Dear Fellow Raiders,
It’s the end of the expansion. None of us have failed to realize that, I promise. Some are farming for Mists and leveling alts, others are taking a bit of a breather or playing different games–I get that. I’ve been victim to it too, lately. Besides, everyone needs a break now and then, and if you’ve been pouring time into Cataclysm non-stop since it came out, you’re probably due one.
However, can I make one simple request? Please tell your guild before you stop showing up to raids. Really, it’s a courtesy. The 9 or 24 other people who are showing up are counting on you to be there to fill the raid and kill bosses. They have things going on in their lives, too; sometimes rearranging schedules a little to fit everything in they want to do–including the raid.
No one’s asking you to be there for every raid (okay, some guilds probably do, but I’m guessing those guilds have already downed Heroic Deathwing and are doing raid testing in beta, and likely have hefty rules in place to deal with this anyway). What we do ask is for you to tell us when you’re not going to come.
You can explain if you want to. You can tell us the truth. I don’t care if you tell us that our GM smells like gym socks (sorry, Boom, it could happen). I don’t care if you tell us you’re sick of wiping or that you need a break from raiding. I don’t really care if you lie, either. If you don’t want to admit that you’re having a hemorrhoid problem, well; I don’t blame you. Tell us your computer melted down into a puddle of parts or that you broke your mouse hand in 28 and a half places.
Or just don’t give us an explanation. Just tell us you can’t make it and leave it at that. It allows the group to make plans without having to wait around for 30 minutes to see if you happen to show up.
Post on the forums. Whisper an officer. Send an in-game mail. Send a text. Post on Facebook. Write it on a wall in purple crayon, take a picture, and email it. Just tell us, please.
P.S. Dear CCT: We are right on the edge of having cleared all heroic content in an instance before something new comes out. I know wiping on Spine sucks. I know there are newer, shinier games out there. But we are so close. Hang in just a little longer. Won’t it be nice when Heroic Deathwing dies? <3