This is really big news for top 250 raiding guilds, but it will help everyone.
I was interviewing the leaders of 120-world ranked guild Semper Fildelis last night. We got to talking about recruitment, whilst topically today Blizzard announced the realm transfer cooldown is now only three-days; down from 30.
Think about this.
If you had wanted to join a hardcore guild on another server, you would apply, get accepted, transfer your character, then trial.
What if you don’t pass the trial? Previously, you’d have been stuck on their server for the next month. Now you just transfer back, just three days later.
The old 30-day cooldown meant players were reluctant to transfer to realms which did not have a few top guilds. This acted like a barrier to entry, as a huge risk to the player, and would have dampened applications to guilds who are on quiet realms. Semper Fidelis are the #1 ranked guild on their realm, but the #2 is way behind their progression. We chatted about this and agreed it should help boost applications. Until this Blizzard change, players would look for realms with lots of strong guilds so if they fall out of one guild they can move to another guild without swapping realms. But no longer will that be a problem.
This change should mean we will see a greater dispersion of applicants to top 250 guilds across all realms; a great boon for recruitment.
I think we will also see more people in general trying to upgrade their guild, because the risk is so much lower than before. You can’t get stranded.
Look for my Semper Fidelis interview over the next fortnight; thanks to the guys for making time.