11/02/2011 09:00 AMColton
Posted by Esri
Now this is the name I was hoping to see someone else mention. In my opinion, Colton doesn't just make this list, he's at the top of it. Without exception and without dispute.
When I first ran into Colton it was back in Vanilla WoW and he was raiding in Fortis. He always handled himself in any group/raid I found him in with the utmost respect and dignity, which was amazing when you found out he was only 17 years old.
During the end of Vanilla, everyone knew Colton. He was THE premiere tank on Malygos hands down bar none. T3 geared with Thunderfury, he was the only person with TF (at content level and since) I have EVER run into that did not
have his head up his !@#. Instead, he was the oppossite. He was forever humble and respectful. We didn't think he was great cuz he had a legendary, we thought he was great because he did and didn't act like he had one. He was the consummate helper to others, which was clearly shown when he helped Supremecy's progression through Molten Core (which at the time was no longer farmed by Fortis), by showing up to every raid for that guild each week in addition to his own raid schedule.
These are no small things. And when the portal to the Burning Crusade opened up, and we all piled through it, it was Colton standing there fighting the Pit Lord with about 50 people supporting him, and countless others cheering "Go Colton!" to kill that level 70 mob as a level 60. It was a moment that signified his greatness, because it caught everyone up in it. Here was our Champion, Malygos's Champion, standing up against incredible odds and everyone supporting him with either verbal support or spells/abilities.
That... is not something you see often, and that is not something I have seen SINCE.
Eventually he left Fortis to form is his own guild, Arete, which did very well during the Burning Crusade, and given who he was working with (people I had guilded and raided with myself), it IS remarkable what he (this kid) was able to accomplish. He had some real 'personalities' lemme tell ya, and some realy good people as well. So once again, not only a great warrior, but a great leader despite his younger years.
It was a sad day when Arete decided to cease raiding.
In this writer's opinion, Colton represents the Glory Days of the past, when we truly had real
'heroes'. And he is the shining example all others are to be compared against.
In essence, Colton became