Now that we are in the home stretch for the Classic WoW launch, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to do in-game, and to find a guild that will be the right fit in which to do whatever that is.
That’s where I found myself a few weeks ago, when Blizzard announced the timing for the Classic WoW name reservations. Because if you only have three names you can reserve, well, you need to know *where* you’d like to reserve them.
In expansions past, when I’ve looked for a new guild, I’ve always started my search through my @Anexxia Twitter account. I tried that for Classic but didn’t find what I was looking for. I’m sure many others are in that same boat, so here is how I found my Classic guild.
You can play Alliance-side with me on Pagle by joining up with the Grievance Gaming guild. Read the call for members on the Battlenet forums, then submit your application on the Grievance Forums, and note that I sent you. And don’t forget to let me know you submitted your app!)
What’s Your Ideal Classic Guild?
In Vanilla WoW, I was in a raiding guild that was the 3rd progressed Alliance-side on our server. And it was a huge time sink. I know that raiding is still a priority, but I can’t commit to the same perfect attendance record. That’s why I went looking for a casual raiding guild.
To figure out the right guild for your Classic adventures, ask yourself these questions:
- How much time do I have to play Classic WoW each week?
- Do you have a big blog of time one day per week? A few hours each day?
- What kinds of activities do you most enjoy in-game?
- Do you like World PvP? RP? Raiding? Dungeons? Crafting?
- What will your most likely play days and times be?
- Does a Pacific or Eastern server and its typical playtimes work best for your availability?
- What is the class and role you want to play?
- And make sure it’s actually a thing. For instance, I’d blocked out that my first shadow priest wasn’t actually a gnome…because that was not possible!
Finding a WoW Classic Guild With the Right Fit
I’ve written many times in these pages about the importance of finding a guild that’s the right fit. In Classic, like Vanilla, you’re going to be spending a lot of time playing with people on your server—rather than Group Finder’ing it up with randoms from other servers. This makes finding a server with a good server population and community equally important to finding a guild you love.
Here are the Americas and Oceanic realm names and types:
Oceanic realms will be:
|Arugal||PvP||Australian Eastern Time|
|Remulos||Normal||Australian Eastern Time|
For EU realms, see this post on the forums.
New Ways to Build WoW Classic Community
In Vanilla, we had server-specific WoW forums. Today, we have Discord servers and WoW Classic realm subreddits to unite the Classic server communities. Here are the ones I’ve come across:
- Arugal Reddit | Discord
- Atiesh Reddit | Discord
- Bloodsail Buccaneers Reddit | Discord
- Faerlina Reddit | Discord
- Fairbanks Reddit | Discord
- Grobbulus Reddit | Discord
- Herod Reddit | Discord
- Mankrik Reddit | Discord
- Myzrael Reddit | Discord
- Pagle Reddit | Discord
- Remulos Reddit | Discord
- Stalagg Reddit| Discord
- Thalnos Reddit | Discord
- Whitemane Reddit | Discord
(A HUGE thank you to folks behind Classic Discord for making it easier to share Discord realm links. B/C I would not want to be updating the above list with expiring Discord invite links every few weeks!)
I highly recommend joining the realm subreddit and Discord to get a feel for who is playing on the server. If the conversation feels like a good fit, then check out the recruitment posts to see which guilds are a match for what you want to accomplish in game, and when you will be looking to play.
How to Make Your Classic WoW Guild App Shine
It’s likely that whatever guild you are applying to for Classic WoW will have their standard application that will be asking who you are, what you want to do in WoW Classic, when you are available to play, and what your gaming history is.
Some applicants shoot for getting through the app as quickly as possible. While you can still get an invite with a brief and to the point application, I always look at a guild app as a way to find your niche within the guild. Share a little bit of color about who you are IRL and what you consider to be some of the best times to be had in-game. give the guild members reading your app a reason to smile, laugh, or reply to your app!
Shameless Plug for Joining Grievance for WoW Classic
If you’re looking for a casual Alliance raiding guild for Classic, I encourage you to consider joining Grievance Gaming’s Classic guild on Pagel. Grievance is a family-oriented online gaming community with a very rich and honorable heritage that spans numerous online games over the past 19 years, during which Grievance has proven that one can have a very rewarding gaming experience, yet have a life as well. The concepts of family, honor, and loyalty are hallmarks of Grievance and are expected to be upheld and respected by all members. Read our official recruitment post on the WoW forums, then head on over to the Grievance Forums and submit your app, especially if you are a healer who wants to raid in Classic.
See you in (Classic) Azeroth!
P.S. If you’re a gnome and playing WoW retail, check out Gnomeregan Forever—it’s a guild that’s just your size!