|That Pet Team need work...|
Yesterday, our Guild finished the first wing of LFR on Flex.
This is a Pretty Huge Thing (TM) insofar as we've struggled for a while getting people in the same place, once a week. Yesterday I ended up with four healers, before our registered start time and I knew we'd be onto a winner. You see, we don't push people into playing or indeed taking part, we just put up the signups and pretty much hope. Last night, the fates aligned. It was a very good evening.
In fact, I'd say it was the best evening we've had in Raiding since before Pandaria began.
I spend a lot of time in game not playing with anyone, normally pottering or faffing, and it is often really easy to forget just how awesome playing as a Guild can be, until you get an evening where everything just comes together perfectly and just works. This was also the first evening where I pretty much did the Raid Leading job properly, for the first time since ICC, and I was really rather pleased with the entire thing. After finally dispatching the Sha, we had a good run at the Gauntlet at the Docks and if we can keep up the momentum I'd say five bosses down wouldn't be too much of a stretch for next week.
This is the moment where I suspect most other people would deconstruct their fights, or talk about how well or badly people did at certain roles. I realised quite early on that doing this can have dangerous consequences, especially if you do too much of that in public. Remind me one day to tell you the story of the time I left my finger on the push to talk button in Teamspeak and how the truth is pretty much never a good idea, and that as a result of that I am always cautious with what I say and to who. The fact remains, I don't write this blog as a way to reflect on my Guild's performance, and I don't think I'll ever really want to, save for the fact we're doing stuff we weren't able to do previously and as a result it is brilliant.
I find it rally quite difficult to balance all the personal aspects of the raid breakdown, for starters: I know no-one in our team deliberately turns up to do badly, or cause issues, and pretty much that's always been the case. Everyone is well aware of how much harder anything past LFR is to complete, of what is required of them as a result, and I suspect this is a result of the core of us having been friends since the game began. We've been really lucky in that our recruitment has managed to bolster that with other people who feel the same way we do on most things, but I become cautious of overplaying that card because it is clear that some people don't always 'fit in' with the ethos, such as it is. Needless to say, last night everyone turned up and gave it their all, and we made distinct and obvious progress, and in the end that's really all that matters.
I'd like to thank everyone in my Guild who did just that, who made a difference and meant that, as a team, we move forward. I hope we're as lucky next week but if we're not I realise it doesn't matter, because in the end we'll get there regardless. Needless to say, I'm really proud of everyone who made the effort, and it makes me really happy that I'm GM to so many awesome individuals.
Thank you, all :D