Tonight was supposed to be the first PvP event between Cyrus and Tainted. Tainted are a very strong PvP guild and have been our enemy in a few games now. We knew that if we were to stand any chance against them in an organised fight, we'd need our best players online.
However it seems Cyrus has spent too much time in scripted PvE encounters lately killing dragons, and not enough time working on their PvP teamplay and gear. To say that Cyrus were completely and utterly destroyed would be an understatement.
To our credit, we did call off the event beforehand when we realised we wouldn't have the people we needed online, as well as a general lack of enthusiam and signups to fight against Tainted. However when Tainted asked us to just bring whatever we had anyway, we bravely obliged, knowing the inevitable outcome.
Frankly, I am very pleased with the result. Being a member of Cyrus for some has been a shortcut to easymode and success. Sure, we could have pulled out a second raid tonight (who were fighting Lord Greenscale at the time) and zerged Tainted for the victory, but what kind of PvP guild are you if you have to rely on a zerg to win?
Lazy, poor gear and bad co-ordination would sum up our performance tonight. We got beaten by a far superior guild, and as I said, I am happy about it. Members that were there now know what is required to be successful at PvP in this game, and members who were not there need to be next time, as they missed out on a masterclass performance from Tainted.
With Cyrus struggling to get members to sign up to events, to commit to improving themselves through raid-readiness checks, for not bothering to turn up to scheduled raids, there is no way for us to improve unless we all take stock and decide whether we want the name Cyrus above our heads to mean anything. If some people are happy to be a zerg guild and just raid with whoever turns up on the night, then I would be a poor guild leader to allow this situation to become embedded in our guild culture. We need to weed out anyone who is satisfied with the current state of play, and have a more focused, disciplined and dedicated guild of people willing to do what it takes to play at a higher standard.
Cyrus - a smaller, tighter guild, or Cyrus, a large army full of members who can equally step up and contribute? In a guild where we joke about the lack of democracy, ironically it's ultimately the members themselves who will decide the outcome. I will merely enforce the decision.
Time to step up lads, or time to step out.
Massive respect to Tainted tonight for the way in which they conducted themselves - not one of their members put a foot out of line. Thanks all - lesson learned, and we'll be back...!