Guild applications denied for wrong reason.
So i have currently come out of quite a lengthy relationship with a Top 20 guild, Reason being i have completely a myriad of content along side them starting back from Burning Crusade and even before with various individual players, As Cataclysm approaches i feel that my days as a 'hardcore' raider are over, And that my burning desire to be all that has but faded away, Now this is not a bad thing because i have had my good share of experiences and am very happy with my accomplishments.
Moving right ahead, In leaving such a guild and not on the immediate or forseeable lookout for a guild of similar contention i have set my sights on some of the more remote servers and have begun applying to guilds with less stringent raiding tasks and rule sets, ideally a more casual raiding experience to what i am used to, yet a guild that can keep decent progression.
When applying to guilds such as this,For example 12/12 Heroic 10 and 10/12 Heroic 25 i proceed to apply via guild website and end with quite a lengthy application which in more cases then not requires me to post my overall raid experience and an armory link(I tend not to skip on details because i feel providing an in depth and quality application shows many of the skills required by a raider outside of a boss scenario). I continue to write up application after application and always seem to get the same answer which is based solely off the fact my armory is filled with "Realm First!" achievements, and exceedingly early World and US ranked Achievements on various bosses among much more which suddenly come to a halt with Icecrown Citadel as that is the time i began my slow retreat in raiding..
Many if not all the guilds i apply to immediately enquire as to why someone of my 'calibur' is applying to a guild like theirs and recommend i should be applying to the servers #1 guild.. I carry on to explain my situation and why i am looking to join. More often then not i am laughed at or not taken seriously which is often followed by comment in various form insinuating my account is purchased or of other illegitimate nature and that the expectations are i am merely a "noob with gear" and that my performance will be sub optimal or severely lacking in skill and/or experience.
Even upon requesting a trial to prove my worth and raiding capability i am often denied, only to be accepted in to guilds with extremely poor content progression who are seeking to pull in a well geared player to ease their own woes.
So i am coming to you TankSpot, for guidance or tips on how i can resolve this issue of being immediately labeled and discriminated against based on the quality and worth of my character rather then my skills as a raider and a fellow player. I am unable to find a middle ground and am stuck between the "LOL YEAH RIGHT" and then the guilds merely trying to fish out players of higher gear and experience standards to remedy their own lack.
Friends have suggested:
- I should completely exclude my raiding accomplishments which leaves me seemingly inexperienced
- I should remain guildless on the server i intend on transferring to and build a small reputation for myself as a skilled player rather then a decked out character.
- I should wait till Cataclysm hits due to there being more a leveled playing field as far as players go, As stated by Lore in a Weekly Marmot recently Cataclysm will result in there being only newly achieved level 85s, and no major gear separation.
** Final two are not ideal to my intentions as i like to get to know the people i will be raiding and playing with on a daily basis as strengthening friendships not only raid coherence is vital to aiding in being able to successfully clear content at a steady rate.
So i guess my final question in short is; Making yourself seem more appealing to a guild by achievements and skill, and experience is something we all try for and learn, But how do we make our achievements less appealing and less noticeable so that in the end it is our skill which is considered not the character that lays in front of it.
Any help would be appreciated as i am currently struggling to find a place as i shift gears from a raiding stand point.
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