Welcome to the weekly guild spotlight! We interview guild leaders to share information about their guild with the rest of the Allods community. This week’s guild spotlight is with the guild Esperanza! We have the guild leader, Miriamel, here to tell us about the guild!
Please tell us a little history about Esperanza.
I formed Esperanza on March 15, 2011. Honestly though, I was not sure if I could get it off the ground, because at the time, the guild market was over-saturated. I had just left my previous guild, I lost all my friends as a result, and I did not really know what to do or how I was going to get back on my feet again. I almost left the game because of it. As difficult of a time it was though, in hindsight, having to start over was the best thing that could have happened to me. It gave me the opportunity to make something new, something better, something different. It was why I named the guild Esperanza, meaning “hope”, because I wanted there to be a guild that could be a beacon of hope for other players–a light in the darkness. None of our success would have been possible would have happened if I had stagnated in that other guild, and that time really helped me be the player I am today.
Today, a year later, we are one of the most successful guilds in the game. We went from an obscure leveling guild to a tight-knit, well-known, dangerously fun end-game guild. We are always running concurrent A4 guild runs throughout the day, and quite often dominating in Witch’s Hollow and June Catacombs. We merged with Cherry Crush just before the 3.0 patch hit, who have always been good and loyal friends of ours, and we are very happy with how the merge turned out. As a guild we are very proud of what we have accomplished this past year, and we look forward to being better in the future.
What are the people of Esperanza like?
The people in Esperanza are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. At the same time, we can be the most competitive. We are always trying to beat each other’s DPS, single each other out in Witch’s Hollow, or joke around with each other in some way. However, when one of us needs help, whether it is in game or in real life, we are always there to support our family. We are a team of friends who know how to work together and help each other to become more successful.
We ask for a lot out of the people who come to Esperanza. We are constantly pushing ourselves to be better–better players and better people in general. We have a lot of fun growing stronger together and we are always there for one another when one of us is in need.
What are the goals of Esperanza? Also, would you say your guild is casual or focused on endgame content such as hardcore PvP and raiding?
Our goal has always been to become the most successful guild in the game and make sure our guild family is having as much fun as they possibly can when they play. Because of this, we are an end-game guild, and end-game content is a heavy focus of what people come online to do. We like to improve ourselves, both as individuals and as a guild, and some of our proudest moments have been when we have achieved something together. Through our friendship, through the relationships we forge with one another, we conquer. We have been growing stronger, and we will keep becoming more and more successful.
How would one go about joining Esperanza? Are you accepting applications? If so, what are the requirements to join your guild?
We accept applications through our website.
Since we are an end-game guild, we typically only accept level 51 players; although, we are somewhat flexible if the potential member is progressing reasonably well in the game.
Esperanza is very selective on who we let into our guild. Candidates have to (among other things) get along with us, be good at the game, be ethical, and have a good reputation. We also typically like to bring them to A4 with us before adding them so we can see how they work on a team, which is very important to us as a guild. We are very careful to make sure that the people who join are not only a good fit for our guild, but can get something out of being a member in return.
What is your favorite past guild moment?
Looking over our guild’s entire history over this past year, the moment I was most proud of was when we captured an allod for the first time. We were severely undermanned and under geared at the time, and to be honest, none of us thought we could do it, including me. We tried anyway, though, and through some tremendous team effort and strong persistence, we managed to capture the allod. Everyone put everything they had into downing the great mage, and after 15 minutes of kiting and attacking, we prevailed. That was the happiest moment in the game for me, seeing us all come together to accomplish something none of us thought we could do.
What is your guild’s raid progression and how has the experience been for your guild so far?
Since after the patch, our main focus in terms of guild raid progression has been getting people geared up for Astral Confrontation and Dead City. It can be a logistical challenge getting as many people into the astral as possible, because there are a number of factors we have to take into account — who has what sectors unlocked, their player skill level, how many tanks/healers we have online, etc. Fortunately, we have a very dedicated and skilled leadership team who have gotten pretty good at coordinating A4. We also have experienced class advisers and a guild website infrastructure that we can use to help coordinate people together and maximize our success.
Are there any running inside jokes amongst your guild members? If so, please share!
When we are out in A4 and a boss starts to get a bit difficult, we will often say “Okay guys, we can’t do this anymore, let’s just go home” as a joke. Or after we down all the bosses on an allod, we’ll say “Guys, I don’t think we can kill any more bosses, let’s just go back.” We have all been in PUG groups that tend to give up too quickly, and we are very proud of our guild culture of not giving up. Even in Astral Confrontation, when we are fighting a guild we know is stronger than us, we will keep fighting until we are kicked out. We do not give up easily.
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