Monday, April 14, 2014

The History of Frostwolves Guild

I thought I would write down the history of our guild, so that there will be some written record SOMEWHERE on the internet! So Frostwolves, have a read and take a walk down memory lane as I try to put together from various accounts (and from using Warcraftrealms) the journey of the guild Frostwolves.

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The first origin of our guild was Frostwolf, on Khadgar-US.  The guild was founded by Toutatis (then Panauramix) on June 12, 2005.  Tout was playing with a girl named Kareen, who helped him found the guild. It was the first venture Tout had as horde after playing on Alliance as a dwarf warrior.  Gortez joined Toutatis and the guild was moving towards a solid group for 5 man dungeons.

It was during one of these dungeon runs that they picked up 2 brothers from trade chat, Nighthaunter and Dagman (better known now as Fueghan and Nabeshin).  They did a lot of 5 mans together and the two brothers joined Frostwolf. Dagman joined first in November 2005, followed by Nighthaunter in December.  Dagman brought his friends from Gefallene Council, Gley and Enna (then Noscos) to the guild as well. Gefallene Council was eventually absorbed by Frostwolf, with Silentogre, Davith, Rockhoof, Riky and Ghistal joining the ranks.

One day, Nighthaunter was running Scholomance and they PuG'd a tauren warrior.  Nighthaunter sent Tout a whisper, "I think I've found us a tank!"  And Moopie (then Madcow) joined in the guild in February 2006. Gley brought his friend Shabahdu (then Broth) to the guild shortly after.

Frostwolf started doing 10 man UBRS as well as 40 man Molten core as fill-ins with the guild Knights who became Ni.  Frostwolf wasn't big enough to run bit 40 mans on it's own at that stage.

Zul'gurub was released with patch 1.7 in September 2005 as a 20 man raid, and that was a great instance for Frostwolf, as it was a smaller raid and it was easier to pug people to fill the raid. In mid 2006 Frostwolf did many runs of ZG with PuGs from trade. Many of the PuGs who joined the Frostwolf ZG raid ended up joining the guild.  Suspect, Huntinhk, Kadburi, Fleckso, Navimie, Hyades, Biship (then Hellspawner), Sybille, Thinto, Seven, Cymre (then Tallys), Crackedskull, Demonspirit, Saintzhul, Vaakis, Dephyle, Mabaho and Abyssmal were among those who joined around this time. AQ 20 (Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj) which had been released in Patch 1.9 in 2006 was what Frostwolf worked on subsequently. Sevrus joined in late 2006 after joining in on AQ PuGs.



Animosity was a big guild on Khadgar and as that guild changed, many of its members were also at one time, members of Frostwolf.  This included Nokturn, Azadelta (then Azalpha), McTacky, Beza, Firehybrid, Evicene, Viles, Aoitora and Yozora.

Toutatis eventually became less involved with WoW, as he concentrated on activities in real life.  Leadership of Frostwolf passed to Fueghan and Huntinhk, but Huntinhk deferred the mantle to Fueghan.

2007 ushered in Burning Crusade, with more raid instances tuned towards our small guild as raids went from 40 to 25 man.  Karazhan was a popular instance.  There were some notable new members, including Priestietute (then Frostietute), Lacrox, Balinar (then Xarek), Caedis (then Tempestus), Arstor, Eddings Funkyjocks and Aioros.

As with all guilds, membership was fluid with members joining and leaving all the time. It was in late 2007-2008 when we had difficulty making our raid numbers.  We participated with another guild (Church of Hax) to form a raiding alliance for Tempest Keep, Gruul's Lair, Magtheridon and Serpentshrine cavern, but it lasted for about one month. Dividing loot was tough and though some people were pushing for the alliance, some were chafing against it, and in the end EVERYONE had to be on the same page for it to work. Wetfishslap came to Frostwolves from Sodium.


By mid 2008 the officers of Frostwolf were scouting for a new home on an Oceanic server.  Dath'remar was chosen, and because the name Frostwolf was already taken on Dath'remar, the guild was reformed as Frostwolves.  There was no guild transfer function at that time, and it was up to everyone to transfer across and get reinvited.

Wow look at this new server, it's populated!
Faithless, Garnik, Shamps, Kyxyn (then Xynzelle), Undeademily and Deathrazor were some of the first who joined the new guild.  Chihako and McTacky came over from Khadgar to join Frostwolves.  Late in 2008 the third expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, was released. 10 and 25 man raids were now available for raiding and we started in Naxxramas then Ulduar and eventually Icecrown Citadel.  Our guild was a little slow getting into Ulduar when it was released with patch 3.1.0 in April 2009.  Bish and Navimie were both recepients of the legendary items but were unable to complete it during the tier.  It seemed such a short interval before, Trial of the Crusader, was released with patch 3.2.0 in August and Ulduar was left behind. In late 2009 to early 2010 that we had a large influx of members from a group of armed forces players station in Japan. Our numbers of raiders were flagging at that time, and Darkborn brought with him a lot of players that boosted our raiding numbers.  It was just in time for patch 3.3.0 which opened up Icecrown Citadel.  But those days were not to last, and after some time, and after a brief swell to our guild numbers he left after a disagreement, and took all those players with him, and left our guild with a large hole in it.  We still managed to bat on with ICC, despite those setbacks.

Moo getting his Shadowmourne
2010 saw Melfina, Targetme and Manbull joining, as well as Souglyy (then Bahada). In the middle of the year Ayelena and Corael joined us, and later by Thraso and Iadycroft.  To our relief, we were raiding regularly again.  Lich King went down, and that was the first time we had managed to kill an end tier boss when that tier was current. We even managed to get a few heroics in. In late 2010, the fourth expansion, Cataclysm, was released.

In early 2011, Roshii and Hwired joined the Frostwolves ranks, at the time of Blackwing Descent and Bastion of Twilight. It was an exciting time in mid 2011 when Patch 4.2.0 was released with a new raid, Firelands, and a legendary staff for casters.  Voe joined Frostwolves around that time.  Sevrus was the fortunate caster chosen for to receive the first staff, and Aza and Lushnek followed soon after.  Patch In late 2011 Gutsy and Fallnapart joined which was around the release of Patch 4.3.0 bringing Dragon Soul. Of the two rogues we had, Augment and Roshii, Roshii was chosen to be the recipient of the legendary daggers in Dragon Soul. Around this time, Fue began to have issues with his hand, and began to play less and less.  However, the last patch before an expansion seemed to drag on, like it did during WotLK, and with such a long time on Dragon Soul, Frostwolves was able to defeat Heroic Deathwing on 10 man.  Bladewind and Ksret joined us towards the later part of the year.

Mists of Pandaria was released on 25 September 2012, and Raked (a friend of Voe's) joined our ranks. Fue returned to raiding but his wrist problems plagued him again and he once again stopped raiding, leaving us struggling to raid.  It was 2013 and patch 5.2 brought the Throne of Thunder raid. Disconcur, Luxy and Sabrehawk joined us around this time. There weren't even PuGs to be found to fill our raids.  Some of our core raiders left for greener raiding pastures, and Horde was severely outnumbered, and more and more people left the server or faction changed to be where there were more players.  We were stuck at Thunder King, and unable to get the kill before the next patch. The officers and Frostwolves had a long think - what did that mean for us?  Why would anyone come to our guild when there were so many more progressed guilds on the server and Horde recruits were already slim pickings.  It was decided that it was time to move the guild again. Lushnek was Guild master in Fue's absence, but it was agreed that upon transfer to the new server that the responsibility would pass to Navimie.


Saurfang was chosen for the relatively even balance of Horde and Alliance.  We even had a tank waiting for us on Saurfang - Asys joined as soon as we transferred across in  June 2013.  We had a large influx of social members, many were bloggers who were leaving a character in the guild (including Voros, Zwingli, Mataoka, Neri, Casadella and Dragonray) and we welcomed the new members.  Patch 5.4.0 was released in Septembre 2013 and heralded the Siege of Orgrimmar raid.  Aza's friends Exray and Dralen joined us from Dath'remar (they had alts in the Dath'remar Frostwolves), and Morzierz, Alariantha and Shammcow were recruited through forums. Nathamanz and Jazzbangers joined when their guild disbanded.

It was a good time for Frostwolves.  Raids were now full, and there was no drama, and the guild in general seemed happy.  With the sixth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, not expected to be released till the end of the year, we hope that this golden age will continue for some time to come.

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Thanks for reading the history of our guild!  If any Frosties feel like I've forgotten you - drop me a line and I'll put you in the post - sometimes I can't remember everyone!

9 comments:

  1. I still remember after some discussion, dropping guild mid-raid in ZG and waiting for an invite from Tout. Nice to see some pictorial evidence of my time there (both times).

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  2. You are a natural born archivist: what a wonderful post!

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  3. My little baby's all grown up! *sniffle*

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  4. Wow, you've been with the Frostwolves as long as I've been playing. You guys must have the secret formula for longevity down perfect!

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  5. That is some awesome history there.

    I am Voe's friend from work and Raked is a friend of mine from another realm (pretty close but)

    Sabrehawk

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  6. Nice history Nav ;-)

    But what happened to poor Funkyjocks, the tank? :p

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  7. Miss you guys, cant wait till warlords and i will be back in play mode. Will probably rejoin you guys. :)

    Fallnapart

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  8. Wow Navi, that's an impressive memory of people in the guild. So many familiar names there. I didn't know the very early history before we joined up but I'm sure I remember Rockhoof smashing an Alli raid on Crossroads.

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