Summer is approaching, as well as the next expansion even if we don’t know the exact date yet. There’s also Diablo 3 and other game releases. All of this, and other things, are causing a lot of guilds to cut back on raiding or possibly stop entirely.
In most previous expansions my guild’s raiding was cut short because some vital member of our raid team decided to call it quits prematurely. Usually a main tank. It was frustrating, but not much we could do about it. Recruitment can be difficult at all points of an expansion, but towards the end it’s nearly impossible. This time around though, we’ve gotten further than we had planned. We’re a casual guild and our only goal has always been to clear normal content before nerfs each tier. As we’re winding down progression, we’re stopping at 5/8 Heroic kills, which is probably the best we’ve ever done in any expansion so far.
We’ve made the decision to keep raiding for a while longer, but just for fun and only once a week for a Dragon Soul clear. People will be allowed to bring alts and we’re removing the “serious” from raiding, and the intent is just to have fun and clear the content each week for those who still want some gear. We might add some raids to old content once a week for fun as well, but it all depends on how many people keep playing as new games are released and summer finally gets here.
I know, for me, while I intend to play Diablo 3 – I will also continue playing WoW. There are some alts I’d like to gear up a bit more before the expansion, and achievements I want on my Warlock. Things that will keep me busy through the months to come before MoP.
What are your plans between now and MoP? Is your guild taking a break/winding down or do you keep going strong until the end?