I’m making this post mostly for myself, but also all of those of you who might happen to come across the page wondering “What happened to Seradane?”, but then again mostly for myself, since I feel it will be cathartic to put everything down in writing. After all, all these years I’ve been the one capturing and putting down in words the Seradane news to immortalize in a way all of our accomplishments, big or small. We moved to Silvermoon a few years ago. We moved our guild on a Christmas Eve, there was only 6-7 of us that had decided to make the leap and move to a new realm since our old one had been dropping in population drastically. On that Christmas day, we raided. We didn’t raid cause we had to or for the loot, we raided to spend the evening together, and though none of us mentioned it, we raided to keep Vincy company, and not leave anyone all alone on Christmas, see I have no family, this guild and the awesome friends that made it with me, have been my family for the last few years.
We had always been a 10m group, for better or worse, it took a small while after moving until we could establish a strong group again, but in time we came to show that we had one of the best 10m groups on Silvermoon. Just as Warlords of Draenor was coming around we knew we only had two options in order to be able to raid 20m mythic mode, either excessively recruit or merge with another group. Excessive recruitment didn’t quite work out for us, since we couldn’t reach an amount of players exceeding 20, that would all play up to our standards. We had several groups approach for a merge, but going through the logs we were reluctant to merge. When we were approached by one Dejan Todorovič known in World of Warcraft as Samhael, it seemed we might have found a small group of players that could play up to the standards we always aimed for.
The plan you see was to create a guild merge, combine the two groups, that small one and our own, and make one fairly strong and competitive group for Warlords of Draenor. But we were lied to.. You see what we agreed to, was to merge the two groups, and be responsible for them as Equals. What Dejan Todorovič actually had planned was to simply get players fast in order to make his group able to raid 20m mythic, push us aside and do whatever the hell he pleased. Needless to say we didn’t keep our own group and guild for all these years to be told now to “shut the fuck up” and “don’t break my balls” by a Slovenian wannabe hippie. We also were not in agreement with the way he would treat people in the guild, constant UN-constructive criticism and belittling remarks or his put-me-to-sleep-now voice reading out of the dungeon journal “raid leading”.
Admittedly putting the welfare of the people in the group who simply wanted to raid ahead of ourselves, we tried to reason with that madman for quite a while, til we said no more, cause we simply couldn’t bare to be in such a group. You see, Seradane may not be around as a name in the top 20 of the realm list anymore, but Seradane will never really seize to exist as long as we play this game. As I say to Darkvvar (Mistomi/Angelicsoul/Leafomi) and he laughs “Seradane is an idea, it can never truly die”. You see the truly great players are not always in the guild with the best rank, we compromised the moment we created this group, we knew we wouldn’t have the realm first or the world top 100, but instead we’d have slower progress but we’d be in a group with people we actually enjoy playing with and our friends, have a good time as well as progress. No one that has actually ever been in Seradane can say that we didn’t push our raiders hard enough, or that we didn’t always strive for the best.
In all the years we’ve had this guild, we didn’t simply invite raid ready players and always have everything go smoothly, we’ve been through ups and downs, we’ve invited plenty of players in whom we saw potential and help them cultivate their play style and abilities and improve, to become some of the really good players you may see around you today, in other guilds or realms. I think it’s only natural to not always be in agreement with the way a certain group operates or to be fond of everyone in that group and to sometimes choose to move along to different groups. People come and people go, it’s just how it goes, both in this game and in real life. Leaving that merge, we didn’t have our full group, only our founders and some members who were in agreement with us, so we couldn’t revert back to re-establishing our own group. It was a bad time to part ways, just the beginning of a tier, but it was definitely the healthy thing to do, cause after all we play World of Warcraft to enjoy ourselves, as much as we enjoy progress and perfection, we enjoy a raid atmosphere in which we don’t feel bored or repulsed or harassed. I deeply appreciate the people who left that merge with us. Of course only time will tell how things will work out for us, we can simply try our best and hope for the best possible outcome.
The way I see it, the Seradane way, whichever group we are in, we’ll make it a little better just by being in it, cause we always put dedication and respect (and love as far as I am concerned) in everything we do or create.
(Credits for the post theme picture go to hipnosworld who created it for the Icy Veins Christmas Contest 2013.)