Earlier in the week the guild found itself with a few 50’s online and some higher levels that were itching to show the newer players some of the older content that they may have missed since many started playing after Burning Crusade.
In today’s World of Warcraft it is almost impossible to get a guild together that will go back and take a look at some of the Old World raid content since mostly what guilds are concerned with now is rushing to 80 and running the new raids.
Not Aftermath. We were formed under the principle that we will help the newer players AND have fun while doing it. So when one of our officers posted an attempt to simply farm Onyxia for achievements and to show people the dragon more guild members jumped in and signed on than we thought.
You have to be level 50 to zone into Ony, and the key requirements have been removed. In fact, you can’t even do the cool Marshal Windsor quest anymore. We had several people sign up that had never seen Onyxia before and some higher levels that did not have the achievement. I was one of those. Last week we had 6 manned her for fun but I did not get the achievement because I died. This time we had 10 people sign up and they were raring to go and see something they had never witnessed before: a full blown World of Warcraft dragon boss.
I won’t get into details of the fight, but we took her down in 5 minutes. Easy nowadays sure, but the memories of some of the newer players will last a long time and we did it together as a guild and it was a blast. Some of the loot of course IS an upgrade for the level 50-60 people so we actually did rolls and passed out the loot to those that needed it.
After we were done, I mentioned in Ventrilo (voice chat, and we have 15 on in voice chat which was nice to see) that we should hit up Zul’Gurub. Zul’Gurub is an old school 20 man raid instance back in the day built to allow guilds to gear up if they could not do 40 mans. Look at as the smaller brother to Zul’Aman and Karazhan.
The lore for the zone reads:
“An influential group of troll priests, known as the Atal’ai, called forth the avatar of an ancient and terrible blood-god named Hakkar the Soulflayer“
We downed each priest and managed to free Hakkar so that we could attack him. Problem was I had forgotten the fight and I refused to use WoW Wiki and cheat. So it was that we charged in and fought Hakkar and I will be damned if that bastard still is one tough mother. We knew we had to stand in the poison and do all that, but we had all forgotten the little things he does like say…oh I don’t know… MIND CONTROL THE TANK. We almost wiped folks. We were down to 3 people and only gear managed to let us take that creep down. After all this time, he is still one nasty fight that requires teamwork and the ability to do certain things in a precise order. Halfway through the fight we started remembering the abilities we had and get our act together. We killed him, but it was a scary moment.
Everyone got some of those damn coins that were notorious for filling up many slots of a bank alts space and we had some people get some upgrades in gear. All in all it was a fun night for the guild Aftermath and it just goes to show that if you have a bunch of people that are recruited into your guild with the right mindset (I.e. not 100 percent focused on rush leveling and raiding right away) you can still have a blast AS A GUILD in this game. I made sure that everyone stuck together and did not feel overwhelmed in these instances and my officers explained every fight so that people UNDERSTOOD what was going on.
Running a guild can be a lot of work, but it pays off when you get emails and messages saying how much fun new players and old players alike are having. Some people, once jaded with the game, are logging in now more than ever since the guild is providing an avenue of enjoyment and social activities for them.
Last night we had 24 members online, about 5 of those were brand new players to the game that had already learned as much as they could by asking on our message boards and grouping with other new members. The rest of the guild, many in the mid 30’s now and some in the mid 60’s, were all talking and working together in various areas of Azeroth. Things are coming together and this guild IS working, and it is WORKING on the belief system and the officers and I put forth when we started recruiting. This makes me feel good that you can still find the right players in a game full of asshats and loot whores. We are still recruiting so if you are interested look us up.
Well as for me, my warrior hit the big level 74 last night while I was tanking in the Nexus. The DPS plate shoulders dropped from the rock boss (Ormorok the Tree-Shaper). With the quests I got done in there I got new gloves, shoulders and later purchased a blue belt in the AH. My warrior is looking up and I have not slowed down with him like I did the priest. I only hope I don’t get too rusty and can keep my tanking skills up. I did also tank Utgarde Keep and low and behold, with guild members, it was the easiest run I had ever done. Why was this? Because Ingvar the Plunderer was figured out and finally explained to me in terms I understood and it was simple. When he goes to do his smash, he doesn’t move and it is a cone effect. Guess what fellow tanks! You can simply step aside and avoid it. Yeah, it is that simple. You see smash come up, you move to the left and then go back and start tanking again.
Instance completed, I finished Borean Tundra later and got the “Nothing Boring about Borean” achievement (130 quests in that zone done). I can say this: I don’t think I want to level 70-80 again until I am really really really bored in this game. As much fun as the quests are and things like it is annoying because there are TOO many. I stated it last year and I still stand by my statement that I am sick to death of questing all the time. I am a dungeon/instance runner. I can’t wait until I just grind those all the time and forget about my quest log.
Ok well I have to start packing, the big move starts Monday and continues through next week. I am going with Comcast internet. God help me.