With the changes coming to the world of Azeroth its time to make some very important decisions. Some of these decisions include: Am I going to keep my main? What’s my new main going to be? What spec? What focus? Should I buy heirlooms? What about professions? Some major questions in this line up but this post isn’t about those questions, the main question of this post is:
“How am I proceeding with my guild?”
With Blizzard’s second expansion coming to an end, is your guild as well? Your guild leader and officers are having to make some choices that may make some familiar faces leave or even bring in new faces to facilitate these changes. So my question to you is: Do you know where your guild is headed?
With all the new changes happening to guilds such as 10 man and 25 man raid lockout changes, Is your guild going to switch from 25 mans to 10 because the same loot drops? Or will the guild turn to 25 mans for more justice points? With the new rated Battlegrounds will your guild be focusing more on PvP while PvE gets left in the dust? Its do you know where your guild is headed?
With this happening to your guild do you decide to stay or will you make like a tree and leave?
If you plan on staying with your current guild then Cataclysm is a perfect time to get recognized by your officers and guild leader.
What makes one valuable? Are you a follower, or are you a leader? Can both be equally valued? I would say yes. You can’t have 25 leaders in a raid, and a leader cannot do much without people quality followers executing their instructions.
Being valuable isn’t necessarily about being the best at any one thing, just as it isn’t being good at all things. To be valued, you simply need to be good at fulfilling a need.
-Samueltempus (Being Valuable)
Seriously, nothing stands out more than a guild member who takes initiative (it really is true, its probably why I havent become an officer yet -_-). If this past expansion your guild has been lacking a class or a role such as healer and if you are thinking about changing classes / specs why not take into consideration what your guild needs. You were going to change mains anyway, might as well take advantage of it.
Now if you plan on leaving or switching guilds your guild might even fall apart by the time that Deathwing shows his head just remember the most important thing:
Different guilds have different expectations and goals
-Windsoar (Guild Guide)
Find out what you enjoy most of the game whether its raiding, PvPing, Farming, Roleplaying, Auction housing, Questing, or just the social aspect of the game. Find out whatever makes this game fun for you and makes you look at that “W” in the circle with four corners poking out with joy instead of it like it’s a chore.
Once you’ve decided what you want to get out of the game, your next step is to find a guild that will support the type of gameplay you like. You may already be in a guild that fits that description, and if that’s the case you’re set. If, however, you are not in a guild or the guild you are in doesn’t suit your gaming needs, it’s time to go shopping. Ask anyone you know on your server about guilds that might suit your needs and keep an eye out in the trade channel.
-Samueltempus (Deckswabber to Swashbuckler)
I think Ophelie hits the nail on the head for my next point in a post she made a while back.
Besides, even though I could write a saga on how to tell good guilds from bad guilds, it would be total hypocrisy. While I did read guild website after guild website and made lists of what I was looking for, I ended up screwing it all and went with the very first guild I considered anyway
-Ophelie (How I Met my Guild)
Even if you follow all the tips not only listed by me, that of the bloggers I mentioned, or the hundreds of blogs out there the main thing to remember is: Do what you want to do! Join a guild that you feel comfortable in. Don’t join a raiding guild because you love raiding and for the +10 hours you spend raiding are miserable then I would rather spend those 10+ hours doing something other get getting my self-esteem torn to shreds. If it makes you happy then be happy!
The important thing is to know what type of guild you want
-Windsoar (Guild Guide)
If you want a 20 hour elitist raiding guild, more power to you if not I’m sure you can find a nice guild that makes you feel comfortable and does what you want to accomplish. I recommend taking a gander at Windsoar’s Guild Guide because it covers everything from starting, to leading, to leaving, to looking, and joining.
I hope all of you find a guild that meets your needs because I know I have at my guild <Bucklers of Swash>