First of all, the state of World of Warcraft is better than it has been in a long time. If you believe that Ian Hozzikostas told a reporter, allegedly, that Wow is back up to 10.1 million active subscriptions, then there is evidence this may be true. Despite Blizzard later denying that Ian said such a thing, as they had officially stopped announcing subscription numbers, I think it was clever marketing to get the numbers our unofficially. If you hop in game right you can feel the resurgence. Dalaran is well populated again. The world seems full of players, and there is plenty to do.
World quests have been a nice way to spend some time every day. There is dungeons, LFR, I hear that PVP is not bad right now (I don't PVP so I have to take folks word for it.) and we already have a lot of 7.1 announced to look forward to.
We are already a couple months in and things feel like they are going strong.
But Fear Itself, is not raiding. We are not in a position to raid, and I don't know when we will be.
I find this fascinating because gearing is not hard at the moment. Just doing my world quests every other day I have managed to get to a ilevel of 844 now. I have tanked a mythic, and found that those are about as hard as heroic last expansion. I have done my class hall quests, and spending an hour or so a day on average managed to be at a level where I could be raiding. I know some others in the guild are in the same boat. Several are not.
So this leads to the question, what do we do from here? I could try and rebuild a raid team, but I am full of social anxiety over inviting a bunch of new people in and figuring out where they fit. I have done it several times, and happily built what we have, but as I've stated before, I don't know if I have it in me.
I could find another raid team to pair with, so that people in Fear Itself have a place to go where we can still work together. I just am not sure where to start as my in game relations have dwindled the last couple of years. I also am unsure about a raid environment that I can't control. I am also relieved by the idea. I am just not sure I have it in me to be a raid leader anymore. I want to enjoy the game, but I have grown weary of pushing people and doing all the work. This is even an option I can employ across realms since I do have a couple of characters in the Convert to raid team on Aerie Peak. I might be able to build something there and have my guildies invited in. Because the simple truth is, I still love my long standing guild members and don't want to let them down.
I will keep posting stuff on Saturday and Sunday night for now. Even if we just run LFR I want to keep people working together. If I see an opportunity to work us in, I will do it. If someone else wants to step up, raid lead and recruit, I will fully support them. However, I don't think this will happen as when I have tried to step down in the past, it hasn't been possible.
I am open to suggestions from guild members as well. If you have a friends raid team who would love folks to step in, that is awesome. If you want to create a PVP team to make the guild have more to do. Groovy. Let's keep moving forward.
And let's do it together.
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