What a Long, Amazing Trip It’s Been

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When my best friend suggested I try to get a job at Blizzard in late 2007, I stopped what I was doing in game, alt-tabbed to my web browser, and checked out the job listings. Sure enough, Game Master positions were open and I thought, what the heck? It wasn’t long before the Community Team accepted me into their ranks, and it’s made all the difference. Fast-forward to today, and I still cannot believe how my life has changed, how I’ve grown as a professional and a person by being a member of the Blizzard family. From my first BlizzCon in 2008, to the orc statue being installed on campus, from the Crithto NPC being added to the game, to seeing the Warcraft film go from being a dream to a reality, my time here has certainly been extremely meaningful.

What is probably the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was to choose to move on to a new opportunity that was recently offered to me. I’ll get to face new challenges and really push my skills as a relationship builder and communicator, but none of this would be possible if it weren’t for my time and experience here at Blizzard. Candidly speaking, the day before I let my managers know I had decided to leave, I cried . . . a lot more than I should probably admit, but I did.

Blizzard’s games, my teammates, co-workers, and everything about being here and a part of this incredible community for these many years have meant so much to me, I can barely give these genuine emotions enough justice through written words. In a recent email to a close friend, I explained that Blizzard has felt like a “home” to me in the truest sense of the word. And the timing sure made my decision all the more difficult, too, given that my last day will be tomorrow (October 8) and I won’t be able to see some of you at BlizzCon as a Blizzard employee (though I do hope to attend).

I can’t thank all of you enough for your love and support, the weird pug pictures you’ve sent me on Twitter, and for your genuine passion for this game and all things Blizzard. I may be stepping down as “Crithto”, but I will always remain a fellow gamer, and I’m sure we’ll cross paths at some point again in the near future. /Respect, /Hug, /Farewell!
Gonna miss you, Crithto. May your daily Stormwind Runs be forever enjoyable.
I'm going to miss you very much. You've done right by this community, and you've been a fantastic teammate.

See you 'round the fields of battle where the master tamers play, my friend.
Sorry to see you go, buddy. All the best for your new opportunity!
Best of luck with your new opportunity. You'll be missed.
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Good luck!
Best of luck! We have missed your strolls by the CSF on occasion way back when ^_^
First GC, THen Baishok, AND NOW CRITHO. Why are all my favorite Cm's leaving :(

Wish you best of luck in your new endeavors, Critho. Hope it all works out for ya.
Ah dang. You will be missed!!! god speed in your future endeavors!
Sorry to see you go, but I wish you much happiness and success in your new adventure. Won't be the same around here without your cute lil tail wagging all over the place...
Crithto! Thank you so much for all of your years of work and dedication to a community I hold dear. It is people like you who truly make this place worthwhile for the long haul by treating the community with such care, respect, and keeping it all within the spirit of fun!

...much like how a pug views the world and his family. Hmmph. How 'bout that.

Wishing you the very best, good sir! Please feel free to share your new Twitter info if you care to, as many of us would love to stay in touch and follow your future adventures!

Best regards and much love,
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Best of luck! Take care, Mr. Pug!
I'm gonna miss you and your pug self. Good luck in whatever you are doing. I hope you continue to enjoy the games like we do.

"no no no no nooo"

<3 and best of luck on all future endeavors!

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Best of luck to you!
what is happening?? best of luck to you -- you will be missed!
10/07/2015 09:49 AMPosted by Kaivax
I'm going to miss you very much. You've done right by this community, and you've been a fantastic teammate.

See you 'round the fields of battle where the master tamers play, my friend.

Hear, hear!

You're one of the kindest, most upbeat individuals I know, and I'll greatly miss our interactions. I'm excited for what I know will be a wonderful next chapter for you.

You'll always be welcome by the hearth. :)
It's been an honor working alongside you, and I don't know that I'd even be where I'm at today without mentors like you in my life. Thanks for being an inspiration, a coach, the cuddliest pug I've ever known, and most importantly, a friend. Don't be a stranger, or I'll have to yell at you on Twitter (since I won't be able to do it over the cubicle wall anymore).

Best wishes from the bottom of my heart. I know you'll rock the socks off your next adventure!

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