I recently created an official tumblr blog for my guild, Midnight Mayhem; will be posting past and present events, with special emphasis to images and videos (some walls of text when needed to, as our living history post) .
Midnight Mayhem living story - part 7 “Guild Missions & Merges”
The guild missions’ initial release brought about both positive and negative results. Due to the requirements to unlock the missions - an absurd amount of influence and merits - several small guilds started to crumble.
While the bigger guilds started to save up on influence, the smaller ones were faced with a choice: leave for a big guild, or never experience a mission for months and months. While a minority of small guilds decided to go for the latter, many others decided to merge with like minded guilds and work together to unlock the missions.
This period of GW2 marked an important milestone for MM. Up until this point we had 1-2 small merges with small guilds, who joined us due to lack of activity; the rest of our ~300 members were mostly people who didn’t know anyone inside the guild when they joined. Trying to fit a small group of friends within a bigger guild is a much harder task compared to fit a lone player looking for home. The interests and expectations are not always the same, disparities arise between the old members and newcomers from the merged guilds; some might have preferred the smaller and tighter environment, some might have followed just not to get left behind, some might have been excited or happy about a merge, etc.
During the first period of the merges everything went smooth. The laid back and welcoming attitude of MM made some of the worries of these players go away; some, however, never really swallowed the idea of being “forced” by changes in the game to merge and these feelings showed up along the road, even months after the merge. Nonetheless, all of the guilds that merged in MM contributed in shaping what the guild was at the time, and some still do, having become core MM members in their own right.
This period (April/June) can be considered as one of our Golden Eras. The guild as a whole was united, and our roster count hit 500 for the first time.
Well y’know, we would be Gold League if there were leagues at the moment.
This is seriously very good though. I know a lot of GW2 players on Tumblr are on Gandara and it was nice facing against you guys last week, but it looks like we’re still on the rise.
Part of me thinks it’s absurd: I have been with the server since late last year when people were actively leaving for other communities higher on the table. Now, within a few short months, we are in the top few tiers in Europe.
This is a testament to the extremely hard work that our WvW guys have put into developing our playerbase within the last few months and recruiting new talent. It’s a reflection of our efforts towards around-the-clock map coverage which have now massively paid dividends. The fights that we’ve had with other servers as we have clawed up the table have been amazing.
Here’s to more fantastic battles. I’ll be leading in WvW on Saturday night myself - so hope to see you there, friends and foes alike!