I wanted to clear the air on a few things by means of a Festivus tradition.
After some discussions with a few people, I've heard complaints of the guild being too cliquey. I myself have not seen this as my prime time playing is nearly non existent, and we get things going with whoever is around on the graveyard shift.
This is NOT something that is healthy for us. The remedy to it is to make an effort to play with everyone. Make yourself available to people and don't hide in group chat. Use members 2,3, and 4 if you're running something and need more quiet.
Separate KiK chats don't help make things non-cliquey. We do have an officer chat and a baron chat, but we do not organize private runs in there. Officer chat is mainly used for handling problems and making decisions on things like what trial to run. Baron chat is used somewhat for the same, and to coordinate events. Not much has been going on with the stability issues we've faced, so these chats have been mostly dead. We DON'T organize private groups out of them, or trash on other people in them.
Our players mainly fall into 1 of 2 categories here. We have a group of people who play a lot and are a bit more competitive; and a group of people who are more casual in their game play. Absolutely nothing is wrong with either mind frame of game play. There should not be friction between these groups. Both player types have to have this understanding when interacting with each other. The competitive ones need to not belittle ones that aren't on as much, or fully optimized in their gear/skills; and if you fall into that 2nd category, don't take offense if someone offers a pointer or mentions something. You're not required to re-gear or change you skills.
Teamwork and improvement is a 2 way street
With that said, facts are facts for trials and competitive group PvP. We work best when operating as a team, and especially for trials, certain gear/builds are needed. If suggestions to gear or skills are made, you're not being called a trash player. We're trying to improve our team play. Those making the suggestions need to keep this in mind as well.
In PvP it's a fine line to balance because that's generally considered the area where people can play how they're comfortable. There are a few things for everyone to take note of in PvP:
-Whether its Friday night guild pvp, skyshard hunting, dolmens, quests, or whatever; please let crown be crown. You can make suggestions to them, but they're leading the group. Let them do their thing.
-Keep a thick skin. It's habit to call out orders in the middle of battle, and it can be frustrating for crown when people don't listen. If you hear an irritated command, it's not necessarily that person being a jerk. It's just the nature of PvP. Shake it off and move on to the next battle, try to avoid whatever it is that got you killed. If you're a healer/dps build like my
Going Forward and the DPS Test Issue
So from here on, let's work towards better interaction between everyone. Whichever category of gamer you fall into, be considerate and open to things from the other style of gamer. If you take issue with something someone says or does, talk to them about it (in private if needed). Clear the air. Stewing on things and staying pissed at people makes a toxic environment, and in a lot of cases the people who are here to help fix it don't know about it.
Regarding the DPS test, it is NOT a requirement and shouldn't be something you guys are dreading doing. No one is gonna say "LOL you're trash" if you don't pass it. It's an awesome way of seeing how your rotations perform and can help you with any aspect of the game. When you have time, and there are people on available to do it; give it a shot. You're not guild kicked or blacklisted from events if you don't make the time windows. It's there to help you see how your skill rotations do.
You guys are all e-family to me, and what we have here is a good thing. There may be friction from time to time, but let's squash it and keep smashing heads. If you have any questions or concerns, I wanna hear em,