As you’re probably aware, as my vision for the Guild evolved, we have seen numerous iterations of what I believe the guild needs to be, what it needs to achieve and what needs to be done to achieve that.
Back when I first started the game after a break in December, I could never have envisioned that PR would be what it is today. What is it? Well, nothing, really. We were world 2xxx with Archimonde Mythic (pre-patch kill), so obviously not impressive, right? I’ve always felt it was more than that, though. I saw that tier as a means of laying a foundation – preparing for something larger.
So I waited and I worked, slowly but diligently building the team, having to chop people where appropriate, believing in people where not. Slowly but surely working towards something I envisioned so passionately in my head. I had big visions: World 100, top x server, well known and recognised! I projected my own desires onto the guild, in a way that, I eventually decided was going to become damaging. So, for now, I’m officially (although this has been unofficial for a while) relaxing my desires for this tier.
Do I still maintain those desires? Abso-fucking-lutely. I do not think that the guild right now, is ready to pursue them though. I am taking players who for the most part, have not even been Mythic raiders until this point and I am asking them to do things that are unfamiliar to them. Could I force it? Would it achieve results? Yeah, it would – but at what cost?
So I’ve stepped back. My aim right now, is to ensure the guild has a trajectory that continues to go upwards. As long as we improve on our 2xxx ranking in Tier 18, what do we have to lose, right? If we do that over enough tiers, we’ll eventually be where I want to be. Sure, right now, split-raiding isn’t necessary, but one tier it will be and just like a frog in a pot of warm water (you all know the anecdote, right? – if not, tl;dr:- The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is put in cold water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.) the guild will slowly, but surely, mold itself into the vision I have.
We can still gain the recognition as we go, though. The guild is developing a name, a name I want you all to feel proud of. A name you can feel patriotic about. We have the most unique guild name in the world, with arguably some of the most unique people I have ever met. You’re all a part of something potentially bigger than the sum of its parts.
This is a guild that says “fuck you” to the current societal trend of blaming others. This is a guild that says “I will accept my failures and fix them”, “I am responsible for my own actions”, “I do NOT accept the safe space ideology currently so prevalent in society” and “I love swear words, swear at me more, daddy”.
This isn’t just a guild, it’s a choice. A choice you and future PR players, will make. This guild is a labour of love to me and people who are viewing from the outside, will not understand the sheer patriotism that this guild brings out in the people inside of it. It’s almost cult-like and you know what? I’m fine with that.