Guild Leader Giving Thanks

So, I’ve ragged on Blizzard a fair bit as of late.  Probably for the last month or so, on a number of topics.  It wasn’t that I was anti-Blizzard or anything, the negative just always seem to be what inspired my writing or thoughts for the day.  So I’m quite happy to be able to say something good about the company (aside from the great thoughts I’ve heard from others regarding the expansion thus far).

Since Patch 5.0, our little social guild has gone up five levels.  By little, I mean we have basically seven people being anything resembling active.  That’s better than half a level a person and in a couple of cases these are a result of characters that aren’t even close to 80, let alone 90 (by the way a shout out to Grexinimi, our first capped member).  Why is this happening?

Because Blizzard did the right thing.

When guild levels and rewards were introduced, they were a great idea.  From the get go, absolutely brilliant.  However, if you were a small guild you basically got crapped on or forced to expand if you wanted anything worthwhile.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the people who thinks a lot of things are handed over way too easily in the game, but this was the opposite.

Sure, with some 85’s you could actually crank off the guild experience at a decent pace and contribute to the overall success.  If you had alts of lower level, you didn’t really want to touch them though.  A dozen quests post-80 did more for the guild than if you went 1-79.  Why?  I have no idea.

Fast forward to the current system where basically all quests reward the same amount of rep and contribute nearly equally to the leveling of the guild itself.  That is how it should be.  A character who puts in fifty levels with a guild should be Exalted with them.  Much more so than the 85-90 character, in my humble opinion.

This gives small guilds some of the benefits from actually being a guild.  They’ll get to the heirloom cloaks at level 10, the chance for more skill points and even the Dark Phoenix pet and mount.  There are still somethings that a small guild won’t obtain and that’s because they are achievement rewards.  I have no problem with that in the slightest.  That’s where balance comes into play and is properly implemented.

So, from the leader of a small guild, I wanted to thank Blizzard for this change.  The members are proud we’re gaining levels (when there were times it seemed like the Guild XP bar wasn’t moving) and some of the rewards that come with that.  Even included a little is better than not at all.

8 thoughts on “Guild Leader Giving Thanks

  1. repgrind October 9, 2012 / 1:31 pm

    I was unaware that they changed the guild xp. That is an awesome change and, I agree, long overdue.

    • JD Kenada October 9, 2012 / 3:21 pm

      I think the guild xp is still skewered in a way that high level characters will give as much as ever, merely that lower ones aren’t hurt nearly as bad by it. Also, the rep is definitely more balanced. I had a guildmate hit Exalted in the early 50’s and I’m pretty sure he was in his 20’s when 5.0 hit. That you can put on the Renowned Tabard and get 367 guild rep for a daily doesn’t hurt either.

  2. tomeoftheancient October 9, 2012 / 5:36 pm

    I didn’t know they did that, hmm, maybe that’s why my one person guild went up another level the other day. Thought it was awful quick.

    • JD Kenada October 9, 2012 / 6:48 pm

      That would do it. 😀

  3. Cymre October 10, 2012 / 7:59 am

    That’s exactly why Cool and I are wearing the tabard right now. I can’t wait until we can go without them again but I’m loving all the levels we’ve gained since the change.

    Grats on all your levels 🙂

    • JD Kenada October 10, 2012 / 8:57 am

      I still forget to move the tabard around. Too many alts. lol

      • Cymre October 10, 2012 / 12:43 pm

        I ended up buying 5 or so so I wouldn’t have to keep sending them around 😛

        • JD Kenada October 10, 2012 / 12:50 pm

          Well, two of my six? seven? Anyway, two are Exalted with the guild now. lol

          It means a little less moving around.

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