Recruitment Blues

I don’t tend to like to use blog entries here solely to pimp out my guild. I feel as though I owe my readers more than “NEED APPS!!!” in terms of content.

So I’ll sum up the last couple of months in terms of Apotheosis’ raider numbers for you.

We have lost: a resto druid, a resto shaman, a hunter, two warlocks, a mage. We are on the verge of losing a shadow priest and another person (who hasn’t said it publicly yet). That’s 8 people.

We have gained: a hunter.

That’s not entirely accurate, we have another hunter in his trial, so it’s more like we’ve gained two hunters.

We’ve also gained and lost a resto shaman who stepped down during his trial, same deal with a ret paladin. We had to end a mage’s trial as well.

That’s a net loss of 6 players since Dragon Soul came out. And the kicker is that it’s not because they wanted to raid elsewhere or anything. These people just stopped playing or just stopped raiding. So I hold no ill will towards them.

But it means the roster is tight right now.

And it means that I’m turning to you fine folks.

Apotheosis is an Alliance guild that raids 25-man content. We’re 2/8 HM in Dragon Soul, with a server-first Heroic Hagara kill and server-first Fangs of the Father. We raid 3 days a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, from 9pm ET until 12am (invites at 8:45pm). We can be fun, we can be serious. We tend to have a good time and work through content together.

We are seeking: 2 warlocks, 1 retribution paladin, 1 resto shaman, 1 enhancement shaman and up to 2 unspecified RANGED DPS (including a mage, warlocks beyond what we’re seeking, even another hunter or shadow priest)

Currently working on Heroic Yor’sahj, hoping to get a significant amount of work done this week, if not downing him.

This is the slimmest the roster has been in the 13 months since we started raiding. Back at the start of Cataclysm, we had 39 people who had expressed interest in raiding. This got pared down, but by and large, we sat between 30 and 35 officers/raiders/initiates throughout this whole year.

And now we’re sitting at 28, including the shadow priest and other person who are both leaving in the next couple of weeks.

So this is… not so good.

Crazily, recruitment needs are changing just as fast as I can post them elsewhere. I had just gotten done with updating everything when tonight, my ret pally in his trial says he has to withdraw from his trial. So back out there I need to go and be like “oops, just kidding, still need a ret pally!”.

It’s exhausting and tiring and this is one major reason why I think 25-mans are endangered — the crazy amount of shuffling people and rosters and paperwork is insane. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be too busy organizing 36 people or something than doing the kind of busywork I am right now while trying to manage 28 people, but dang, this is not a size of the roster I am comfortable with.

So please, if you’re any of those classes, or heck, if you’re an amazing player with great gear and experience anyhow, please take a bit of time to check out Apotheosis. I’d really appreciate it. :)