Last weekend, my GM partner Lisa and I came to the conclusion a new home is in our best interests. We took a step back to survey the landscape: our raid, guildies, and our server, then weighted those against what we personally are looking to get out of the game. Our little 10-man group, and by extension the guild we're in, has always been about holding a weekend daytime raid.
While we were able to experience meaningful progress throughout the Cataclysm expansion, we've only encountered roadblock after roadblock as it pertains to maintaining a healthy raid roster in MoP. Most of these roadblocks originated in places we had no control over, though two defections in the last 30 days most definitely came in response to actions Lisa and I took in an attempt to steady the ship. But that's beside the point.
And we've come to the conclusion, after six months, that it's time to stop fighting. While we most definitely could maintain our leadership positions, continue to recruit on our dying server, and make additional efforts to revive guild activity, we just don't have the will to do so anymore. We both want to raid current content in a set group. That's what we want out of the game. While my personal schedule allows for greater flexibility, Lisa is limited to raiding weekends. I'm honoring her wishes to keep the group together as much as possible while we seek out a new home.
Currently, we've looked at a couple of options, but the most attractive one to date involves being absorbed into a 25-man Alliance guild on Emerald Dream - RP/PvP. Coming from the Horde side on a PvP server, the idea of doing this makes me very, very uneasy. I went Horde back in Vanilla after a brief stint with a human warlock and haven't looked back...it's just that the people in this guild are really, really nice, something Lisa and I were able to discern after about an hour and a half interview with the GM and officer team earlier in the week.
Some points of consideration, then my conundrum:
- I want to be part of and contribute to a vibrant, friendly and respectful community within the game.
- I want to raid current content in the context of a guild group like I described above, and during the weekend daytime.
- I have considered the Main, an enhancement shaman to be my main since the Burning Crusade. I would like this to continue to be the case.
- I am having a hard time disassociating the Main from his status as an orc shaman. The only Alliance equivalent I've given serious thought to is pandaren, and even then I get all hot and sweaty in not a good way.
- I have all classes but hunter and monk at 85 or higher (including an 88 Alliance druid), so feasibly could bring one of those instead of the Main.
- I'm a gold-maker (quickly approaching 1 million gold) who relies heavily on 3-4 85+ alts to produce goods to sell for a profit. How does this factor in?
What would you do in this situation? I'm trying to think of all/most of the options ahead of me, as nothing's set in stone. I know there's not a right answer here, but all else equal I'm curious to know what others would do.
a) quit the game; too much work for the return
b) bring whatever character the new raid group needs, and designate that as the new main
c) bring as many characters over as I see fit while remaining financially feasible
d) reroll a character on the new server, keeping my current Horde roster in tact
e) remain on the dying server and make due
f) find a good home for me without considering guildies; if it works for them, great. If not, the main thing is taking care of myself
g) (insert your own answer/point out something obvious I've missed)