David Hollingsworth
David Hollingsworth
David has written for games media outlets for the last seven years. With his first major esports role being with Esports News UK covering mostly UK League of Legends. David is also a member of the British Esports Association and is an advisor to them on World of Warcraft Esports. More recently David has worked for Esports Insider and Red Bull as an esports journalist.

WoW: Ranking the Top World of Warcraft Guilds

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ESTNN takes a peek at some of the top PVE guilds in World of Warcraft.

Over the years, World of Warcraft has had many top guilds representing it. While the competitive PVP scene has more recently attracted outside organizations such as Cloud9, it’s the OG PVE WoW guilds we want to look at today. Below are our top five guilds based on the most recent Race to World First (RWF) ranking.

5 – Skyline

Rounding out the top five is Skyline, the Chinese based guild representing the Asia region. While the only guild on this list from the region, Asian servers get content two days after those in North America, and one day after Europe. So it’s even more impressive to see guilds in the region blitz the competition and make the list. Skyline beat fellow Asia guild Jitianhong to the world fifth spot by just 45 minutes, showing just how close the RWF can get.

Skyline has steadily risen through the ranks of the RWF in the past two expansions. Starting BFA at 15th, Skyline would climb to 5th for the Battle of Dazzar’alor, before settling at 7th, 9th, and 7th in the final three raids of BFA. This latest kill also marks the guild’s first regional first place, as they look to become a dominant force going forward.

4 – FatSharkYes

After finishing in the top 10 in all but one raid in Battle for Azeroth (BFA), and finishing in a guild highest fourth place for the final raid of the expansion. FatSharkYes (FSY) retained its place at the start of Shadowlands. Formed in 2012, FSY would find their core raiding team in the Throne of Thunder raid tier (tier 15). Aiming for a spot in the top 200, FSY made it in 167 and the start of another top European guild was beginning to form.

Now, in Shadowlands FSY has solidified themselves as one of the top guilds in the world, even moving from their old 3 raids a week to 7 nights a week for the first two weeks of Mythic release. While FSY is not a day-raiding guild like some other guilds on this list, the fact they “only” raid in the evenings just proves how high the standard is within the guild. With FSY starting the raid tier at 4th, expect to see a lot more of them throughout Shadowlands.

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3- Pieces

After 10 years in the scene, Pieces made a rapid rise to the top of the WoW PVE scene after they secured the guild’s first World First kill during BFA. Crucible of Storms, which was a shorter, two boss raid was when Pieces came to the forefront as they achieved a double WF for the raid. Pieces would drop down to 5th for The Eternal Palace but would bounce back to 3rd for Ny’alotha.

In Shadowlands, Pieces, alongside a number of other guilds stepped up their preparation for the event and even hosted their own live event so fans could follow the progress. While the guild is not as popular as others in the region, Pieces has been gaining fans globally for its unique tactics and quality raiders. With the world 3rd kill achieved in Castle Nathria, Pieces has now cemented themselves as the World’s 3rd best, and European 2nd guild. All eyes will be on the guild going into the next raid now, to see if they can claim the European 1st or better yet, world-first kill.

2 – Echo

While technically a new guild for Shadowlands, Echo is the re-forming of Method under a new banner. After a series of allegations aimed at their former guild, most of the non-leadership members of Method parted ways with the organization and formed Echo. So despite achieving second place in their very first raid tier, the roster packs some serious experience.

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The guild picked up a number of sponsors before Shadowlands launched, and went into the tier as one of the two main hopefuls for the World First race. Despite their best efforts, Echo wasn’t able to secure the top spot, losing out to North American guild Complexity-Limit. Echo will learn from Castle Nathria, however, especially as it was the rosters’ first time using an external raid leader. Something pioneered by Limit back at the end of BFA.

1 – Complexity-Limit

Back-to-back World Firsts has seen Limit rise to the number one spot for WoW PVE. With their innovative tactics, and pioneering use of an outside raid leader in the form of Guild Leader, Max, Limit turned heads during BFA. It all came good at the end of BFA, however, when Limit achieved greatness and secured a well deserved World First. Doing so took the title away from Europe, and Limit went on to grow from that.

In Shadowlands, Limit took it to the next level, being the only guild to do a live, in-person event featuring a number of their top raiders, including raid leader Max. It all paid off in the end, with Limit looking clean through the tier, picking up countless World Firsts on the way. With Limit, we could well be seeing just the start of a new dynasty, and it’s exactly what North America needs after years of watching European guilds take the top spot.

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