Officers Quarters

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Officers’ Quarters: Is your raid team prepared? As we zone in to Legion‘s raids later this month, we’ll have a lot of new bosses and mechanics to learn. This week, an officer asks how to make sure the raid team has prepared by researching encounters.

altrius vs kayn
Officers’ Quarters: Deciding who can Demon Hunter Legion‘s systems patch features the first time that a new class became available prior to the release of its expansion. Players who preordered Legion are now able to create their own Demon Hunters and learn the ins and outs of the two specs. If my experience this past week is anything to go by, just about...




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Officers’ Quarters: The repentant quitter and the wandering officer This week we have two questions. One is about a player who rage quit but now wants to return. The second question is from a former officer who can’t find the right guild because they see the glaring flaws in every community they join. I approve of your use of caps here. You make it sound like the worst...

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Officers’ Quarters: Retiring from a Mythic guild This week’s question comes from Twitter: Hi, Brian. You’re not alone in this. It feels like many players are leaning away from Mythic these days. The 20-player requirement has been very difficult to sustain for so many guilds. Some of those guilds haven’t been raiding for months because they plowed through Heroic but lost too many...

Officers’ Quarters: Ranked raider perks In this week’s question, an officer wants suggestions about incentives to offer his highest-ranked raiders. I’ll offer some suggestions for ranked raider perks, but I also want to discuss the idea of separating raiders by rank according to skill.

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Officers’ Quarters: Five lessons in teamwork from Overwatch As Legion‘s beta rolls onward, many of us are crossing the Warlords of Draenor content gap with Blizzard’s amazingly fun and creative team shooter Overwatch. Playing it over the past few weeks, I’ve seen some parallels between success in Overwatch and success in WoW‘s group content. Here are five lessons from Overwatch that can help your...




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Officers’ Quarters: Social raiding guilds Large social guilds often have a fraught history with raiding. Their raiders span a spectrum of experience, each with their own methods of approaching the challenge. This week, a guild leader wonders whether he should step in and change the way his guild’s raids are run.

Officers’ Quarters: Rewriting the guild rules Many times over the past nine years of Officers’ Quarters I’ve recommended a set of written policies for your guild. In this guild’s case, however, the policies are so outdated that they almost drove away a new recruit, who’s now concerned about the situation. What can you do to convince entrenched officers that it might be time to...



Officers’ Quarters: Class lead anxiety This week’s question comes from a bard in EverQuest. That’s right, folks. WoW‘s content drought is so bad we’re now fielding questions about EverQuest. /cry Haha. The bard joined a guild and was promptly promoted to class leader, but she’s finding it difficult to work with the other bards. What should you do when you get a promotion over...

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How WoW’s guilds can survive until Legion’s August 30 launch On Monday, Blizzard revealed that Legion‘s release date will be August 30. While this is three weeks short of the “worst-case scenario” of September 21, it’s still a far cry from ideal for guilds out there who are trying not to die of thirst during WoW‘s latest content drought. Last week I talked about how these gaps in...

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Officers’ Quarters: Reviving realms during the content lull Another WoW expansion, another interminable WoW content lull. We’ve been through this boom and bust content cycle so many times in WoW‘s history that it’s become a cliche. Unfortunately, the reality for guilds and their realms is just as true now as it was when we were all waiting for Cataclysm, or Mists, or Warlords:...

Officers’ Quarters: Finding a guild as a returning player This week’s question comes from Twitter: Trust me on this: Someone out there wants your low-ilevel character. This gap between expansions, just like all the previous ones, has been brutal on raiding guilds. A huge number of people have unsubbed while they wait for Legion. Raiders with good attendance are difficult to find at this point....

Officers’ Quarters: Three questions about creating a guild Creating a WoW guild is no small endeavor. It’s always better to go into it with a solid game plan. This week, a raiding veteran has three questions: when to start a guild, whether to lead raids as a healer, and what kind of raiders to recruit. Wolfchild asked: Hello Scott, I have a few questions which are not...

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Officers’ Quarters: Escaping from chatty recruits Recruiting for a raiding guild, especially one with Mythic aspirations, is one of the toughest jobs out there for WoW officers. This week, an officer is happily taking on that responsibility, but can’t get away from hordes of new recruits who want to chat. How can this officer escape and get some downtime in the...

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Officers’ Quarters: A guild-issued carry permit Getting carried for gear by a progression guild sounds like a dream come true for most players, and most players would happily accept it. But today’s question is from a player who feels guilty about the process. Should this person continue down the carry path — or take a shortcut and transfer a geared character, but...

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Officers’ Quarters: Loot systems for guild-plus-PUGs raids Nothing causes more headaches for officers than loot. It’s the biggest source of drama in raiding. This week, an officer asks about the best loot systems for a raid team that has to rely on PUGs to fill a few extra slots.