We did well for a large part of the summer. We really did. But summeritis set in: people were going on vacation, or having to cover extra work shifts because of vacations. And a bunch of people were hit with real life incidents that caused them to take a step back from the game.
That’s fine; that’s life. But attendance dwindled, and last week we had two cancelled raids. This week we’ve had one. Times are rough. But it’s nothing EoTS hasn’t beaten before, and it’ll beat it this time, too.
There’s really something to be said for situations such as these. You can be a part of the solution, or you could be a part of the problem. When times are hard and morale is low, the last thing your group needs is negativity. Stay positive, and try your best to lift up instead of tear down:
- Keep it up: Continue to show up for raids on time and ready to go, and gently encourage others to do the same
- Recruit: Prod well-geared, skilled players you come across to submit an application if they are looking for a guild and you think they would be a good fit
- Nurture: When raids get cancelled, organize activities to do together to build group solidarity (we do PvP premades)
One of the T6-ish guilds on our server recently disbanded. As a result of that, a lot of skilled and relatively well-geared players are now on the market. This guild was 4/6, 3/4, 4/5, and 5/9, so its (ex-)members already know a handful of the MH and BT boss fights. We’ve already picked up two of their members, with one promising applicant going through the application process right now.
And that, my friends, is the circle of life … guild style.
We already hit rock bottom last week with not being able to accomplish anything except for a Hyjal clear and 2/9 BT. It can only go up from here!