What is the polite way to say “Are you smoking crack?* No, your I-just-dinged-70 -and-got-my-kara-key toon should not expect to automatically be on the Kara team”?
*sigh* West Kingdom is about to run into a wall. I’ve seen the wall for a while but it was small and far off on the horizon. Suddenly it’s in my face and I can’t see anything else.
For a while WK has had 14-16 players with kara keyed toons. When we goto kara we’ve had our choice as to who should go. Some of the players had transferred their toons from other servers/guild and were actually already geared past Kara. Those people have graciously offered to sit it out unless we needed them to complete the run. (they tend to be included in the Gruul’s runs)
This means that our best-geared players are -always- sitting out and never get to participate with the guild. That sucks for them.
In the last week or so we’ve had ~4 toons ding 70 and get their Kara key. Suddenly we have the real makings of two Kara teams.. and suddenly we have a bunch of sour grapes. At least one player has expressed his dissatisfaction with being relegated to the “B” team.
West Kingdom should have one Kara zerg team that is almost geared out of kara but is still running it for the 1-2 things each person needs off of varying bosses. This group would run Kara once a week with the goal of fast progression. Trash pulls should be as close to continuous as possible. No more than 1 undergeared other toon should be included in this run. This raid will start early (thinking 7PM PST on a weeknight) or run on a weekend.
West Kingdom should have another group that is just starting to gear up for Kara. This should run at least 2 times a week. The pulls and boss kills will be slower both because of the DPS and because of the additional fight strategy that needs to be communicated. The goal for this group is to acquire Kara loot, cement their familiarity with their raid roles and learn to work well as a team. This team may be lower geared and may therefore have lower DPS. This may mean taking a few weeks working on the first 3-4 bosses before they can progress further in Kara.
Those people who have been running Kara for a while usually need items off of the later bosses. When we swap too many undergeared toons into the Kara run we run into circumstances where we just can’t get the upper bosses down.. or we end up spending a lot of time swapping toons around to get better geared toons into the raid.
I dislike calling this the A-team and the B-team. But I guess it works out that way.
Is it fair to almost-geared-out-of-kara toons to suddenly be failing on bosses in Kara that they’ve had on farm because the raid experience/dps is dropped by the addition of new toons? The current A-team members had to fight their way through Kara. They took 3 months to get -to- Curator.. let alone getting past him. In that they learned alot.
How much sour grapes will it cause for the new-to-70s group to be able to look at the zerg group and see them breezing through the content?
*Channeling Gnomewise from Casually Hardcore