not. If we find that you are more concerned about numbers rather than the guild's success, then we are not the guild for you. You may have exceptional DPS/HPS, but if you can't work with the team or you're dead, then your DPS/HPS means nothing. There are DPS checks and healing checks and that will be your time to shine but mechanics still take precedence in all situations.
Maintain your composure and keep your attitude in check. Everyone gets upset sometimes and that is completely acceptable. What is not acceptable is taking your frustration out on the raid. That's the raid leader's job. If you have a problem, talk to your officers. No egos allowed.
- Do Not click "Not Ready" ever! If you are not ready, just let the timer run out. It saves us from having to do another ready check if you are able to be ready by the end of the timer.
- Players are required to be available at all times. If you need to be away from your keyboard, the current raid leader needs to be notified. Communication is the key. This includes being alt-Tabbed. Don't waste other people's time. If you're wasting people's time, you will be asked to step out.
Drama is an inevitable part of any group whether it be work, friends, house mates, family, etc. so raid groups are no exception. Having said that, there will be very little tolerance for any drama in the guild. If there is an issue, then please bring it up guild leadership. Everyone has their buttons and some people have different buttons, and in a large group those buttons are likely to get pressed, but be smart and contact your officers. Do not discuss religion, politics, or any other hot button issue. It is very easy to accidentally escalate a reasonable conversation about these topics and there will be very little tolerance for it. We are reasonable people. We will try to help you work it out, but you can either work with us and stay in the guild or not work with us at all and leave the guild.
There is also the circumstance of being a person on the sidelines of drama. We recommend you keep quiet and let the situation play out. If you have any suggestions or opinions please send them via private whisper to your raid and/or guild leader. Do not try to voice in any concerns or suggestions via voice directly as drama can be a very high emotional situation and though you may mean well... it generally never gets interpreted that way. So just be smart and stay out of it as the raid leadership handles the situation.
You are allowed to stream our guild raids. However, you must setup the settings on your stream to remove the ability to clip or record your stream from a viewers perspective (If possible). You are able to record for your own purposes, but your audience should not be able to. This has affected us in the past an will not be tolerated.
Please feel free to watch this video for more info on our streaming guidelines.
This also means if you are raiding with us you have to understand that our raiders are allowed to stream the raid and you forgo any rights to your contributions to their stream or video. If you say something bad you have no legal right to have them remove this from their stream or video content. You can ask nicely though, but guild leadership will not intervene on your behalf. Remember, raiding is a public event and your actions are not necessarily going to remain private in a raid.
Players that want to become members of the core raid must go through a trialing process. The trialing process has a few exceptions, but most players will go through the regular trialing process. If you are a player that has less experience and less gear than the least experienced and least geared core member then you will go through the normal trialing process. If you have equal to or greater experience or gear than our least experienced and least geared core member, then you will go through an evaluation process. Nobody is exempt from going through at least one or both of these processes. In order to maintain a high standard of quality in our raid, the trialing process may be extended at raid leader's discretion. If a core member chooses to switch to a different character, they must go through trials under the same conditions.
Normal Trialing Process:
The normal trialing process will take place over a minimum of a three week period. Trialing will take place during farm content. During progression you may be benched and it is expected you are available to join the raid during this time if called upon.
The trial player must show proficiency in boss mechanics as well as their own class mechanics. Trials must show the ability to take on, at the very least, minor responsibilities. Consistency and attendance are factors of consideration as well. DPS and healing numbers are minor factors and will be reviewed upon admission to the evaluation process.
Trials must be within a reasonable item level difference of the lowest geared member of the core group in order to be promoted to the evaluation process.
Personality will also be considered. Nobody wants to play with a drama queen or an arrogant asshole. Leave your ego at the door.
If a trial fails to meet the standards set by this guideline, they will not be promoted to the evaluation process. They may continue to remain in the trialing process in order to gain raiding experience, gear, or potentially be promoted to core at a later date.
The evaluation process will take place during farm content and possibly progression as well.
If the evaluated trial shows proficiency in their class, raid mechanics, role mechanics, and follows the rules of the raid, then they will be allowed to join the core group as a bench member.
If you fail the evaluation process, then you will be demoted to a trial once again.
All the benefits of a core member, but you are still below core members.
Essentially you are prioritized less then our core members and will more then likely have to sit on the bench of the raid unless there is room. If you are unable to handle sitting on the sidelines of a raid then go find a group in LFR or group finder. Oh, and you will be kicked from raid/guild as well. A bench is a healthy necessity for any raiding guild and even the best guilds in the world have a bench where raiders sit out. So if you can't handle it, then you can't handle raiding... period.
Core Member Spot:
A core member is essentially the highest level of raider. Through experience they have proven they will stick with us and have the ability to raid with the best of us.
Keep in mind though, this does not make you immune to being benched. Sometimes fights hate melee dps, so they will be benched over ranged players. This is one example but there are many other possible reasons for benching under normal circumstances.
Being a core raider does not guarantee you anything. And missing one day without a legitimate notification will result in demotion to bench.
Are we a casual or a mythic progressing guild?:
We would like to say we are both. But we want to be clear here as differing opinions on this status has affected the guild in negative ways. We intend as a guild to progress as far as we can. Some raid tiers we clear almost all of mythic while others we barely finish heroic. This guild has been around since 2012, so there is plenty of history.
This may involve getting into mythic difficulty and with some luck maybe cutting edge some day. But before that our guild is casual and more then anything we are a group of friends who want to raid. These rules are to enforce a standard to keep everyone on the same page and to ensure most people are not strict carries in the group. But there will be people in our group who may not be up to the standards of a mythic/cutting edge raider (And you need to be OK with that). If you want to push cutting edge content I may have to recommend you look elsewhere. But if you want to develop, get better, and ultimately have fun while progressing as far as we can; then this is the place for you.
We can guarantee a ahead of the curve but not cutting edge. Usually we get to the pug brick wall in mythics or a little further. But if everyone is consistent and strives to get better, then who knows what the future will bring.
This is a guideline for raiders and not a complete set of rules. Though you do agree to these terms when joining us on raid content.
Use your good judgment and common sense. If you choose to be an idiot or devise a new age manner in which to be an idiot, then we will not hesitate to remove you from the guild. Don't be an idiot. Learn to communicate with your guild leadership and/or officers. We are cooperative people and are willing to listen to you, but we are not responsible for your actions if you are not responsible enough to communicate with us.