I write as a way of dealing with whatever it is thats wrong, in this case I had to put my Dog (Max) down this passed Wednesday. After 11 long years of him being in our family his arthritis was just to bad and it was time for him to leave this life. So here’s me dealing with this loss via writing. Read it don’t read it, comment or don’t, I probably won’t even edit this post just throw it up on the blog and I wont be tweeting this post because again its more for me then it is for my readers.
Bucklers of Swash
Yup, my family on the server of Mug’thol. What brought this topic to mind was the [trade spam] guild recruitement message for a new guild to Alliance Mug’thol. See Mug’thol has a Horde problem, there are more Blood Elves then there are Alliance members on the server. Now this problem hasn’t been helped by all the end-game raiding guilds on the Alliance side changing servers to a more balance Horde : Alliance ratio. Now comes along [enter new guild here], they race changed from Horde to Alliance and they’re guild recruitment message went along the lines of something like “Join [guild] who are trying to rejuvenate the Alliance! No badies . . . etc.” At the time I was on my mage and I shot the person a whisper asking if they could lay off beating the Native Allies on the server. We were the ones who stayed through the horrible tuesday lag during ICC, we fought of two 25 mans at the door of ICC, we stayed and battle against the 35:1 odds in Wintergrasp. He understood where I was coming from and we got to talkin about my experiences on the server.
I went off bragging about this and that and how I was the only caster during Sindragosa’s MAGIC BETRAY YOU!!!!! mechanic, you know just tootin’ my own horn. He explained how his guild was made up of mostly military men and families and they’ve been together from a long time. He admitted his guild has their ‘my epeen is bigger then you epeen’ moments, but which guild doesnt? He also said how they’re going to be letting a lot of ‘baddies’ go come Cataclysm. I explained to him how the Alliance on my server just need guiding and they could be a force to be reckoned with. I mean look at history, was I not in need of A LOT of help? And I got it in my guild Bucklers of Swash. Of course this conversation came to the conclusion your all thinking it would. He asked me to jump ship and join his guild. His exact words were something along the lines of “Your intelligent, I can get that from just talking to you. Why don’t you join our guild? I decline obviously. Bucklers isnt just a guild for me, its Family.
I joined 18 months ago, June 2009 on my priest. This was after my server hated me, like actually HATED! me. During BC if you were level 55+ and unguilded you for sure got a spam from me asking if you would join my guild <Sword Through the Horde>. I had an epic half-shadow half-holy spec. I was a priest who had shadow form and spirit of redemption. Yup, my gear was horrible, spec was even worse and to top it all off I was the most annoying person ever. Towards the end of BC, like the Sunwell-era I got a name change from Iharrypotter to Chmelyk. I fixed up my spec a bit so now I was full shadow, and I still ran my guild. It wasn’t the biggest guild but it was alright, it had some core memebers some of which I still consider my friends today. I went in to Wrath knowing I wanted to Raid, STTH had some failed raid attempts at Kara but it just want meant to be. I had a friend in Bucklers during BC but I haven’t heard from him in a LONG time. I left my guild, and went and joined a guild that was all, “PENIS!!!!!” and I knew it just wasn’t for me. Then an officer from Bucklers posted in [Trade] that they were looking for memebers so I sent her a whisper and we spoke for about an hour about the guild. I went to their guild site and applyed. My application was accepted and all I needed to do now was run the trial heroic with them.
The Heroic was Violet Citadel. I still remember how we we’re running it and the water elemental boss spawned and his robes dropped. Yup they were an upgrade and I rolled on them on my guild application run. How embarrassing >.>! And that was it I was accepted a member and joined Bucklers of Swash. They we’re running Ulduar at the time and I wasn’t even geared enough for Naxxramas. I convinced the Guild leader to run Naxx 25 for us. It was a run that I have +1000 latency, it had 6 priests, and I was doing less then 1000 dps. Yeah I sent an in game letter to the Guild leader. Some how I retained my guild spot. Then ToC came out and I decked my priest out in gear from there and I asked before a raid one night what the requirements were for Ulduar and they sent them to me. OMG I have those stats, and I got a raid invite. My first raid with Bucklers was a fresh Ulduar we got all the way to Hodir that night. Now keep in mind I had to intention of raiding that night so I had no idea what any of the Strats were. We made through it and I was told that I preformed really well and I was to join them in ToC later that week. OMG I was freaking out! Actually I had to whisper the guild leader and decline because he took my DPS from the Hodir fight and I was buffed on that fight, if thats what they were expecting from me in ToC I was done! But they took me and it went fine. A lot of things that I decided during that first Naxx run were WAY off. first of all I thought that the guild leader liked me, and that his wife HATED me with an undying passion. Second of all I thought that some members were the shit and turns out they weren’t, they proceded to jump ship when ICC came out.
Fast forward to December when ICC came out, wow 1 year ago >.< Holy crap thats really long ago. We we’re stuck on Deathbringer Saurfang for WEEKS! it was to the point that the second wing had opened and we still hadnt made it into the upper spire. Although in our defense half of my raird group jumped ship so we had to fill they’re spots. I chose to switch from my Priest to my Shaman and we down him and thats when I knew Anslym the shaman was going to be my main. Fastforward again to Sindragosa with her caster debuff. Being the ONLY caster I got the debuff every time which dropped my dps substansually and the raid leader (the guild leader) said if I didnt get it up they would have to replace me. He also said we were going to have a talk. So I waited for this talk for at least 3 weeks and because of this talk I was so nervous to log into WoW that I actually resented logging in. But for weeks it was all the same, after the raid he would log off and no talk would happen. Finally I got pissed off and in vent I said something along the lines of “Of course he logs of again without talking to me, how typical.” Or something like that in vent. Turns out his wife was in Vent and she doesnt use her headphones but has use come out her speakers. Guild leader heard that came back on vent, “You know I heard that, right?” and logs off. I wanted to leave the guild and just exile myself to the farthest reaches of Azeroth. I sent him another ingame mail asking him if he wants me to leave and all this and that. He messages me that its alright and so on.
We downed Sindragosa, down The Lich King and we’re going to down Deathwing when the time comes. I’m now good friends with his wife, yeah the person who I thought hated me. I’m best friends with a Druid in the guild, you may have heard of him, Stalkuren? I’m known as Greg in the guild even though that isnt my name. Even if a few of our new members think it is. My rank is Master Gunner which means I’m next in line for becoming a Guild Occifer, and I love gaming with my family. Thats another reason why I can’t go on another server, I’d miss my guild too much. Well thats my spew about my guild. Thanks for reading, or not. Thanks for the comments or not.
-Dedicated to Max, I’ll see you when I see you buddy.