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LF RealmA couple of days ago my guild died. It was a fairly new raiding guild, with good players and really bad management. I made the mistake of sticking with it to the end. Other guildies started to look for a new home a couple of weeks before the sad end, since the crash was pretty visible in the horizon. As a result i found it much harder to find a new guild since most of the good raiding guilds on our server don’t have an opening for a rogue anymore. The last ones was taken by my quicker ex-fellow rogues from the dead guild.

But, I’m not here to bitch about it but to give you some thoughts about guild shopping. Specially if, like me, you want to switch server on the way. In my case, I want to take this opportunity and switch to an eastern time server with more suitable hours.

How to look for a new guild at a new realm

Step 1: Look for optional realms, cut down to your preferred timezone and population size at:
http://www.warcraftrealms.com/realmstats.php?sort=UTCOffset
The timezone is self explanatory, but the population size is important since it effects several key issues –

  • The bigger the population – the more possible guilds. Most small servers will not have high level raiding guilds, which has gone further than gruul or SSC. Depending on your level it can be an advantage or disadvantage.
    (* note – this is based on a number of servers I have checked through WowJutsu, as step 2 will explain)
  • More buyers means stable economy, cheaper prices and better availability on high level mats and trade goods. Also, a bigger market for your goods, if you craft any.
  • Bigger population means more options, if you will not like the guild you’ll get into – you have more chances to find another without hopping to another server.
  • Bigger community means more competition. On a heavily populated servers you will have more competition on any open spot in the best guilds.
  • If your into a PVP realm – see if your side has the majority, minority or is the server balanced.
  • And the obvious – Blizzard doesn’t approve realm transfers to heavy populated realms.

Step 2: Look up the server at WowJutsu, check out the guilds list and see which of them has progressed as you would like.
If you come from a guild that just starts Kara, don’t even think about a guild which is farming SSC and going through Hyjal, and if you have downed void reaver a couple of times, don’t waste your time on a guild that still cant down Moroes.
WowJutsu may not be accurate to the point, and it does miss some guilds, but it can give you a good range of guilds to check in each server.

Step 3: The armory. You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but its the next logical step. Check out the guilds you like, see how many players they have of your class and spec. The guild statistics page will give you all the info you need.
As an example, if your a rogue, and they have more rogues than priests, chances are that you will get a polite rejection no matter what your gear or raiding history is.
You can see if they have high percentage of 70’s or a few 70’s and a ton of alts or just lowbis. This info , for example, can give you the initial taste of the guilds spirit.

Step 4: Create a toon on the realm you’d like to check. Use the “WHO” screen and fined players from the guilds you like. Start talking to them, ask general questions about the guild, raiding hours, average ages or any other info that can help your decision. Ask them about the recruiting policies and the guild’s web site (if you couldn’t google it before). You can try to find your class officer and talk to him.
* Remember to pst players who are in main cities only. For god’s, and your own, sake – don’t pst someone who’s in BT and start asking him about the guilds loot policies.
Nine out of ten replies to the question “may i bother you with some guild questions?” will be “sure“.

I can tell you that from a mage in one the the best looking guilds, according to the first 3 steps, i heard that the guild is about to break if they can’t down Gruul in tree days. And here goes my application…
I also had the only rude replay from a priest in one of the coolest looking guilds. So the forth step is incredibly important to do before you try to apply to any guild (which you don’t know any of its members).

*Note – while your there, take the time to check out the AH as well. Check the prices of items you craft or you often buy and compare them to the price range at your current realm.

Step 5: Applying to the guilds that made the cut. Go to their web sites, read the forums a little, the recruiting instructions, the guild’s info and rules, any thing you can. Get the final impression at how the guild presents itself. Then, try to apply with the five most favorite guilds you listed. Know that guilds will be less likely to recruit a player from another server which non of their members have played with before. So in this kind of application, your written skills, at the application form, may be crucial, fill it carefully and thoughtfully.
Remember that it can take a couple of days to get replies so be patient.

GL and may the schwartz be with you.


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