*dusts the corners of blog carefully*
So, Cataclysm was sort of a bore. I kind of scrapped by towards the end taking more time off it though still raiding actively. To be honest there wasn’t much to keep me on WoW except for the guild. Then the Guildmaster/ raid leader quit due to real life issues and the guild came under new management.
I am one of the new faces of the officer team. Having inherited the duties of the oldest and most established guild on the server placed a very huge load on my shoulders; I hadn’t become an officer by choice rather consequence and know full well being one isn’t a privilege. It is a duty.
Towards the end of Cataclysm the guild established itself as one of the top of the server and right before Mists of Pandaria hit, we received a huge number of hardcore applicants who wished to raid with us. I was nervous about this as the guild is only semi-hardcore with our main focus placed on proper execution than getting ranked in World of Logs.
When MoP hit, we had a number of new folks who attained server first level 90 class achievements. 3 weeks later we entered raiding on a 42 man roster and a team of fresh officers. The first month and a half was extremely stressful to the officers as we had a clash of ideals within the guild. It was a showdown between the new hardcore trials who felt they were carrying the rest of the raid with their ‘leet dps’ and the veteran raiders who—though didn’t rank as frequently—shone in their precision of avoiding shit and keeping to assignments—not metre-padding.
In the end, the officers had to put their feet down and reaffirm that we would never be a hardcore raiding guild, merely semi. While we lost a lot of great hardcore players soon after this the guild direction was clearly set out, and those who chose to remain with us are happy to do so. We have far less complaints and concerns, allowing the officer team to focus on more important issues at hand. I also have less silver hair sprouting. We aren’t the top guild at the moment, but certainly one of the better ones on the server. Our roster is thinner now, but the raids must go on. Recruitment must continue.
Also, with so much going on I had little time to actually do any transmogging until a couple of weeks ago. A totally new set of items, and a new sense of pride!
The most beautiful cloak in the game. Am so glad to have won it at the time.