If I was to compare Catclysm with the previous expansions to WoW I can honestly say this is the one I like the most so far. Close to everything in it seems to me very well tought out and in general are huge improvements for the game. Sure there’s little hick ups like every other time (Hang in there hunters!) but overall, an awesome job. There is one thing however that I’m really worried about.
The new guild system
What! How can you be against that I hear you say. How can I be against awesome guild perks, guild achievements, mass resurrection, guild mounts? How can I be against something that by Blizzard own admission, aims at bringing back the Multiplayer in MMO, something that I’ve been wanting for a while now.
For the record I want to say I love the guild perks idea, to give guilds doing stuff together a few perks to make life easier. Cauldrons, mass resurrection are all awesome ideas that I don’t want to see go away.
What worries me so much is the leveling system and the new barrier it represents.
A view of the future
Let’s bring out the crystal ball and jump ahead a year into the future, where most serious raiding guilds will have made level 25 and where long-lived and active social guilds will be well on their way to 25 too. Let’s pretend that you want to make a new 10 man raiding guild along with a few people and you need to recruit to fill up the ranks, what do you think will happen?
Think about it for a moment. Put yourself in the shoes of someone looking for a guild to join.
If I was a prospective recruit looking for a guild wich guild would I choose? The new, unproven guild who has to pug to complete raids and has nothing to offer me or the well established guild who will boost my xp and rep gains, will make me mine more minerals, will shorten my hearthstone, bring cauldrons to raids and has mass rez to offer… Between the two unknown guilds… why the hell would I want to join the new one? Same goes if I want to find a nice, social guild. It would be nice to get the extra xp, rep while leveling yet another alt versus getting nothing.
The new guild system looks new and exciting right now but in a year from now, it will be an incredible obstacle to anyone wanting to start-up a new guild. I fear it will kill the smaller guilds.
I might be wrong, maybe that’s not how it will play out and I’m just being paranoid. But just last weekend, when I was recruiting in the Recruitment channel, the first question I was asked was what level my guild was…