Raid Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
There are certain roles specific to each encounter and the strategy will govern these however there are a couple general roles that you will see throughout the encounters.
Raid Leader: The Raid Leader is the player responsible for ensuring that the raid progresses in an orderly fashion. The raid leaders primary tool for controlling the raid is the Voice server, in our case Mumble/Vent. Additionally, the Raid Leader is responsible for assignment of Raid Assignments as well as making the final determination on which particular strategy will be used for a particular encounter.
The Mechanic: The Mechanic is responsible for explaining the fights. If you have a particular question during the explanation please wait until the fight has been explained. Alternatively, you can type your question in Raid chat so the Mechanic can address them in an organized manner. Or simply type Question into Raid Chat.
Shot Caller / Raid Caller: This role, often performed by the RL or The Mechanic is responsible for the Verbal adjustments communicated through Mumble/Vent while the Raid is in progress. Typical 'Calls' would be 'Freeze __________', Stop Dps, DPS boss, Big Heal (an Aoe heal), Target ________ etc. Various parts of the fight may require different players to perform different calls.
Master Looter: This player is responsible for performing the loot function of the guild. This includes both boss loot as well as 'trash' loot that requires rolls. The Master Looter is the ONLY person who needs to 'peek' in the loot chest, all other players should be AWAY from the chest. During loot process the party should be resetting back to Raid Ready status.
Main Tank: The Main tank is responsible for directing and performing the main aggro management functions during the raid. They may or may not be the Raid Leader but should coordinate closely with the RL in instances where the RL is not the Main tank. Off Tanks supplement the aggro management functions of the Main Tank as proscribed by the RL and the needs of the encounter.
Follow Me Person: The Follow me person is an assigned position that the raid or a portion of the raid moves with during the raid. Generally this person is the most familiar with the movement phases and is traditionally marked for easy identification.
Heal Leader: The heal leader communicates healing assignments and works with the RL to designate the number and types of healers required for an encounter.
Support and Specialty Roles: These assignments are typically based on the needs of the encounter these include but are not limited to:
All raiders are expected to seek out and at least accept supporting roles. Additionally, with consent of the RL support roles can be rotated so others can gain experience and share responsibilities.
- -Cleansers: Mass or Single
- -Creature Controllers: Mezz, Stun, Control, Slow etc
- -Knock Backer
- -Specialty roles such as the 'Fire' tank in GSB
Raid Leaders should not have to compete with chatter in Mumble/Vent, Guild or Raid chat to move a raid along. In order to facilitate this we have some very simple raid commands that should be clear to everyone, and the intent is not to be 'controlling' it is meant to help prevent frustration and wasted time.
Radio Silence: Unless directed to 'call' during a raid you should not speak in Mumble/Vent. At the raid leaders discretion, they can opt to put the Mumble/Vent channel in 'relaxed' or 'social' mode. At that point it is ok to use Mumble/Vent in more of a social manner. This means that you don't chat, joke, call out raid alerts, tell someone they are 'standing in fire' or 'we used to do this boss ____ way in my old guild' etc. This is not trying to be mean, raid is only a few hours a week and to make good progress...we have to keep Raids on lock.
The following roles are will typically be speaking during a raid:
-- Raid Leader/Shot Caller: On-the-fly strat changes as a response to raid situations.
-- Mechanic: Movement/timers. Sometimes the raid leader, sometimes not. In some fights there can be multiple of these -- for example one person calling waves, one person calling breaths.
-- All tanks: Calling add pickups/tank swaps/etc. These happen too quickly to use chat for.
-- All healers: Calling rezzes, and rezzes only.
-There are always exceptions for example, you are trapped, stuck or otherwise can't move with the raid and the raid group is moving on from an area. For example it is fine to call out, "I'm Stuck" or "I'm a tree!", "come Back I'm stuck" etc. there is no particular way to say it, but it can wait until the encounter ends.
Lock it up: The command of Lock it up means everyone stop. Stop talking, stop typing, stop chatting, stop moving, stop attacking and wait for the next set of instructions.
Stack on ____: This is command means everyone occupy the same 'space' as the person indicated, not a 10m circle around the person but directly in their space. You will typically follow that person until the encounter or the Call dictates otherwise.
Follow: This means to follow very closely whatever person is indicate and/or marked. Similar to Stack On!.
(Stack and Move Concept Between Bosses): One person in the raid is identified, but typically not the tank or a forward Melee person be marked or identified as the default 'follow' person. When moving between bosses, clearing trash etc the raid group endeavors to follow the indicated person as closely as possible very similar to 'being in the same' space as they move.
1 Minute: This command means wrap up whatever you are doing, we are going to move forward in the next minute, this means get your buffs up, get your drinks ready, mana up etc. This command can be given in anticipation of a Ready Check, as a 'push along' in between bosses or even wipes to give a warning order.
5 Minute break: Exaclty what it says. During a break you can ask questions about the what is happening, the next boss, strats or other related stuff but be ready when to wrap it up when you hear "1 Minute".
Ready Up: (Actions Upon Wipe) If we wipe the objective is to quickly as possible get back in to raid ready shape. This means, take your res, restore your buffs, heal/mana up and Type R or Ready in the Raid Chat window. A push along woudl be 'ready up' which means to get ready and post your R. The Ready Check is the 'final wrap up' for this, it would typically time out and be in the way of the screen etc, this puts the emphasis on the Raider to get ready.
Clear Trash: (Actions on Loot The guild may from time to time change the loot process based on the particular Raid. The particular method of looting is addressed outside of the scope of this document. However, upon downing a boss, the objective is to clear any remaining threats, Ready Up and be ready to move forward with the Tank or Off Tank to clear additional trash while rolls are being made.
DPS/Stop Dps: If there are instances where the raid needs to star or stop attacking you will hear DPS the booss, or DPS the Force etc. Stop DPS means to altogether stop hitting your buttons or whatever strat is conveyed or called for the encounter.
Freeze/Stop/Hard Stop: This means hit the Escape button 3 times and don't do anything. Listen for the next command and you can scan your buffs/debuffs to try to identify what is affecting you.
Relax/Social: This means it is not a break but the particular guild event that you are on doesn't need 'Radio Silence'. Of course this means still be a Pro-Raider but you can contribute tips, more loosely discuss strats or joke around. However, it is still Game Face on the actual bosses.
Help: By typing help in the raid channel this indicates the raider needs assistance either with the Strat or has some other issue that needs to be addressed by raid leadership. Typically this would be used if the raider is 'ready' to go but needs more info about what is about to happen.
Suggestion: This is a Raid chat command that indicates that the raider has an idea or some input to the situation. This keys the Raid Leadership into saying 'Go ahead' or something similar to hear out the info over the mumble/vent so people don't have to type out a long thing. Additionally, if the suggestion is more subtle or if it doesn't need to be verbalized you can simple post it in Raid chat.
Stop: This means there is some major problem that the Raid needs to address, such as missing person a D/C. This can be in Raid, or Yell chat based on how serious of a deal is going on.
Bio/Afk/One Second/BRB etc: Though we try to get all of that stuff knocked out and done before a raid and at breaks if you must leave please type in YELL CHAT Brb or similar, and about how long you will be gone. Example: Brb, Kids, phone, whatever 3 minutes