This concept somewhat bothers me.
I have done every single dungeon path and fractals (37 and stopped there) in GW2 with PUGs. And I have done them without any difficulty. I generally form my own group. I am more of a LFM than LFG person.
However, sometimes I ran with groups that had 2 or more members from the same guild. In most cases, other than them being obnoxious, arrogant, and clueless, I had terrible experience running with those people.
Here are my observations:
- First, they will blame the PUG as soon as some problem occurs. It will not matter if that ominous incident was their own making
- Secondly, they will not try to adapt to new situations but, try to force their own notions simply because they are guildies and so, they know better.
- Third, they absolutely do not want to learn anything new from a PUG.
There are many incidents but, a recent one comes to my mind. One night, I joined a PUG with 3 guildies in it. Interestingly enuf, the group was 2 guards and 3 wars. It was an AC money run. Prior to Kholer fight, the group leader instructed me that I must be able to dodge Kholer pulls as it was necessary for my survival. Then the fight began. I saw the whole melee group suddenly became ranged and dodged from Ascalon to China while getting noobownd by Kholer, sorry for the lack of better word to explain the situation. And to my utter astonishment, our group wiped. So, we try again. This time, I suggested that let's all just melee Kholer down as there is absolutely no need to range this mob all over the place with our group setting. As a matter of fact, dodge or no-dodge Kholer can't kill AH/EM guards with 4 players in boon range unless that toon is heavily undergeared or clueless. With so much protection from 2 guards and might/vul stack, that mob should go down in less than 2 pull opportunities. The immediate response was, "Sorry, we do not hack." I told them, "You don't have to". After 5 mins of discussion about how they should report me to ANET for possibly hacking Kholer(!), they decided to try again the same way they did before. Thankfully, they agreed to kill Kholer in the corner where these guys could not dodge into oblivion except for one guy dodging down into the water. They spotted me not dodging Kholer at all in the fight. After the dungeon run was over, one guy said, "Reported" and kicked me out of the group.
I had no problem doing that with PUGs and many of the PUGs actually adapted to this even when they were not a heavy. Needless to say, I was not reported for hacking Kholer.
That said, however, I ran with a few groups with some people from same guild and had very pleasant experience as well. But, unfortunately, most failures I ever encountered was when I PUG'd into an almost guild group. Hence, they left me a long lasting impression.
What was your experience?