The doom and gloom of disgruntled WoW players is contagious. How can you keep your positivity and excitement up when EVERYONE is constantly dragging you down?
I am, of course, talking about the very LONG wait before we get an expansion in World of Warcraft.
And I am not saying that you aren't allowed to whinge. Of course you are. And I will listen to you and nod my head, and agree with you because I can understand how frustrating it is. What does Blizzard think we're going to do now with no new content to do until Legion drops? Why should we pay money for the next 10 months with nothing new to do? I am going to unsub until Legion and if they can sell it well enough then maybe I'll come back. I get it. I hear you.
It is almost as if it's the "trendy" thing to say. The go with the flow thing to say. Like when everyone says they hate the former Prime Minister Tony Abbottt, you couldn't be one of those people who would say that you actually like him because you would be met with ridicule and derision.
So let's look at me. I am a heroic raider and I have my AotC for killing Heroic Archimonde. I have finished the arena season with my 100 wins for my mount, but a lousy rating.
But I still have so many things I want to do. And one of them is having a crack at mythic.
I have said that I am not going to recruit people just so we can raid mythic. Those sorts of people tend to be vagrants - looking for a better guild to hop to and when the going gets tough, they get going. And I understand that. It's their money, their game.
I have been thinking about it since I heard what patch 6.2.3 will bring, and I decided that we will attempt do cross-realm mythic.
This begs the question - how do we do that? Do we list ourselves in group finder? Do we approach another guild?
There was an obvious solution to me, but inside I was hesitant. I did know a guild that was similar progression to ours, with whom I had some rapport already. That guild was Onineko, on Barthilas.
The GM of that guild has been a friend of mine since Pandaria. CTwin and I became friends through Challenge Modes and I have been to their raids before, and also have an alt parked in their guild. He also has an alt parked in my guild. But, do I want to jeopardize that friendship by suggesting a mythic co-op when I know the problems that can arise from any kind of guild alliance?
Pfft, surely friendship can get past those obstacles right? I mean, worrying about whose tanks are going to tank, how do we do loot, whose instructions do we follow, tensions and egos within the raid team - those aren't actually REAL problems are they?
But they are. Guildies having a relaxed atmosphere in which to raid with a bit of challenge and none of the elitist crap is what I'm looking for. I know we're not a mythic guild, but we've reached the end of heroic, so where else is there to go, right?
So, I broached the idea with Kyxyn and then later with Aimei and Sev, and there was some hesitancy and some positivity. Then I spoke to CT about it and he was open to the idea, though it would need lots of discussion. We fleshed out a few ideas, but really, what it would come down to, is whether the two groups would get along.
On Sunday night they were doing a raid and I asked Kyxyn and Aimei to come with me to their raid to see what they thought of their raid. I had already warned them that Onineko are a little more boisterous than our guild, and since Yuuda was on, I brought him along as well. It was a relaxed raid since it was farm bosses (lower floor) and so there was a bit of mucking around and brute forcing stuff, but I had fun and the others had a good time too. CT had told Onineko to be on their best behaviour which was of course a flag to say let's be really loud and worse than normal, but overall it was pleasant, and you could see that everyone got along. I envied them a bit because I wish MY raid would get along as well as that, though I admit I have a slightly tighter rein on language than they do.
I was a little embarrassed by esteemed guildies. Aimei and Kyxyn were there on their alts doing stellar DPS (cough) and also died a lot. Yuuda, who was supposed to be my showcase healer, died twice on Gorefiend. Even the priest asked if Yuuda was afk because his healing was so poor. I, of course did my usual average healing and lots of talking...
I've decided that tonight I will let everyone know my intentions for our guild direction for the next 10 months, which will be to do Heroic Archimonde on one raid day, one raid day for mythics, and one raid day for clearing out raid achievements for mounts. There were a lot of people planning to unsub, so I don't know if that will keep them or not, but I think that that at least for the rest of us who are still going to play and raid till Legion drops, it will give us something to do. I'm hopeful it will work out, and that we will keep having fun! Fingers crossed.
PS: An interesting side note which I've always laughed about is that Onineko means "demon cat". So literally we snow dogs (wolves) will be playing with hell cats. How weird is that.