I love my guild. I've been with them for quite a while, almost 2 years. I've made quite a few lifelong friends and we've had some great times together.
Band of Brothers of Caelestraez is a guild that that was originally part of Gamblers, a much larger and progression-oriented guild. I was only in the guild for maybe 2 weeks before the split happened. To be honest, I can't even remember what the issue was, but a very serious argument broke out between a few of the officers and it resulted in Gamblers losing a very valuable raid leader. This particular raid leader was the one who actually recruited me.
It was like a domino effect. One after the other people left the guild. I also left the guild because I held no loyalty to the person that was in charge. My loyalty was to my recruitment officer. I quickly whispered him and he said he was making his own guild with progression in mind. I immediately asked for an invite and thus I was the first unrelated member of Band of Brothers.
And thus the recruitment crusade began. We started out small, with a generic 10-man setup. We did some Ulduar, but didn't get very far. When ToC came out we did much better. We managed to clear the content before ICC came out. By the end of Wrath, we were 11/12 HM and had our lovely undead drakes. We also had a second 10 man running in addition to a 25 man team on the weekends.
This is what I loved about our guild. There was always someone online, always something happening. Logging on was a joy.
With the introduction of Cataclysm all of this ended. With the new "same lockout" scheme that Blizzard implemented, it caused our 25 man team to crumble making us a 10-man only guild. This seemed ok at first because we still had our 2 10 man teams going. But slowly and surely one of them crumbled. Lack of leadership from the raid leader and laziness was the main cause of this group to split. Some people had RL to go back to. Others left the guild in search of a better experience.
But my team held on strong. We stayed together with only a few minor hiccups in our lineup, but we never crumbled. Unfortunately, boredom and RL has taken a toll on the team. Hardly anyone logs in anymore and if they do it's just to raid. Our raid times have been cut by 1/3 to a mere 2 hours a night mainly due to some new schedule conflicts with team members.
Personally I feel my team should be 12/12 normal right now, but because we raid only 6 hours a week, there's little chance for progression, so we are currently 8/12 Normal. If we have a sour night (which we all do) it seriously hampers our progression and causes bad feelings. We talked about changing the days of the week, but unfortunately RL strikes again with scheduling. People either work or have school or need to sleep. We just can't win.
It's not that we haven't made progress, because we have. It's just I don't enjoy raiding with my team anymore. I don't have that thrill of logging on and getting excited for raid night. It's almost like an old married couple when they lose that "spark". I honestly think its time I go my own way.
I have already spoken to my Co-GM and she understands where I'm coming from. I'm sure she spoke to the GM (her husband) to let him know I'm thinking about moving to a different guild.
So if you are in a guild that is in need of an uber Priest or Holy Paladin please let me know! I'm open to faction changing as well. 10-man is ok, but I would like to start trying 25-man as well.
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