We're announcing this early because this is a bittersweet award. I met this guy in Wrath, when he was an obnoxious junior at Penn State University. I don't remember how our paths crossed, but he was in the #1 guild on Llane, Anguish, at the time and they were working really hard to get Kel'Thuzad down for the server first. He used to run me over, riding his Amani war bear from the original Zul'Aman raid, if he saw me standing by the mailbox or any place in Ironforge. I could count on him for advice on how to handle Wrath raiding content as SD took our first tentative steps into that tier of raiding.
Then Anguish disintegrated and he quit WOW to graduate from college and start that whole "adult" thing. I thought about him on occasion in Cataclysm, a "wonder where he is" thought. As time went on, so many people I've known in the game faded from view and I never thought about them again. Suddenly, last year, he whispered me. He was back and looking for a guild. Oh man, I snapped him up faster than peanut M&M's.
In the year since he joined us, he's been a mentor, a joker, a tank, a dps and just generally an asset in chat and in groups. But, he's leaving us. His last day of WOW is tomorrow, July 30th. He's going back to school for his master's and trying to save for a house. (You do know those are nothing but money pits, right?) WOW just isn't in the cards now, owing to the time and money required for life as he progresses forward. Before he leaves us, he donated 100,000 gold to the guild bank and sent me all the mats he's had stored, mats he couldn't sell. Speechless doesn't quite cover things.
So, we officers decided a proper "thank you" and "goodbye" and "godspeed" would be to name
our Guild Member of the Month.
It's been so much fun this past year, reminescing about all the people and guilds and events we knew back in Wrath. We've totally enjoyed his recruiting statements, given before we ran into Highmaul, and his threats to "contact HR" about guild behavior. We will also miss his willingness to do things just to see us succeed at whatever the guild was trying to accomplish.
His toons will remain in SD for awhile, mainly so he can keep tabs on what we're doing. He may be back in limited capacity around our 8th anniversary, but that is wholly dependent upon what fragments of time he might have. We will miss you, Mooch. Stay in touch.