I’m in a quandry about what to do about raiding come Mists.
On the one hand, I haven’t been sure that I even want to raid in Mists. On the other hand, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to raid in Cataclysm at first, either. Once I got started, though, I enjoyed it — especially after we joined ES.
The crux of the problem is that I’ve never been very enthusiastic about heroic mode raiding. I enjoy the challenge, teamwork, and sociality of normal mode raiding, and I’m willing to do the necessary preparation work for it. The extra preparation and focus needed for heroic mode raiding, however, skew the work:fun ratio of raiding too much over to the side of “work” for me.
So when the end of Dragon Soul was in sight, I notified ES that I planned to take a break from raiding after we’d completed the raid on normal. My decision contributed to ES having to downsize from 25s to 10s, and because I had clearly stated my disinterest in doing heroic modes, I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t make the cut for the 10s team. BTH wasn’t picked for the 10s team, either, and he promptly found himself another guild (that was still doing 25s) on another server. I had followed BTH in every guild change he’d made in the past, but I didn’t follow him this time. It didn’t make sense to leave a guild that I was socially happy in if I wasn’t going to be raiding anyway.
I enjoyed my break from raiding very much. I didn’t even set foot in LFR for months. It occurred to me recently, though, that if I wanted to get a Timepiece of the Bronze Flight to go with my Vagaries of Time, I’d better start doing some LFR. And doing LFR has made me miss raiding normal modes with ES very much.
So now I’m thinking that I probably will end up wanting to raid in Mists… but who will I raid with?
I’m moving my Tauren alt guild off Lightninghoof regardless — I hate being ganked and I’m tired of jumping at shadows whenever I’m out in the world — and I’m planning to move it to BTH’s current (PvE) server so that I can level Kamalia from 85 to 90 with him. But BTH isn’t completely happy with his current guild and might go looking for another one at the start of the new expansion. And I’m not sure I want to join his current guild, either — among other things, they want folks to be in Vent whenever they’re logged into the game, not just when a raid is in progress. And would they even take a player who only wants to raid normal modes?
I’m leveling mini-Kam to leave behind in ES when I move the rest of my characters, so that I can keep open the option/possibility of raiding with them again in Mists. But would it be fair to ES (or any other guild) to ask for a raid spot for the beginning of each tier, when I know that I won’t want to continue into the heroic modes?