What we expect from you:
We are looking for exceptionally skilled raiders, who are mature, professional, social and intelligent human beings. In regards to your playstyle, we're looking for players who are competitive and analytical in their approach to their class, while at the same time remaining humble, patient, and respectful of themselves and their fellow guildies. Players applying to us must have high levels of situational awareness; you must be a quick learner, be able to multitask well, be attentive to your surroundings, and be able to quickly grasp the bigger picture of a given encounter, rather than just your class's specific role. Most importantly, we're looking for players who can admit and learn from their mistakes well, and shouldn't need to make the same mistake more than a few times before learning how to fix it.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: You must be an intelligent human being, and you must be able to express yourself both verbally and physically in a way that shows that intelligence.
We want people who can analyze their own performances and problem solve for themselves, and be able to explain and communicate clearly why they are doing what they are doing in a raid. Subsequently, if you do not know which stats to properly gear your character with, or not know how to avoid an AoE or handle a simple mechanic of a fight, please don't apply. We're looking for intelligent players, if you can't handle the common sense this game requires to succeed, you're not what we're looking for in Spike Flail.
We are aware that these standards are high, but we are only looking to invite a handful of players, and we want those players who we do end up taking to be the best of the best, quality intelligent raiders who we can rely on, and not have to replace for quite a while. We're not looking to fill spots we have more than enough of with players who do not meet our expectations in every single aspect, and we're not going to take anything less just to get warm bodies.
On a last note, I've heard many people complain that strict raiding expectations makes raiding "feel like a job." I admit I once felt that way as well, until I looked back and took a different perspective on it. I see a guild's raid team akin to a team of players on any competitive sports team, IRL or virtual. Joining the raid team of a guild encompasses accepting the trust, expectations, and determination that come with that position. I could elaborate, but I'll quote a post on a forum I saw a while back, which hit the nail right on the head about my feelings towards our guild's raid team:
It's the expectations of performance, attitude, and attendance. It's letting your team know when you can't make it. It's showing up with the right frame of mind. It's showing up mentally and physically (consumables, ho!) prepared. It's treating your teammates with respect, not derision and mockery. It's knowing that you are part of a group that is *choosing* to spend 4 hours of your evening *together* doing something you all find interesting and fun. And if you screw with that, you're screwing with your entire team ... and if you do that too much, you don't have a team anymore.
That's the attitude we try to foster in our members towards raiding, and the attitude we expect out of you as an application to welcome and embrace. Hopefully, when you read this entire thread, you agree with the philosophy towards raiding we've presented here and bring that philosophy with you as you attempt to join us in our endeavors.