In truth, recruiting healers involved higher standards and scrutiny. This was only because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m way more critical with healing. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult to explain. Maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because I know what I want in a healer.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll start with the longest serving healers and work my way up.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve served with S13 in my last guild. He was there when we worked on Illidan and onto KilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Jaden. Even though heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only played for a little over a year, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s come a long way from the Druid who played all the way up to level 10 without realizing he could equip gear. His signing was a no brainer. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve known him for many years and Resto Druids arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exactly a common commodity on my server.
Syd was a transfer. She was one of the founding mothers of Conquest. If she hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come to me, Conquest might have still been just a dream. Her case is a unique one. She was on a different server. There was no way I could gauge her play without directly observing. A lot of it was based on inference. It certainly helped that she turned out to be a great Druid blogger. Reading her posts showed me that she knew what she was doing even though I had no way of seeing it for myself. Her previous guild managed to kill Illidan prepatch which added extra credibility.
I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know Kaldora that well. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve played with him several times in other raids. One day he decided to leave his previous guild and sign with Conquest for a more focused raiding experience. I knew from the times IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve played with him before that he knew what he was doing. He took advice and critique really well. Quick learners is a big must for my healers.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what it is about Resto Shamans. But theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re always hyped up on something. Epiks actually came to me in trade chat. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know about him before so I had very little to go on. Like Kaldora, he wanted a change of scenery. I had nothing to go by other than his present gear and the reputation of his old guild. I knew how progressed his old guild was and I could tell by some of the 70 gear he still had Epiks was a part of the team that helped his old guild get to where they were before Wrath. That was a testament to his perseverance and his abilities. Even though those were all good marks, I still didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know enough about him as a player. A Naxxramas and Obsidian Sanctum run later, his position was virtually cemented in the ranks.
I took a chance on her and she took a chance on my guild. KrinanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s journey into the guild revolved around Twitter (and she has a post up on that very subject). Her pickup was a great risk moreso for her then myself. She was willing to take a chance on an unproven guild with an unproven GM. In most cases, that would have been a recipe for disaster. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m proud to say sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still in after 4 months. I think what did it for me was her willingness to give this organization a chance and her ability to learn quickly.
Notice that gear didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play a significant factor in the signings of these players. In EpiksÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ case, his 70 epics from BT and the like demonstrated to me that he could hold his own. But not a single one of these players entered the guild and leveled to 80 with more then a handful of blues and greens.
These are players I know and count on to hold down the fort and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done an admirable job of doing it.
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