My guild has yet to succumb to the pre-expansion doldrums. True, we have been a little short on our raids, but not dramatically so. At our best we only have 26-30 raiders, so it only takes 3-5 missing to cancel a raid. We have consistently had 20 show up, so even though we have not had a raid in a couple of weeks its not due to a sharp dropoff in attendance. I still feel good about the raid-readiness of the guild.
Here’s how I look at our guild going into the expansion. People talk about expansions as a gear reset. I think of this also as a progression reset.
My guild got into raiding very late. We didn’t kill Attumen until September ’07, a full eight months after BC was released. After that, we had a guild blow-up, endured several months of barely existing, restarted raiding, and have built ourself up to T4/ZA level. WoWJutsu ranks us at #70 on my server, currently.
So, 69 guilds are “more progressed” than us… until WotLK. Then we all start at zero.
Not only that, but out of those 69 guilds ranked above us, more than half of them have broken up and no longer exist.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we are going to be one of the top guilds on my server. For one thing, we are not that organized. Also, we are not likely to powerlevel ourselves to 80 to raid. Lastly, we don’t have a solid core of 25 dedicated people to get into the endgame.
When we went into BC we had never raided. This time, going into WotLK, we do raid, and we are one of the oldest continuous guilds in existence on the server (founded in August ’06). We can get into raiding much earlier than we did in BC. Maybe not the 25-man stuff, but certainly the 10-man versions. Our name has been around for so long that we may find recruiting easier once guilds reshuffle post-expansion.
Its a whole new ballgame. We’re as ready as anyone for some of the opportunities presented by the expansion. We won’t be doing the 25-man Arthas kill, I expect, but give us any 10-man content and we’re good to go. We could be among the “raiding guilds” on our server. Wouldn’t that be neat?