Founded 2005
The History of Midnight Cartel
Midnight Cartel was founded as a Casual Raiding Guild, comprised of family members, and friends from all over the world. Founded on the ideals of Respect and Fair Play, Midnight Cartel is a friendly guild that welcomes all individuals of all playstyles and backgrounds. While Raiding is important, as a casual guild, it is not the be-all end-all, as we have an amazing crafting programme, guild banking programming, and top-notch tools to help you achieve you goals in the World. We know there is a lot of information on this page, but it all relates to who we are as a guild, and how we expect our guild members to act.

Midnight Cartel was founded by a group of friends and family that have played together since they began playing WoW. Originally as part of a much smaller guild, which then partially merged into one of the largest "casual" guilds on Elune, the founders learned many things about organizing guilds. Shaade was an officer through each of these guilds, and for the most part, the group was happy as part of the larger guild, until that the guild started to move in the direction that many guilds do -- towards elitism. Though a tough choice, the founders decided that they must go their own way to play the game that they wanted to play.
Our Beginnings
Founded in October of 2005, on the principles still enjoyed by the guild today, the Cartel quickly grew. People seemed to embrace the greater goals of MC, to simply work together and have fun in a drama-free environment. Several guilds merged into MC, as players found they could easily fit in to such a diverse and casual group. Within two weeks the membership was at 100, within three - 120, and within 2 months the guild was at over 200 accounts - the target size for a casual raiding guild. With the inclusion of a dedicated bunch from KAOS, the guild began moving towards "end game" raiding. The founders of the Cartel worked hard to create a web space with the technology and organization to help nourish a new thriving community outside the game.
Our Journey
While continuing the guild building process, Midnight Cartel formed a multi-guild alliance began by Stan. The Alliance was hosted on Midnight Cartel's forums, and with lots of energy and enthusiasm, the Alliance quickly achieved great success in Molten Core, with all bosses but Major Domo being taken down within 8 total nights (4 weekends). Yes, indeed a PUG can succeed in the Core! Over time a few of the member guilds decided to make their own way. The Cartel continues to enjoy great friendships on the server with such groups as the Art of War, and the Inquisition of Heresy.
Growing Stronger
This Alliance continued on until two guilds were left: Midnight Cartel, and the Crimson Blades. Seeing it's membership swell, Shaade proposed that before MC hit their target membership numbers, that the two guilds which had achieved so much in Alliance, join together as a very natural fit. Waco and Balhala proceeded to make this happen, and Midnight Cartel merged their last guild to become the single largest guild on Elune by January, 2006 — just 3 short months after their Charter was signed.

Vowing never to exclude people just because they can't make every raid time, or because they choose to play their character in an "alternative way", or because they want to play with friends outside their guild, the Guild Leaders decided to do their best to make the Guild a welcoming place for everyone, regardless of playstyle. The founders vowed further to always seek out the opinions of the membership, to embrace openness over secrecy, inclusion over exclusion, and fun over drama. One example of these principals in action was the first major decision of the guild: Tabard design! All members were invited to participate and vote on this process, and the result of this early democratic approach is tabard enjoyed by many.
Looking to the Future
Midnight Cartel is now composed of members from KAOS, Lethal Assassins, Sons of Warcraft, Shining Daggers, and Crimson Blades, as well as a few other lost souls who have found in Midnight Cartel a home of acceptance. With "end game" and beyond in their sights, Midnight Cartel has become one of the Elite powerhouse guilds, without being "elitist". It is a home for normal folk to log on and play in an exceptional manner. Indeed a "casual - friendly" guild truly can experience all that the World of Warcraft has to offer.