If you've been on Eitrigg long enough you'll no doubt know the name ANZACS. But few know the history of the guild. For years ANZACS has been a linchpin in Eitrigg's community. The guild was founded in October 2006 by Tui and by the time i started playing in 2008 ANZACS had already become a household name. In a time where Raiding on Eitrigg thrived ANZACS and its members could proudly call themselves a top 5 raiding guild.
While managing hundreds of members and organizing a multitude of events Tui and her officers made the guild into a community in its own right and gave both the casual and hardcore members a banner they could be proud to wave while progressing through multiple expansions and content. Though great as ANZACS had become, no guild, no community for that matter are immune to the clash of personalities that come with any collection of people under one banner.
One could argue that the guilds success was its own downfall. Success draws talent and often talent breeds ego. Particular members of the guilds main progression group lacked confidence in Tuis abilities as a raider. Thinking themselves elite and too good for her, they proceeded to alienate and mock her until she, without the support from those she called her friends and officers, lost confidence in herself. Feeling alone, unconfident and betrayed, Tui promoted Gnipon to gm and left the guild in May 2012.
In the months that followed the community of ANZACS began to fade. More focus was put into its 10 man raid team and less into the members of the guild, people left and recruitment stopped. The raid team remained and progressed but eventually the prestige of ANZACS became merely a shade of what it once was and the only active members were the ANZACS raid team. Now even that has inevitably dissolved due to the atmosphere born of elitist players.
Now that the dust has settled the majority of ANZACS players, both elitist and not, have left the guild. Gnipon, as GM of ANZACS tattered remnants, has outright refused to reinstate Tui to her proper title as owner of ANZACS. Instead he dumps the guild onto an officer and makes plans to leave the server.
As a player of Eitrigg im sad to watch such an event unfold. But as a friend of Tui im outraged at these developments. Anyone who has played WoW long enough has experienced similar situations. Its sad to see our favorite guilds end, whether it be slowly or abruptly we all mourn the passing of our realms top guilds. Even a casual player who is just used to seeing ANZACS members run around and hear about them in trade chat is impacted. I write this article as a tribute to ANZACS, from October 06 to May 2012. A tribute to one of Eitrigg's finest.