November 12, 2011

IntPiPoMo: My guild is all grown-up!

Angelya of Revive & Rejuvenate has proposed International Picture Posting Month (IntPiPoMo). The goal is to post 50 pictures during November - a picture is worth a thousand words, you know - which can include game screenshots or real-world pictures. Click here to see my other IntPiPoMo posts!

This week got away from me, a little. Hectic evening schedules and no screenshots folder at work means that I've fallen behind! Four pictures posted when I should be on fourteen - have some extras today as an apology, if you will. This is the story of how my lovely guild has gone from a startup of 7 to the triple-figure guild with 10-man raiding roster that it is today :)

We started Discombobulated not long after Cataclysm was released. All of the original 7 members were in the same guild previously and today 6 of those members still have active characters in the guild. This screenshot was taken after we finished the last heroic for our Cataclysm Dungeon Hero achievements on 24/03/11 after nights of learning, wiping and improving. Setesh, we still hate you!

About a month later we found ourselves in Blackwing Descent, raiding for the very first time. It took us three nights to down Magmaw but I'll always remember how great it felt when he collapsed, vanquished, at our feet. Magmaw taught us a lot; the importance of placement (and what happened if you stood too far out!), how to watch the boss and stay ready for another event, switching targets, effective AoE usage, timing cooldowns, watching our feet for fire/bad stuff, clicking the Lightwell (seriously, just click the darn thing)...we've been building on the things we learnt during those first nights ever since.

It took us about 3 months to take down all of the Tier 11 bosses and get our <Defender of the Shattered World> titles. By that point, we'd started Firelands and had been doing trash runs for upgrades, not to mention there had been huge T11 nerfs. That didn't take anything from it though - we had become the guild that could and we loved it!

We downed 4 bosses in Firelands pre-nerf and 2 post-nerf. Majordomo Staghelm was a one-shot, something we were totally unprepared for! That aside, we were suddenly 6/7 while it was current content and it felt good. All that was between us and our first ever full tier clear was Ragnaros...and he's still there. It's the hardest, most demanding fight we've ever tackled together, as it should be. We've started to hit Phase 3 though and it's only a matter of time before we get that elusive kill. Keep an eye open for my victory post! ;)

We'll get you yet, Firelord...


  1. Some really nice shots there. I get a good vibe of teamwork from your boss kill Screen Shots :)

    Ah, also, Ragnoros sure looks monstrous from that angle!

    - Jamin

  2. Oh, I like these guild photos, it gives that nice warm, together vibe. I hope you get the Firelord soon!

  3. I still find it hard to believe how far we've come as a guild. To go from 7 of us to a level 25 guild with loads of members and many friends outside of the guild all while maintaining our casual, relaxed atmosphere feels truly amazing and i'm really proud of us.

    I remember the many many deaths to Magmaw and i'm having nightmares lately about how much worse rag is but we'll get him!

  4. He's really quite massive, Jamin! I should try and get a better shot soon.

    Thanks Navimie! We do too, happy to work at it but even with the best of intentions we're starting to hate him.

    Ad - I know right? it's a bit boggling. Must be our buckets of charm and leet skillz. Or, people have nowhere better to go. I'll take either.