When we started talking about making Walk the Plank, we all agreed that it was to do things our own way. We weren’t dumb enough to believe that suddenly we’d be one shotting ICC and rolling in the phat loot. We would have to work at this and be patient. There would be good times and hard times, times where we would succeed despite all odds and other where we would fail at the simplest fight. We were all experienced enough to know this and we embarked on this adventure full of hope but also with a good dose of realism.
Last week really drove home that we could succeed at this but also that it would be a long journey to get where we want to be.
The failed raid
Last thursday we had one the biggest fail raids I’ve ever seen. I’ve talked about it before but suffice to say that ToC10 is not someplace I want to visit ever again. We got the worst of the worst pugs I’ve seen in a very long time and I quickly pulled the plug on the raid,a decision I still feel was the right one.
Where I’m less proud of myself was my reaction the following day. I’m someone who likes to get problems solved as soon as possible and a failed raid was a huge problem for me. When I see something not going the way I want to I have to find a solution as soon as possible, something that has landed me in trouble a few times. So after the failed raid I quickly came up that our problem was pugs and that we needed to recruit more to be less susceptible to pug quality.
I was in a hurry to post on the guild forums my solutions for recruiting because I feared for some reason that if I did not post RIT NAOW! then the guild would explode or something. In the process of writing the post I talked about our own performance and wanted to touch on tank switches and healing so we could coordinate better. However since I was in a hurry my post of “We did awesome and we need to recruit” sounded like “Healers sucks and we need to recruit”.
Not my proudest moment by far. I did apologize for the confusion and I hope that will teach me to trust my guildies more and be more patient with guild issues.
Return to ICC
Yesterday was a our return to ICC for the second time with a much more mismatched Pug than last time. We cleared the first 6 bosses as well as give Dreamwalker two quick tries and I’m really happy at the result. More so than last time since this time around it was truly our effort that gave us the kills. I’m really proud of how much everyone has improved in a short week of time and I’m really hopeful for the future.
I also have to thank them for putting up with me learning how to properly juggle a raid full of pugs. It’s not easy trying to find a balance between guild principles, pugs and keeping everything moving. It’s a balancing act that I still need to practice but I’ll get it down, just a matter of time. So a big thank you to everyone for being patient while I try to figure out how to handle tanking, raid leading, dealing with loot(it’s going to be Dan job from now on! HA!) and answering about 7 tells all at once.
So once again I’m really grateful to be together with a fun crew. If its something that may interest you, you’re welcome to join us, we’re looking for a second tank and dps. I can’t promise easy loot, in fact I pretty much promise the opposite but I can promise you a fun adventure with a great crew at the very least!