All this talk of patch 3.3 has made me think a lot about how these changes will be moot in a few months (6’ish?) with the release of Cataclysm. More specifically how it will effect Relentless as a guild and its effects on Leftovers. I should probably explain what Leftovers is for those who don’t know.
Their mission statement…
Our goal is to provide a raiding organization that provides a diverse group of people throughout the community a chance to experience high-end content, as well as one that rises to the highest levels of experience and skill. Our focus is on both fun and effective raids, for all members of the Silver Hand community.
I like to over complicate things so I’m gonna try to explain how Leftovers works without causing you to lose your biscuits.
Leftovers & the Charter…
First of all Leftovers has no guild affiliation. You are not required to be in any guild to raid with Leftovers (hence the name) and we’ll talk more about this later. Leftovers raiding groups are called Charters. Each Charter has its own name (in our case its Relentless) and its own set of leads (Relentless’ lead is me, some have a lot of leads, some don’t). The leads from each charter schedule their own raids and are responsible for slotting it. Leads only have power over their own charter and can’t slot or schedule raids for the others.
He or she can signup for any number of raids for any number of charters and thanks to coding behind the scenes the Leftovers site it will tell other charters that Player_A is slotted with Relentless for ICC25 on Friday. That way the raider doesn’t have to worry about getting slotted for multiple raids of the same type (causing extreme frustration and raging anger).
The loot system is one of the best things about Leftovers. Points are split into two categories, 10man and 25man raids. You earn points for being at the raid at the beginning, at the end, and for every hour spent on the raid. The awesome part… is that your points carry over from charter to charter.
Raid with Aetherstorm on Wednesday for ICC25 and earn say 10 pts. On Saturday you can raid with Relentless for ToC25 and your 10 pts from Tuesday carry over to our raid. This allows a person a GREAT amount of flexibility in their schedule if they are unable to commit to certain times every week. How points actually spent can be read about here in the LO FAQ.
Just to give you some idea of the scope of Leftovers, the pic to the right is the number of raids posted for JUST Monday the 21st of December.
This Week: 108 raids with 1830 characters and 1675 loot drops.
Sunday, December 20: 19 raids with 275 characters and 316 loot drops.
I hope that explains how Leftovers works (feel free to comment with any questions).
Now that you understand how Leftovers works I can talk about the Cataclysmic Effects!
I mentioned above that you aren’t required to be in any guild to run with Leftovers (or more specifically any charter). Some of the charters are guild based though and you have a better chance of getting slotted if you are from the guild that is leading that charter. The Aetherstorm charter for example is very guild based and when Relentless first formed as a charter (almost 2 yrs ago) I weighted the guild tag heavily when I did slotting.
Most of the charters however are gatherings of a large number of different guilds. Which is fine and awesome and the main point of Leftovers, raiding without requiring you to leave your guild. Two of our very prominent raiders Adnar and Shiningstar have been raiding with us since August of 08, but the guild they are in is very family friendly which is big for them since they share their accounts with their kids (which is legal). Relentless is family friendly (if your kids are 21+) which makes it NOT ideal for them in any sense.
Cataclysm wiggles its way into our hearts and presents us with the neat guild leveling system. There are a few different ways for a guild to gain XP but my guess is that boss kills will be the most heavily weighted. This undermines the basic concept of Leftovers, which Blizzard sees as a glorified PUG.
I don’t think Leftovers will be destroyed or even really hurt. I do think it will see a big shift in slotting decisions and guild tags. It is likely the bonuses (decreases repair cost alone) would be enough to cause people to shift to the main guild of the charter. I think charter leads will take a bigger look at taking someone who is a bit sub par over someone with some skill (but no guild tag).
This addition will effect Leftovers for certain (in good ways I’d like to hope) but what about all the little guilds across countless servers that have similar ways of working. Will this be an end to smaller guilds? Most of those people migrating to larger casual or raid guilds?
What do you think?