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5-10-2011 @ 10:31AM
Unfortunately, I cannot say that I'm in the same position. I have been raiding with my guild since Wrath of the Lich King and I am one of four members that have kept our raid alive, despite all obstacles. Recently, we acquired two raiders that are friends in real life. They brought in a couple more real life friends and luckily enough for us, they're all good! Even more luckier for everyone, we didn't really have to replace anyone. They came at a time when we were struggling to find active, serious minded raiders. Needless to say, our raid group and our guild are stronger then ever at the moment. Even with our guild master on a temporary leave of absence! I'm getting a little sidetracked but what can I say? When I read articles like this from bloggers like yourself struggling to fit in somewhere, I'm amazed how far I've come and how lucky I am to have found my guild. To be one of four members that have resurrected a guild that was once dead and abandoned and turned it the small powerhouse that it is today. More importantly, I'm reminded of the days that I spent in your position. Abandoned by a guild of real life friends when the Guild Master (and co-worker) decided to give me the boot both in game and in real life over something I had apparently said in game. To this day, I don't remember what I said but it was apparently enough to never talk to me again. I spent what must of been month's hopping guilds, trying to find a place to call home. Looking for my ticket "in". Looking for PuG's in trade. Many, many PuG's. So many PuG's. The breaking point finally came when I met my girlfriend. She was Alliance, I was Horde. At this time, I had my own guild but my talent... Well, they were a work in progress in my eyes. Lots of potential but like myself, little serious raiding experience. Since all the hardcore raiders were pretty much taken it was my job to improve the talent that I had. However, she was in a serious raiding guild that had progressed quite nicely. In fact, she had become my secret weapon when I was leading raids. My personal knowledge center because she had already progressed through it all.Finally, when faction changes became possible and after much consideration for my guildies (who I cared about very much), I transferred leadership and faction changed/server transferred. Best decision I ever made. I raided with her guild for 3 weeks and they server transferred themselves, leaving the new guild abandoned. What I didn't know was that the original GM left the game and there was a huge shakeup with leadership which caused many members to up and quit when a key player was booted from the guild. After only three weeks, I was back in the same position of finding a guild. A place to call home. Waiting for my ticket back "in". I joined casual guilds that considered themselves raiding guilds. I started my own guild but no one would join. I even joined the 3rd top guild on our server progression wise but I spent my time benched. Their core group was pretty much set in stone. Then one day my girlfriend logged onto her alt who was still in the abandoned guild and who was on? The original GM. He was looking at a destroyed guild covered in ashes. It was then that he decided to transfer leadership back to himself and pick the guild back up. My girlfriend and I weren't doing much so we came back on our mains and helped him bring the guild back on it's feet. After only a month we were raiding again. After two months we downed the Lich King. It wasn't a big deal to most raiding guilds that had already progressed through Wrath content but it was to us. Not only because our raid consisted of 10 members that were not kingslayers but because it meant we wiped the dust off an abandoned guild and turned it back into a real progression guild. I have been with the guild since. What did I learn from it all? Well, I learned that it's possible to start again from scratch. I learned that PuG's aren't necessarily a bad thing if you're guildless. We've gained many members from Pugging. Granted, it's rare, but it happens! If you're good and you find yourself replacing a member of a good guild, chances are they'll want to keep you. Keep applying to guilds. We've accepted members below our standards before. Some of them turned out to be amazing players. Hang in there, you'll find something if you have the time and you always play your best. Remember when you did raid? Remember what your raid group looked for? Try to be that guy.
5-10-2011 @ 11:06AM
"Hang in there, you'll find something if you have the time and you always play your best.Remember when you did raid? Remember what your raid group looked for? Try to be that guy. "THIS TOTALLY THIS!!Each individual's gaming is what you choose to make of it.
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