The road so far and the future to come.
Hello everyone! :)
For a couple of weeks now that I have glanced on this part of website with the feeling that I should make a journal entry but sometimes what you should and what you want are kind of different, sometimes because you just don't have anything to say, other times because you are simply not in the mood but usually you can find a plethora of excuses not do it, in my case it was because I wanted to type something with meaning and that should make sense to all of you that will be reading this and honestly that time was not the right moment. That moment arrived today.
So far we went a long road, from the break up of Insomnia to the creation of Tempest we spend some time trying to find our own identity from the shadows of a server 12th in SoO patch (Insomnia) to a mediocre Ahead of the Curve Heroic Black Hand (Tempest) in the very last day of the patch but If I'm to be totally honest both had same sense of accomplishment and happiness. The later provided the stable ground for us to move into Mythic Raiding and in the Hellfire Citadel patch we achieved 5/13 Mythic before Christmas but when we returned from the holidays break we end up losing some players to in real life situations. Finding new recruits was hard specially when it came to proper replacements, pugging was a mess with people leaving after a wipe or after a kill so I ended up doing what felt right at that time, calling it a day and announcing that the guild would stop raiding. So I told you guys to find guilds with a steady team where you could finish your Mythic Progression and most if not all of you managed to do that.
At that point I was still undecided if I should or not rebuild and if so where. During that time I went back to my roots and joined an old guild for some raiding (League of Dusk who had recently moved to Silvermoon) as they had a tank spot since their tank was on a break. My time raiding with them helped me clear my head to think about what to do but it was not until after some people reached back to me asking what I was planning to do that my decision became totally clear. I was going to give one last try at Guild management and Raid leading and it would be in Grim Batol.
And so it came to be, the message went far a beyond and most people returned to Tempest, some couldn't or wouldn't and that is fine and understandable, they will remain friends that just happen to be playing with other people. But those that returned....oh boy...I don't have words to describe the feeling and the meaning it had for me. Refreshed and ready to do better we started our recruitment the same time players came back to World of Warcraft to get ready for Legion. The roster started be filled and we seemed ready for the new adventures to come.
Legion hit and our road lead us to where we are now, we are progressing in Emerald Nightmare Mythic without forcing some weird schedule or insane pressure on players, we are enjoying content while doing our best to clear it before it stops being relevant without compromising our real life duties or the fun and relaxed atmosphere. Every first kill this expansion had the same feeling of accomplishment and success of the old days but it is not because of where we sit in the rankings, it is because of everyone of you in the group, its because we are doing it while remaining true to ourselves and because you make a 20 man group have the same amazing feeling as the old 10 man. To you all a big: Thank You!
I would be lying if I was saying that this was the only reason I found this moment to be fitting to write what I wrote, in reality this was merely a contemplation of our past and our present. What really motivated me to write this is the future (this section is under ''News'' after all). The future looks bright and as we say in Portugal: ''A sorte protege os audazes'' which roughly translates to ''The fortune favors the bold''.
Tempest is growing, and we will be receiving members from the guild ''No Progress Raiding'' into our ranks, some of them have already raided with us (e.g. our first kills on Ursoc and Nightmare Dragons) but we will be extending invitation and welcoming everyone from raiders to socials and pvpers. This means that our Mythic Raiding team will grow and it will solve our attendance issues and remove the need to pug players.
Soon after they join we will be starting a project I had in mind since the start of Tempest but was never able to implement due to the lack of players: Another Raiding Team for the off-days with their own schedule independent from the other Raiding Team. This raiding team is to progress at their own pace but towards the common goal of the guild, enjoyment of the time you are playing together and to help people transition from Social to Raiding and from Raiding to Mythic Raiding. Some might remember we had this in Insomnia and it gave enormous fruits some of which are now Mythic Raiders or even Officers.
Last but not least, this goes without saying but some if not all of us in Tempest know how leaving a guild behind can bring mixed feelings and can be quite hard to get used to so it is also our job to make them feel welcomed and that this is their new home.