Updated Sun, Feb 24, 2008 by Messiah
This weeks editorial is about a topic that I just had to find my way through this past few weeks. It is one that many players either struggle with at some emotional level or take far too casually. While not getting teary over the changing of guilds, it is something that I take very seriously and do not enter into lightly.
Your guild is your family in game and deserves some respect because of it. In general guilds help each other, nurture players and help progress through the game. If your like me you spend more time questing, adventuring and gearing up with these players than anyone else. So if they are so important, why would you want to change?
To me there are a few very solid reasons to change, although I still don’t recommend doing so without considering it fully. The main reasons are:
There are also some lame reasons to change guilds that I see way to often:
I switched my current main due to the Size / Progression issue. My main is a Paladin Tank that is fully geared with the best gear, enchants and gems that I can get outside of heroics and Karazhan. While I loved playing with the few people in the guild that were level 70, we never had enough on to do normal instance runs, never mind Heroics or Kara.
I voiced my concerns to the guild leader who I had become friends with over time and ran many instances with. He was well aware that I wanted to main tank Karazhan and he wanted to run it as well. The issue was just getting players and the right class mix. Over time, I did not see anything changing, and got an invite to a larger guild due to demonstrated tanking ability in heroic PUG groups and they where looking for a MT to start running Karazhan with. I made the jump after almost 2 weeks of considering, looking for new guild members and discussion. I still hope the original guild gets to a point where they can run Karazhan and have already passed on that I would gladly change back if they do.
Later in the week that I switched the new guild had 2 players leave due to the fact that on our first week in Karazhan we only downed 3 bosses (Attumen, Moroes and the Maiden) and had issues with the opera event but almost downed it a few times. I thought this was great for a first attempt through Kara. They had heard about other guilds though, that downed all of Kara in one night with no wipes and were could get invites into them. I’m in one of those types of guilds on my undead priest, and we had to work through it from the start to get to that point. The work and learning is half the fun (to me at least) and I am not sure we ever just took new players for free runs, they have to earn their way in.
It did get me thinking even more about the guild switch though. While people where asking about why the others left, my comment was “They wanted free epics. They didn’t want to work for them.” Was this fair? Was their change really any different than mine? I would like to believe they were vastly different, but maybe they aren’t. All of us left for gear upgrades and progression. Some of us though don’t mind working for the gear, while others want it handed to them on a silver platter.
The Messiah has had his say, what’s yours? Are there other valid reasons to switch guilds? How often do you change? Are guilds important to you at all? Am I over analyzing this? I want to hear your comments.