End game PvE players of the original Guild Wars had long sought to complete zones in the game as fast as possible. With the release of Eye of the North and subsequent PvE-only skills in 2007, the practice of rushing end game content evolved into what was was called the "Speed Clear." With the speed clear came the idea of records- player achievements focusing on who could rush areas the fastest and with the most intuitive tactics.
Originally there was a single thread on Guild Wars Guru where SC community members would post their accomplishments, and their records would be added to a table in the original post. On September 18, 2011, the guild [Zraw] attempted to fake an Elite Area record for The Underworld. They glitched the game to allow fourteen players (seven players and seven heroes) to complete the eight-man zone, and tried to pass it off as an eight-man record. They were found out, and the SC community erupted in outrage, flaming the thread. The thread became hard to moderate and was soon locked and hidden. Three days later, on September 21, 2011, Guild Wars Speed Clear Records was born in what was a successful move to end SC community dependence on Guru.
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