While hovering on my phoenix in a public spot today, I got a lot of whispers, a few of which got excited when I mentioned my friends would probably go back to TK for more phoenixes. One asked if he could come with us, and I said I'd pass his name to my friends (I will and they'll say no). Another seemed like he wanted to ask to be included, but I "had to" log to get lunch.
Why would they want to be part of my group instead of forming their own? Because the hardest part of the phoenix farming isn't the fight itself, and it isn't the gear. It is finding others willing to go when the possibility of reward grows exponentially smaller with each group member. (And also because letting someone else do all the work is nice.)
My group was unique in several ways, the biggest being that my guildmates went in knowing they wouldn't get anything out of it besides a TK achievement -- they went in specifically to get me the first phoenix.
Competitive groups will have to weigh the pro of possibly winning a phoenix mount vs the con of probably grinding for an epic amount of time just to see the roll go to someone else (and perhaps see that person leave the farming group so that you have to find someone to fill their spot -- and thus keep the odds of winning it very low).
So why has my guild been successful, and why are we likely to see another phoenix eventually?
1. My Guild is Family
We call ourselves a family guild because 90% of us have real life connections to each other. Those who don't have real life connections create connections. Plenty of us who hadn't met before have visited each other. We're a very tight community and we're bent on remaining tight. We grow steadily because people bring in good friends and we stay close because we don't recruit random strangers.
2. My Guild is Selfless
It's true that several of the people farming with me were immediate family, but some weren't. Everyone who came did it to offer their support with no ulterior motives.
3. My Guild is Trusting
They knew I'd go back and help them after I got mine, because that's what a family guild does.
4. My Guild is Loyal
Most of us have been in this guild a really long time and plan on staying in it no matter what game we play. (The guild rules allow for that.) Even slumps don't hurt us too much.
5. My Guild Has Leaders
Technically, I have several leaders in my immediate family. Both my brothers-in-law are raid leaders and my husband is great when he decides to take charge and call out directions. The most important point is that we have people willing and able to Get Things Done for others.
6. My Guild is Proud
We know that we're different and special. And I think the fact that we love each other enough to farm phoenixes is proof of that. I sat on the well in front of the bank and told people: "This phoenix is an effort of my family and guild. They did this because they knew how much it mattered to me." I say this because I am proud of my friends, of the kind of people they are, and I want everyone to know that they are generous and selfless and loving.
7. My Family is Efficient
We have weekly scheduled Family Time where the 5 of us do instances and catch up. Our efficiency lay in arranging alts and mains to make up the core of the team requirements during Family Time, so that we just needed 1 or 2 more people to fill in the gap.
Because of all of this, I truly believe my guild has an edge in phoenix farming over others. I've found it to be an act of love and dedication, where it's best if you can be excited over the prospect of someone you care about getting it instead of you.
When will we start up again? I'm not sure. Real life is going to be busy until the end of Brewfest (we're moving) and my brother seemed relieved at "Never having to run that again," but I'll try to keep myself available for my friends' runs.
Can non-guildies join the farming? It's really not my decision, but probably not. Since the start of the guild, if an IVV group has needed another player, they'll wait until they can fill the slot with a guildie -- even if waiting means no run. Our members are very averse to PUGs and it's just not sensible to increase the chances of losing it to a stranger if we can manage on our own.
Guildies first, right?
Can I join your guild? We don't accept walk-in applications anymore, and nobody wants a guildie who just wants us for farming runs. If you like our personality, we can talk, but I will warn you that phoenix runs will probably be invitation-only to long-term members. Because, frankly, we know long-term members won't grab it and run.
Any other questions can be answered in the comments. <3