When it comes to raiding, WoW has always been at the pinnacle of the MMORPG genre.
Each time a new raid is released, players across the world eagerly anticipate the challenging new fights, powerful new loot, and exciting new mechanics waiting for them inside the new instance.
And, those players who are into the competitive side of WoW hold their breath to see which guild will clear the raid first and earn their place as the best WoW guild.
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Getting a world first kill is an achievement that many guilds aspire to, but few ever manage.
Mythic raiding requires guilds to have unparalleled teamwork, skill, and patience—especially when fights are fresh and tactics are yet to be developed.
Although Mythic raiding gets easier as players learn the fights and acquire more powerful loot, the first few weeks of a tier is—by far—the most difficult content WoW has to offer.
Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best WoW guilds right now; the guilds that have not only cleared the latest raids in the first few weeks of release, but also been the first ones to do it.
Realm: Twisted Nether (EU)Method is one of the most iconic guilds in WoW history, with even players outside of competitive circles still recognising their name. Unfortunately, Method have fallen from grace in recent years, resulting from a wave of controversy when a number of guild members received allegations of sexual miscounduct. Naturally, this led to complicit individuals being expelled from the team, and many other players leaving the guild.
Since then, Method have overhauled their policies and been on a recruitment drive, reassuring the WoW community that such a thing will never happen again. While still a world away from what they once were, Method have still performed exceptionally well in each tier of Shadowlands, coming in at 7th, 5th, and 2nd for Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones respectively.
Realm: Stormscale (EU)Originally known simply as ‘Pieces’ SK Pieces received their preface when the German esports organization SK Gaming signed the guild back in March 2022. Even before their signing, SK pieces were a well-known guild, having competed in many of the world first races since their inception in 2010.
SK Gaming clearly recognised the potential of the guild, who came in 3rd place during both the Castle Nathria and Sanctum of Domination raid tiers. Shortly after their signing, SK Pieces also came 4th in the Sepulcher of the First Ones riad, earning them a rightful place in our best guilds in WoW list.
Realm: The Great Sea (CN)Skyline are the only Asian guild to make our list, and are indisputably the best WoW guild in Asia right now. Very little is known about the background of this guild, other than their total domination over in the east and their more recent appearance on the world stage—finishing in the top 10 consistently—despite China getting new patches two days after everybody else. While there’s been a bit of controversy surrounding the treatment of the guild by management, none of the reports have been confirmed.
In the latest tiers, Skyline finished 5th in Castle Nathria, 10th in Sanctum of Domination, and 5th again in Sepulcher of the First Ones.
Realm: Illidan (US)Previously known as Complexity Limit, Liquid have been the Number 1 guild in the US for quite some time, and have consistently been considered by many as the best guild in the world. Liquid actually has its roots in a completely different MMO; Wildstar, where the guild’s founding members first found their home. After Wildstar’s untimely demise, Liquid moved over to WoW and began to play the game competitively. After some ups and downs, Liquid finally became a world first contender during Battle of Azeroth.
Since then, Liquid have regularly finished at the top of the table in every raid tier. In Shadowlands, Liquid secured 1st place in Castle Nathria, 2nd in Sanctum of Domination, and 5th in Sepulcher of the First Ones.
Realm: Tarren Mill (EU)Echo are undoubtedly the best guild in WoW right now due to their remarkable achievements in every raid of Shadowlands. A relatively new guild, Echo is comprised of ex-Method players who left the guild due to its sexual miscounduct scandal. While new guilds tend to have teething problems, this apparently wasn’t the case for Echo. We can put this down to the fact that many members of the guild already had a ton of experience playing with each other.
This new era clearly gave the players a new lease of life and a fresh hunger to succeed, as they went on to finish second in Castle Nathria, and first in both Sanctum of Domination and Sepulcher of the First Ones. A brand new guild securing world first kills is impressive at the best of times, but in this case it’s even more spectacular as the latter two raids of Shadowlands are widely considered to be some of the most difficult raids Blizzard has ever produced.