Blizzard, you've crossed the line

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Stop being so damned greedy, Blizzard.. I mean, Activision.

Exactly. This doesn't sound like something Blizzard would do. This sounds like something Activision would do.
So, for people saying that this is ''hard to get CCG cards''

Did you heard of Ebay ?
10/10/2011 10:45 AMPosted by Vodyanoia
So, now, rather than gold. Gold farmers will sell guardian pets for varying amounts of gold and it's perfectly A-OK? This doesn't seem well thought out to me.


Why would gold farmers ever sell pets? They want to exchange gold for real money, not the other way around.
10/10/2011 10:35 AMPosted by Bashiok
Our goal with the Guardian Cub is to provide alternative ways for players who don't want to spend real money to add these pets to their collection.


Yeah....but you're giving the shaft to people that will spend the money for it by making a single one use pet rather than account wide.
10/10/2011 10:42 AMPosted by Herculaneum
What do I care about extra gold in the economy? I don't care at all. I want extra gold and don't want to "work" for it.


Cept that money didn't come out of nowhere.
It came from the sap who bought it.

If that sap was say, Mionelol (not saying she'd buy it, but comeon, who doesn't know of the solo-goddess?) who went out, sacked a bunch of old raids, thereby effortlessly generating thousands of gold to buy your pet, then there's an issue, but even then, it's the sacking of old raids that's the problem, not the BoE of your pet.
10/10/2011 10:45 AMPosted by Pumpkin
Our goal with the Guardian Cub is to provide alternative ways for players who don't want to spend real money to add these pets to their collection. Even though this has been available a while now with the TCG mounts, this is obviously a new kind of way to deliver Pet Store pets, and we're definitely interested to hear your feedback and ultimately see how this will play out.


I've got any alternative way, put in a pet vendor NPC that sells them, even if it is for a stupid amount of gold. Problem solved.


Blizzard wouldn't make any extra money that way.
So, for people saying that this is ''hard to get CCG cards''

Did you heard of Ebay ?

Have you heard of those cards are extremely rare and are hard to find on ebay and when they are on you usually have hordes of competition all vying for a single card?
They are pets and they have been buyable for a freaking long time. Seriously its been over a year to say the least.

Pets give you an indirect advantage?

Those pets were always BoA, you were never able to sell them. It's not the pet that gives you the advantage, it's the gold that comes with them. And please, read the second paragraph of the OP. This is but a stepping stone.
10/10/2011 10:44 AMPosted by Angelatore
CG Loot card mounts like the Spectral Tiger have been BoE for a long time now (since patch 3.2), and that was and continues to be well-received, and as far as we've been able to tell hasn't had any adverse impact to the game or economy - despite them selling for sometimes astronomical amounts of gold.


That is completely different and you know it.

Selling something in your store for $10, $15, or $25 cannot be compared to an extremely rare loot card that costs hundreds of dollars to pull by chance or sometimes $1,000+ to purchase outright.


Why not? They're both money->gold transfers, one can just be done in smaller chunks.
Why would gold farmers ever sell pets? They want to exchange gold for real money, not the other way around.


this...they dont want you to give them fake money they want to make real money off you.
So, for people saying that this is ''hard to get CCG cards''

Did you heard of Ebay ?


The concept of "limited supply" knocked on your door a few minutes ago, but apparently you were too busy making this post to notice.
TCG Loot card mounts like the Spectral Tiger have been BoE for a long time now (since patch 3.2), and that was and continues to be well-received, and as far as we've been able to tell hasn't had any adverse impact to the game or economy - despite them selling for sometimes astronomical amounts of gold.

It’s potentially worth noting that no new gold is being introduced into the game's economy with those mounts or the new Guardian Cub pet.

Our goal with the Guardian Cub is to provide alternative ways for players who don't want to spend real money to add these pets to their collection. Even though this has been available a while now with the TCG mounts, this is obviously a new kind of way to deliver Pet Store pets, and we're definitely interested to hear your feedback and ultimately see how this will play out.


TCG items haven't been a problem because they aren't that viable as a gold-making option. The items are incredibly rare and couldn't ever really get that widespread. Few people could afford the huge in-game prices for them, and it was just about impossible to "flip" them on the AH for profit because of this.

We know it's not adding new gold to the in-game economy, but what it IS doing is allowing people to spend real-life money for in-game advantages. When you determine the average Auction House price of this new pet, you can determine how much real life currency will be required to purchase that new BoE epic weapon you've had your eye on.

This is the problem with all gold-selling, regardless of whether the real life currency is going to third parties or Blizzard. You are now selling in-game advantages.

No thanks.
10/10/2011 10:48 AMPosted by Gannon
Our goal with the Guardian Cub is to provide alternative ways for players who don't want to spend real money to add these pets to their collection.


Yeah....but you're giving the shaft to people that will spend the money for it by making a single one use pet rather than account wide.


Activision is Greedier than a Gogoleplex of Goblins, 1 pet = $10, if you want it on multiple toons, well it's $100 for a server's worth, unless you go get it with gold.

Activision wins here.
Players who don't want to shell out real money for virtual goods win as well.
The difference is that we can't get on the official Blizzard Store and go buy a spectral Tiger and then sell it. We either have to go to third party websites, Card Stores, etc. Blizzard is condoning this kind of conduct now and its very saddening.

edit: Blizzard is officially condoning a Pay to win strategy. It takes one enterprising soul to sell a few of those and then use the gold to corner the market of Gems on a smaller server. This is not okay.


Paying is no different than having lots of free time and "time=win". Just because $10 is worth less than a couple hours of someone's time does NOT mean they are "paying to win". Your argument is just plain silly. As many have said, if YOU don't want to pay $10, then don't. But if I pay $10 and convert it to gold, it doesn't hurt you a bit. Stop crying.
So, for people saying that this is ''hard to get CCG cards''

Did you heard of Ebay ?

Have you heard of those cards are extremely rare and are hard to find on ebay and when they are on you usually have hordes of competition all vying for a single card?


There are like 20 of them on ebay right now.

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