Oh, the Guild Hoppers
I am proud of the fact that my Holy Priest has only ever stepped foot into 3 guilds since creating her in Vanilla, and I guilded myself shortly after level 12. Recently, I have been seeing many applications from what I call “Guild Frogs”… people that hop from guild to guild because the grass is always greener on the other side. I believe there are many reasons I have such loyalty to my guilds and one of the greatest factors is that I put a ton of time into researching a guild before even typing up an application. Here are some tips on finding your next home more effectively.
1. Talk to an Officer about their current needs.
If you are looking to raid with a guild, understand their current raid composition. If you want to raid every raid night don’t join a guild that already has 2 or 3 players of your class. Know your limits for waitlists, know how flexible you can be then find out if the guild you are considering will be able to accommodate your play-style. If you are someone who is fine working for a spot or proving yourself and being benched for a little while, joining the guild with 2 to 3 of your class is just fine. Biggest point here: Know your play time expectations, and do not settle!
2. Listen to the way an Officer addresses you.
The leadership in the guild you are considering will play a huge role in your World of Warcraft time. You may mesh better with certain personalities or respond better to certain types of leadership. I personally like Officers who are knowledgeable, honest, respectful, and witty. You may be someone who responds best to a dictator. Do not be afraid to ask the Officer a few questions and really listen for their tone as they are talking to you about the guild.
If there are any aspect you do not understand about the guild, now is a great opportunity to learn. Ask how active the players are, what they do outside of raids, how the loot system works, and how the leadership handles different hardships.
3. Get on their website.
Depending on the guild the amount you’ll be able to see is going to be different, however whatever you can see will tell you a story about the people in the guild. I remember I was close to applying to one guild till I spent a few hours on their forums. Honestly the level of crudeness as well as disrespect turned me away. If I had only read their rules and a few of the Officers posts I would have missed what the greatest part of their roster was truly like. Once again, any and all posts you can see, you should read!
4. Get to know a few of the guild members.
This step can be hard, especially if you don’t already know anyone in the guild. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, finding members online who are doing things you are (if you see they are pvping, invite them to join you, etc). Doing a few heroics, pvping, questing, and even just chatting with a few of their members will give you a better feel for their community and it will also make the transition easier as you enter their ranks.
5. Take your time.
You may think you need to escape the guild you are currently in, but the best option is to just be patient as you look for a new home. Most likely you have a few friends in your current guild, you have some perks, and you have a place to be. Don’t feel the need to rush out of it prior to really weighing your options.
6. Be confident!
Finally, you’ve got a great idea of the guild you would like to join. Now it’s time to be confident in yourself as a Raider. Take time on your application so you know they have a great understanding of who you are, where you come from, what you have to offer, and why you want to be a part of their guild. Your application must be well written because this is their first chance to get insight into you as a player. Prepare yourself for an interview and go in knowing as much about your class as possible, do NOT just agree with everything they say. Finally, just be yourself with the person interviewing you, personality can go a long way!