There was a time in my length (but on and off again) World of Warcraft career where I had serious Guild pride. I raided fairly extensively in both Vanilla and Wrath of the Lich King, but have only dabbled in it here and there since those early days. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the sense of camaraderie or the raids themselves, but as I’ve grown older the thought of devoting a specific amount of time each week has become more of a daunting one instead of enticing like it used to be. Now, before anyone gets bent out of shape in assuming I’m about to advocate for LFR, i’m not at all.
In fact, I have only stepped into LFR myself maybe a handful of times since Mists of Pandaria. But the overwhelming feeling of committing to a raid schedule has made me feel, for the first time, like not being in a guild at all. And that’s most certainly a ME thing and not a GUILD thing, as there are plenty of guilds that are more casually focused or don’t require you to participate in everything. But that’s not who I am. In the past when I’ve been a part of a guild, I have felt compelled to participate as much as possible. I guess my old man self is just not keen on that style of play anymore.
That’s where the Communities feature comes into play. Since the Battle for Azeroth prepatch, you can create and join various communities which are cross server and cross faction. The purpose behind each community also can vary drastically, with some dedicating themselves specifically to raiding, mythic plus dungeons, transmog runs, et cetera. I even found a massive community for introverts, which I can really appreciate being mildly introverted myself. I love these communities because, unlike a guild, you don’t feel compelled to participate all the time. On the flip side, those communities are there when you are ready to jump into some content that requires help, or if you just want to chat it up.
With controversial additions like LFR and the Dungeon Finder system arguably degrading the “world” in Warcraft, I feel like that the new community feature is probably the best thing to happen to the game socially in years. For the first time, I am guildless but definitely not alone. I have ties to multiple communities that share similar interests as myself, and its easy to put them on the backburner when I just need some time to breathe. Seriously, whatever your desires in-game might be, I highly suggest you do some investigating on the community feature for yourself. I can guarantee that you will get connected with lots of people that resonate with you.