What’s in a (Guild) Name?
For those of you who might have read this blog before, you know that I went from being a Soloist to an Ensemble player (groups), and onto joining an Orchestra (guild). My team has been, since the switch from that failed attempt at trying to motivate a starter guild, Lords of the Underworld. Many of my in-game friends are there, and I enjoy doing things together with them.
However, as also indicated previously, Arhys became a level 80 Death Knight, and has since started raiding. Naxx25 and Uld25, mostly, with some attempts at 10-man Trial of Crusaders thrown in for fun (? – I think that’s what it’s supposed to be called – I call it repair bills.). My guild has tried to help those that wish to raid get to raid gear level, and tried to assist with development of both player and spec, and for the most part, we’ve been successful. We have 5 raid-quality players, over 6 characters, and we’re getting pretty good, I think. At least, we, as a guild, are holding our own in raids now.
We’d been doing raids with a coalition of three other guilds on a regular basis, in order to get regular 25-man groups put together. This was my introduction to Naxxramas (I hadn’t even done it 10-man before I started the 25-man raids), and I was learning as I went along. My Guild Master had promised the Raid Leader on my first night (I was the first one after her to get brought in) 2K DPS, and I didn’t fail her, though with not much safety margin. I’m grateful she didn’t tell me until AFTER the raid that she’d promised that.
So, fast-forward about two months or so of consistent weekly 25-man raids. For the most part, things seemed to have been working out, and everyone should be happy, right?
Not quite. See, we, as a coalition (and I use that term much more lightly than I did before), are having to change up our plans on how to handle the raid. Why? Because two of the guilds aren’t talking to each other now.
Yes, folks – we have inter-guild drama at its finest. Accusations of recruiting from the other guilds. Disagreements on progression vs. reward for how to handle lock extensions and the likes, now that Patch 3.2 allows raid groups to lengthen the reset timers on raids. Confusion, overlap, and irritation at cross-guild pickup groups. And people plain out just not getting along.
Personally, I wonder why people take this stuff so seriously. I guess there’s an emotional attachment to success and progression, and some people take it more seriously than others. I hear a lot of talk about guild rankings, gear rankings, achievements and other stuff that will improve with the success of everyone in the group, but many people involved don’t want to wait. In fact, there’s guild competitiveness within the coalition, and not all of it friendly, or at least that’s what I see.
And to me, the whole thing sucks. There are people I like in all the guilds we run with, but with two of them not speaking to each other, it feels like I have to choose sides, or at least tread carefully. My guild has tried to stay out of the whole thing, but it doesn’t feel like something that can be completely avoided. It’s definitely been trying for the Raid Leader, who I’ve talked to on numerous occasions regarding this stuff. It’s also been a bit trying on me, not to try to slap people around and say “Pull your heads out of your asses and let’s just raid!”, since I know people in the guilds involved, and I’ve been explicitly instructed to “Stay out of it,” since we really don’t want our guild to be in the middle of the whole thing.
So, that brings me to the underlying question for the day – What’s in a (Guild) Name?
Why is it that the guilds involved in our coalition had to start comparing themselves to each other outside our raids in a fashion that made them compete and foster animosity, rather than looking at each other as a good group of people to run with?
Why do people have to have an us vs. them mentality when it comes to these guild tags?
It’s frustrating to see. People who worked cooperatively the week before, can’t seem to do so, because of a few people ‘changing sides’. People who can’t seem to be adult about it – and the majority of the people in our raids are adults - who can’t just let grown people make their own decisions over which group they want to be a part of, laying down “It’s us or them” style warnings to the Raid Leader, in regards to which guilds are to be part of the raid force.
It’s just sad. It’s a game. We all used to play together rather peacefully and friendly.
I guess, when your guild is being called out as ‘not the place for me, I fit in there better’ there are those who only hear ‘there… better’ and fill in the rest.
I want to say “Stop all this crap, and let’s just raid and have fun.” But that isn’t going to happen. We’re already dividing up our raid times between the two guilds – one for Uld25, as they’re more progression based and one for Naxx25, since they’re fine with running it and gearing up more of their newer people. I just want to raid, since it’s all fun – I have a blast in both areas.
And luckily, I get to play in both – I’m still pretty close to the center, as my guild is trying, and as the Raid Leader’s guild is trying. But I can’t say it hasn’t affected us either.
Because, while, as a player, I’m still Lords of the Underworld, Arhys is not. He is now part of Fallout, the guild that was running our raids.
Why? To ensure that we’re able to be called upon for raids as much as possible.
Why? Because to more people than I’d like, that tag means ‘you’re eligible’.
Has this affected Lords of the Underworld yet? Yes. Questions are already being asked. Time is already being split differently. It’s much, much harder to communicate and keep us doing things together.
I just hope it’s worth it. All I know is, if I see this killing MY guild (Lords not Fallout) I’ll do what I can for it, first.
Because those people are the primary reason I’m still playing and trying to have fun. Because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
And where’s that? A relatively decently geared level 80 Blood (DPS)/Frost (Tank) Death Knight who was able to put out 4K DPS in Heroic ToC 5man, with little trouble.
Though, I long for the days, sometimes, where we’d just get the guild together to go off and own Zul’Farrak or some other lower dungeon, to get someone’s alt a piece or two.
We’re no longer there, though. We farm Heroics, now. We are constantly trying to upgrade our main characters.
We’re constantly looking at the next boss fight for our raids.
Not everyone is able to participate. (That’s the hardest part of all.)
Can we ever go back?
I don’t have an answer for that, but sometimes I wish I could.
My 2 yen,
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