Once you decide you’ve reached the raid-ready threshold, it’s time to find a place to do that.Â Aside from the risky and unpredictable nature of PUGs, the most plausable option is a raiding guild.Â Whether casual, progression, or hardcore elite, you’re bound to encounter some form of an application process.
The processÂ always varies from guild to guild.Â Each one is slightly different, but I’ve always seen three common practices:
- (Trade Chat) “Lvl 80 LF Raiding Guild” -> “So-and-so has invited you to join the guild: Such-and-such”
- An application of varying length, seemingly focused on gear, skill, and experience.
- The Applicant Period -> Includes a formal application, and a “waiting period” or “trial period”.
The first of the three is relatively self-explanatory, and is usually frowned upon.Â I don’t take raiders seriously that look for guilds that way, and I don’t instill a lot of confidence in raiding guilds that subscribe to that method.Â This is all just from personal experience.
Just like I’d apply for a job to pay my bills, I’m applying to a guild to fulfill my raiding passion.Â I want to know that the guild I’m vying to be a part of isn’t accepting just any ol’ package of pixels.Â I’d be really worried about credibility if the guild just said “Yes!” without screening me or requiring any sort of “test drive.”
My personal preference is the 3rd option.Â Every guild leader has their own preference, and that’s absolutely encouraged.Â Each guild is obviously different.Â My choice is based on permanence and personality.
I’m hugely averted to what are known as “guild hoppers”.Â I’ve never been one, and I get a pit in my stomach anytime I come across someone that might be one.Â I look atÂ my guild as a family–people who work together to achieve a common goal because they enjoy that camaraderie and team work.Â I invest in you, you invest in me.Â Someone that sees guilds as stepping stones to higher echelons don’t interest me.Â I feel it’s selfish and takes away from the “community” that I’m so fond of.
Secondly, if we are going to be spending large amounts of time together, I have to get along with you.Â We have to be able to crack jokes, share stories, and simply enjoy each other’s company.Â I’m not too keen on running with someone that is demeaning to other players or constantly fluffs their own ego at the expense of others.Â Admittedly, if I don’t wanna hang out with you, I’m probably not going to jump up and down at the chance to raid with you.
As you know, I’m one of the Discipline Priests on Lodur’s healing team in Unpossible.Â Their application process is a rather complex one, but its payoff is knowing they’re aÂ great fit for me, andÂ I’m a good fitÂ for them.Â It was because of their application process that I got excited, because it’s near identical to my casual guild, Team Sport.
To summarize, an interested Applicant must acquire a Sponsor.Â This is done through gaming and socializingÂ via a chat channel made specifically for the guild.Â It is the Sponsor’s job to get the Applicant invited to off-night raids andÂ bring them along on heroics or other guild activities.Â This is designed to get the guild acquainted with the Applicant.
The Sponsor then solicits enough votes from the guild (along with the Applicant’s Class Lead) to invite the Applicant into the guild on a trial basis.Â This begins a month period where the the guild and the Applicant get to know each other.Â The Applicant can be invited into raids andÂ has access to loot drops.Â At the end of the month, the guild votes again whether the Applicant becomes a full member or not.
At any point, I can withdraw.Â If I don’t feel like this guild is what I want, then I can move on.
What an application processÂ like this does is allows me to know what I’m getting myself into before I’m fully in the mix.Â It lets them sniff me out and make sure that I’m not a “guild hopper” or someone there to grab gear and run.Â Like I said, I’m into the family-style guilds.Â This, I feel, promotes that.
What about you?Â What kind of guild process you feel best fits your style?Â Are there certain styles that attract or deter you from joining a guild?