Deathsworn Verdict is a 20 man guild on the server of Ravencrest. It was formed in the summer of 2011 on Defias Brotherhood. Please look to the right to view our current progress and recruitment needs. Hopefully all other information about the guild can be found on this page.
An additional fourth raid (if very close to progression, or a raid has been cancelled) generally takes place on:
* Monday - 20:45 - 00:00
Raid invites start any time after 20:00. Join as soon as you are ready, but no later than 20:45.
Whisper "inv" to any officer for an invite to the raid.
Make the effort to travel to the raid. Aim to be inside at 20:45.
Although we usually have people summoning at the stone, or inside if a warlock is present, do not wait for a summon.
Reserves will be announced shortly after 20:45.
They will be placed in groups 6-8, and the raid leader will announce "Groups are set". All players should check they are in groups 1-5, and if not, they are expected to hearth out of the instance as soon as possible.
Reserves can feel free to leave the raid.
Reserves must stay online until the end of the raid, although they are welcome to swap to alts. They may also log off if they give an officer their contact details beforehand (e.g. skype) and are available to log back on as soon as possible.
Our minimum attendance requirement is 85%.
All members are expected to attend all raids, unless they have explained their absence BEFORE the raid.
All members must post an explanation in advance for any raids they will miss. Otherwise, it will be assumed they will show up, and will count as an "unexplained absence".
If a player fails to show up to the raid without prior explanation, your position will be questioned and discussed.
A further failure to show up will result in the potential of being removed from the guild.
A third failure to show up will result in a demotion or guild removal.
Explaining absences must be done on the forums, in the "Absence Forums". It must be posted in the correct thread.
We use the Absence Forums thread to check absences, not the in-game calendar.
If a member has a last minute emergency, or loses internet connection, etc, officer phone numbers are provided in the Absences forums which should be noted down by all members to be used in these situations. It is assumed all members will have noted this phone number down.
We also demand that players ALWAYS show up to raids they have signed up for, even if they know they will be reserved.
Trial members will not be sent warnings if they fail to adhere to these attendance rules during their trial period. Trial members are treated with a 'one strike you're out' policy as, if they are unable to stick to the rules during the period where they are trying their hardest to "impress", we can't expect them to be reliable in the future.
If a player knows they will never be able to raid on a specific day (e.g. every Thursday, or every other Sunday), they should raise this issue in their application. It is worth noting that we may not feel it is possible to offer a spot to someone if they are guaranteed to consistently miss a specific raid day every week.
Member main spec > Member Official Offspec > Initiate Mainspec > Member Offspec > Initiate offspec > Social Main/offspec
We use Loot Council to manage loot in our official raids.
Trial & social members have a lower priority when it comes to the distribution of any loot than a full member, including mounts.
Any items which drop for crafting are sold if they are particularly valuable, otherwise they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, and members can apply for them on the forums.
Novelty items such as pets or mounts are given on a priority basis to members who have the highest attendance for the past month. If there are a number of players with the same attendance, they will roll for the item.
Old content or Alt raids
As these won't always be hosted by one of the officers, the above loot rules will not necessarily apply to these raids. It is up to the raid leader to decide looting rules, and to make them clear to the members at the start of the raid. However, we generally expect:
Main mainspec > Main "official offspec" > Alt/Social mainspec > Main offpsec > Alt/Social Offpsec
Selling raid spots, items, achievements, etc. In previous tiers, we have sold raid spots to players who aren't in our guild to help them get loot, items or achievements, etc. We will only do this if no-one in the guild will be hindered by this. For example, we will not sell a sword still needed by one of our melee, and we won't sell a mount before all our guildies have one.
This is always discussed at the relevant time, usually once the tier is fully cleared.
Some members of the guild have an "official offspec".
This is a spec which we may call on if it is needed.
Members (not trials) can register an official offspec on the forums.
In order to have an official offspec, the player must have sufficient gear to be useful in our current raids, and have a short trial on that spec at a convenient time to prove themselves.
Additional Information & Rules
We use Discord as our main means of communication in raids. Please have others installed for quick access if errors occur.
It is a requirement that all members have a headset with a working microphone for our raids.
We don't expect our raid members to talk all of the time, but to have the ability to talk on fights which demand a high level of communication is vital.
We expect all of our members to perform to the best of their abilities.
We regularly check logs and discuss with members who are under-performing.
We make sure our trial members are performing to a good standard before we promote them to full members.
If a trial member isn't performing to the right standard but has potential (e.g. their gear isn't as good as it should be), we may choose to extend their trial, after discussing with the player.
We check the numbers our members are pulling.
We also pay close attention to mistakes, preventable deaths, raid awareness and importantly, preparation - knowing the tactics without needing to be told them, and pre-potting before attempts, etc.
Pre-potting is a requirement for all fights.
We take "meter whoring" very seriously too when it is done to the detriment of our progression fights.
People are expected to be hitting the right things at the right time.
Of course, the occasional connection or computer issues may occur, but any player with a connection or computer which becomes a long-term problem will be expected to fix the issue or face being reserved/demoted.
All members should be aware of their own mistakes. However, these will be highlighted after wipes in order to clarify the reason for the failed attempt. We aim for any such discussions to be done as reasonably and respectfully as possible.
We expect our members to avoid any aggressive finger pointing or arguing during raids.
We have a very drama-free atmosphere, and intend to keep it that way.
We have a coaching program to help new raiders get up to speed with the way our guild handles fights.
New members will be assigned a "coach" from their class that will speak to them about particular tactical adjustments made which affect their class.
This coach may also offer guidance about performance related problems, or improvements that could be made, after looking at their logs.
The coach will be asked for information by the officers when they are evaluating a new member's trial.
Coaches are to be consider unofficial class leaders.
We also make our own guides to the fights we have defeated. This saves us time when new members join our raids. All new members will be expected to watch these video guides before joining our raids. These can be found in the left column of our Kill Videos page, found here.
Our guild structure is as follows:
Guild Leader - self explanatory.
Officers - picked for their contribution and loyalty to the guild, the officers assist the guild leader will the management and running of the guild.
Wardens - a small handful of long-standing members will be present as wardens. Wardens offer support to the officers, and may be called on to assist with voting on applications, etc. They have access to the invite and promote/demote functions, and their own forum space.
Guild Member - all members who are actively raiding and have successfully passed their trials.
Retired Member - all members are welcome to stay with us if they decide to stop raiding, unless they move any of their characters into another raiding guild and begin raiding elsewhere.
Social Member - friends and family members are welcome to apply to and join DSV. Previously, we have welcomed members without any ties into the guild, but decided to stop this recently.
Initiate - trial members remain "initiates" until they have surpassed 15k EP, even if they have proven themselves worthy of promotion sooner.
We do not force people to have alts.
We welcome all alts into the guild.
There is no limit to the amount of alts a player can bring to Deathsworn Verdict.
We encourage people to have all of their alts in the guild, but understand that some people may choose to leave an alt or two in other guilds.
We prefer people do not raid with their alts in different guilds unless this definitely won't interfere with their ability to attend all of our own raiding events.
Alts are not removed for inactivity.
Alts will be removed immediately if someone leaves the guild with their main character.
Swapping main characters
We are usually very understanding of people who request to swap their main character to an alt, as long as they are aware that we may require them to join our main progression raids on their better geared character until their new main character has geared up sufficiently to contribute to those fights.
All in, All out policy
Sometimes our members choose to leave us to raid with other guilds. When this happens, we do not believe it is in our best interests allow them to leave their alts in our guild.
It is vital to us that our guild is a safe place for people to raid from all backgrounds and different walks of life. We generally have a fairly diverse player base and so respectfully ask that our guild/raid chat and mumble are clear of:
Offensive jokes related to any of the above, especially "rape" jokes
Any of the above will lead to a polite warning and request to stop. We have never had to make this request repeatedly, however we would take the issue very seriously and it would likely result in a player's removal from the guild if they became a recurring problem.
Other guild activities
Although we have other guild activities, such as alt runs and RBGs, these are managed by members of the guild and are not "official guild activities", so come with their own rules and guidelines.