This has been a long tier. Content wise it was really punctuated by a series of some of the best end tier bosses I have seen. Thok, Siegecrafter, Paragons, and to a lesser extent Garrosh set up one of the best final 4 fights I have seen in an instance. This tier is the end of an era.
I thought this would be my final instance. I was strongly considering quitting. Finding time to fit this game and leading around my graduate school schedule became harder and harder every week. The anger from my work was crossing over into my leading. The anger from my leading was crossing over into my work at school. I was ready to quit, and I wanted this tier to end with a bang. I wanted to push for US #1 3 night guild.
Raiding became a chore. I wasn't enjoying logging in. Small mistakes were upsetting me on a level that they never should have. I know that the game was not fun for me, and it was not fun for the people around me. I focused too much on the negative, and not enough on the positive things that took place in every attempt.
Luckily, I had a player willing to come to me and make me incredibly self aware of their lack of enjoyment, and in turn, my lack of enjoyment. I changed my leadership style, and even in the last week and a half I have found the enjoyment in leading again. Of course, I also met my guild at Blizzcon and it changed how I feel about my connection to this game. They are family, and I will continue to lead them as long as they will have me.
This is the end of an era in another way. 25 man raiding is no more, and OBSCURE REFERENCE will shift with the times and continue raiding at the Heroic (Mythic) level.
Thank you to all of my players who continue to support the guild and raid at a high level. I will miss the people who do not plan on playing in the next expansion. Good luck to you in your future en devours.
To those of you who are interested in OBSCURE REFERENCE. Feel free to contact me. We may not have room for you, but I am always willing to listen to your particular set of circumstances.
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