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1. Don't be a dick
2. You are an adult (or should be over 18 if you are in guild, if not then you lied when you applied!), so behave as such.
3. You are a representative of the guild, your actions directly infulence the opinion of what other people think of us. If you are a dick to someone outside of guild then you make us all look like dicks. If we (officers) recieve feedback from anyone regarding their behaviour when grouping with others then your position in the guild could be at risk depending on the severity of the actions.
4. You are expected to be able to resolve issues between you and other members yourself. As much as we would like to think everyone would get one with everyone else in the guild there may be times where you may not agree with someone elses opinions. You are entitled to your opinion as much as they are, if you are unable to accept this then it is down to you to find a way to deal with this. Officers are not here to take sides or hold your hand should you not like someone. However, we do NOT accept you getting into a 'public' fight with this person and involving other people of the guild.
5. Those two rules above are quite serious ain't they - read them again.
6. Being in the guild means that we are here for each other, many of us have been playing this game for bloomin years now. There are times when new people come to the game or find out about us from the groups they are in with you. Remember we were all new to this once so be welcoming - you never know, you may learn something new too!
7. Language - just because we are all over 18 in the guild doesn't mean we can or should be swearing, keep it to a minimum :)
8. We are not a guild for your alts, if you wish to be in the guild then you are normally expected to keep your main character you play in.
9. We have a guild bank, you are free to use items within the first two tabs (Free for all). Perhaps you are a enchanter or make items in game, feel free to deposit any items within here if you want. Other guild members will appreciate it if it helps them. Please feel free to donate items to tabs 3 & 4 (Trade skill mats), These can help people skill up thier professions or materials can be utilised for creation of feasts (for example) for raiding.
10. Tying into the guild bank above - Items in here are for use by guild members - they are not to be taken out and sold on the Auction House. Anyone found doing this is likely to be removed from the guild.
11. Enjoy yourself, we are all here for each other.

If you have any questions regarding these rules then please feel free to ask and we will (once we have had time to discuss) will get back to you  :)


Ranks:

Alt - Do you have more than one character you play? You are welcome to have as many chracters within the guild as you wish, the only thing we ask is that they are logged in and played occasionally. We will generally try and have a cleanout of unplayed alts every few months. If we remove one of your alts it's nothing against you, feel free to ask for a reinvite. Guild bank access for this rank is restrictive, use your Main character should you wish to get a item(s) out.
Social - 'Standard' rank for guild members who are not particulary interested in raiding but are here for good times with like minded people. You wil have access to guild bank with this rank and higher.
Trial - Just joined us and want to raid, this is the rank you'll get. If you are unsuscessful in your raiding application then you do of course have the option to stay with us but you will be set to the 'Social' rank instead.
Raider - If you want to raid within the guild then this is the base raider rank you want to be aiming for
Officer Alt - Pretty self explanitory
Officer - As above
Guild Master - Rarely seen elusive member of the guild - better to contact a Officer ranked member instead!


Mains & Alts:

Your alts are more than welcome in Dotu as long as there active and not just sitting there gathering dust.
Members of the Social rank or below may change their main character, but with permission from the officer staff.

Switching main character for members with the Raider rank can prove more troublesome, as it may have an impact on raid gear / progress and has only been allowed in a handful of case's.
If you think switching your ALT to your main character is a good idea because you've geared your main up, then think again, this has a very negative impact on the raiding group as instead of gearing 25 or so raiders, that number increase's at no gain to the overall raid group.

If we are short on particular roles, then selected ALTs may be required to attend raids in place of your main. This does not mean that a player has 2 active main characters, but is simply filling in the gaps in the raid setup to allow progress on a specific encounter, generally these alts will be well geared, not far off thier main characters in an ideal situation.


Questions?

IF you have any feedback or questions on this page then please get in touch with a officer and we will be more than happy to listen and adapt if necessary.
Hiya, Welcome the 'Raiding Rules' page!

Ok, this page may look quite daunting in it's length but like all good reads there is plenty of information contained within that we are SURE you are going to love. Have a read through, take it all in, have a think about it and if you have any questions then feel free to fire it over to one of the officer team and we can get back to you on it.

DotU raids can be signed up by using our custom made raid planner over at www.doturaidplanner.com, link at top of page or on the side menu on mobile (Thank you Dirky!).

Once done you should also be able to see your signup status on the Raidplanner 'block' on the side (or bottom on mobile) of the page. Register your account and add your characters on there.



Currently (as of January 2021) we offer:

Please try and sign or unsign for these raids at least 3 hours before start time so we have time to sort appropriate lineups. Generally invites to raids will start 15min before start times, please see below for specific information on each raid type

'Main' Raids - Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday - 20.30 - 23.00 Server Time - Total raid time - 2.5hours/raid
These raids are (weirdly) the Main raids that we do as a guild, aiming to push progress and clear the harder content within the game (eg. We might clear a 'Normal' mode raid once, clear 'Heroic' 4 or 5 times and then we would aim to be working on 'Mythic' difficulty versions of the encounters. As with most guilds, 'Raider' rank will entail the following:
  • If you are unable to attend a raid and are 'Raider' rank PLEASE unsign yourself on the planner, doing so allows us to plan the raids a little easier and also means we do not have to bother you to ask if you are coming or not! Unsigning is perhaps more important than signing.
  • Raiding on main raids generally will require you to sign up for all 3 raids a week so that we are able to plan progress with a regular team accordingly. If you need a night off or prefer bench then you are free to add a note to your sign up and we will try to accomodate this when planning the lineups. There could be consequences to only attending 2 raids/week however. Examples are completely missing boss kills and a good amount of loot setting you even further behind when it comes to harder dps checks, especially if one misses the farm raids where the gear is acquired.
  • Loots - main raid equipment/gear/trinkets/weapons etc - this is handled via loot council. If a item drops from a boss kill for you then please keep in mind that it may be assigned to another player so do not equip the item immediately. Items are ran through a 'Loot Council' to determine who would benefit the raid group getting the item. We feed the raid to upgrade the raid as a whole, not just the individual player. This has always been key to getting our players geared. See the RCLootCouncil link in 'Addons' below. When sorting the loot we are looking at: ilvl, stats, rank, attendance, roll.. and trying to keep it as "1loot/run".
    Oh, and to add - BoE items that drop from trash etc - these will be treated the same way as boss loot is, if it drops, if does not mean it belongs to you. These will either be awared by loot council and the winner will have to equip the item, or they will go to the guild bank for auctioning for guild funds.
  • Finally, if you are coming to the main raids we do not expect you to PUG content outside of the guild or kill bosses we are going to be going for in the tier of content we are doing. 'PUG'ing content when you are 'Raider' rank without contacting officers prior to doing so may lead to your rank being demoted.

'Semi-Serious Social Raid' aka SSSR - Wednesday and Sunday - 20.30 - 23.00 Server Time - Total raid time - 2.5hours/raid
Want to see the expansion/tiers raiding content, want to progress your character a little without the time commitments (see above) of the 'Main' raids? Then these raids could be for you. Ideally these raids will clear 'Normal' difficulty fairly quickly and then look to work through the 'Heroic' version of the encounters.

'Saturday Social' - Saturdays - 20.30 - What time do you fall over drunk or reach the point of zero hand to eye cordination? - Total raid time - Burp/raid
You like Raiding? Yes? You like Beer/Alcohol/Booze? Yes? Welcome. Sometimes raiding can be a serious thing. Sometimes being serious all the time isn't fun. Sometimes you just want to kick back and chill with a nice alcholic beverage. Sometimes you might want to raid too. Now you can.




Tactics

Depending on the raiding level you are doing from above will require different knowledge of encounters. Generally the first raids of a new tier will be a more relaxed affair where we go in 'blindfold' and just smash our faces against bosses and see who breaks first. After these initial runs however, especially for 'Raider' ranked players then you would ideally have half a decent idea of what will happen in the encounters, initially just using the adventure guide in game to get a idea of changes from 'Normal' to 'Heroic' may be enough. We would always recommend complicated encounters are revised though to save time on raid night explaining how the fights work and so that if you have any questions we are able to answer them early on.
Mythic raiding will require knowledge of the particular changes to the encounters as some of these fights are very unforgiving and one player dying can easily cascade into a wipe. Do yourself a favour and help the rest of the raid team, don't be that person who runs out with a dot when you should have stayed in so we could have group soaked.




Addons, WA's and Mods

3 main addons, all available via your favourite addon manager or by going directly to curseforge, these are REQUIRED for taking part in the 'Main' raids.
  • Bigwigs or Deadly Boss Mods - This addon displays timers on screen for when certain things happen in encounters - in valuable
  • Exorus Raid Tools - Allows raid leaders to check various things out prior to starting the encounters
  • RCLootCouncil - Addon we use for distributing equipment and loots gained from killing the bosses. See above for more information on loot distribution
  • Weakauras - Optional BUT Can be VERY handy to have installed, as well as being a fantastic addon in its own right it also allows us to share important fight things with the raid group (such as 'Left & Right')




Voice Comms

You have probably realised or know by now but we use Discord for all voice chat during raids, groups or just general banter. It is compulsory however for main raiders to have a working microphone and be willing to use it if they need to say anything during encounters (and also to know when to shut up if we are explaining tactics or going through data). We will always aim to give everyone a chance to ask questions before a pull on an encounter, no question is a stupid question so if you are unsure on if you should move away or soak before starting.. ASK (note. this is not a challenge to ask stupid questions at raid time.)




Consumables, Enchants and Being 'Raid Ready'

Food, Flasks, Weapon buffs (yes, weapon buffs are back in Shadowlands if you didnt realise!) and Enchants.
For the Main raids we will aim to provide Feasts to cover the food buff and a Cauldron to cover flask requirements for the raid. To enable us to provide a couple of cauldrons for the raid we request that you deposit 1 x Flask into the Raider tab on the guild bank, for example 20 people doing this will allow us to provide 2 cauldrons to the raid to cover the majority, if not all of raid time (alchemists get twice as long flask time so will not need the extra third flask non-alchemists can take to make up the 2.5 hour raiding time).
Weapon Oils and Sharpening stones have made a comeback in Shadowlands, they are VERY cheap to make in general so if you need some then feel free to ask a crafter to make some for you, they may even have a few herbs laying about they can use for you.
Enchants - gear you wear for raiding should be enchanted and ready to go. that's basically it. Obviously we wouldn't expect you to enchant a 'low' level item that is going to be replaced very quickly but anything that you have from the raids that is going to be used should be enchanted and ready to use before coming to the next raid (or you could do it on a break should you wish, its your break time... do what you want with it..!)
Augment runes - These have been a 'thing' for the last few expansions now and provide a small personal stat buff (usually versatility). These are not required for raiding until we are hitting the progress fights and getting close to a kill, one person with a Augment rune wont make much difference overall but 20 people all using them can provide far more benefit. Later in the expansion they (blizzard) may add a permanent Augment rune 'toy', this will be down to yourself to buy and use should you wish to.

The above information will vary slightly depending on the raid type you are doing, Social raids are generally more relaxed on these points.




Raid Behaviour

A raid is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but a certain level of maturity is expected from our raiders during a raid. Obviously we don't expect complete silence and eye squinting 110% concentration for 3 hours, have a good laugh with your fellow raiders but realise when its time to listen up (when a raid leader is giving instructions for example).

Don't whisper RL's with questions that can be answered by "20" other people, or tactic suggestions. Everytime you do, it stops them communicating to "20" others and having to focus on just you.
A fellow raid member having a tough night? Repeatedly having problems with 1 aspect of a boss fight? 'are you retarded' don't help much  They just add to the pressure on that raider, see what you can do to help instead.

Don't start giving out instructions that contradict what the RL's are telling everyone. Having 10 people giving out different information only confuses people and wastes time.
If you have any major suggestions or tweaks, use the forum. For minor / quick adjustments, use raid, but as a question, not a instruction to others.

Patience
This can be a issue that effects DPS more than any other role, wait, we're not picking on you, keep reading  You may feel like your being ignored at times in /raid chat, but the answer is that RL's just don't have the time to chat in /raid all the time.  We also make use of Warcraft Logs on main raid nights, this means we can look at what happened and why we perhaps wiped, we analyze them, look for mistakes but also can help someone read them/understand.
For example, theres /o (officer chat) /dawntank (tank chat) & /dawnheal (healing chat) as well as /raid chat to deal with. The reason for all these channels is to cut the spam in /raid. If a boss attempt is unsuccessfully then tweaks & changes happen in these channels, if they spent more time in /raid then we would move even slower.
You're not being ignored.



Wipes, AFK and Toilet Breaks.

Wipes.
Generally if we wipe, DO NOT RELEASE. Hopefully we will have some kind of mass res available on one of the healers, releasing and running cold easily costs us over 15min of a raid night. If you are the type of player who sees that big red 'Release' button glowing in your face, drawing you in like a moth to the sun then perhaps this weakaura is for you? Don't Release V2
Well we know these happen (sometimes more than they should), but please try to remain focused on the job at hand. If you are required to corpse run, do so quickly, don't wait around. A large amount of raid time can be lost while waiting for one or two people to get back into the instance after dieing, a needless waste of everyone's time. Get back into waiting positions as quickly as possible, buff up and be ready to go when any tactical adjustments have been relayed. We also make use of Warcraft Logs on main raid nights, this means we can look at what happened and why we perhaps wiped, we analyze them, look for mistakes but also can help someone read them/understand (this is a copy/paste of above.. sue me)

/AFK
We usually have 1 break in raid, around halfway of the raid, for 5 minutes. People who arent back in time will be given 1 min countdown before being removed from the raid.
If you need to go afk outside of these times, please say, don't just leave 20 other people waiting around. If its because you fancy a smoke, or your mates calling on your phone, please leave that until the planned breaks. If its an emergency then its a different matter and of course do what you need to do, but try to keep us informed. Too often everyone takes turns going afk one after the other, where possible everyone can have a break at the same time leading to less wasted time. After all it's not the men's toilets, more than 1 person at a time isn't a bad thing.

(yes, I see the line above about 'wiping' and 'toilet breaks'. I know.)

Congratulations, you made it to the end. Quite a lot to read (I should know, I just typed it all!). You should only have to read this once though and you can always use it as a reference in the future when someone (even a officer) says something which goes against what we have said in these rules!
This page will have information saying how to join us...

Links to current site where our recruitment requirements are listed
Link to the raidplanner site so people can apply to join..

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Pre-Raid
Signing up / Available

In order to come to a raid, you must first show your interest by signing up. You do that on our Raid Planner here on the webby. The signups close at 18:00!

For raider ranks, the main raid days are Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday.

During Heroic progress at the start of the expansion, we are often adding extra Saturday raid as the social members / raiders alt / farm run on Normal mode.
Later on during Mythic progress, the farm night varies depending the progress and lineup etc.


Raid times are set at 20:30 - 23:00 (server time).
However a raid may finish earlier or slightly later than these times depending on the situation.
On the evening of the raid we start invites 15mins before the actual raid start time (20:15), it makes everyone's life easier if people are online at this time so that the raid leader can look for replacements and alter the setup of the group. If you are late we cannot guarantee your place will be kept.

If you sign up on a Guild run, we expect you to not be saved (loot locked) on bosses. We also expect our Raider ranks not to pug the content we are currently raiding. If you thinking about joining a random group or have a week where our raid times simply don't suite you, talk with officers about it first. Otherwise being saved or pugging current raid content might lead to raider rank being demoted.


Tactics
Everyone must read up on boss fights, don't read up? then please don't sign at all, as your wasting other raiders time that they have put aside from their lives.
For boss tactics, we'll generally use IcyVeins and Fatboss guides.


Mods
Raiders must come with the following addons installed / enabled, you can download these from (https://mods.curse.com/addons/wow).

Deadly Boss Mods or Bigwigs
Exorsus Raid tools
RCLootCouncil


Voice and outside game chat
We use Discord for voice, make sure to have it installed before the raid (https://discord.gg/jpPEfuC).


Ranks;
When a Raid Leader or Officer is starting the invites for the raid, the main factor for choosing people besides what class's we need is rank. The system speaks for itself, a member with the rank of 'Warbringer' will chosen above someone with the rank of 'Adventurer'. For more information of ranks, see the Guild Info article.


Alts
May join the raids where its mentioned on raid notes. Usually alt runs are on sunday once the content is on farm. You can make a new character profile for your alt or write on your mains note the alt name and ilvl that you'd like to come with, when signing for the raid. We need certain amount of tanks, healers and even main dps, so it might be that not everyone can bring their alt to same raid, some rotations might be needed. Also make sure that your alt has the required ilvls, enchants and so on, what is required for the raid.
Sometimes the Raid Leader might ask you to bring your alt for a certain role, for example if we are missing a tank or healer and your alt can fill that role.


During the Raid
Consumables
Using Foods, Flasks, Potions/Elixirs and runes for new bosses helps immensely. Make sure to bring the stuff requested in the raid planner.
If you lack something, make sure to ask officers before the raid and check the guild bank if you could lend some from there.


Raid Behaviour
A raid is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but a certain level of maturity is expected from our raiders during a raid. Obviously we don't expect complete silence and eye squinting 110% concentration for 3 hours, have a good laugh with your fellow raiders but realise when its time to listen up (when a raid leader is giving instructions for example).

Don't whisper RL's with questions that can be answered by "20" other people, or tactic suggestions. Everytime you do, it stops them communicating to "20" others and having to focus on just you.
A fellow raid member having a tough night? Repeatedly having problems with 1 aspect of a boss fight? 'are you retarded' don't help much  They just add to the pressure on that raider, see what you can do to help instead.

Don't start giving out instructions that contradict what the RL's are telling everyone. Having 10 people giving out different information only confuses people and wastes time.
If you have any major suggestions or tweaks, use the forum. For minor / quick adjustments, use raid, but as a question, not a instruction to others.


Patience
This can be a issue that effects DPS more than any other role, wait, we're not picking on you, keep reading  You may feel like your being ignored at times in /raid chat, but the answer is that RL's just don't have the time to chat in /raid all the time.
For example, theres /o (officer chat) /dawntank (tank chat) & /dawnheal (healing chat) as well as /raid chat to deal with. The reason for all these channels is to cut the spam in /raid. If a boss attempt is unsuccessfully then tweaks & changes happen in these channels, if they spent more time in /raid then we would move even slower.
You're not being ignored.


Wipes
Well we know these happen (sometimes more than they should), but please try to remain focused on the job at hand. If you are required to corpse run, do so quickly, don't wait around. A large amount of raid time can be lost while waiting for one or two people to get back into the instance after dieing, a needless waste of everyone's time. Get back into waiting positions as quickly as possible, buff up and be ready to go when any tactical adjustments have been relayed.


/AFK
We usually have 1 break in raid, around halfway of the raid, for 5 minutes. People who arent back in time will be given 1 min countdown before being removed from the raid.
If you need to go afk outside of these times, please say, don't just leave 20 other people waiting around. If its because you fancy a smoke, or your mates calling on your phone, please leave that until the planned breaks. If its an emergency then its a different matter and of course do what you need to do, but try to keep us informed. Too often everyone takes turns going afk one after the other, where possible everyone can have a break at the same time leading to less wasted time. After all it's not the men's toilets, more than 1 person at a time isn't a bad thing.


Loot
For distributing precious epic gears, we use Master looter / loot council by officers.
This is to fasten up gearing the whole raid, getting rid of those last low ilvl pieces and to ensure that people have better change of the correct secondary stats for Mythic progression. When sorting the loot we are looking at: ilvl, stats, rank, attendance, roll.. and trying to keep it as "1loot/run".
The 10 commandments according to Dawn of the Undead

1.  Thou shalt have no other guilds before me
2.  Thou shalt not make for thyself an idol (unless of course you are a druid)
3.  Thou shalt not make wrongful use of the name of the horde
4.  Remember the raid times and keep them holy
5.  Honor thy officers
6.  Thou shalt not murder (unless it gives honor or gear)
7.  Thou shalt not commit adult language in guild chat
8.  Thou shalt not steal
9.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy guild mates
10. Thou shalt not covet your guild banks gold

Seriously though, Dawn of the Undead has some simple rules to follow - keep language in guild chat mature, listen to the officers and respect that their decisions is final, try to be helpful and friendly and you will notice how that makes people nice and friendly to you, do not beg for gold or try to sell stuff in guild chat, also do not expect people to boost you through instances, if you help others a lot they are likely to help you. That is also the best advice if you want to climb in ranks.

Ranks:
Cheerleader is the ALT rank for everyone except officers.

Adventurer is a standard membership rank and gives limited access to guild bank.

Warbringer is the rank for those committed to the raids organised by the officers. This includes being on time, prepare with pots and food, getting proper addons and keeping a team player attitude. Decent level of performance and knowledge of the fights is expected. We want to be able to bring our raider ranks to all of the content we are doing, this means also Mythic raiding.

Conqueror is a higher tier of raider, whos behaviour, helpfulness, class knowledge, skill and performance, stands out in PvE environments. Also expected to have good knowledge of the fights and a good attendance to keep the rank. It's just another raider with a fancier name.

Mini Moo is the ALT of an officer.
Medium Moo is the officers.
Chief Moo GM is just another officer with a fancier name.


Mains & Alts
Your alts are more than welcome in Dotu as long as there active and not just sitting there gathering dust.
Members of the Adventurer rank or below may change their main character, but with permission from the officer staff.

Switching main character for members with the Warbringer rank, or above, can prove more troublesome, as it may have an impact on raid gear / progress and has only been allowed in a handful of case's.
If you think switching your ALT to your main character is a good idea because you've geared your main up, then think again, this has a very negative impact on the raiding group as instead of gearing 35 or so raiders, that number increase's at no gain to the overall raid group.

If we are short on particular roles, then selected ALTs may be required to attend raids in place of your main. This does not mean that a player has 2 active main characters, but is simply filling in the gaps in the raid setup.
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