New 80s are given a “G” rating.”G” raids are our “gearing” raids – other raiders can sign up, but the goal is to gear up, learn your class and spec, and practice endgame raiding. Our Naxx emblem farming runs are usually “G” raids.
Our casual raiders are classed “PG”. “PG” raids are shorter than our hardcore progression raids, to fit with the casuals that have the gear, dedication, and skills, but not necessarily the time. Hardcore raiders are asked not to sign up for these raids – these are for more casual players to see the endgame.
Our hardcore raiders are rated “R”. “R” raids are limited to “R” rated raiders. These are the people that spend their free time reading strats, studying their spec and class on Elitist Jerks, practicing their rotations.
Then we have the “PG-13″ raiders. They are the raiders with the skill and gear to be an “R” raider, but the time to be a “PG” one. Casuals that get “PG-13″ rating are assumed to be able to step in and pinch hit on any “R” raid, in the opinion of the “R” raid leaders.
Non-raiders are given an “NC-17″ rating, like my gathering hunter. I’m both so bad at huntering and Shootie’s usually so busy gathering mats that I don’t expect to raid with her for a long time, if ever. My shaman will start as a “G” raider, as am I when I’m tanking – though I may be moving to “PG” when I tank soon if I can get upgrades, or even “PG-13″ once I have my Frost priorities down.
Note that no group is “better” than another – players get different ratings on different toons based on their gear and equipment. Just because my DK DPS brings the boys to the yard doesn’t mean that my shaman automatically gets to run “R” raids as soon as she dings 80.
So, what do you think? Thoughts?