Last week I left my Alliance guild.
It wasn’t because of drama. It wasn’t because I wanted more progression. It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy playing with the people there. It all came down to schedule. After three and a half years of raiding Friday and Saturday nights, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. I’m no social butterfly, but raiding those times did have a definite impact on how much time I got to spend with my friends and family. Over the last several months I had been feeling increasingly bad about the whole situation. I felt guilty when I turned down invites from my friends to go out so I could raid. Likewise I felt like I was letting down my guild the times I declined raids so I could go out. It started to feel like a no-win situation, where I would always have to choose between letting down my friends or my guild.
Just as my feelings of guilt and frustration at trying to balance raiding and real life were reaching a boiling point, I saw a very appealing recruitment ad from a guild looking for a resto Druid. They were at a very similar progression level, had raid times that would work really well for me and as a bonus, I was already somewhat familiar with some of the members through WoW blogs and Twitter. It gave me the push I needed. Though I loved raiding with aus the raid schedule was really stressing me out and I needed a change. I made the decision to leave.
That week was quite the emotional roller coaster for me. The first thing I did was write a message to my raid leader, letting him know I would be leaving soon. I wrote the message then sat in front of my computer sobbing for 20 minutes before I hit send. The next day I sent messages to the rest of the officers which involved more crying. After that, I put in my application to Apotheosis. I was really excited about writing and submitting my app. I’ve always loved tests (yes, I’m a nerd) and I looked at the application process as a big test. Could I avoid the errors that so many applicants make? No spelling mistakes, full answers to all the questions asked and responses that convince people I know what I’m doing? Apparently I could. After some back and forth on the forums and an interview on Mumble, I was offered a trial spot in the guild. I was really pleased things had gone so well. The following weekend I had my final raid with aus, said my goodbyes and server transferred Jasyla. I got a lot of nice messages and replies to my goodbye post on the forums which, of course, induced more crying.
It was a hard decision, but ultimately I think it was the right one. My first raid-free weekend in a long time was a really nice change of pace. I know my fiancé appreciated not being abandoned for a raid on Friday night. I’ll miss raiding with aus – there are many great people and players there that I both like and respect. I’ll miss my healing team, who have been healing together for so long. We avoided healing assignments like the plague, but we still kept people healed somehow and had fun doing it. I’ll miss the chatter about chicken salt and raiding without pants, songs about soft kitties, professor putricide imitations and all the awful, awful puns. I’ve got a lot of great memories and I will keep in touch though.
Now I’m focused on impressing my new guildmates and healing the hell out of them in raids. Everyone has been really welcoming. My first two raids with Apotheosis were fun and successful. I got a couple new boss kills and was fortunate enough to be a part of the guild’s first heroic Maloriak kill. I can’t wait to start working on our next heroic and be part of the learning process from start to finish.
The most amazing this about this is not the kill, but that we managed to line up properly for a kill shot.
My Alliance guild killed Nefarion for the first time this weekend – yay! What an ordeal that was. I really feel for the tanks on that fight. Raid healing got pretty simple after a while, but those adds are a giant pain in the ass. All our tanks performed admirably and we managed to get a fairly clean first kill with only a few deaths. I also got lucky and won my T11 helmet.
- Jasyla rocking the 4-piece set bonus
My Horde raid group is still sitting at 9/12, having some dps issues on Cho’gall. On the bright side, we repeated our kill on Atramedes this week (he’s been giving us grief) – while his targetting was bugged, no less. I actually kinda liked the aggro-sensitive flame breath.
And now for something completely different…
- A reminder of why I hated the original tree form.
- Jasyla the hunter about to be eaten by rabid dogs.
- How cute, they’re holding hands!
Hope everyone has a good week.
In guilds with multiple raid teams you need a way to tell them apart. Rather than number the teams, which denotes hierarchy, I think it’s better (and more fun) to give the teams proper names.
My Horde guild started the expansion with five 10man raid teams. Three of the teams were named after Top Gun characters: Maverick, Iceman and Goose.
My team was Goose.
I gave the GM a lot of grief over this. Not only were we named after a character who wasn’t even a pilot, but he died halfway through the movie in a freak accident. True to our name, Goose seemed to be cursed. Three players bowed out of raiding before our first raid had even taken place, one of whom was supposed to be our second tank. Our DK stepped up and switched his main spec to tank, so we were able to field raids but it was really rough going. It’s rather amusing actually – In Top Gun Goose died because of a faulty ejection. In team Goose our eject button worked very well – we lost 7 raiders in 3 months.
This week we compressed down to 4 raid teams and decided that Goose was officially cooked. We have been reborn Team Viper.
I hope we have better luck with our new name. The other team is also adopting a Top Gun name and will likely be Team Jester by the end of the week.
In my Alliance guild, we’ve got a couple 10man teams and a 25 team. My 10 man team was recently dubbed Blood Shrimp raid, as our MT has a habit of gently placing Blood Shrimp in people’s pockets. The other team is called ThundercoungarFalconBird… I have no idea why. Our 25man raid is currently nameless, and I think that should be remedied.
Does your raid team have a fun name?
Alright, here comes my first shameless recruitment plug for my Alliance guild:
<aus> is a progression minded raiding guild on Proudmoore. We have a 25-man raiding group running on a weekend schedule to accomodate for our mix of Aussie, US and Asian time zone players.
Ranged DPS: Any class
Melee DPS: Any class (a DK would be hot)
Healers: Full – although we will gladly consider any hybrid combo (Healer/Tank or Healer/DPS)
Our core 25 raid takes place 2 days a week:
Friday 6:30pm-10:30pm PST (1pm-5pm AEST Saturday).
Saturday 6:30pm-10:30pm PST (1pm-5pm AEST Sunday).
(above times are for first pull. Invites for raids officially start half hour before go time).
Interested applicants should:
- Spec accordingly for the role you’re apping to.
- Be above ilvl 333
- Gems and enchants appropriate to your class
- Maintain 80 percent weekend attendance.
- Be able to follow direction.
- Have a good internet connection.
- Be a team player with a positive attitude.
- Want to progress and accomplish new things.
- Have vent and mandatory mods installed.
- Come prepared.
If this sounds like you, post up an app or speak to any officer in game. Apply here: http://ausguild.surlymonkey.com/ (Note, you’ll need to sign up for forum access to post your app).
<aus> is a great guild that has been around for a long time (formed in 2004). We’re a large guild with people from all different time zones, so no matter what time you like to play there’s always people online to talk to or run dungeons with. In addition to the 25-man raids on the weekends there are also 10s going on throughout the week. We are 10/12 in the current tier of content. If you’re a ranged or melee dps looking for a new home, come fill out an app!