I have a hard time agreeing with this these days.
My first toon on SWC was born between Kara and the ZA patch.
The raiding scene on this server has never been cutting edge, but it has always had a competitive edge. There has always been strong 25 man guilds here… Pantheon, Honor Bound, and Paradigm… followed by guilds like CV, Velocity, CBC, and Final Boss.
Raiding was once heavy on both sides, but now the boards show Alliance favored.
Recently, with ToR and the general “meh” feeling many have for WoW’s direction/current state… I see mid-to-small size older guilds starting to slow down or fracture.
It amazes me even more to see so many new little guilds try and start up under the current climate.
Being in a lvl 25 guild is a blessing and a curse. It’s hard to recruit when you are not 25, yet it’s hard to leave a guild once it hits 25 (and you reach exalted).
The price tag of $25 per toon to transfer off doesn’t help either.
The point I am getting at, trying to start over on SWC is getting harder to do.
All recruiting guilds are picking from the same small and shrinking player base, while waiting for the next older guild to fizzle. Raiding is not dead here, but it’s getting unhealthy. Remember, this realm is an RP server. That isn’t super attractive to a big time PVE player.
(don’t get me started on how I got tricked into being here)
Over the last week or so, I have been sending mails out to people trying to start up some sort of guild merger, mega guild, or even just a general partnership. I will send more to anohter bunch of players this weekend. The idea has been met with a lot of “sounds great, I will talk to the officers”, or no reply at all.
For the Alliance side, Lucid Dreams, Pantheon, and CV are holding strong and moving along.
Everyone else is doing their best to move along. I know it has to get old when you need to call a raid because 1 or 2 of the regulars can’t make it, you can’t find a geared enough sub/alt, or the pugs you got are spirit gemming mages.
It’s not all bad.
You can get lucky enough to ask a friend in another guild to help, or at the last minute someone logs on as you are getting ready to call it.
The thing is, it shouldn’t be this hard.
I am going to make a baby-step attempt to take the pain out of missing 1 person.
Over the weekend I will make a new channel, similar to what did work during ICC, "Puglife", add hope it not only takes the sting out of missing a player, but also provides an easier way to screen and recruit.
I will update this thread later with the name.
Also, I am open to chat with any other GMs or players in the same boat.
The server has plenty of good raiders, but they are spread out far too thin right now.
Unless ToR implodes, Bliz mergers SWC, or the beta for Pandas blows everyone away… this server is going to get slower and slower.