The State of the Guild represents the evolution of our ideas and processes as we work to achieve the vision outlined in our Guild Charter. This monthly newsletter and podcast provides members the latest guild news, events, and discussion topics. You can find archives of previous addresses.
"So here we are. It's Warlords of Draenor and the raiding is as good as ever. It's well designed, fights are incredibly balanced for DPS (for the most part). Healers aren't burdened by impossibly difficult encounters, gear is overwhelmingly fair, weapons and trinkets are easier to come by than ever. All the tank classes are playable, though some easier than others, classes have their niche. People have to work as a team to down content, personal accountability is as important as ever. I've never enjoyed zoning in and killing bosses as much as I have nowadays.
Why then is World of Warcraft on the verge of a raiding exodus?”
That passage was written by Soar of the Black Dragonflight server and has been trending on the Warcraft forums all last month. I highly encourage everyone to read this article on the state of guilds. The article highlights the disastrous consequences Mythic raiding has had on guilds as thousands of former 10-man guilds attempt to double their rosters.
Guilds are falling apart left and right. Even legendary guilds such as Blood Legion (10-year running #1-ish US guild) and Full Spectrum (World #1, 2-night guild) have collapsed under the colossal pressure of recruitment. In a buyer’s market, raiders are looking for value--something that distinguishes a guild from the endless recruitment spam. The fact is that players today have more options than ever.
Meanwhile, House of Zug’s second raid team is overflowing beyond it’s 30 raid slots! We’ve added six new members to our raid roster and a dozen more to our guild roster in the month of March and generated unprecedented awareness through media outreach and cross-realm recruitment. In perhaps the worst recruitment environment the game has ever seen, House of Zug seems to be growing in strength each passing day.
House of Zug remains strong because of our amazing community. We believe in a collaborative, transparent, and professionally managed environment (as our Guild Charter states). We set reasonable, achievable goals and maintain a strong track-record of success. And while performance metrics are essential to any progression guild, even in arguably the hardest recruitment environment the game has ever seen, House of Zug never compromises our values for high rankings and poor attitudes. We remain committed to recruiting fun, positive, mature, and motivated players who will continue our legacy into the future.
We may have started this expansion small, but today we stand over 100 players strong (real life players, not characters). So I want to start this State of the Guild by taking a moment to thank each of you for your time, energy, and passion.
House of Zug is kicking butt!
The guild news blog represents the evolution of our ideas, processes, and achievements as we work to achieve the vision for our community.