Moonlit's Raider's Rules

#1 Edited by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

Some of these rules should be common sense … some of these are “advanced.” However, these are the rules I’ve put together that have lead me to be successful while running a raiding party. I make no claim that these are “original” ideas, and I am sure that others have thought of much of it. I did try to put together as much knowledge as I could on the topic of raiding in to one place for a reference, especially for new players.

Moonlit Raider’s Rules

The Raider’s Mindset: You are a Pack of Wolves, lead by Foxes. Some may attempt to call you a “zerg.” Zergs are mindless idiotic masses of players who have no tactical or strategic awareness past their own survival.

You are not a zerg, you’re a Wolf. Wolves are predators. Wolves hunt in packs, and they work together.

You are lead by a Fox. Foxes are smarter, more mobile and nimble than their adversaries. Foxes are elusive, cunning and dedicated.

Fight like a Wolf. Be lead by a Fox. Together? A Cadre.

Basic Pack Rules [ Becoming the Wolf ]

  • Don’t Chase – Chasing down a single enemy, or even chasing a small group of enemies, away from the raiding party ( or from the party’s intended target ) is a monumental “no no.”
  • Stay Tight – Stay in a close formation with the raiding party, or your team if you are acting as a detached squad.
  • Mark The Leader – Mark the raid leader, and stay with them as much as you possibly can. If s/he leaves? You leave.
  • Run Them Over – If they enemy is dumb enough to get caught in the path of a raiding party, kill them and do it quickly. However, you need to be leave the area just as quickly. Don’t gloat, dance, tea-bag or anything else. Hanging around only reveals your position to his friends and gives your downed enemy time to orient themselves so they can report your direction and numbers when you do leave.

Roaming as a Pack [ Forging a Pack ]

  • Form Groups – Work in small units within the raid. You should be hunting together, picking targets if possible and maximizing your damage output.
  1. Form a core group(s) at the Citadel or main spawn areas prior to leaving. Encourage people to “tag along” with you group if you come across them during your raid. Splinter off members of that core group to become leaders of these new groups and pass along your methodology to these new recruits.
  • Keep Your People Up – If someone goes down your top priority should be to revive them. Avoid leaving a downed player behind if at all possible, but not at the cost of you going down yourself. One of the most common mistakes I see people making is chasing down a single fleeing enemy while someone is still down nearby.
  1. If the raiding party is forced to withdraw due to superior enemy players, leave them. But until the order to withdraw is given, get your people up so they can continue the fight. This should be second nature to the vast majority of wvw players, but some new players to the game may not be familiar with it, yet.
  • Hit Hard, Hit Fast – Don’t mess around, don’t hold back. Kill things as fast as you possibly can. Don’t just “hit auto-attack and watch the action.” Use your elites, use your combos, use your conditional damage to overwhelm the recap timers.
  • Move Faster – Do not hang around any one area longer than you absolutely must, especially if you have been detected.
  1. While you are waiting for the capture bar to fill in a supply camp, move as far as you can towards your new target ( ie – don’t stand in the middle of the camp ).
  2. If you have one “fast” member of the raid ( a Thief or Mesmer ) the main raiding party should leave the camp two ticks prior to the capture bar filling up, leaving one guy behind to catch up.
  3. Mesmers and other classes that can cast haste on groups should focus on those in the rear of the column. Do not simply haste the forward elements continually. This creates an elongated column which will lead to many more problems than a column that is moving fractionally slower.
  • During a Siege? You’re a Sentry – A raider’s job during a siege is simple: check for cannons and oil, you build the siege equipment and then you are a sentry.
  1. A raider should never attack the door, the wall or any other object. You should not randomly attack the wall unless called on to do so by someone in the raid leadership.
  2. The raider should be standing with their back to the door, fanned out in a semi-circle, watching for any response from the enemy. The more raiders that are present, the deeper and wider that pack of sentries should be.
  3. When enemies are sighted you should immediately give some basic information: cardinal direction of inbound relative to the besieged target, strength of numbers ( and server, if you know it ) and lastly if they are “coming in hot” or looking to “engaging us.” Coming in hot would mean that the player is trying to gain entry to the tower and must be rendered immobile.

Tactical Considerations of the Pack [ Thoughts of the Fox ]

  • Randomize your Advance – While it is actually advisable to hit the supply camps in a sequence, you want to approach these camps from a variety of vectors and keep your entry and exit routes hidden as best you can. If you are spotted upon entry, watch all exit routes and leave by the path of least resistance.
  1. Remember, there is nothing to be gained to fight to defend a supply camp. Therefore, don’t stick around any longer than you have to.
  2. Defending a Tower is for Idiots. Hit it, take it, and get out.
  3. Even if a route takes longer, it is probably advisable if it gives you the advantage of approaching unseen and keeping your flanks clear.
  • Establish a Pattern, then Double Back – When you’re going after supply you want to hit the supply camps in the same sequence. Repeat this sequence two or three times so the enemy gets into a habit of “and now we go there … come on, let’s do it again.” Boredom is your ally. Watch the map and when they follow your sequence one step behind you, double back and eliminate their counter-capture party.
  1. If you cannot reach the previous supply camp before they can kill it, lay in wait outside of the camp and strike it while the enemy is attacking so you can use the NPCs as your ally.
  2. If possible, link your trap up to when quaggs are hanging out to stack the odds in your favor.
  • Create Diversions – Information is power. Control the information as much as you can, and gather as much of it as you can.
  1. If you’re being followed, or think your movement may have been spotted, use the game’s detection of combat to mislead the enemy concerning your movements. Attack some animals until the swords come up on the map, and then immediately change direction away from your previously intended target.
  2. Detach a group from your main raiding party to hit the sequenced target while the main raiding party leap-frogs ahead to another target. This detached party should attack only long enough to create a “contested” state and then disengage to withdraw to an observational point to alert the main raiding party of any response.
  3. Strike at sentries or auto-attack towers ( without putting down siege ) prior to actually taking an intended target to gage response time and numbers.
  4. Some guilds/servers have been stationing sentries in supply camps for the sole purpose of letting someone be killed to act as an alarm. The unresponsiveness of these players makes me suspect that they are secondary accounts. When these deliberately stationed players are encountered you should assume that you are being watched. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could use this to your advantage – send in a fraction of your raiding party to take the camp in hopes of luring out “alt’s” main character.
  • Have Supply, Drain Supply and Waste Supply – Supply is a weapon, use it against your enemies.
  1. You should always make sure you have supply so you can build any siege that’s required by the raiding party.
  2. The raiding party should take “pit-stops” at keeps/towers that have recently survived a siege to repair walls/doors. The goal is to expend as much supply as possible. This should always occur immediately after the raiding party has been used as a hammer to lift a siege; you want the keep to survive long enough for you to do it again.
  3. Never draw supply from camps in “friendly” territory unless absolutely necessary. Take supply from camps frequented by the enemy to deny them of it. Even if it sets them back a couple minutes, that’s that much longer before they have a ballista or arrow cart built. Players also have the tendency to “queue up” for supply if they encounter a drained supply camp, thus breaking up their group cohesion.
  4. Similarly, if raiding a tower which there is no reason to maintain control over, drain as much supply as possible so the enemy cannot upgrade it when they recapture it.

Organizing the Pack [ Free the Fox, Run with the Pack ]

  • Know a Few Basic Commands – Know the commands, everyone use the same commands and obey the commands given by those acting as “officers” within the raid. You should have two officers ahead of you in the raid: Raid Leader ( the guy with a target over their head ) and your squad/group leader. If anyone else tries to give an order, and you haven’t been told to listen to them, ignore them and stay with your squad.
Rally Up / Form UpPrior to hitting a target a “Rally Up” call will be given. This is to gather all of the raiding party who might have lagged behind during the advance.
Hit ItAttack the called target.
Run ‘em OverGiving clearance to the raiding party to chase down and kill a fleeing target.
DisengageUsually typed as “DISENGAGE” in general /say, and immediately followed by a direction ( N, S, E or W ) this command should be responded to above all other considerations and result in the raiding party moving off with all haste in the called direction.
Regroup At XWhen separated, or the raiding party suffers casualties, a Regroup location needs to be issued promptly. Make sure that this location is reachable by all members of the raiding party easily and quickly with as little danger as possible.
HoldHalting an advance
Eyes UpEnemy presence has been reported/believed to be in the area and all members of the raiding party need to be aware of their surroundings and be ready to act on any further commands.
On MeA general command for organizational purposes and can be given at any level ( by a raid leader or a team leader ). Frequently used to sort out the raiding party from other allies after a fight, or when the raid leader is attempting to organize people in to teams prior to leaving the citadel.
  • Gather Mass – Until your raiding party reaches a critical level of momentum due to success, each time you are forced to regroup you will suffer attrition. Therefore, you should be very careful how/when you assist/encounter groups of allies.
  1. As Thurb says, “Don’t Cross the Streams.”
  2. Furthermore, you should clearly communicate to your people how to exit that situation and move away as quickly as possible after any action is resolved. ( If possible, your raiding party should be briefed on their exit strategy before the engagement is joined. Make sure this includes such orders as “Don’t enter the keep” in order to keep your raiding party from intermixing with the keep’s defenders. )
  3. The longer your parties mix, the greater the chance that people will begin to follow the wrong person and be lead away.
  4. Do not engage in larger scale action until your raiding party has a level of cohesion that it can enter into action and then disengage from it at will. To use a cavalry term, you need to be able to wheel about just as easily as you’re able to charge.
  5. Remember that your raiding party’s success will be seen by others on the map, and other players will seek to join you. Calling out “Regroups” and “Striking X in 30seconds” will attract new followers.
  6. Building a reputation and hitting targets ( especially taking towers quickly ) will instill some fear in your opponents, dramatically so in those less organized. Hitting them hard enough, repeatedly enough, will eventually run them off the map. When they’re off the map? You can take the keep with ease.
  7. Hit targets you know you can take, ignore all those you cannot.
  8. Striking targets “hard and fast” over a long period of time will wear down the will to fight in your enemies and they will start to become lax with their retaking of targets. When you notice a discernible drop in response time adjust your targets from supply camps to towers.
  9. Kicking the malcontent for the greater good of raiding party cohesion is essentially, and will often be seen as warranted by the raiding party as a whole - they want to have success and will see these complainers as unnecessary distractions and poor "team players." They are not committed to the cause and the raiding party is better off without them.
  • Officer Structure – Controlling a Raiding Party of any real size takes some work. Breaking people in to groups is only part of the solution. My recommendation for an “ideal raiding party size” is twenty to twenty five people. This may sound rather large, but that’s the point. You want to be able to take any target swiftly, given the opportunity. With twenty people you can drop four rams without worrying about resupply and take an unguarded keep in short order. But, how does that command structure work. Some is straight-forward, other parts are not so obvious.
  1. Raid Leader – This is the player who is in charge of calling the shots, picking targets and calling for any change in tactics ( such as Disengaging ).
  2. Deputy Raid Leader – One of the disadvantages of the current chat system is that it’s actually rather easy to get yourself flagged as a “spammer” if you’re trying to communicate via text. Mumble solves some of this, but not all, as you will never have every person in your raiding party on your mumble server. Therefore, you need to designate one player in the raid leader’s group to be the deputy. While the general /say can get flagged for spamming, it is still possible for that person to communicate in /party chat. The deputy is then responsible for relaying messages to the rest of the raid as needed.
  3. Team Leaders – You want one player in each team who is designated a Leader. They should be experienced raiders, know your methods and be able to convey messages to their groups quickly, effectively and politely. You don’t want hot-heads who piss people off.
  4. Strategic Liaison – One player, preferably someone with a good relationship already established with the other major players/guilds who are operational in wvw, should be designated to be the raid leader’s “voice” when dealing with their counter-parts either directly or via /team and /map channels. This should free the raid leader up to make the “moment to moment” decisions about where to go. The liaison should then interject with any strategic decisions/requests made by the other commanders on the map. When necessary, this player will update the raid with specific instructions about directions of approach and withdraw so the raiding party doesn’t “cross streams” with another body.
  5. Scout – when the raiding party is required to remain stationary for regrouping purposes it is sometimes useful if one player detaches themselves to scout. The entire raid should be made aware of this so they do not try to follow him, and so the scout’s group ( if he is not already in the raid leader’s group ) can update the raid as to his/her findings.
  • Grouping Structure for a 20+ member raiding party.
Team 1 ( Leader + 4 )
Team 2 ( Leader + 4 )
Team 3 ( Leader + 4 )
Team 4 ( Leader + 4 )
Team 5 ( Raid Leader, Deputy, Strategic Liaison, Scout )
If the Raiding Party must split their command, the Raid Leader and Strategic Liaison should take two teams, while the Deputy and Scout take the other two teams. However, they should remain grouped for communication purposes. Individual teams should never be split.

Final Thought for the Pack?
It is vitally important that you keep your raiding party together, and continue to have success on your own. Success of the raiding party should be maintained above the concerns of the map, even defending "vital" keeps.

Hopefully these rules prove useful to others.


#2 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

Why not be a Zerg Wolf?

#3 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

"Zerg" has a negative connotation in GW2 wvw at the moment. Zergs are used by commanders as cannon fodder, and tossed into pointless fights. They're usually considered stupid, inept and unreliable.

I'd never want to be called a member of a "zerg" and I would never lead a "zerg" in to an engagement.

I tell my people what's going on, where we're going and why. I want them to know what the situation is so if I go down they can carry on without me until I'm able to link back up with them.

A "zerg" without a leader just fights over a patch of grass in front of a keep until they're wiped out.

A "zerg" and a raider are about as far apart as you can get, in my eyes.


#4 Posted by shinboy630 (1323 posts) -


#5 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -


#6 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1629 posts) -

So, what you're saying is I should run in naked and start swinging while screaming bloody murder?

#7 Posted by Hugh_Jazz (406 posts) -


#8 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

If you're a celt, sure.

#9 Edited by Jack_Lafayette (3806 posts) -

I'm not seeing anything in here about dramatic rescues, explosive sieges, and general derring-do.

#10 Posted by Subjugation (4786 posts) -

Were you Sun Tzu in another life?

#11 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

If you are working as a cohesive unit there is absolutely no reason why you cannot do those dramatic rescues and acts of daring-do.

The effectiveness of the raiding party lies in the fact that it moves swiftly, in tight formation, and strikes targets with such combined force that it decimates the targeted body before they can respond. Then, upon seeing multiple of their allies downed, they recoil in shock.

There is no reason why that fact cannot be put to use in a wide variety of ways that would fit your request for dramatic acts.

#12 Posted by Chevy (13 posts) -

Any chance of listing some of the better Commanders outside of Lincoln Force? I haven't played WvW since the first week and plan to start getting back into it. I don't want to just run to a Commander icon and get ass raped because he's an idiot or something.

Also do most of these packs require Mumble,TS,Vent etc? I get bored listening to people ramble on about none related game stuff so I generally avoid VC unless I am doing PVP.

#13 Edited by halcyonTwilight (78 posts) -

@Chevy: The only commanders on Yak's Bend that I can vouch for (besides Thurb) would be two of the Foo commanders: Damitree and Joebane. Good luck finding them though, since Foo has several dozen commanders. And none of those packs require any voice chat since they typically shout in map chat or say.

Getting back on topic though, you put an impressive amount of time in writing this moonlit. But I think the real issue is getting people to participate regularly in WvW. It's our server's biggest issue, especially during the weekdays, and no amount of tactical and strategic knowledge will work if the field is full of leaders and no soldiers.

#14 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

Well, I am coming at the discussion of wvw from a different perspective. I play during Oceanic evening hours, predominantly, and therefore the problems that I face are not the ones seen in other areas. For example, I have to deal with what is essentially a pug atmosphere devoid of any commanders at all. I think the problems you're mentioning about the server's commitment to wvw stem from the fact that there are so many bad commanders. People feel like they're throwing away their efforts when they support some of those idiots. The average player has been burned too many times by commanders that don't know what they're doing. In addition, there were a few "lean weeks" in recent history ( for Oceanic ) when it was essentially a death sentence to leave the Citadel without a large escort. I think this has discouraged many people from playing wvw ... they don't want to it because it's not worthwhile. They don't gain anything by hammering away at a gate for a couple hours.

That's the atmosphere were I "made a name for myself." I was able to take groups of random people, mold them in to cohesive groups of raiders and then take on larger and more organized groups of guilded players with their commanders.

It has been suggested more than a few times by my raiders that they wish they could vote for the map's commander and effectively demote the blowhards.

I think activating your commander icon should be contingent upon some sort of squad support. And buying the badge should not be a strictly gold related purchase.

To solve these problems I don't think addressing the points is an issue ... I think addressing the issue of communication, organization and logistics is a far more pressing issue. And if the game is going to rely upon voice chat, then it should be included within the client itself so players can add themselves to a chat room more readily. Players should be able to link up with more experienced raiders and form these packs more easily.

It all comes back, for me, to the fact that these wvw maps aren't all that great of an arena for what the game is billing as a good experience. There is a lot that needs to be done to make the experience better for players from top to bottom, and a lot that the game can do to introduce players to the system. I think eliminating the karma/gold gains for yak escort, for example, was a monumental mistake. That gave players something to do, it helped them learn the map, and it pulled inexperienced players away from hte front lines where they suffer too many losses for no appreciable gain.

There is a lot that can be done to make the wvw experience better for everyone involved. Limiting our bitching to player involvement and point tallying overlooks the fact that the core system is not as robust as a modern mmo requires. That said, if players were to learn how to work together as raiders, to run in packs rather than solo or in small profiteering groups, the collective whole would accomplish a lot more.

#15 Posted by Jack_Lafayette (3806 posts) -

@celegorm_menegroth said:

buying the badge should not be a strictly gold related purchase.

This is definitely true. I'm hoping ArenaNet will change the earn method, revoke all current commander titles, and refund those players as soon as possible. The longer they wait, the more embedded the crummy reliance on purchasing power that's in place now gets.

#16 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

I've tried to think of a different way to obtain a commander's badge, and I really can't come up with one that isn't significantly flawed.

Gold = purchasable with outside funds.

Karma = easily farmable, doesn't require wvw.

Influence = requires a guild.

Badges = can be farmed.

Achievement = titled achievements tend to be rather massive under-takings, and commanders should be readily available.

Player vote = easily manipulated by a guild, or a collective group of like-minded players ... Chinese gold farmers with a commander badge?

The only system I could think that might possibly work is if grouped players were given a chance to vote for a "NCO" when they're grouped ( which should be the group leader, anyway ... but whatever ) and then each time a group with an NCO successfully takes an objective the NCO is awarded a special badge instead of the usual karma/gold/xp. Then, after collecting these badges the NCO could promote himself to Officer. Collect enough badges after that and you could promote yourself further.

However, even that idea has some serious flaws. It would need some system for players who thought the NCO wasn't "up to snuff" to veto a badge awardment, without greifing the system, so the NCO would be motivated to actually do something ... NCO's acting within a larger structure should be able to transfer a portion of their NCO badges up to an overall raid leader who was actually calling the shots, too. All of this just complicates a system that needs to be streamlined during the wvw process.

But this system is still easily manipulated by any large guild to do exactly hte same thing that Foo's already done: field a dozen or so commanders.

Do you put in something as simple as a "Like" vote that you can cast once a day, and the person with the "most commander likes" on a map becomes the commander?

On a related note of "streamlining the wvw process" ... your loot should be transfered into a holding chest in the Citadel that you can pick up when you're finished your play-session. Hunting for loot bags in the middle of a fight is retarded.

#17 Posted by Subjugation (4786 posts) -

@celegorm_menegroth said:

On a related note of "streamlining the wvw process" ... your loot should be transfered into a holding chest in the Citadel that you can pick up when you're finished your play-session. Hunting for loot bags in the middle of a fight is retarded.

Amen. People become more concerned with grabbing their loot in case they die, which inevitably leads to them dying.

#18 Edited by halcyonTwilight (78 posts) -

No matter what the requirement will be for being a commander, the system will always be exploited or gamed. Even in real world hiearchies, there are people in charge who shouldn't be. In GW2, we just have to avoid bad commanders and do the best we can ourselves.

As for people's willingness to hop into wuv wuv, it isn't the fault of Subtle bad commanders per se, rather a fault of the game design. Individuals are less likely to hop into wvw by themselves since they can't accomplish anything substantial without a group. Participating in a giant zerg similarly isn't fulfilling either, as it's hard to get decent drops and your individual contribution is really hard to see. There's little satisfaction running with a successful zerg (apart from capturing locations), but unfortunately wvw is designed around having large zergs fight each other.

You can encourage participation in your raiding group by advertising in guild/map chat, and encouraging people to join for the fun of it. Running around in a small, fast group is great fun, and as a leader of such a group you need to advertise that fact. People are playing this game to seek excitement, fun, and satisfaction. This is the reason why I had a issue with some of the wording in your posts moonlit: you'll turn more people away than anything else if you treat wvw like a military hiearchy.

Organization is more efficient, but shoving a ton of 'rules' into people's faces isn't going to make them more organized. Condense everything into 3-4 easy to remember guildlines, communicate in say/map chat, and you'll achieve the same result. Keep it simple, keep producing results, be friendly, and you'll attract plenty of followers/raid members.

#19 Posted by Thurbleton (160 posts) -

Moonlit, that's hammer on the nail for spelling out a strat.... but you GOTTA learn the power of bullet spacing and not making a giant wall of text : (

#20 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

Well, in fairness, it looks a lot better in my word doc ... but I'll try to edit it today and make it more legible.

As for three or four simple rules? Take the top three from the main list I made.

Stay Tight.

Don't Chase.

Mark the Leader / Stay with the Leader.

If the "average player/new recruit" follows those three rules? All's good.

The rest of that list is for someone who wants to know what's going on in my head as I'm roaming the map, and/or someone wants to lead their own raiding party.

#21 Posted by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

@Thurbleton: @halcyonTwilight: how's that?

#22 Posted by jesterroyal (385 posts) -

Formatted. But still a wall of text.

#23 Edited by halcyonTwilight (78 posts) -

As someone who also tends to write walls of text, I understand your need to lay down every detail to cover every nook and cranny. However, good writing isn't long, it's concise and to the point. You're not really writing to your audience. For example, someone who has the desire to lead a wvw group will already know what basic squad commands are, so there's very little need to have that section.

There are also plenty of instances where you get lost in your own writing. For example;

@celegorm_menegroth said:

  1. The raiding party should take “pit-stops” at keeps/towers that have recently survived a siege to repair walls/doors. The goal is to expend as much supply as possible. This should always occur immediately after the raiding party has been used as a hammer to lift a siege; you want the keep to survive long enough for you to do it again.

This can be simplified to:

"The raiding party should stop by damaged keeps/towers to repair them when possible. Doing so will make sure supply is used efficiently and helps ensure your structures remain in your control."

Overall, my advice to you is to stick to your main points. Your insight is more likely to be appreciated if you avoid trying to smothering your audience with information that may or may not be useful. Finally;

@celegorm_menegroth said:

A raider should never attack the door, the wall or any other object. You should not randomly attack the wall unless called on to do so by someone in the raid leadership.

I think we all know how to simplify this:

#24 Posted by Jack_Lafayette (3806 posts) -

@halcyonTwilight said:

Your insight is more likely to be appreciated if you avoid trying to smothering your audience with information that may or may not be useful.

By all means, smother me. I may be an outlier, but knowing the theory behind this stuff makes it much easier for me to execute in-game. There's no worse feeling than knowing you're screwing the plan up but not knowing why.

#25 Edited by celegorm_menegroth (80 posts) -

There is some editing that would be beneficial.

When/If I get around to doing it, I will make some changes.

But doing whole-sale cuts and simplifications for brevity's sake? I will be just as likely to add more examples to fully illustrate the point I am trying to make, as even your editing loses some of my intended meaning ... emphasizing why I wanted to provide commentary text to begin with. I think the problem you truly highlighted in your first edit is actually that I did not fully expand upon my illustration to explain what was going on. In fact, I did the opposite: by trying to be brief I did not explain a nuance that was going on in my example because I did not provide a contrasting example or detail the reasoning which plays a role in my believing that repairing is more effective than going after kills while acting as a hammer in that scenario.

It should be noted, however, that I do not believe going for a shorter rule-set is an inherently better rule-set. If someone feels that what I have here is too long and they are disinterested by it, that's their opinion. Don't read it. But I have no interest in making a set of rules that fit on a cue card to sell someone on the thought of becoming a raider. I am far more interested in explaining to someone why I made the decisions I made and fully explaining those decisions and extracting a set of guidelines which can then be applied when a similar situation arises again. That way, everyone can learn and become a more effective contributor to the raiding party without sticking to a default set of rules. A simplified set of rules is, by its very nature, inflexible and unreliable.

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