The good thing that happened this weekend was that I had a second character hit 70, and my main got attuned for Karazhan. The bad thing that happened was that guild drama is escalating, and this morning I removed all of my alts from the guild, including the level 70 hunter. (I left the lock.)
Pre-TBC, I wrote about the changes to guilds build around raiding 40-man instances that TBC was likely to cause. And you know what? I was wrong, and I was right. Guilds are imploding, but it seems to be for a reason that I never anticipated: previously supportive guilds dividing out into haves and have-nots, per Tobold’s post.
There was a group that raced to 70, eager to hit the smaller instances and start the attunement run for Karazhan. There was another group that took more time levelling, enjoying the content. I fully expected that once we all hit 70, there would be a re-shuffle of raiding groups to balance out the groups, make sure the class balance was right, help people get attuned and geared up, etc. That assumption was wrong. Instead, we have the uber group who want no contact with the rest of the guild other than posting instance loot to taunt the rest of us. We have a second group, not so uber, but they’re raiding. We have a lot of the recently-attuned that are expected to fill gaps as needed, if A Team or B Team members are missing or late. We have a guild leader who seems to be burnt out on leading the guild, and all the decisions are being made by one member (previously a really nice guy) who is seriously pissing everyone off by ignoring class leaders’ input and the best interests of everyone in the guild in order to further the interests of A Team.
Excuse me? After a year of serious dependable, always-there-on-time-to-kick-ass raiding, we’re going to be treated as placeholders and substitutes? Absolutely not. And so I took my hunter out of the guild, so I could quest and grind and hopefully meet more people without getting seriously pissed off every time A Team flaunts their loot or new boss kills.
It’s a shame. There are still wonderful people in the guild, and those people are the reason I completed the attunement. (As I returned the favour by helping others.) I can’t believe that I’m saying this…but I wish our guild would split, too. Because unless everyone starts communicating with each other, it’s inevitable – either quietly, as people /gquit, or publicly in a huge blowup. A shame, as this was (once upon a time) a seriously good guild, and it isn’t anymore.
What has your experience been? I’d really love to know what other large-ish raiding guilds have been experiencing. Have you avoided Teh Drama?