Our guild alliance had been ticking along smoothly until recently. Now circumstances from the other guild have made for some rough going.
For those who don’t know, several months ago my guild was in its death throes and lost members to the point that we couldn’t field a Kara team. We allied with another guild in order to run Kara, and together we successfully moved onto Gruul’s Lair. Lately we had been working toward either Magtheridon or Void Reaver.
Since then, my guild has flourished. Some who left in our original drama came back, and brought friends. We are now fielding our own Kara team with people on standby. We have enough 70 alts to mix and match classes as the team needs.
Unfortunately, our partner guild has gone through some issues. We have not been able to field a 25 man raid in several weeks. While I was out of town they had some kind of blowup. Their officers have not been online in over a week, and three or four of their top raiders have quit.
If it continues like this, then we will clearly be the stronger guild of the two. Here’s the sticky situation… since we are healthy and they are not, several of their members have inquired about jumping to my guild. In all cases I have replied with an emphatic NO. The last thing I want is to seem like we are stealing their members.
But at the same time, if they don’t jump to my guild they may just skip to another guild elsewhere. Is it better to grab them and keep them “within the alliance” and risk our good guild relations, or just let them go elsewhere for their raiding?