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Hanzo

Hanzo

Male, 43 years old, lives in Denver, United States

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My posts here about the 8YIA blog are backdated; atute readers already know the blog ended in June of 2016. However, we *have* spun up something new: An 8YIA Retrospective in Podcast form. Special guest on the premiere episode is Dalans.

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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Outselling the Competition"

 

Hanzo addresses recruitment with a more practical, battle-hardened view of selling the guild in the face of competition built off of raw progress.

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How do you become the "Top Guild on the Server"? Is success measured by the design of the guild's spectacular …
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Blogging: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Changing of the Guard"

 

Hanzo reflects on Tigole's exit from WoW, what brought him to the Blizzard table, and what effect he had on the design of Vanilla and TBC.

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It was all over the MMO news sites: Tigole was stepping down from World of Warcraft. One of the visionary …
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Blogging: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Terminating Employment"

 

Kurst's issues continue to emerge as DoD works on The Twilight Zone, and Hanzo is forced to make a tough decision.

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Kurst's skill as a tank was repeatedly called into question, yet I insisted on working through these …
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Blogging: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "The Hardest Job"

 

Hanzo warns of the consequences when promoting friends who are ill-suited to leadership.

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The flight back home to Denver from Dallas was unfriendly and rough. The glow of my laptop screen illuminated …
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Blogging: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "The Changed Landscape"

 

The 25-Man Progression team continues their first weekend raiding WotLK content while trying to figure out why everything is a pushover.

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We returned to Naxxramas on the second raid night, December 14th, drunk with ego and testosterone. Much of the …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Great Expectations"

 

After nearly starting off on the wrong foot, the Descendants of Draenor 25-Man Progression team begins raiding PvE content in WotLK, and proceeds to get a huge wake-up call.

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One week before we were scheduled to begin raiding, I logged on and discovered Annihilation was accepting …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Wrath of the Lich King"

 

Hanzo begins implementing the first set of structural changes to the guild as Wrath of the Lich King launches.

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On November 13th, 2008, nerds the world over were greeted to the sounds of Uilleann pipes as their zeppelins …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Master of One"

 

Hanzo changes what he asks of his new recruits, and becomes the first player in the guild that the rule is applied to.

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"And I really want to be a part of that core team again. Whatever DoD needs, I want to help. Which is why I'm …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "The Grand Reveal"

 

Hanzo reveals the changing focus of DoD to both the officers and his guild, and braces for their response.

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"So", I said, "any questions?" Silence followed, as the new looting system began to sink in. What remained of …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Who We Are, Who We Are Not"

 

A repost of Hanzo's original forum topic which set newly defined expectations for the guild in WotLK.

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After returning from my summer vacation at the end of August 2008, my plan was to restructure Descendants of …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Perestroika"

 

Hanzo takes a vacation to his Father's farm in northern Saskatchewan and prepares to restructure DoD from ground up.

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Part III: Wrath of the Lich King "It would never work, just as communism would never work in the real world, …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Epilogue: The Dinner"

 

Hanzo recalls a dinner with Ater and his parents, and the exact moment he realized it was time to take charge of both the guild and his own life.

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One of the last memories I have in Ater's presence was the night I couldn't stop thinking about my wallet. …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "The False Step"

 

Drama unfolds following the death of Illidan the Betrayer, as Hanzo recalls the result of Wyse's allegiance to her friends.

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We pressed on and defeated The Illidari Council the night of July 27th, concluding a month of work. The path …
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Blogged: Memoirs of a Casual / Hardcore Raiding Guild Leader - "Wise Decisions"

 

The guild pushes deeper into Black Temple, and Hanzo recruits a new Mage.

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It was about this time that a new mage named Wyse joined Descendants of Draenor. She was fresh out of the …