I was inspired by @Bolatsi and his case study of coming from a very low bracket (Climbing up Guild Wars brackets - Case example: Gems of Thr0nes (PS4)). I figured I would make another about returning to bracket 1, a shorter journey, but a difficult one.
Power Gems was a top 50 team in bracket one that fell apart. Even worse, after falling apart, the guild was held hostage for 46 days by an inactive GM and lost most of it’s members. Once control was regained, Power Gems joined TUF (The Unholy Family) and completely rebuild in about 3 weeks. This is the saga of them returning to bracket 1.
All that time without GM control, the guild dropped brackets every week, falling from bracket 1 to bracket 18 before the rebuilding began.
Week 1: With less than half a guild, TUF: Power Gems won 1 GW battle and placed second to last in bracket 18. This meant the guild only dropped 1 bracket instead of 2.
Week 2, Bracket 19: With 24 players TUF: Power Gems won bracket 19 by over 200K and won all 6 GW battles, a streak of 6.
Week 3, Bracket 17: With the guild now full, TUF: Power Gems won bracket 17 by almost 500K and won 6 GW battles, a streak of 12. The margin of victory was generally 2:1. There were some losses here and there, but things went smoothly. If anyone wonders about collusion between the two TUF guilds, we fortunately didn’t have to face each other.
Since this is a case study and not just about TUF: Power Gems, I’ll try to include more pictures so the entire bracket is visible in future brackets.