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Guildwatch: Goodbye endgame, hello new game


Just to give you an idea of how different this expansion's transition has been, a story: last time we had an expansion release, Guildwatch actually went on hiatus -- so many guilds had stopped raiding, and Karazhan was such a roadblock for newer guilds that there just wasn't enough guild news to go around. But this week, with the new expansion, the endgame is so packed that we couldn't fit nearly all the news we had into today's column (if you submitted something and don't see it here this week, it'll be here next week).

Just shows you how Blizzard's lolpatch has really kept guilds going through a traditionally slow time for guilds. We'll have to see how guilds handle the transition up to Wrath and Naxx next week -- hopefully there'll be more downed, drama, and recruiting news than just "we're leveling, leave us alone." Send us a note at wowguildwatch@gmail.com if you've got some guild transition news.


DRAMA
  • Diplomats on Moonrunner-H have split up again. Apparently there was a raid ID ninja that rubbed a few members the wrong way, and more than one /gquit and transferred off the server. We like the guy who /gquit in style though: "Horde on this server are useless." Very classy.
  • No Remorse on Kargath apparently has split up into two different guilds. WTFguild apparently has two officers that actively recruited two people while in No Remorse, and we're also hearing that when forming the new guild, they happened to bring a few gems and patterns from SSC and Hyjal with them. They blamed their departure for poor management and bad communication from the old GM, but we also hear that he recently got a new RL job, so he wasn't really to blame. Apparently it was a bad breakup -- lots of /spitting and /rudeing of former members. Too bad.
  • Menzoberran on Tichondrius-H went on hiatus a few months ago, and they emailed us this week to let us know that they're back and ready for Wrath. Let's get it on!
  • The very first Warglaive on Steamwheedle Cartel finally dropped, and it went to Goldranger of Ethos. But apparently that didn't fly with Akaen of Natural Order --- he believed the glaive should have gone to Pantheon, the top guild on the server, apparently, and much more deserving of the honor, and signed into their grats thread to tell them exactly that (from a level 7 troll). And oh yes, there's more: apparently Akaen knows how to divvy up loot, since he stole a pattern from a Sunwell run that he definitely didn't need. We're a little more worried about Goldranger -- the dude got a tattoo in real-life of a Warglaive? You know those things don't come off, right? Like ever?
  • Oh, and one more Warglaive dropped on Steamwheedle Cartel, and Natural Order trolled that one all up, too.
  • Conspiracy theorists! Need to make some strange assumptions and throw around accusations of who might have hacked the guildleader of Really Bad Players on Terenas? Then this, my friends, is the thread for you.
  • We're not sure what server this is on, but Aprilane apparently ninja'd a TK raid ID from Reloaded, and gave it to the guild Drunk and Dangerous. Reloaded was waiting so more people could join up and finish up the vial quest, but DnD stole the kill out from underneath them. Whatever that server was, bad form.
  • We're not quite sure who Bloodborne is and what he did to become so hated on the EU Agamaggan threads, but wow, this is a nice piece of Internet detective work. The aptly named Supastalker takes the troll from anonymous to known in one post flat.
  • Finally, an awesome piece of news for Veteran's Day yesterday: the folks in TBA (we're not sure what server) are working on something they're calling WRE, or "Wrath Ready to Eat." They're hooking up soldiers overseas with a copy of Wrath as soon as possible to pass around and install, and then they're sending CD keys down after them, and getting the copies signed as they get installed. Pretty cool idea, and as they say, lots faster than waiting for Blizzard to make the thing downloadable, especially for folks in the field.
DOWNED
  • The Wizards Sleeve on Bronze Dragonflight-H has been rolling the endgame -- Anatheron, Azgalor, Kaz'rogal, and Gorefiend have already dropped, and Kael'thas is on notice. They're recruiting for Wrath, too -- let's just assume every guild in the 'watch today is recruiting for Wrath, because most of them are.
  • Revamp on Eldre'thelas-A says all dungeons are on farm status. Expansion ho!
  • The Pride on Moonrunner-H (yes, the same faction called "useless" in drama above) delivered on the notice to Mother Shahraz, doused Al'ar, and downed Lady Vashj. Nice job.
  • Odyssey on Gorgonnash-A got lucky -- they downed Illidan once and got a main hand Warglaive. After passing it out to an overjoyed rogue, they went back in the next week... and the offhand dropped. We hear the rogue stopped breathing for a few minutes, but paramedics weren't needed -- they gave him the second one to complete the set.
  • Knights Who Say Ni (on Gnomeregan-A) went from struggling to get two ZA bosses down to a full clear with 3 chests, all thanks to our good friend the lolpatch. Next up, they want Ony with 5 people, and AQ with just 10.
  • Lose Your Life on Gorefiend is celebrating their fourth (!) anniversary as a guild in December -- their GM, Betelgeuse, has been around for two years, and BC almost broke them up, but they made it through. Very nice job sticking together -- I have a feeling Wrath will be less troublesome, but we'll see.
  • Knights of the Shadows downed Illidan Stormrage. Unlike the guild above, they weren't lucky enough to grab one Warglaive. That's too bad, but we are putting Archimonde on notice.
  • Defenders of Valhalla on Durotan server, downed in one night three new bosses in BT. Gorefiend, Bloodboil, and RoS all dropped in one evening.
  • Chaotic Fury on Khaz Modan-H went into The Eye for the first time with one thing in mind; To kill Void Reaver. And Loot Reaver they did kill, with only 21 members in the raid.
  • Tempting Fate of Khaz Modan downed The Illidari Council and Illidan on their last big raid before Wrath. Woot!
  • No Life Raiders on Argent Dawn-A have gone 5/6 and 3/4, and all the way up to Illidan himself. Archimonde is on notice for next time, though Wrath is looming as well.
  • Nexus on Uldaman-A finally downed Kil'jaeden this week. Grats!
  • Tainted Morals of Hakkar has downed KJ for the server first kill just in time for Wrath. Nice job.
  • Vindication on the Korialstrasz server has downed Kil'Jaeden. Their goal was to clear out BC before Wrath, and they stuck with it until they were done.
  • Magic and Mayhem of Echo Isles killed Archimonde to clear Mount Hyjal out. Black Temple was also toppled recently -- sounds like they're ready for the expansion, too.
  • Decimate from Kargath has successfully cleared Mount Hyjal and Black Temple after the lolpatch. They even have the video to prove it -- they say Wrath is due for a little decimation as well.
  • Flame of Anduril has downed Illidan on both US and EU servers. They started on Stormrage, due to lag switched over to EU Twilight's Hammer, and dropped Illy D in both places. Lolpatch helped a bit but still -- two downs, two continents.
  • Stargazer Clan downed Kael'thas just before the "Hand of A'dal" disappeared forever. They're now 4/4, 6/6, 4/5, 7/9 with sights set on Illidan and Sunwell.
  • Vitiosus Letum on Durotan cleared BT for the first time. Apparently they had fire elementals tanking -- that sounds nuts, but I guess it worked. We thought that sounded strange -- they had trouble with their tanks and the fire elementals. That makes more sense.
  • Silent Redemption on Feathermoon has downed Supremus, Shade of Akama, Teron Gorefiend, Gurtogg Bloodboil, Reliquary of Souls, and Mother Shahraz. Nice!
  • Southshore Posse on Shu'Halo has recently started the shift toward raiding, but they have struggled with gear and attendance to put any kind of a dent in Kara. That all changed the other night, though, when they cleared all the way up to Illhoof. They hope to finish off the whole thing before Wrath's release (though downtime today probably put a dent in that plan).
  • Deathsworn of EU Darkspear has jumped on the lolpatch and cleared out both MH and BT, and gone 3/6 in Sunwell, hopefully clearing it before Wrath. Sounds good.
  • Novus Initium decided that after the lolpatch, they'd check out 25-man raiding. A little while later, they've got 4/5 cleared in Hyjal and BT is cleared up to the council.
  • Dragons Call on Bloodhoof-A got their first Zul'Jin kill in ZA. Big deal for them -- pre-lolpatch, they were joking that they thought there were only two bosses in ZA, because that's how far they got. They also 8-manned some MC, which seems like good times. I miss MC a little bit.
  • Epic Proportions on Laughing Skull continued with the post nerf downing festival by taking out RoS and Bloodboil, as well as Azgalor in the past week.
  • Thanks to the new lolpatch, Reborn on Scarlet Crusade was able to down first time ever both Kael and Vashj. Grats!
  • Tribal on EU Nagrand blasted through BT and cleared up to the Council. Hyjal has just Archi left, and they're aiming to finish them both off by Wrath. They're also recruiting healers, specifically holy Pallies who are coming back from Ret after all the nerfs.
  • Scions of Proteus from EU Nagrand EU are a casual/social guild that's been rocking it lately -- SSC got finished off in three days, and then went into TK and killed everything except Kael. They then got 3/9 in BT, and since their goal was BT before Wrath, they're calling it a success. Good luck in Northrend.
  • The Syndicate of Arygos is a raiding guild formed earlier this year -- they've cleared Kara, Gruul, and Mag, and then moved on to 25-man raiding. Recently they've finished off Illidan, and Kalecgos will hopefully drop before the expansion.
  • The Stymies (Azuremyst-H) 5-manned Kara last weekend, skipping only Netherspite. The party consisted of a Pally, Priest, Hunter, Rogue and Warlock, all in T5/T6-equivalent crafted/BoJ/PvP gear. Grats! They're also recruiting for Wrath content, hit up the website for more.
  • In the last few days before Wrath, Ascension of Moon Guard was witness to Anveena's sacrifice and forced the Man'ari lord back down through his Sunwell portal, aided by the will of the Blue Dragonflight. We think that means they downed Kil'jaeden, but who knows with these crazy RPers -- grats anyway!
  • Congrats to Serenity on Nazgrel-A for picking up the realm-first Warglaive from Illy D. Careful with that thing, you'll put your eye out.
RECRUITING
  • Dumb Dirty Dogs on Onyxia-H is looking for some folks who would like to get in on as much 25-man content as possible before Wrath and to pursue more butt kicking afterwards.
  • Resurgence is a professional-casual raid guild on Area 52. They're looking for some exceptional players to join up for Wrath of the Lich King. They've managed to clear all the BC content, and even cleared Sunwell right after the patch. Low drama, raid only three nights a week, and they're one of the top 5 guilds on the server. Sounds good.
  • Lux Aeterna of Doomhammer is currently recruiting all classes and specs for WotLK raiding. We're looking for laid back people with a great sense of humor that can still get the job done in a raid environment. We plan to be a top progression guild in WotLK. Raid times are Sunday to Wednesday in the early evenings.
  • Sparda is an exceptional late night raiding guild on Gilneas -- they formed in May of 2006 and are now seeking exceptional players, specifically healers, to raid Sunday through Thursday with them. They've cleared through Sunwell, but Wrath is up next -- off to the new endgame.
  • Iconoclast on Zul'jin-H is a veteran raiding guild that raids three days a week -- they've got 3/6 in Sunwell pre-lolpatch, and are ready to hit Wrath at a run. Apply on the website if interested.
  • Way of the Sword on Steamwheedle Cartel-H is looking for a few more -- they raid twice a week, at least until they jump headfirst into leveling, I'd imagine.
  • ALiAS (server?) is currently recruiting. They're a casual guild, leveling up, and participating in groups and events from time to time. They're seeking people who want fun without the childish antics. Look them up ingame or on the site for more information.
  • Anastasis of EU Stormreaver are recruiting -- they originally rerolled on Stormreaver with the intentions of seriously raiding 25 mans in WotLK, and now the big day's getting closer! More information on the website.
That's it for this week's GW. We'll be back as usual next week -- until then, happy raiding!


That not enough guild news for you? There's lots more Guildwatch in the archives, including a little fantasy drama (that turned out to be a hoax), and even the random hilarious Vent recording. Wherever people /gquit or are /gkicked, that's where you'll find GW!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Guilds, Odds and ends, Raiding, Guildwatch, Wrath of the Lich King

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