Raiding Rules and Regulations

Currently updated for Dragonflight Launch

For more information about what roles we’re looking for, check out the Recruitment page.

Basic Rules:

  • Be on time
  • Don’t stand in fire
  • Use the Discord
  • Be kind

Attendance:

Raid attendants are required to be punctual. If you are going to be late or will be unable to attend, please let us know in the Raiding Attendance Discord channel as soon as you can.

Invites start going out at half an hour before the raid start time. Please show up at the half-hour pre-raid start time. This means that if raid starts at 7pm, you should be ready for invites at 6:30. No “let me finish doing my world quests”, no “I’m on an alt I’ll log onto my main at 6:55”, no delays. You are expected to be in the raid group at the half-hour period. You are considered late after 15 minutes before pull time. This time buffer allows for trash clear time and allows people to get gems, enchants etc from the bank in the process. If everyone logs in at 6:59, we cannot pull the boss at 7. Obviously if you can’t be online early because of work / school / etc, that’s understandable – but if you’re online, you’re expected to be in the raid.

Anyone who is late after raid begins may still join by in-game messaging the active Warlord. We will let you know if a spot opens up for you after the current boss fight is over.

If you are leaving a run early, please whisper a raid lead at least one boss pull before you need to log off so we can find a replacement if necessary.

Qualification:

Please help us to make our guild’s raiding experience enjoyable for all and ensure you meet these requirements before attending any progression scheduled run.

Once a boss has been 1-shot more than three (3) times in a row, it will be considered a Farm Boss and will have more lenient participation rules. Regardless of boss farm status, poor performance resulting in 3 raid wipes may result in you being benched for the remainder of the boss or the raid night.

Please see the “RAID ANNOUNCEMENTS” channel on Discord, or the Raider Homework and Player Performance categories on the website, for relevant information on boss mechanics.

We will be requiring someone to come to Normal raids before coming to Heroics. Even if you have killed the boss on heroic before, you may not know how we do a boss, and we want to evaluate how you do the basics with us before moving onto more difficult bosses.

Furthermore, anyone that is currently planning on raiding is expected to do mythic+ keys and other content outside of raid – this is especially true of main tanks or healers.

Normals:

Normal requires ilvl 360 – 365 and a basic understanding of boss mechanics. You should have food buffs, flasks, sharpening stones or weapon oils, etc.

Heroics:

Heroic nights will require a higher item level (~370 – 375) and a deeper understanding of boss mechanics. You should be using high-level gems and enchants. For end-tier heroic bosses you should be using battle potions.

Mythic:

The Mythic team has ever changing, specific requirements. We will be rotating people in as best we can, but we have a very specific team and trial process. You should have the highest level gems and enchants, be using potions and augment runes on all “kill attempts”, and be held to a higher standard of play due to the difficulty of the content. If you’re interested in mythic you can read the Mythic Expectations Guide and THEN contact a warlord.

Extra Raid Nights:

As the raid team(s) get farther into the tier, there may be opportunities for us to open additional raid nights. These are an opportunity for higher ilvl gear, experience in a mythic/heroic environment, and/or to help get early bosses out of the way for the progression team. previous examples include Sunday or Monday bonus heroic nights for bosses who are close to dying, or the Mythic Tuesday event that was used to create a Mythic lockout for later in the week. These events are generally open beyond the tradtional teams that partake in these difficulties.

Check in with the raid leads for what the specific requirements are, as these will change as we progress through both the raids and the expansion. Extra Raid Nights for raids on Mythic difficulty are still subject to invite-only and specific requirements.

Mythic Alts on the Weekend Team

Anyone on the mythic team who is interested in joining the weekend team on an alt must get in contact with Peepo, Huge, or Sparkles at least a week before the Saturday you’d like to start. You should be prepared to show up weekly, and to generally overperform in your role. You are there as a member of that team, not to gear your alts or gear up a new Mythic character..

Communication:

The Discord channels will be our primary source of notification for all of the following. You are expected to read all the Discord messages and be up to date on the information throughout the week, not just on raid nights (this doesn’t mean every day, but 3 times a week is a good number to start).

  • Raiding Announcements: General updates such as raid cancellations, time changes, current progression boss encounter videos and special events being offered to Vanguards
  • Raiding Discussion: Discussion on any of the mentioned notes in Raiding Announcements. Mythic & Heroic raiders should keep an eye out.
  • Raiding Attendance: If you’re going to be late or absent, please let us know. Remember: 15 minutes before pull is late! This is especially important for Mythic nights, as we need at least 20 mythic raiders ready and in-game.
  • Raiding Logs: Warcraft Logs posts for the night
  • Mythic Progression: Only relevant to the current mythic tier – generally discussion of high-level strategies or progression relevant only to the Mythic group.

Raids and other events will still be posted on the in-game calendar with a brief summary, but please see the aforementioned channels for the most information. We do not pay attention to whether or not someone has signed up on the in-game calendar. Any immediate in game questions may be whispered to one of the Warlords and we will do our best to help you, provided it is not during raid times.

Discord, DBM or Big Wigs, Weakauras, and Method Raid Tools are required for all new raiders.

Please limit voice conversation before and during encounters so the boss strategy may be clearly explained. Important raid features (ie. Battle Rezzes and Bloodlusts) will be directed by the Warlord. If you are not included in any special direction, please allow the designated person to do so. Please pull bloodlust off your bar or move it to a location you will not hit it accidentally.

Heroic Raiders do not have to speak in voice but will be asked to join in on the voice “RAIDING CHANNEL”.  Tanks and healers are strongly encouraged to have microphones and be communicative. Role priority will be given to those who are able to communicate on microphones, to make callouts for healing cooldowns, tank swaps, etc more effective. One ten minute break will be issued approximately halfway through the night

Mythic raiders are required to use a microphone. One five minute break will be issued after approximately each hour.

Vanguard status:

After a guild member has attended a total of five (5) individual Raid events in one month they will be promoted to “Vanguard” in the guild. This feature will grant you access to the Raiding Equipment tabs in the guild bank, a higher guild bank repair bill, and qualify you for special events such as progression boss raffles and celebrations. In order to keep this status, the Vanguard is asked to make at least 66% of raids per month.

Vanguards will also be required to donate some sort of material to the guild. This will be a once per month donation and the options change each time. You can view the available options on the Raid Donations Sheet. These donations go towards the feasts and cauldrons that we provide; monetary donations go towards the guild repairs that everybody enjoys. Vanguards are expected to participate in any guild mythic BoE farming events to help with guild repair costs and the costs of raid materials.

Abuse of the guild bank tabs may result in raid suspension or removal from Ministry of Defense. Vanguards missing two weeks’ worth of runs without any prior notice to a Warlord will have their Vanguard status removed and will need to repeat the original steps to restore it (please let us know of any vacations, leaves of absences, operations, etc. and we will do our best to pardon the situation).

Consumables:

Raid attendees are required to utilize all of the following buffs as directed (many of which we provide):

  • Food
  • Flasks
  • Augment Runes
  • Buff Potions (e.g. Battle potions)
  • Enchantments
  • Gems
  • Weapon Oils/Sharpening Stones

Mythic Raiders attendants can track their gems, enchants, and more on the WoW Audit Sheet. Heroic raiders can track this information on the Guilds of WoW audit. If you are not on the sheet you’re supposed to be, please message one of the Warlords.

Many of these items will be available in the guild bank and distributed on raid nights. Feasts / Soups will be provided only after full wipes; individual character deaths will be expected to utilize personal items. Contributions are always welcome!

Congratulations on making it this far in the rules. In order to attend raids, make sure that you private message a Warlord (via Discord, NOT in-game whisper or in-game mail) a confirmation that you’ve read them. Be sure to include the phrase “disco ball chip dip” alongside your comment so that we know you’ve actually read the rules and aren’t just saying you’ve read them. If you send us a message saying you’ve read them, but haven’t sent us “disco ball chip dip”, you will not be attending. Please don’t discuss the secret phrase with others – it is ridiculous on purpose. Signing up on the in-game calendar isn’t enough to receive an invite! You must confirm the rules one day prior to the raid starting for the week. Confirmations the day of a raid or after the raid has started for the week will count towards the next week.

Furthermore, it is required for raid attendees to purchase a Gateway Control Shard from any of the 40+ vendors that sell it. It’s a reusable item that allows the user to activate the nearest warlock gateway and is extremely useful for handling certain boss mechanics. You can find the vendor in Valdrakken in the Artisan’s Market – her name is Giera <Proprietor>.

Loot Rules and Rolls:

Once a boss has been killed and loot has been received, players must “pass” on all the loot windows that pop up. Players who do not “pass” on the loot rolls (aka ninja looting) may be subject to immediate removal and suspension from raiding.

The raid teams will be using a designated “Master Looter” to handle all loot rolls fairly. This ensures people aren’t /needing on gear that isn’t an upgrade for them.

Loot Roll Priority:
/roll or /roll 100 – Actual ilvl upgrade to the main character’s main spec (i.e. gear that will be used 100% of the time on that character)
/roll 50 – Everything else (including, but not limited to: sidegrades, main character’s off spec, off role & alts, alt off spec, alt off role, trial alts, and tmog)

The Master Looter will start linking the items in a raid warning and will announce what is being put up for roll in voice. They will say what armor class, stats, any special stats, and if there is more than one being put up for roll. If there is more than one of the same item up for roll the winner will get first pick at which variety they get, if applicable (ex: sockets, tertiary stats).

Loot Rolls will be handled before clearing trash. Handling loot can get hectic on its own, even more so when in combat. Doing loot rolls before trash will help make sure that no mistakes are made, that everybody can see what is being put up for roll without distractions, and that it moves quickly so the whole group can be ready to fight the trash when rolls finish.

Tier Sets:

Tier tokens dropped from bosses have their own priority on top of the loot rolls. A character rolling on tier tokens will have priority on them if that next tier token will complete a 2-set or 4-set bonus when rolling for an upgrade. Due to the power gained from completing set bonuses, this priority holds true even if the character is rolling for a Normal ilvl tier token when they are already wearing a Heroic non-tier piece, if it means completing that set bonus. Note that tier tokens will drop as extra loot on top of regular loot for applicable bosses.

Raid drops are not the only source of tier set pieces. Any unlocked box in the Great Vault has a chance of a tier set piece appearing in it, at the ilvl of the unlocked box, including the mythic+ and rated pvp boxes. Furthermore, the Inspiration Catalyst system in the new zone can be used to turn non-tier-set pieces into tier set pieces. As a recommendation for all difficulties, prioritize picking tier set pieces from the Great Vault when possible.

Discretions and Restrictions:

The loot priority will be mentioned in a raid warning or in raid chat several times throughout the night. Failure to roll correctly / honestly will result in your roll being ignored, so don’t get cheeky and /roll 100 if you’re on an alt or if it’s not an item your main spec can use, otherwise you might miss your chance at getting it entirely.

After everyone has the chance to roll, the designated Raid Lead will then distribute the loot. Please reach out to Urostek or a Raid Lead if you feel like something was overlooked.

Note: BoE items belong to whoever receives them, but may also be offered to others for roll at that players discretion.

Finally, utilizing guild raids to gear multiples of the same class will not be allowed. For example, if you run a death knight through guild raids to gear it up for the heroic or mythic team… that’s it. You will not be able to use guild normal or heroic raids to gear up a second death knight. This is to be fair to people leveling multiple alts, which in the end, will aid the heroic or mythic team by allowing greater flexibility of characters to fill in specific roles.

Conduct and Infractions

It is a given that raids require a lot of folks to run smoothly. As such, the Warlords limit the use of toys in raid except during breaks, in order to cut down on unnecessary noise and distractions during combat. Extremely disruptive toys, items and actions, such as Swapblasters, Toy Train Sets and deceptively placed Mage portals (i.e. don’t place portals inside of other clickable objects or to destinations that are extremely out of the way of current content) are prohibited and will result in an instant kick. If a Mage portal is placed, the Mage needs to state the destination of the portal. The use of eating macros/weakauras will also be prohibited during raid in order to make it easier for raiders to converse and ask questions as well as finish loot rolls. It is important to respect everyone’s time when it comes to raiding.

Furthermore, the Warlords expect everyone in raid to follow the rules as mentioned in the general-guild-info channel in the MoD Discord. For the sake of convenience, they are also listed in full below:

  • Ministry of Defense’s Discord voice channels, Discord text channels, and in-game chat are not a venue to spout out racist, homophobic, sexist, or vile epithets. That rule goes for everyone in this guild. If you have infraction(s) of this policy, you can be server-muted to start and penalties go up from there; to being removed from the guild, if necessary. Please be considerate of others within the guild and definitely refrain from even thinking about using such language in any of the voice communication and text channels. Any form of harassment/unwanted sexual advances or topics is also not allowed. As a general rule, there is no yelling in the guild voice channels EVER. If you feel the need to yell at someone, mute yourself, or MOVE yourself into the ‘Yelling at Clouds’ channel.
  • Ministry of Defense’s mission is to attract good people to play World of Warcraft. We prefer to attract members with a good gaming and life attitude. We also all work together as a team in the guild; assholery will not be tolerated. The guild is also not into drama or toxic behavior. We are a positive attitude focused guild.
  • If you attend any guild events high or drunk, you may be removed from them so that you don’t ruin the event for everyone else. Discussion about illicit drug use will not be tolerated in the voice or text channels.
  • Porn is not allowed in any of the discord channels… not even in the 18+ wholesome-zoomer-memes channel.
  • We are an inclusive community here. No racism or sexism.
  • We are a safe environment for those with mental health issues.
  • We are also a LGBTQ friendly community.
  • This guild has about 1000 members that are active. Please be respectful of each other.

Lastly, if you are bringing along a friend or acquaintance from outside the guild for raiding activities, please be aware that you are responsible for their actions during the event and on discord. Please be aware that guild raids will be guild-members only at the start of the tier, up until cross-realm mythic difficulty opens.

Depending on the severity and frequency of an attendee’s infractions, Warlords may decide to temporarily or permanently bench a player from attending raid nights. Certain circumstances at Warlords discretion will be considered.

Thanks, all

Our goal is to progress through current content while still offering a fun experience for everyone attending. Please refrain from any disrespectful comments, either written or spoken to one another, and the obligatory bragging posting of recounted data. This is a learning group and mistakes are expected, but will certainly be worked to be corrected. For any additional questions, feel free to ask a Legati or Warlord.

~Zextol
~Quetzie
~Peepo
~Tiraffe