Spartans History: WotLK
Spartans will consider all experienced players that meet our guidelines. We are a guild of working adults and require your commitment to our raids and raiding times. To apply, click on "Join Spartans" at the top of this page.
Spartans was formed on 28 November, 2004, by four friends at Michigan State University -- five days after World of Warcraft went live, making Spartans one of the oldest guilds on Dalaran. The MSU mascot is a Spartan warrior and the inspiration for the guild name. We are a semi-hardcore raiding guild focused on progression, while still understanding that real life is important and comes before raiding. We are an adult guild comprised of many different types of personalities. We have computer analysts and historians, teachers and military personnel, golf course managers and scientists. Our raiders cover a wide range of ages and backgrounds, and we live all over the United States and Canada (and even Australia!). Many of our raiders have significant others and children, as well as non-WoW related hobbies and adventures. We understand that delicate balance held between real life and raiding.
How We Raid
Spartans raids three nights a week:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Monday from 7:45-11 pm EST.
We currently raid both the 25 man and 10 man formats, with 25 man raiding taking up most of our raiding time.
We raid in an organized, controlled manner; we try to minimize randomness or disorder so that everyone can focus on the task at hand.
We raid with a set team, meaning that most of our raiders are scheduled to the same raid days every week.
This helps to keep the raiding team consistent so that we don’t have to keep adjusting strategies, and it enables raiders to know in advance what days they will be raiding.
We aim to provide a relaxing raiding environment; however, we take raiding seriously, and expect our raiders to take it seriously as well.
We don’t yell or berate raiders, but we do point out mistakes and push our raiders to excel.
We raid for fun, but in a controlled manner.
Raids aren’t the time for idle chat, and we keep vent quiet to prevent distractions and promote focus and attention.
What you can expect from us:
We will always treat you with respect
We will always begin raids on time, or, in an extreme situation, we will keep the group informed about what’s happening, what’s holding us back, and when we plan to start
We will end raids on time.
In special circumstances, we may do one attempt after 11, but we will not force you to stay if you need to leave
We will be understanding of real life situations and emergencies.
We understand that family and careers are more important than the raid
We will adhere to our loot rules and distribute loot as fairly as possible, and we will handle disputes in an unbiased way, regardless of rank or tenure
We will provide feasts and cauldrons for most official raids
We will critique performance and gearing choices in a respectful manner
We will keep our forums active with current boss strats and adjustments to those strats based on our guild’s individual needs
We will explain strategies before fights.
We will listen to suggestions made through the appropriate channels and incorporate them into our current strategies if they make sense
We will not censor guild chat.
We are an adult guild and understand adult conversation.
We will, however, stop very offensive or abusive chat
We will always listen to your complaints and will try to understand where you’re coming from.
We may not always agree with you, and we may not give you the answer you want, but we will listen and try to come up with a solution that solves the problem in a way that is in the guild’s best interest
What we will expect from you:
You will treat others with respect and courtesy, both in guild and out.
You wear our tag, and as such you represent our guild as a whole
You will show up on time for raids, and if you are not able to, you will alert an officer in advance
You will alert us in advance if a real life event conflicts with a scheduled raid so that we can find a replacement for you
You will come to raids prepared with buff food, flasks, and potions
You will listen during raids, and you will perform any raiding task asked of you by raid leaders, even if you disagree with the strategy
You will gem and enchant with the highest quality gems and enchants available
You will keep up with changes to your class, and reforge/re-gem appropriately
You will accept criticism calmly
You will read and understand our loot policy.
You will not throw a tantrum about loot.
If you have an issue, you will bring it up calmly and in a timely manner
You will address complaints to the officers maturely and politely, and then give them time to fully understand the problem and find a solution
You will behave appropriately in guild chat and in vent.
We are an adult guild, and as such, expect the guild to act like adults
Current progress and recruitment needs:
Spartans seriously consider all applicants.
For more information, please check out our website, Spartans.guildportal.com, or talk to Bryhn, Kyrisin, or Marthazon in game.
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