Guild fun and excitement
I am really excited by our new guild, With Feeling.
Just for some history…
My first couple of guilds when I started WOW were created by a lot of new players that started out on Drenden shortly after the BC release. We were clueless about things like raiding and Attunement and we ultimately broke apart and found guilds that could help us move into the raiding scene and teach us what the heck to do outside of leveling.
My first real taste of raiding came from joining Aetherial Circle. I raided in BC with AC until they went on a raiding Hiatus before Wrath. I joined Knight Watch at that point to continue BC raiding (BT more specifically) and stayed with them into Wrath til somewhere in Ulduar.
I had an opportunity to return to AC as part of a dedicated 10 man group working on hard modes, heroic raids, and getting ponies (mounts) and titles (I like collecting titles) and even better on nights that my wife approved… and only 2 nights per week down from 3. We were wildly successful and were typically in the top 3 on server for 10 man progression and achievements. Toward the end of Wrath and going into the next Xpac we stopped raiding before we downed LK heroic and to continue raiding I joined Dsylxeic on Drenden and went back to 25 man raiding. It was awesome and I was fortunate enough to get a LK hero kill in before Cataclysm. I left Dsylxeic prior to Cataclysm because there was no way I could keep up with the schedule of a hard core raiding guild… 4 nights a week just won’t happen for me… heck, 3 is even tough.
Due to wanting to do nothing but 10 man content going forward, especially with the changes made by Blizzard, our old AC 10 man broke off from AC which had become defunct during Wrath due to various reasons. We started With Feeling and invited back all the old AC players that had gone elsewhere. We have had a lot of people return and we have also brought in (merged) with another successful 10 man guild Paragon.
We have started to return to raiding and all 3 10 man groups we were able to field all downed Magmaw, I believe on our first night of tries. We are running old content on off nights where people are interested and getting a lot of those guild achievements (I even got my ironbound protodrake finally).
We are doing a pretty nifty guild organization of raid teams. Thus far we have our original 10 man from AC that we have reorganized due to attrition (well, we probably are not quite finished yet), we have a 10 man raid group of Hawaiians (No, that is not a fancy way of saying Canadians). And we have the Paragon 10 man raid group. Any group within the guild is free to manage their group and raid as they see fit and I think the structure is going to work out nicely. No forcing of any guild DKP policy or any of that nonsense. Each raid team can distribute loot how they see fit. Any raid team can fill an open spot with anyone they want, Etc.
Honestly, I am so excited about the dynamic and possible success I am sure that Blizzard will remove 10 man raiding completely in the next expansion… LOL.