Call to Arms: Frustration

 Patch 4.1 is shaping up to be a game changer of a patch. Many, many changes are going to be implemented. Some of them are fun like new pets and Arch stuff to play around with. Some of them are head-scratchers; case in point: the new LGD intuitive that rewards players for filling the least filled role in a dungeon group. This will almost always be tanks. We might see a healer reward on the first few days as tanks everywhere have a moment of curiosity. That moment will surely fade once they step into the dungeon and are faced with the same assholes as we have today.

At first glance, the bonus goodie bag looks really nice. We get rare mounts and pets! And potions! And flasks! But then you look at the mounts and pets – they are pretty easily obtainable as they are. The potions and flasks may not even be something you can actually use. I might get a stamina flask or even an attack power one on my Priest. Will this flood the flask market with cheap flasks? I hope not.

Anways, let’s get back to the real draw, the mounts and the pets from the “Satchel of Exotic Goods”. Blizzard gives some examples:

The pets offered come from a wide variety of sources, and include companions like the Razzashi Hatchling, Cockatiel, and Tiny Sporebat, but the mounts are those specifically only available through dungeons (not raids), like the Reins of the Raven Lord from Sethekk Halls, Swift White Hawkstrider from Magister’s Terrace, and Deathcharger’s Reins from Stratholme.

So the pets are Razzashi Hatchling, Cockatiel and Tiny Sporebat. The pets don’t seem to be limited to those but they are the ones they have listed. They are fairly easy to get.

The Razzashi Hatchling is the red raptor hatchling that used to be found in ZG but is now a zone-wide drop in STV. He’s best known as the little hatchling that gets attached to players for one the zone’s best and most fun quest lines. Before The Shattering patch, people farmed these little guys like crazy, me included, so you may be able to find them on the AH fairly cheaply. Or you could just do the quest lines in STV and hope for a drop. The quests down there are really fun now, especially the Booty Bay pirate quest lines, and shouldn’t be missed.

The next pet is the Cockatiel. Talk about lazy on Bliz’s end as far as pet selection. The Cockatiel pet is sold by the bird vendor in Booty Bay for a bank breaking 40 silver. And he has an unlimited supply so you can roll down to Boot Bay at any time with 40 silver and pick up this bad boy.

The last one listed is the Tiny Sporebat. This one is a reputation pet from Burning Crusade. He requires exalted reputation with Sporegar and 30 glowcaps to purchase. He takes a bit of grinding to get and a little luck with glowcap spawns. I was just in Zangarmarsh last week to get the cooking recipes from Sporegar and glowcaps were everywhere. I had way more than I needed for my recipes. I’m sure with just an afternoon of grinding Underbog Sanguine Hybiscus I could get to exalted so I’m going to call this one tedious to get but no more tedious than tanking a heroic.

They also mention cross faction pets. These could be the old Argent Tournament ones that are going to a lot more than they used to. I got most of mine for less than 1K gold but I’ve seen them up around 2K now that everyone has left Northrend. I’m hoping they aren’t meaning things like Prairie Dogs and Dragonhawk Hatchlings, which are dirt cheap. But, then again they did list the Cockatiel as a reward pet.

As for the mounts we have listed the Raven Lord from H Set Halls in Outlands, the Swift White Hawlkstrider from H MGT on the Isle of Quel’Danas and the Baron’s mount from the dead side of Stratholme. The instances are two heroic level 70 and a level 50s dungeon. Talk about some farmable mounts!

I solo’d Strat at level 80 as a healing Priest long before Evangelism/Atonement came into being. I got my dead pony after 69 runs and got “the Argent Champion” title along the way. I could skip a lot of those mobs because they didn’t aggro me because my level was so much higher. I’m sure it will be much easier at 85 with 125K health. The good thing about Strat is that you 1) don’t need the key anymore and 2) you can run out and reset it for multiple tries an hour/day.

The Raven Lord has been made much easier to farm now that you don’t need a Druid to summon the boss and there’s no trash in that room. My Bear Druid was able to solo it at level 80 but the trash in that room had to be pulled very carefully because of fears. Now, I can walk my squishy Priest butt in there, clear about 5-6 packs of trash, one easy boss, and get right to Anzu with minimal fuss. Anzu can be a little difficult with the stuns but it is totally do-able and takes about 20 minutes. It is a heroic so you can only do it once a day.

The Swift Hawkstrider is about the same difficulty as the Raven Lord. Heroic MGT is the hardest BC heroic but with some patience it can be completed in about 30 minutes. This one has the bonus of dropping the Phoenix Hatchling pet and the Orb of Sindorai – a fun little vanity item which turns you into a Blood Elf for 5 minutes. As with H Sett Halls, you can only do it once a day.  

So, in looking at the so-called “rewards”, are they really rewards in the truest sense? The things offered are, in my humble opinion, pretty easy to get in the normal way. Yes, it will take multiple runs to get the mounts – I’m not saying that it won’t. But, the drop rate of the mounts is the exact same from the bag as they are coming from the bosses dropping them. Who in their right mind would rather “farm” level 85 heroics than do the original instances? The original instances can be completed in 30 minutes or less when a Cata heroic can take hours – dependant on the group, of course.

The goodie bag doesn’t make your threat generation any better. It won’t shut up a mouthy “Go” person. It won’t give your healer more mana or your tank more health. It will most certainly not give you 3 DPS’ers that know the kill order or even how to CC. It won’t keep them from calling you a “fail <insert spec> tank” and kicking your furry behind out of the dungeon. But, it will give you a 40 silver Cockatiel (Bind on Account even!) for your trouble.

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