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Well, I certainly wish I could have made good on my promise on the end of tier message for Blackhand, but Blizzard thought it fit to ban me for transferring gold and felblight to Anvilmar. Like Ezekiah, I am proud of what Availed had accomplished for Heckfire Seattle' but I can't but help feel like there's a deeper conspiracy unfurling in Blizzards trademarked Ban Dept. Yes, I am talking about bans for common spergy practices among guilds. Don't get me wrong, if you're looking for a great guild that's going to progress, and then get drunk on the weekends and just be an overall trainwreck of a human bean, then Availed is your place to go, but why else would every guild that "disbanned" disband during what is probably the best themed raid in a long time?

The answer is simple, banning people for transfering their earned guild banks from huge servers to little ones for huge prof... I mean for the guilds well being! Going deeper it gets even more disturbing, as we can see a direct correlation to the sheckles I could have got just flowing like the nile into our prime suspects pockets, yes I am talking about Akrisa. The Sheckle Con Quessarillo, The Oy Gevalt, Mishigene Mentshn. Wait... the Mishigene...METZEN. Metzen, as in... Chris Metzen? Your honor as you can see, Akrisa and Chris Metzen are choking off all possible gold making schemes, I mean... well thought out intent for the betterment of guilds on low ranking wow realms. And such, is the folly of lesser guilds that had some of their best members banned for moving felblight to their realm for "progression". They just couldn't handle the loss, whereas Availed prevailed with just one loss (ME) or maybe two if you count the mild rainstorm petering out, but even as the rainstorm petered out, a monsoon awakened many months later, in the rainy season... of liquor.

The End?

(You may be wondering at this point, what is Namkung even going on about? At the end of the day I guess all we can say is see you next time, sayonara!)

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This team exceeded all of my expectations this tier. Our ranking is the highest we've ever acheived since the transition to Mythic raiding, and we got where we did without making unwanted sacrifices. We never mandated PTR testing outside of our normal raid times. We never split-farmed anything. We didn't even have to require the usage of an alt this tier, but that's more because Blackhand didn't return than because of any planning on our end. Even on the nights where both the raid leader and a tank was out, the team carried on and made the night count. We're stronger than we've ever been in that regard, and it shows.

Yet all of this comes with a bit of a sour note. As we passed guild after guild that beat us last tier, the victories were slightly bittered by the knowledge that many of these were guilds we'd never see raiding again. For every guild we out played, there were two we outlasted, and while I count that as a victory as much as any, it doesn't bode well for the raiding community as a whole. I felt that burnout myself, not because my drive to raid ever diminished, but because I saw it happening to some of our very own. More than a few players have decided to call it quits this tier, and while that's nothing new, it isn't getting any easier to fill those shoes.

Still, I am pleased with how we finished the tier, and I am confident that the time we have until Legion drops will prove sufficient to make our roster stronger than ever. Those who have decided ten years not-so-well spent is enough will certainly be missed, but it was never just raiding that drew us together. While our roster fluctuates, our social environment has remained static, even as it grows. Now we look to add more players to our Mythic core, to patch up those holes and improve the strength of our team overall.

If you're interested in a competitive raid team that gets the job done without pushing so hard they break in the process, we can offer that. We've been here for several tiers now, and we plan to be here for several more.

--Jones

LET JIMMY RAID a Rykun , I'm looking forward to YOUR end-of-tier recap over this wall of boring...

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