Having had almost 5-6 months break from any real raiding, I feel ready to get back into the swing of heroic progression. I’ve missed the bulk of 5.2 Throne of Thunder heroics, but did manage to complete all the missing Mists opening heroic raid kills like Sha of Fear, Empress and Will of the Emperor. I did however manage to complete the missing parts of Glory of the Pandaria Hero and Pandaria Raider in the break. It’s amusing how slack I’ve actually been in Mists – I haven’t even completed the Pandaria Loremaster – having at most done 5 or so quests in Valley of the Four Winds. Still on the bright side, I’m pleased that I still have things to do in the game – that continues to allow me to pretend that Nat Pagle and his stupid reputation grind doesn’t exist.
My raid absence has mostly been coz I’ve been away a fair bit. I bought a house, refurbished my current residence, moved into a hotel for a few months and then moved into a new home. Since none of this happened overnight it took me a while to set up my computer and get a stable internet connection to play.
In my absence my perfect 25 man raiding guild has gone through some significant changes. For the vast majority of the heroic progression in Throne of Thunder, the guild has been raiding 10 man, simply as they just didn’t have enough people online to keep the 25 man going. There were quite a few who were not playing around the same time as I, for a varying degree of reasons. Officers and the Guild Master decided 10 man was the only way to keep raiding. However, I was surprised to hear that the guild has no intention now to return to its 25man roots, it’s quite happy with its new found 10man structure. This has already caused some issues for people deciding whether to stay or continue raiding/progressing elsewhere. As the GM plays a restro druid, our guild’s other restro druid felt she wasn’t likely to be selected often and was a fear highly likely to happen. She took the change to 10 man as a reason to move guilds – she wanted to raid and good on her she left to do so.
Now I’m by no means the best, or the worst shadow priest, and given my gear being almost half a tier behind, I can’t imagine I’m going to be the guild’s first choice when it comes to filling the raid. I know I have an awesome raid leader who does rotate people so despite this I will get the opportunity to raid, but the truth of the matter is do I want to occasionally raid or raid properly now? And the answer keeps coming back to properly.
So the only option is to leave. But I’ve once already left a guild that was ‘home’, to be blessed enough to find another, equally ‘homely’, is it really worth risking that again, just to raid? I doubt I’ll be leaving friends behind – I still have alts in the guild that I play and I have the many friends I speak to frequently on real ID so I’ll still keep in touch with them as well. So why is it so hard to walk away? Maybe I thought this would be my home for the rest of my play time, and my integration into the guild really made me feel that.
So now comes the decision – where to go?
Quel’Thalas has been my home for my entire WoW life – dare I even consider leaving the realm? I can’t stay behind if I want to raid 25 man. I’ve made 2 applications – one on Emerald Dream and one on The Sha’tar. One has invited me to trial, I’m waiting to hear back from the other. But for now I guess I need to think what I’m going to do and what my preferences are.