Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hanging Them Up

So last night I talked to Vlad, my Raid Leader and co-GM of Dominion. She had been asking everyone to tell her their plans for Wrath of the Lich King so she could plan and recruit accordingly.

I had been really struggling with a decision, and I flip flopped in my own mind a dozen times or more. In the end, I decided that I wouldn’t continue to raid 25 man raids with Dominion in Wrath of the Lich King.

This was not an easy choice. I know I’ve got virtually a guaranteed raid spot in the top Alliance guild on my server when raiding starts again. That’s not a small thing to throw away. I do really enjoy raiding, and Dominion is home to some of the best raiders on the server.

I’d like to say thank you to Vlad, and all the people in Dominion that I raided with over the past few months. I'd like to thank the rest of the tanking team (Vlad, Cuch, Iccy, and of course, Kee). I also want to thank my healers (Lady, Phat, Chief, Arbo, Az, Raroeb, Marsallas, Crit, Ali, Das, Sandrine - I would try to list out all the names, but I know I’d miss someone). I'd also like to thank our DPS team including Aga, Thunder, Fares, Fletchy, SonBull, Face, Bibby, Cor, Addic, Nymage, Rhonrob, Kho, Dottie, Gaulden, and all the rest - (I know I'm forgetting people).

When I joined we were 3/5, 3/9 and in our time together we got all the way to killing Kalecgos in Sunwell Plateau. Along the way I managed to complete my Tier 6 set (Sunwell drops not withstanding). We also completed our goal of defeating Illidan before the Expansion!

It’s been a great ride and I’m very grateful for every opportunity you guys provided.

While there were many factors that went into my decision, I think the tipping point for me ultimately was my schedule.

As of right now, I can only make 75% of Dominion’s raids (3 out of 4 nights), and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. This puts me constantly behind in learning fights, and behind in DKP, and consequently behind in gear.

Then in some strange coincidence, every time we killed the end boss of a Tier, it was usually on a Wednesday night. I would have to find a way to be online if I wanted to be in on the kill. This was true of Vashj, and of Kael, and of Illidan. I don’t recall the first time Dominion downed Archimonde as I wasn’t in the raid that night, but I want to say it was a Wednesday as well.

So what's next for ole Honorshammer? Vlad asked if I was going to try to go back to Heroes or Mal Katai. I wasn't planning on it as of this writing. All I know for sure is I'll be leveling up to 80, and I'm very excited about starting Wrath on Thursday. I'll have to cross the Raiding bridge when I come to it again.
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