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 State of Guilds & Recruitment
An Expanding Roster of Events
As promised in the March State of the Guild, House of Zug is committed to continuing our legacy as not only a progression raiding community but also as a broad and diversified community of Blizzard gamers.
A Community of Organizers
Friday Night Flex (FNF)
Heroes of the Zug (HotZ)
If you’re not in the Heroes beta, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! This game has literally taken the guild by storm and seems to be the go-to event for post-raid and off-night entertainment.
Beginning Monday nights (5:15 PM - 9 PM PT), Crusade “CruCru” will be leading a hard-core Heroes of the Storm team into battle.
This team is NOT for the feint of heart!He is looking for the best of the best...and will quite possibly make you cry along the way. But if you want to play with the best, you can click here to view his thread for more information and signups.
If you’re looking for some casual HotS team-play, Barotar has also formed a second Heroes Team, which is a little less concerned with rankings. Feel free to contact me regarding this casual, open team.
Zuggies now number in the hundreds. That’s real people; not characters! And it’s just not feasible for one or two people to provide enough content for all the unique personalities, availabilities, and preferences of such a diverse group of gamers.If you have a passion or expertise, we strongly encourage you to consider becoming a House of Zug event organizer. You’ve already seen, through Friday Night Flex, how much value can be added to a community when someone steps up and volunteers their time for the benefit of others. And this can be quite fun for the organizer as well!So please, if you have the free time and desire to produce you own event, contact an officer, and we can help you organize and promote.Like any economy, the more people resources we invest, the more everyone benefits.
Events CalendarThe following is the current events calendar. You can view specifics on each of these events on our new Community & Events tab.
You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Friday Night Flex. Kadre’s casual raid team (aimed at killing a few normal-mode, entry-level bosses) is now overflowing with participation and making tier rain from the loot heavens above. FNF has generated unprecedented traffic to our website in addition to countless new zuggies.
Make sure to mark down Fridays nights on your calendar and start gearing up your alts. FNF is a blast!
Finishing Out BRF
In addition to the already full calendar of weekly events, there is still demand for more! Hearthstone Tournaments, Diablo 3 Dungeons Crawls, Pet Battles, and Transmog/Achievement runs are just some of the many ongoing requests.
Although these events may not see much attendance on a weekly basis, we are formulating plans to begin rolling them out on a monthly or quarterly schedule. These Seasonal Events are intended to be a fun alternative to competitive play--although bragging rights will be on the line.
With only two heroic encounters remaining in BFR, it’s probably a good idea to review our goals for the tier:Our Guild Charter defines two primary tier objectives: (1) the Ahead of the Curve achievement and (2) the meta achievement for a special mount.And these two objectives will continue to be the focus of our progression until completed.The Glory of the Draenor Raider meta achievement will be completed following our Heroic: Blackhand kill. Following this kill, we will designate one or two raid nights to do all the sub-achievements simultaneously. This will be announced and advertised well in advance because this will likely be the only time we complete this achievement as a team. House of Zug is not in the business of Mythic raiding. However, if we find ourselves with both achievements completed and nothing to do, we will obviously take the next logical step into Mythic progression. IF IF IF that happens, we will proceed carefully with respect to the current team dynamic and be extremely vocal of any changes required by the new format. Mythic can be something fun, challenging, and rewarding, but first, the timing needs to make sense.
Changes to Guild Ranks
Lately, I have received a higher than usual number of complaints regarding Vent chatter during raids (both from guildies and especially from PUGs). In HoZ, we try hard to balance fun with focus, and I think, overall, we do an excellent job.
However, when a raid leader is talking, zip the lip!
As a general rule, when the raid leader initiates a ready check, it’s time to clear Vent and focus up.
When you talk over your leaders, you advertise to new members and PUGs that our guild is unorganized and instructions are meaningless. Moreover, it implies that you do not care about the time and energy the organizer put into ensuring the event’s success.
I know many of you are experts at BFR now; however, there are some members of both the progression raid team and especially Friday Night Flex that are still learning the ins-and-outs of these encounters. So, please, let the organizers do their jobs without having the additional stress of speaking over our own members.
The following changes to guild ranks are effective immediately:
Several noteworthy changes to the EPGP loot system have already gone live before this article’s publication (sent out in an email and on forums):
The Long Awaited Rank of Kor’Kron
The Warcraft lore, the Kor’Kron are the greatest warriors of the Horde, personal guard to the Warchief. In House of Zug, the title of Kor’Kron is akin to “Veteran” or “Community Manager”--an experienced, well-liked player who serves as a role model for new members, answering their questions and helping them navigate the guild’s policies and framework.
While House of Zug is not simply a raiding guild, our raid team is at the core of our community; therefore, all Kor’Kron must be active and accomplished raiders.
How do I get Promoted?There is no formal application process to become a Kor’Kron. This is an invitation-only rank, based on the below criteria. This rank is intended to be very prestigious, granted to players who epitomize House of Zug’s culture and philosophy.
There is no set frequency of promotions. Players are promoted to fill a need in the community or because they are already fulfilling a need and deserve recognition for their efforts. Either way, this rank is about the community...not the individual.
It is very typical for officers to sample the community and collect lots of feedback before making a determination.
As a general rule, players must pass the “no, duh” test, meaning if this person was promoted, the community will respond “no, duh...saw that from a mile away; s/he totally deserves it!”
What are the Requirements?
Nevertheless, there are some additional perks for being a Kor’Kron:
The guild news blog represents the evolution of our ideas, processes, and achievements as we work to achieve the vision for our community.