On FF11 i was also a paladin, anyways my first guild was with my brother and his army buddies the guild was FoodStamp Millionaires was a layback guild and we just helped one another. I reached end game lvl at that time which was 70 and i wanted to do one thing, be the best tank paladin on BWL, at the time the game was young we were acourse small population realm not as bad as now but still small compared to the average realm. I later joined Bear cavalry and that was my introduction to raiding. Now things were very different than here are some key things that even effect the quality of players today. You could only do a heroic once a day because there was no random queues, you had to ask your guildiees and your friends and even tradechat to find fellow people to run dungeons with. Now if you were a bad player/baddie no one would want to run with you because you would waste ppls time and gold. So if you wanted to raid and wanted badass gear you take a good grp of pals and run all the dungeons or heros you possibly could. On top of that if you wanted to do a hero version of a dungeon you needed to be honored with that faction of the dungeon meaning you would know the pulls/bosses and be experienced (have some sense of what you are doing).
So you got geared up doing a dungeon and got your blues and than find a grp to now run heros with , if your gear didnt drop , better luck tomorrow. On average if u were hardcore you would run like 5 heros or more in one day to get as much badges as you needed and would have to actually meet up at the SS(summon stone) n summon everyone. So you think you got what it takes to raid? Karazhan was your first stop it was the intro to T4 and basic raiding the encounters were fun and challengeing. Our guild was raiding Gruuls, mags, and kara. We were happy and progressing. Fast forward a few weeks or months i lost track and we go kaput i run heros like theres no tomorrow tryin to get the best badge gear available. At that time horde were actually good (homegrown horde not Xfer bring in ppl horde). Alliance had new and up and coming guilds ptba had just formed and Strips was solid, Crusdaers was owning and BleaCh was number 1. So i was running heros like nuts a member of BleaCh would run with me n noticed how dedicated i was and offered me a opportunity that changed everything on WoW for me. So i join BleaCh other former guildiees go to ptba or Strips, also some Xfer. No im not saying names. They have T6 on farm i run ZA as casual as other guilds run kara and do hyjal etc with them, times were great, memories i will never forget. Than Sunwell is released and barely any guild steps foot in. And this is were the quality of raiders/players made a lastening impact and how blizz handled things. Now during BC and maybe alittle into WoTLK if you raided you better be rdy to burn gold, you had to bring your own food, your own flask if u didnt you were bad. You had to make that effort if you wanted to raid. Those extra numbers made a difference in raids there was no hard modes the progression were the hard modes.
BC comes to a end and sadly so does the reign of some guilds on BWL, many guilds seeing how bad BWL is popuation wise Xfer off and some disband or go inative all together. Some players quit and some take breaks, i myselt take a small break. Now we fast forward into WoTLK. BleaCh Xfers off i being a loyal minded Xfer with them temporary , some of my friends still play and some dont, things lose their touch, im not happy with being in a hardcore guild with no social aspect i come back home to BWL lost achivements and dailies/quest. i dont remember if its before WoTLk or after but i had made a guild and let my brother hold onto to it incase n it was Venus n Mars. I take my guild back and started hosting ToC 10man and VoA's 25/10man with some help of officer cores of other guilds we take off the ground n become a raiding guild the rest is history. Part 2 below.