Hi Fancy! <3
Wait, what? We're still raiding........*confused*
I was commenting on how Play always (for what...1.5 expansions?) advertised themselves as the "premiere, elite raiding group" of Hellscream.
I'm not sure when I've advertised us as the "premiere, elite raiding group of Hellscream" other than being facetious because I've always considered us a mediocre-tier guild in terms of US and World ranks other than the beginning of Dragonsoul where we were lucky enough to land top 20ish US 10m kills. We've never been as good as I wanted us to be, or as good as our members wanted us to be, or even as good as non-members thought that WE thought that we were, if that makes sense. I've always had really high expectations and even when we met those expectations we'd just aim for higher goals, because, is that not what a progression raiding guild is supposed to do?
Unfortunately for us and the rest of the server, Hellscream's height has come and gone. I was only here for the tail-end of WotLK but it feels like the competition and the population was almost double what it had been for this particular tier, and it was a driving force behind our decision to quit. Hellscream is not an attractive server, and it makes it even harder to draw in a talent pool for a 10m guild because of reasons Monolyth mentioned. 25m has more activity, it has more draw for the social gamer. We were largely a 10m that would log on, raid, and log off, and when you don't have the extra interaction among the server it makes recruiting for a 10m difficult.
Apollo, I'm fairly certain I've told you this before but I have a bad memory so maybe not, but I have a lot of respect for you. I understand what you're going through and I know all the hard work that you and your officers and raiders put into things. I'm very excited for the progression that you and Spite and Malice are earning, and I wish you the best of luck with raiding and everything else you decide to work towards in the future.
Thanks to Hellscream for providing me a home for so long. Thank you to all of my raiders, past and present, who have helped to make our run a successful one. Thanks to all of the other guilds on the server and any of the friends I may have made during the course of my time here. You were all a pleasure to play with.
My guild has already heard my speech, and to be honest I wanted to burst into tears when I gave it because that is how important these people are to me, and our successes are to me, and all of our work is to me. The people that I've played with have changed my life. Really, it's changed who I am. I think, I hope, for the better. I don't regret a single second I've spent on this server, in that guild, with the people that I had the pleasure of playing with. So many different people who can all come together and enjoy something together despite our vast differences; it's really a great thing. So many people I've met don't understand how I could play "a stupid video game" for hours on end without thinking twice. It's really not the video game; it's the people.
Anyone on Hellscream who'd like to keep in touch, feel free to add me. Jumpingbear#1957 cy@