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2-17-2012 @ 2:22PM
Like the author, I was in a prog-raiding 40man guild in vanilla. we were ranked 3rd for horde and I think 5th overall on the server, and one of only 4 guilds doing original Naxx. I raided 6 days a week for 5 hours a night, with saturdays off and sunday night devoted to BWL/Ony clears for offspec/set pieces. I spent my off-days farming whipper root tubers. The day the AQ40 event happened, I called out sick from work and skipped a final exam because they needed DPS for Prophet Skeram attempts. In BC we scored server first kills on a number of tier 1 & 2 bosses. We were the one of the first horde guilds on the server to cash in on the lucrative business of selling ZA bear mounts and sunwell trash runs. Our Alliance sister guild had some of the top ranked dps in the US, and were in the running for server first sunwell(screwed outta that one ;p). In wrath, we were one of the first horde guilds running naxx, and my first Lich king kill was a 10man heroic kill. For alot of people this was what was considered to be pretty hardcore. On the flip side, we didn't feel very hardcore, and we just played the game like anyone else. Eventually due to life constraints, we moved to raiding 3 days a week, and just tried to be really efficient and get as much done as we could in the shorter amount of allotted time that was available to us. We had alot of fun. After going through the whole nonsense of raiding becoming a 2nd job. I feel fortunate that at one point I could afford the time to spend on raiding 6 nights a week. I know I certainly can't live like that anymore, and I know alot of people simply can't do that because their real lives keep them more occupied. So from this perspective, it feels like the whole debate on casual vs hardcore is that it belongs in that whole "I am better than you because of XXXX" epeen stroking. The argument seems to stem from something which one could claim makes you feel good about yourself or feel superior to another person. like "i'm hardcore, thus I am better than you" or "I worked harder than you did!". it's a mentality of exclusivity based on perception of achievement, which, if you sit down and REALLY think about it, is really, really dumb. Like do tyou think the clerk at the grocery store gives a sh*t if you're the best dps on your server? it's like "hey I'm really good at a videogame". That's cool, I guess? I have job, that's pretty cool too right?Anytime I've gotten that attitude from people I just kind of smile and nod. been there, done that, not a huge deal at all in the grand scheme of the world, guys.
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