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8-24-2009 @ 7:23PM
There are a LOT of guilds without enough people to raid. Most were started by people who used to be in the raid scene, but got screwed over by some nightmare of a GM, got cheated out of loot one too many times, or for whatever other reason had a bad experience in a larger guild.They get together with their close friends and start a new guild, but never have the numbers to raid. They are good, loyal, people, doing what they can to avoid the problems that made their previouis guild suck.The problem is that there are a lot of those out there. This leaves a lot of people happy with their lack of drama, but wishing they could down a 25-man hard mode before Cataclysm.The solution is to marry up some of those small guilds so they can raid.Granting perks to guilds means those perks will be more quickly achieved by larger guilds, which will make them more attractive for recruiting. This will force some of the small guilds to either fold or merge if they want to get these perks.You could argue the incentive is already there - if you can get the numbers to raid, you can get tier gear. But it's easy to write off raiders as people who only care about loot, so merging to get chances at better gear reeks of selling out.Smaller-guild folks do what they can in solo or small-group content. Namely, achievements and vanity items.Adding those to guilds will help to attract people where the promise of leet purple pixels didn't. It's further incentive to condense talent, which is good because those disillusioned raiders might have a chance to raid again.
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