If you want to raid with us, please read through the rest of the rules and then make an app here.
To start trial, your character needs to be adequately equipped with entry level gear for current content (within 16 itemlevels of the content the guild is doing at the time).
Applications are considered in terms of:
Effort: how well are the questions answered, to what detail?
Preparation: did you read the rules, make any prior research about the guild?
Raid readiness: what is your prior experience, current gear, can you start raiding asap?
Performance: how well did you perform in the past based on existing logs (if applicable)?
You can join the guild as social (non-raiding) member if you have a friend playing in the guild. If a social member wishes to start raiding with the guild later, they may apply from within the guild and go through a trial as usual.
Raid times are Wednesday, Thursday and Monday, 22:00 - 00:00 realm time (there is usually a break between 23:00 - 23:05) Be in game and ready for an invite to the raid at least 15 minutes before the raid start time, you should be inside the instance 10 minutes before the raid start time.
Raid schedules for coming week are made and posted on the guild forums every Monday after raid and they show which players are picked for each of the next week's raids.
If you are planning to be away for certain days/weeks, please write in the AFK section of the forum at least a week ahead so we can schedule around that accordingly.
If you cannot make a night (or several nights), please post as in advance to let us know. Confirming when you are available on the nights for which you are scheduled is nice and lets us know that you have really read the schedule, however if you do not post any comments on the raid schedule thread, it is assumed that you will be present at that raid.
If you something unexpected happens and you can´t come, please let an officer know in chat or Facebook as soon as possible.
Drop out – if you find that you cannot come to a raid where you are scheduled, please post on site forum, in Facebook group or speaking with your role officer about your absence for raid you are scheduled for latest on raid day itself, at least 6 hours before raid start. Your rank is safe, no consequences.
No show – a no show is when you miss out on raid without notifying anyone. This creates a difficult situation for us, especially on mythic nights, where we might need to call the raid if we do not have a fitting sub for your spot. This will affect your rank, especially if it’s repeated offense.
AFK – you will be considered AFK after you post your AFK dates in designated section of forum for that. Shorter periods of absence (less than 3 weeks) will not affect your rank. In case of longer absences, your rank will be set to Member - upon return you will be promoted to Aspirant and your role officer will consider when to promote you back to raider/core raider.
If you want to sub in for an evening, be in game for the raid start time on that night. You may not be required, but on occasion last minute drop outs happen! The decision whether subs will be taken/who will sub rests solely on the raid leader.
Pugging is OK for raids and difficulties which we are not planning to do according to the schedule for any given week, so please, check what we´ll be doing before getting yourself saved or save pugging for Tuesday when pugging anything is allowed. Being saved on a boss which we are doing in raid reduces the chance for everyone else to get loot at your expense and is likely to result in you being benched for the night. Repeated offences are likely to result in demotion or being removed from schedules altogether.
It is expected that you bring your own buff food, potions and flasks and that you use them. Not doing so will impair the whole raid and might get you benched and/or demoted.
Please include the word "ActaAleaEst" in your application, if you don´t, your application will probably be declined for not having read the rules. Read the rest of the rules too though.
Make sure that your gear is prepared and repaired. Don´t come to raid red and with missing gems and enchants.
Be on TeamSpeak during raids, ideally with a working mic, but at the very least able to listen to instructions given. We are an international guild but we require people to understand English as we use it on TeamSpeak and guild chat
If you have to nip away from your PC before the scheduled break (kids wake up for example), whisper the raid leader when you will be back or risk being removed from the raid.
The tactics followed by the guild are decided solely by the raid leader, who will ensure that a guide for each boss we will be attempting will be posted on the forums in advance. Raiders are expected to know the tactic before starting on a boss, raid leader will only help clarify details before pulls.
During a raid, tactics are not open to discussion unless the raid leader specifically asks for suggestions. If you have a suggestion during a raid or want to ask something, contact your Role Officer. Outside of raid, guild forum is the best place for this type of discussion.
The Guild Leader is the voice of authority in all matters of the guild life: he appoints officers and role officers and presides officer meetings and if there is not a consensus between the officers on a given matter, the Guild Leader decides it. If a person feels mistreated by an officer or a role officer, they may appeal to the Guild Leader to investigate that.
Officers: Gonerill, Velvetgeisha, Lightsaviour
Officers are people who go a long way back with the guild and who help the Guild Leader with the day to day operation of the guild. Most decisions are reached by a consensus of all the officers and the Guild Leader, which includes among others: accepting and rejecting applications to the guild, promotions and demotions of trials, raiders and core raiders, formulating and updating the guild rules.
Raid leaders: Alara,Tompa
Raid leader has the highest authority during raids, overruling even officers in matters of tactics, which people will be invited, order in which we attempt bosses, etc.
Role Officer: Vis(melee DPS and tanks), Agriel(ranged DPS), Everlightly(healers)
Role officers are competent players from each role who evaluate players’ performance, oversee trials and nominate people in the guild for promotions and demotions.
Players who show exceptional dedication to the guild and to raiding, as well as high level of competence with their character can be promoted to core raiders. Core raiders are supposed to come to at least 80% raids for which they are scheduled and have a priority over other ranks when rolling for loot. Those who wish to become a core raider should be reasonably communicative, well accepted by the guild and must have spent at least a whole raid tier in the guild and show an interest in becoming core. Anyone wishing to become a Core raider is invited to ask their Role Officer for feedback on how to best work towards that goal. Pointers on where to start are available in the section Promotions and demotions
Players who pass their trial are promoted to this rank. While on this rank, players are usually scheduled 2 or 3 times per week and with patience and skill can progress to becoming core raiders. Dropouts, no-shows or severe lack of performance may cause a raider to lose his rank and be demoted to a casual raider. A raider can ask their Role Officer any time for feedback regarding their performance.
Casual Raider: this rank has been deprecated
Any non-raiding Member of the guild - friends of raiders or guildies who can´t raid, but want to stay in touch.
A rank for any member currently undergoing a trial to become a raider. To pass their trial, the player will have to raid with the guild for at least 2 weeks before being either be promoted to raider or removed from the guild, in cases when there is not enough data to decide the trial, the trial can be extended. To pass the trial, a person also has to fit into the guild and contribute to a friendly atmosphere within it and may be removed if that isn´t working out. Like everyone else, a person during their trial can ask their role officers for feedback on their trial at any point of time.
Honorary rank for some of most memorable members of Acta non Verba over the years.
Most of people in this rank are inactive.
Role officers suggest promotions and demotions of Trials/Raiders/Core raiders to the officer council, which decides by consensus or vote, based on the facts presented by the role officer. There are both soft and hard criteria that qualify a person for each of the ranks, although ultimately the decision whether to promote or not depends on the council. All players are encouraged to actively ask their role officer for feedback and suggestions for improvement, especially if aiming for promotion.
Performance: For melee and ranged DPS evaluation we use a combination of Warcraft Logs percentile and raw numbers to determine efficiency of a player. Willingness to perform special tasks on encounters is considered an advantage. Avoidable damage taken before wipe is called is considered, as is using class specific abilities without damage components that help the raid (dispels, interrupts, damage reductions etc.) Consumable use (pre-potting, using potions during fight) is considered as well. Executing strategy as required by the raid leader is valued more than raw numbers, “meter whoring” that hurts the raid counts against promotions as well as excessive deaths to avoidable damage and failing on mechanics. As a rule of thumb a core raider is expected to be in the top 30% of performers in the guild and, taking into account raid composition, tactics used or special tasks during the encounter (e.g. if you are asked to do something that will hurt your numbers and you do it well, it´s more important than being the top dps). Lastly, for a person to be considered for core, they must have spent at least one tier of raiding in the guild.
Soft criteria: Common sense, availability and reliability are taken into account when considering a promotion or demotion. Does a person frequently drop out on the last minute? Does the person often roll need on minor upgrades for items that would be a major upgrade for other players? Does the person do their best to remain competitive? (keeping up-to date with class mechanics and class-related fight specifics, working on one´s gear outside raids)
Demotions: To keep the rank system healthy, we will be reviewing people at all ranks at least once per month.
In order to become Core raider you have to tick all of the boxes above. Some more, some less but all just have to be there, none can be skipped. There’s no easy way and no detours. We are not high end raiding guild but some things we like to keep up on top level and our Core raiders are one.
To be Core you have to perform constantly on decent level, you have to be ready to do dirty jobs, to be helpful and friendly, to be long time with us and, to quote one of our top (Core) raiders – “If you gonna carry, carry as hard as you can. Always.”
Q & A
Q: I am topping meters on all fights, 90%+ on WoL all over the board! Why I’m not Core raider?!
A: You are not ticking other boxes, Core is not defined by just plain numbers.
Q: I am always interrupting and soaking, always doing dirty job flawlessly. I should be Core! And I am such a fluffy bun, everyone likes me.
A: Well, apart from that you are missing on numbers all over the board. You are great on special tasks but there’s few more things you need to improve to get up to Core level. It’s still not enough.
Q: I’ve raided in every single raid since I joined, when will I become Core?
A: When you tick other boxes, it’s not only down to attendance so maybe never!
Q: But I am such a nice and friendly guy, everyone in guild loves me, I helped every single person on some quest/problem they had…
A: Awwww, so nice of you, but still that’s just one aspect you are missing on all others.
Q: But I…
A: Go back to forum and read it all over again!
Non tier loot is decided with need/greed rolls based on ranks as follows
Core need>Raider need>Core greed>Trial need>Raider greed>trial greed
Tier is handed out based on the Suicide Kings system. Players are entered into the Suicide Kings list upon passing their trial. If no one from the tier list needs a tier piece, trials can roll for them if they need them, if no one in the raid needs a tier piece, everyone who can use it can roll for it for a chance to get titanforged/socketed upgrade.
Random epic drops from trash are rolled for needs only; gear handed out this way has to be equipped right away. if there aren’t any needs in the raid, they are given to the master looter who will auction them and transfer proceeds to the guild bank.
Offspec loot is decided by officer council and is considered generally as a greed roll.
Raid leader can step in if a player takes too many items over others.
The following actions are considered offences and may lead to penalties if repeated:
Suddenly disappearing and/or disconnecting during a raid, especially without notifying raid leader
Frequently going AFK outside break time, returning from break late
Causing drama in the raid/guild
Intentionally disrupting raid progress
Consistently performing under the expected performance for your class and gear
Hurting the reputation of the guild by acting like a jerk (even outside of guild )
If you get banned for a month or more for cheating (using known exploits, hacks or botting), you will be permanently removed from the guild
If you commit an offence, an officer will contact you to set things on the right track. Repeated offences will likely result, depending on the severity, in one of the following outcomes:
You may be demoted
You may be dismissed from the guild, especially if you have not yet passed your trial
You may be removed from the raiding roster and demoted to rank 'Member'