The last few months have been trying. Since summer, we’ve had trouble filling raids more often than not, people dropping off the face of the game, constant recruitment drives, constant pushing.
Frankly, I’m exhausted.
But. It’s been worth it. 4/5 Hyjal and 5/9 BT pre-3.0.2 nerf.
And since then?
– Battle for Mount Hyjal won.
– RoS one-shotted.
– Mother Shahraz down.
– Council down.
– Illidan to 17%.
It’s been worth it.
Let’s do the math. Since June 1st, 2007, Apotheosis has downed:
KARAZHAN (11): Attumen, Moroes, Maiden, Opera (all three), Curator, Aran, Illhoof, Chess, Netherspite, Nightbane, Prince.
GRUUL’S LAIR (2): Maulgar, Gruul.
MAGTHERIDON’S LAIR (1): Magtheridon.
SERPENTSHRINE CAVERN (6): Hydross, Lurker, Tidewalker, Leotheras, Karathress, Vashj.
TEMPEST KEEP (4): Al’ar, Void Reaver, Solarian, Kael’thas.
HYJAL (5): Rage, Anetheron, Kaz’rogal, Azgalor, Archimonde.
BLACK TEMPLE (8): Naj’entus, Supremus, Akama, Gorefiend, Bloodboil, Reliquary of Souls, Mother Shahraz, Illidari Council.
That is THIRTY-SEVEN boss encounters in 17 months, or an average of about 2 bosses a month. Karazhan doesn’t really count, of course, but we all had to learn and farm various bosses over the course of the last 17 months.
We got Illidan to 17% last night. Standing there, looking at him, it occurred to me that we wouldn’t be there if not for every single person who’s every had Apotheosis under their name. Where would we be today if Grim and Guido hadn’t been there with us to clear T4 and the first half of SSC? Where would we be today if Fog and Netsuge and Kaiu hadn’t been there with us, showing up to raids to do whatever they could to help while helping to hammer out policy behind the scenes?
And what about all the new people? Where would we be today without the new folks who took a chance on us, coughed up 25 bucks and transferred?
The answer to all of those questions is… we wouldn’t be looking at Illidan again tonight. We would not be on the cusp of clearing Black Temple. We would not be able to even THINK about saying we achieved our primary raiding goal that we set when we first created the guild.
It promises to be a good evening. Apart from anything else… the zombies are gone. Thank God.