If you are reading this blog, you are more than likely a horde player on Alexstrasza, which means you somehow lost the WoW lottery when Bliz decided to recommend the server to you, like it did with me. And if you CHOSE to come here via a transfer or whatever, well, what were you thinking?? =P I mean don't get me wrong (I've said that waaay too much lately), I've had a wonderful time and have met some fabulous people here. There are definitely no regrets in those departments. But when it comes to progress, our horde seems to miss a step here and there, and pretty much everywhere, every chance it gets.
While our alliance has SSC on it's resume and is looking beyond, our horde hasn't even attempted Mag yet. It was more of the same pre-TBC, with the alliance tearing through Naxx while the horde barely peeped into AQ40 and never attempted Naxx. The worst part about it all is that people horde-side don't seem to care much about the general lack of progress, perhaps out of frustration. Some guilds are working on it, yes, but when it comes down to it, the discipline just isn't there. You know the kind of discipline I'm talking about, right? The individually-based kind. The kind that makes a person acknowledge responsibility while ignoring childishly-selfish desires, etc. Essentially, I'm talking about the idealistic definition of an adult - a mature, consistent, responsible player. They are hard to come by in a game like this, I know, but they are out there, and there are many in Alexstrasza's horde. So, what's the problem?
Over the years, I've come to know some very reputable players on the server. They are all loyal, mature, courteous, consistent, responsible, passionate, positive, driven, optimistic, and for some reason, have different guild tags beneath their names. I was in Lower City queuing for some BGs when I ran into Slickwilly and Ibiss. Slickwilly says something along the lines of "3 friends, 3 different guild tags" and then emotes the always depressing tauren /cry. Looking around, I see that kind of thing everywhere. Why this is the case, I have no idea, but the Alex horde have seemed to make a habit of it. That may very well be why we're having such a hard time progressing...
Whatever be the reason behind the observation, the fact of the matter is that it's getting kinda old. It's getting rather sad, seeing the smaller guilds lose their less-than-loyal (among other things) members to bigger guilds, leaving their mature, loyal players stranded in Karazhan. It's sad to see those guilds get frustrated, knowing they have the talent, but also realizing that there is a massive shortage of good people on Alex (who won't grab loot and run), so recruitment comes to a stand-still. It is sad that these smaller guilds haven't put a serious effort into working together for the common goal of progress. It is sad that it has taken us so long to realize that such cooperation is what is necessary to kick through the barriers that have kept us stagnant for so long. It is sad... but what matters is how we approach such things now, and Jade, Blawle, and myself are working on it.
It's time to put aside our frustration with how things have gone and start working toward how we want things to be.
See you in Gruul's Lair, Halcyon. We're all very much looking forward to it. =)