Well here we are at the end of another expansion. Before I spend too much time talking about what a ride MoP has been for us, I will speak about this boss in particular: holy crap. If 5 weeks ago (before our first Garrosh pull) you asked me what bosses have challenged this guild the most I would have thrown out names like Heroic Lich King, Heroic Rag, and more recently Lei Shen and Siegecrafter Blackfuse. Well, I think this one trumped them all. Beyond pull count alone this bosses really stretch our ability to execute perfect for 12 minutes. While you couldn’t tell by watching the video, we had to analyze every second of this fight. We had to try a million different things for every mechanic, control our damage, play perfectly as individuals, and wipe a lot. Despite lots of hard raids of disconnections, people on vacation, and just plan doing it wrong… we got this boss down. I couldn’t be more proud of the way this group preserved through wipe after wipe until we had this boss so dialed in there was no option left but success. Overall we finished this expansion with a US 89 Kill, and were the second 10-man guild on Sargeras to get it done.
Which brings me to my next rant. This expansion has been the best ever for TRG. It seems like a lifetime ago when we were making the first pulls on Heroic Stoneguard back on Executus (it was really only about 16 months ago). At that point I was just trying to figure out how to hold the guild together on a dying server. After everyone rallying to keep the guild alive, we made the BIG JUMP to one of the top Alliance servers. I knew it would be hard going from being a big fish in a very small pond to swimming with the big boys. My biggest grandest hope was to be on the front page of Sargeras WoWProgress page. I never could have dreamed we would be near the top! I can only thank our vets for taking the leap and the AWESOME new recruits that were waiting for us here. They are now a core part of TRG, and TRG is better than it has ever been.
Looking forward to Warlords Of Draenor there is a lot of uncertainty. We now have to double our roster size, and prepare ourselves for 20-man mythic raiding. While the prospect is certainly intimidating, I am certain we will do it well. If we handle this transition half as well as we handled what is in our rearview mirrors, I know we will be tremendously successful. We have a lot going for us. We have some of the most skilled players I have ever had the pleasure of raiding with, and the leadership to get it done (we have done that whole 25-man thing before afterall). I’m excited to see what the future holds, and will always look back fondly at Mists of Pandaria.
If you have what it takes and want to try and join us for the WoD adventure, get in touch! We are recruiting EVERYTHING. Until then we will be taking it easy enjoying the fruits of an incredibly successful expansion. See you all in Warlords Of Draenor!
Kill Video (Hunter PoV):