About a week ago 1 of my guilds tanks unexpectedly quit our 10 man raid guild and his reason was that with his new job he couldn't handle raiding as much as we had been (5 nights a week normally). He never once mentioned anything about this until he posted on our forum to announce he was leaving. Progress was going quite well and we had managed to down Heroic Grand Vizier Zorlock, Heroic Wind Lord and Heroic Amber shaper in the space of 7 days and he actually left the night we downed amber shaper (11/16 heroic for the whole tier). We asked if maybe reducing our raiding times might tempt him back but he said he'd already accepted an offer to join another guild.
A couple of days after this I logged in to find another 5 members of our raid team had left including all 3 of our healers and 2 of our best dps. They then joined our old tank in a new guild they'd formed. Only 1 of them gave any reason at all for leaving and that was that he wanted to carry on raiding with those who left which was fair enough. The others said nothing and about as much as i've been able to discover was that "they all had their own reasons".
This left those remaining in the guild with the job of trying to pick up the pieces and get the guild raiding again. The plan was that we would try and find another guild in trouble who would like to merge with us. Unfortunately we are on a fairly poor realm and so we were really looking for people to xrealm to our realm to join us. Our GM was away for a few days over christmas so 1 of our officers was trying to sort this out till he comes back.
Today I logged in and found out that the officer (our 1 remaining tank) who was trying to sort things out in the GM's absence had also quit and joined the other leavers in their new guild. This leaves just 4 of the original core raid team in the guild (all of us dps).
I have been offered a place in the new guild but i'm torn between being unhappy with the leavers for the way they have gone about things and their lack of any real explanations and my wish to carry on raiding at a good level and my loyalty to my GM and the few remaining members.
If I stay i'm going to be raiding with half a raid team of people who I don't know and we are going to have to partly learn all the fights again... I also imagine there will be a period of gearing up again (possibly involving clearing normal mode content for a while) and i'm sceptical any new players we manage to find will be upto the standard of those they are replacing because it's hard to find good players who would be willing to come to a deadbeat server to join a guild with the problems ours currently has.
I'd feel really guilty to leave the guild when it's already in such big trouble and our GM is a really good guy who has put in a lot to get the guild to where it is considering we only started raiding half way through Firelands.. I'd also stated that I had no plans to join the others in leaving the guild but seeing our remaining tank leave today has made me start to waiver..... I love raiding and want to continue to do so at a good level. I can't afford to xrealm a bunch of characters and there are no other decent guilds on the server that I could join so if my current guild doesn't get back on it's feet i'd probably be condemning myself to guilds that are like 3/6 heroic MSV and 0/10 HOF and TOS and I would find that really boring / frustrating.
TLDR. My guild is falling apart. Should I be loyal and try and rebuild or join the others who have left in their new guild.
What would you do ?