Finding the Right Guild for You
Note: This is one of two articles reposted from my old blog Moonglade, because I thought they were useful and/or interesting and shouldn’t be left to rot unseen.
If you’re at all interested in the social aspects that WoW has to offer, you’ll probably want to be a part of a guild. But there are so many guilds out there, how do you find one that suits your needs?
What do you want to do?
The first step in finding a guild that is right for you is to figure out what you want to get out of that guild. Do you want to be a hardcore raider, pushing progression as fast as you can? Do you want to be a raider, but still be able to have a flexible time schedule? Do you want to be a part of a friendly group of people, where running instances are just an added bonus? Or do you want to join a guild that does little to no PvE content, but has a major focus on PvP?
These are the most important questions you should be asking yourself before looking for a guild. Unless you do this, you won’t know what to look for, guild-wise, and won’t be able to find one which really suits your play style.
Are you in a compatible time zone?
This is a very important component of finding the appropriate guild for you. This is particularly so in a raiding guild. You don’t want to apply to a guild that suits your play style well, then come home from school/work one day to find that the ICC raid started two hours previously, and there are no more raid spots left. (As well as this, if you can’t commit to scheduled raid times of a guild that raids regularly, you’re probably not going to last very long in that guild.)
Even if you’re in a casual guild and more interested in the social aspects of being in a guild, time zones are still a factor. You don’t want to log in and find out that there’s only you and one other person online, in a guild of 100 people. In both situations, finding out when raid times (or ‘peak’ times) are key in order to find the guild that really suits you.
Following on from the above point, there’s more that you should learn about your potential new guild before you apply. If you’re interested in progression, don’t just look at where they are now (although that is important), look at their progression in the past as well. Have they been a forerunner in progression for a long time? Or, this can apply to any type of guild, what’s their reputation like? Is the guild notorious for having prominent members that ninja items? Do they treat other people with respect, or do they just troll them on the forums? All of this is important if you want to find a guild that suits you.
Researching can be as simple as messaging a few of the guild members in-game and asking them questions about their guild, how it’s run, their opinions of it, and other questions along those lines. People will often share this information with you, especially if you say that you’re interested in applying. If multiple members respond in a negative or derogatory fashion, this also gives you an insight in to what the guild may be like. Alternatively, you could browse around the official realm forums. Check out what kind of comments are posted in reply to guild recruitment threads (if they are present), or see if there are any posts in reference to members of that guild. However, remember that these are the official forums – they do tend to attract people who think that they can get away with anything because of their anonymity on the internet. Try to read these threads from an unbiased viewpoint, and draw your own conclusions accordingly.
Submit a proper application.
Unless you’ve run instances, or interacted in general, with guild members before, this is your first impression to them. Take the time to submit a well thought out and well written application. Don’t forget to read any forum stickies or other information to applicants before applying, and make sure to use the appropriate template if it is provided. In addition, answer all the questions they ask fully – no one-word answers (where applicable, you don’t need to write an essay if they ask your race and class). They’re asking these questions for a reason. They’d much rather hear a paragraph about why you want to apply to this guild, rather than a line saying, “I want to raid.” And remember, spelling and grammar do count!
You’re not going to find a guild that really suits your in 5 minutes. (Well, not unless you’re really lucky.) If you take the time and effort to find information that will point you to the guild that is best for you, it will pay off.
Another part of being patient: sometimes it can take guilds a while to process your application. If they don’t respond immediately, just wait a while. However, if no action has been taken after a week, a simple whisper in-game to the guild leader or an officer, simply reminding them that you have applied and have no heard back from them yet, might help your cause. It may be that they were too busy and simply forgot!
Finally, always remember to remain courteous and considerate when finding and applying for a guild. While it is important that you find a guild that suits your needs, remember that they are taking you in to their already established community. Just because you want to raid doesn’t mean that every progression-focused guild will take you because of your “super l33t dps”.