I just can't let them get away with a teary good-bye post without digging up the problems I had with Osirax for the benefit of all to know. My problems with Osirax stem from only one issue-- recruitment. Pantheon members trolled our recruitment threads, despite Osirax saying it was a policy and gkickable offense, it wasn't enforced. Further, Pantheon actively recruited people who were courting my guild. Pantheon recruited on-server for their bench, not to actually raid. Natural Order maintained a roster of 28-32 people throughout Burning Crusade and Early WotLK, whereas Pantheon would fluctuate from 34-50 raiders and had the "giant amoeba" approach to recruitment. Osirax did not care that he was stifling other guilds from progressing and leaving the scraps to us. This was the accelerant that created my response, which was to absorb every last bit of talent I could find.
So, due to Osirax's policy and approach to recruitment, I was left to fight for the rest of SwC and try to build up Natural Order to survive as best I could. One by one, guilds fell apart and Pantheon was untouchable. Very good for Pantheon, but not Swc. Osirax even admitted to this going on, and I (hilariously) convinced him that I hacked his forums when all I had was someone's log-in. I engaged in psychological warfare with Andomin and Osirax for some time, and it was definitely the dirtiest I ever played and the lowest I ever stooped, but my goal was to get the realm to finally realize that I wasn't the enemy, it was Pantheon leeching every last bit of raider interest off Steamwheedle.
I knew that no matter what I did, this realm's culture would die off. There was nothing I could do about it, nothing I could do to salvage it, so it was time for me to take Natural Order to a new server. And then I learned...
Grass isn't greener, the field is just bigger
I'm a good conceptual thinker, big on strategy and planning things out extremely far in advance. Ysera was better overall, but it faces the same problems. Natural Order is, oddly enough, in Pantheon's position right now on Ysera. Midwinter is leaving to go to a new server but I am staying behind because we have unfortunately become the amoeba by default. This is a different dynamic than in Burning Crusade though, because it's 10 man guilds that are causing the problem.
10-man guilds are the ultimate sign of giving up because they allow a guild master to enjoy the benefits of being the guy in power without the troubles and leadership demands of a 25-man roster. Not that it's entirely a walk in the park, but it's unquestionably easier to manage a roster of 14-16 than 30+. But that's not even the half of it, everyone who thinks he can lead forms the 10-man, which makes recruiting talent infinitely harder for the 25-man guilds. Which means if you don't already have the resume or charisma to sell new recruits on your potential, you will end up rotting. If you're not cutting edge, and your server is backwater badness like SwC, then you are just done.
So what you have here is a situation where guilds like Lucid Dream tax the guilds like Pantheon. Then much like how the universe will decay eons from now, the final shining stars far so far apart, scattered in tiny guilds they'll never leave, there is no hope. Only darkness. Guilds can't succeed, and raiding as we knew it in the past is over.
And, the final, important point is. I called it. I so called it. I've been right about everything I've said on these forums and none of you acknowledge it, ever have, or ever will. This game is easy, and leadership is easy to me. Yet you people will never learn. And that's hilarious, because you'll keep on making the same mistakes.