Here are the differences between our two raiding ranks, "Senior Raider" and "Raider". Keep in mind that this page is open to change at any time and all raiders, regardless of rank, should check it out every once in awhile in case something changes.
The Senior Raider is the one who takes raiding seriously; they show up to raid each night, come prepared with knowledge of the encounters the team plans to face, has enough consumables to last the raid night, and is ready to kill them some dragons (or old gods, giants, turtles, demons, whatever decides to stand in their way the loot). These players are expected to work together as a team, play at an above-average level, and put forth their best effort each and every pull. In specifics, here are the requirements expected from a Senior Raider:
We raid two nights a week, required*. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM EST (realm time). The attendance requirement expected is to not miss more than 3 raid nights in a 3 month period. In percentages, this comes out to 87.5% raid attendance. Of course, 100% would be ideal but we understand life does happen. We make exception for real life emergencies and excuse them as such. Attendance is recorded on a per-night basis.
If you have to miss a raid night or leave early, you are required to post in the MIA forums of our website or the MIA section of Discord. If you do not post in either of these sections, it will be counted as a "no call / no show". Both our website and Discord are smart phone / tablet accessible. There is no excuse for a Senior Raider to not hold themselves accountable and let the team know they will not be at raid.
If a Senior Raider drops below the expected attendance requirement they will be automatically demoted to "Raider". In order to be considered for promotion back to "Senior Raider", they must have 100% attendance to raid for four (4) consecuative raid lockouts (1 month). If a Senior Raider rank is available and the player has met the 100% requirement, they will be promoted back to Senior Raider with their attendance percentage being reset.
* In very rare circumstances, we may ask Raiders (regardless of rank) if they are able to raid an extra night outside of our schedule. Senior Raiders are expected to make any appropriate accomodations, within acceptable reason, to be there. If such a circumstance does come up and a Senior Raider is not able to make it, the absense will be counted toward their percentage. These requests are extremely rare, however, and should not be expected to happen on any type of regular basis.
We run combat logs and upload them to Warcraft Logs. Raiders are expected to perform at an above-average level in their respective class and spec. This does not merely limit itself to parsing in damage done / DPS, healing done / HPS, etc. It also accounts for executed mechanics, weighted damage, damage taken, and defnsives used. It does not matter if you parse 99% in your bracket but also took more damage than the tanks. Senior Raiders are aware players that know their class and can execute mechanics properly. (Exceptions can be made for reports in which the majority of the community is "cheesing" an encounter to boost numbers or achieve speed kills. These will be evaluated on a separate basis).
If a player is struggling in any aspect we will pull them aside to discuss the issue(s). The player will be given the next week's lockout to improve their performance. If their performance does not improve, further assistance will be given and one (1) additional lockout will be permitted to improve. Should the player still not improve at this point, they will be demoted to "Raider". In order to be considered for promotion back to "Senior Raider", they must demonstrate improved awareness and performance in three (3) separate lockouts. If a Senior Rank is available and the player meets the performance level expected, they will be promoted back to Senior Raider.
A Senior Raider is held accountable for their actions and mistakes. A player may be called out for positioning, mechanical awareness, or base-line performance issues. If a mistake is made, the Senior Raider is expected to own up to it; explain the mistake so everyone can learn from it, and move on doing their best not to repeat the mistake again.
The "Raider" is a player who wishes to take on raiding in a dedicated team atmosphere but may not necessarily have the desire to do so at such a serious level of a Senior Raider or may not have the capabilities (due to real life circumstances) to meet all the expectations of a Senior Raider. This rank is also held for those that may be new to the game or need to catch up in gear and tier experience. This position is much more lenient in expectations than a Senior Raider but is perfect for those that still want to raid when they're able to, outside of pugging.
To put it shortly, there is no requirement for those ranked as "Raider". As this rank is held for those that may have real life commitments / other reasons for not being able to maintain the attendance requirement of a Senior Raider, there is no expectation for this rank. If a "Raider" is online and available to raid, the Raid Leader will determine if there is a position available for them. As such, if a player needs to miss a raid there is no requirement to post in either MIA section (websiter or Discord). It will be presumed that if you are not online you are not able to raid.
A "Raider" will be expected to maintain a minimum amount of performance for their class and spec. While their performacne will be uploaded to Warcraft Logs right along with everyone else, their performance will be more directly reviewed in game with a parsing addon (Details!, Skada, Recount, etc). If a player's performance is too low to sustain their presence in the group, they will be removed from the raid.
While this rank does not have an increased expectation in performance, it is also a rank for those that wish to get better. Upon request, a "Raider" may ask to be brought into raid and have their performance evaluted more closely via logs for improvement suggestions or for evaluation on a "Senior Raider" level.
In addition to the above expectations between each rank, there are other notable differences between the two:
A raid spot is not guaranteed for those ranked "Raider". If we are on farm content and the raid is flexible then we'll be more than happy to accomodate as many people as we can. If it is progression content, however, a "Raider" may be denied a spot simply for the fact that we need top-tier players to push our current progression boss(es).
In a Master Loot enviornment, loot is prioritized toward Senior Raiders. If a piece is not needed by a Senior Raider it will then be opend to Raiders.
All new members in the guild wishing to raid will start as a "Raider" regardless of gear or experience. They must meet the expectations of a "Senior Raider" before being promoted.