It is settled.
Because old habits die hard, after a great number of weeks when I wasn’t able to make the raid or it stopped at the same damn bosses we usually stopped I decided to switch guilds. In a sense. The problem we’d been facing was that, like most guilds, we weren’t able to field our best team on any given day. Lag, RL issues and generally Murphy’s Law of “whatever can go wrong will go wrong” kicked in and we grabbed some guildies that weren’t really ICC material (although with the 15% buff that doesn’t mean a lot, really) and we hit our head over and over again on Putricide.
I was AFK for a week or so for delicate personal reasons and when I came back the first thing that I got after logging in was a whisper from another officer that said that we are forming another guild, where only the creme of the crop will go to and where progression will be taken seriously. Which is good news. I’ve had some very nice moments with the guild I’m currently in (still sorting out the logistics of the new one and the website and such, I guess) but, like all good things, it came to an end. If I were to find a reason for this, it would be that while we tried recruiting so we can push forward, the quality of the recruits actually pushed us back.
A lot of drama has come to pass and now when I log in, instead of the usual friendly nametags before I can barely remember if I ever spoke to some of the online people. Like ever. It’s been fun, that much I cannot deny, specially the moments where I would log one of my alts and the same person that I had just given some advice to would try to pick on me. I’m not usually a conflictual person but I have been known for making people leave the guild after picking on me or wronging me or the guild. Actually it only happened once but the feedback I received made me considder a career in this.
What pains me a bit is that one of the people I really admire in the guild, the guild leader of my previous one (we merged) might not make the shortlist. He is a very good SP and truly dedicated to the spec and to the guild. He is one of the more friendly people that I met in WoW and if somebody needed any help with anything, he would step in. He is however not that progress orientated and because he’s on PST playing on an EU server he rarely gets to raid with us.
Oh, and speaking of the 15% buff, it is absolutely, positively, ridiculous how big a difference it makes. The latest PuG for ICC25 I was in had a healer have to quit on the trash leading to Marrowgar so we 24 manned it all the way. We 1 shot everything we fought, Uncle Fester and Rotface and wiped with 4% left to heal on Valithria. We had vent but it was mostly used for theorycrafting and having fun. Got myself a nice upgrade too, the neck piece from Lootship. I stand at an all-time high of 835 haste but I cheated a bit. I’ve got some pure + haste gems in my gear but wth, I wanna see how 1.5 sec LB casts look like. As a matter of fact I already see this after the relic procs but i wanna have that cast time relic-free.