I got home Friday afternoon and as soon as I walked in the door my wife let me know that one of the tanks on our raid team left the guild 5 hours before raid time to go raid with another guild. *Sudden onset of Tourette’s* Luckily there are a few good tanks in the guild so I’m hoping that next week we will be back on track but that doesn’t change the situation I’m in this week scrambling to piece together a raid using off specs and subs a few hours before we were scheduled to start. It feels like this raid just can’t catch a break most weeks. In the past month we’ve had two people leave, technical issues, personal issues – all of which leads to slow progression and a mounting sense of frustration.
Of course I shouldn’t be surprised, I’m really just disappointed. Five hours before raid time! A raid that he accepted the invite to. Like he couldn’t have said to them “I’m sorry, I have an obligation this week, but I’m all yours starting Tuesday”, but apparently all the people who have invested in him and these nine other people’s time isn’t worth even that when compared with seeing another boss a few weeks earlier. And he didn’t even have the decency to tell me himself, he sent one whisper to my co-lead and gquit. (I just tabbed back into the game and went by the Champion’s Hall to burn off some spare honor and one of his alts was standing there… he saw me and quickly left.) From what I understand he hasn’t responded to any of the whispers various guildies have sent either.
Then I start thinking back to the issues we’ve had with said tank – some highlights including quitting once before when he had personal issues with another member, and just last week dicking around on the trash in front of Maloriak causing it to glitch out and wasting four and a half man hours (9 people x 30 minutes) – so maybe I’m not all that disappointed that he left. I don’t miss the immediate whispers when I log on, and the overall drama level in the guild has gone down. I am disappointed for the guild as a whole, not because we lost a member but because when I think back to the beginning of Cata and all the time I spent dealing with him and defending him when I should have been focusing on the guild and preparing for raiding I can’t help but wonder if we would be further progressed by now.
The over arching issue here is the thoughtlessness – and unfortunately he wasn’t the only person in the guild who can’t seem to think of anyone but himself. This is where I tend to struggle the most. If there is a problem in a raid I can fix it – I analyze the data and make a correction somewhere in the raid. Maybe it would be easier if I could leave open a Douchecount addon and upload life parses to World of Jerks, if I had an accurate measurement of when people took actions that benefited the guild as a whole and conversely when people were selfish and thoughtless, assed out in a random.
In the middle of all this while I was desperately watching guild chat to see if a replacement tank would sign on, a new death knight strolled into the trade district of Stormwind and sat down causing all of the NPC’s to start spamming things like “Get a Rope” and “You disgust me” for half an hour. I couldn’t help but think how appropriate it was – and how douchetastic.