What guild is right for you?
Welcome to Women of Warcraft Weekly, our column all about our world within the World of Warcraft. Last week we gave you some ideas for New Year's resolutions. This week, we're going to dive into how to go about finding a new guild.
There may be several reasons why you're finding a new guild, even your first one. Some guilds taper off, or maybe you've come back after a long break to find your guild all but empty. You could be looking for a new raid team if your current one isn't meeting your progression needs, or you've been running solo and figure its time to see what this whole being in a guild thing is about. Regardless of the reason, we're here to help you on your way to finding your new home in WoW.
What Kind of Guild Do You Want to Be In?
One of the first things you should consider is what kind of guild it is that you're looking for, as well as a few other criteria. Ask yourself the following:
- Does being in a large guild appeal to you?
- Does a small - medium sized guild appeal to you?
- Do you want a guild that frequently does activities together?
- Do you want a guild that is PvE or PvP focused?
- Do you intend on raiding, if so does the guild's progression matter to you?
- Are you willing to realm or faction change for the right guild?
Asking yourself just a few of these things can help to hone in on what type of guild you may be happiest in. Some players prefer being in a guild with a large amount of active members, others prefer guilds with less yet still active members. Maybe you'd like a guild that focuses more on running mythic dungeons, doing achievements, or transmogrification runs together. Perhaps you'd like to find a guild that focuses on rated battle grounds or arenas together. If raiding is your main focus, then finding a guild with the progression you're aiming for as well as a schedule that fits your own may be your priority. By answering some of these questions before you start your guild search, you can save yourself some time when browsing by being able to focus on key points in recruitment posts.
Where to Look
Once you've gotten an idea of what kind of guild you're looking for, you may be wondering where the best place is to start looking.
- Trade chat
- Often times, guilds will post their recruitment in trade, keep an eye on it while you're in major cities.
- In-game Guild Finder tool.
- If you're currently guildless, the in game guild finder tool is also valuable. Here, you'll be able to browse through guilds on your server. You'll have the option to select specific criteria and browse based on your selections. In addition, you'll also be able to read a short description of the guild and send a request to join.
- World of Warcraft Realm Forums
- The realm forums on the World of Warcraft website are still a great tool for browsing guilds, as well as posting that you are looking for one. Many guilds will browse the forums looking for players who are currently seeking a guild, as well as post that they are recruiting. In turn, you can also make a post that you are seeking a new guild with a little bit about yourself and the type of guild you're looking for.
- Wowhead Forums
- Among their many resources, Wowhead also has a section of their forums dedicated to guild recruitment. You'll be able to browse through guilds that are currently recruiting. Keep in mind this is for all servers, so if you're open to a realm transfer it provides many options.
- DVS Gaming Forums
- That's right, you can look for guilds right here on the Warcraft section of the DVS Gaming forums. You'll be able to browse through our affiliated guilds, read their current recruitment and message them to find out more. You can also post that you're currently seeking a guild in the general discussion.
- Social Media
- It's not unheard of to see people recruiting for their guild on social media, or for a guild to have its own social media profile. By joining various groups *cough Women of Wacraft cough* you can potentially have much more centralized information versus trying to navigate through social media.
- Discord Servers
- Discord servers can also provide access to information on recruiting guilds. Many of the class specific Discords have a channel dedicated to recruitment. In addition, much like social media groups, Discord servers dedicated to community groups can also provide a means to browse and also post if you're looking for a guild (like that sweet sweet Women of Warcraft Discord). Among these is also Wowhead and the Warcraft Reddit community.
How to Contact a Guild
Once you've whittled your list down of guilds you're interested in joining, you may be wondering what the best approach is to contacting them. Most guilds will have points of contact listed on their posts. If they happen not to, a quick search on the Warcraft website of the guild will list a roster and denote the guild master. If you found the guilds you're interested in via the in game guild finder, you'll be able to send a request within the finder. If you've found the guild via another means, start with messaging the contacts on that specific outlet. Once you've done that, send a whisper or mail to one of the listed points of contact for the guild and express your interest. Be sure to ask any questions you may have about the guild that may not have been covered in the recruitment post. Doing so will allow you to make a better informed decision on if the guild is right for you or not. If you're also applying to a raid team, you may be asked to interview and/or attend a trial run depending on how the guild handles their recruitment process. When attending a trial run, don't be nervous! Remember, this is also a trial for the guild as well for you to see if they are a good fit for you.
So You Joined... Now What?
Once you've found your Azerothian home, enjoy it! Interacting with your guild and attending guild events is a great way to get to know your new guildies and for them to get to know you. Keep in mind it may take some time for you to acclimate to being in your new guild and vice versa with your new guild members. This is perfectly normal, try not to think too hard on the process and enjoy it instead.
Finding the right guild can be a daunting process. But, with some time and searching, the work can definitely pay off. Many lasting friendships can spark from being guild mates, it's one of the most amazing parts of the Warcraft community! Do you have a story about how you found your current guild, or are you planning on looking for a new one? Let us know in the comments below or talk to us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also share your stories and keep up with us on the DVS Facebook or DVS Twitter. Want more of our Warcraft coverage? You can find that here.