...can snag a title from you without you ever having the chance of getting it back...
There are more than one in the game. Chances are anyone in that situation would be left with at least one to show their work. If they weren't, then clearly they didn't put as much time in on holding their titles as the person who took them.
Allow me to reiterate: I do NOT care if I lose it to a player. I can always suicide into the alliance city and see the person wearing the title. They earned it too. They earned it even more so than I did. They don't deserve to lose it either.
If a title is taken by another player, that's not a temporary title. That's competition and someone beat me. The title is still in game, I just didn't work hard enough for it.
Even if I had no titles at all, this removal would infuriate me on behalf of the dedicated players in the CM community.
But the people who put in the time should have expected to lose them in the first place.
No. I don't expect to lose them. I have zero idea how hard our competitors are working, so I always crank it up a little higher in dedication when I see a new time on the leaderboard. I know, without a doubt, that if I work harder than them, we will have the titles in the end.
This, so much.
Our hunter has killed tortos LFR 105 times, he still doesn't have the crit bracers, I've killed twin consorts 73 times on my monk, I still don't have crit bracers, our shaman has killed the troll council thingy boss 50+ times, he gave up after getting haste bracers.
Me and the hunter have both killed ra-den 8 times since going for CM gear and both coined every time and not gotten what we went for.
We've spent thousands of thousands of gold on: Flasks, food buff, pots (darkwater & dps), rerolling professions (me and priest both switched from previous professions to LW for drums of speed, which also are freakishly expensive since none of us have skinning, and others didn't have alchemy so they had to get that for trinkets, and someone didn't have engineering etc etc).
It took me 32 kills to get salyin warbanner, it took me 18 kills to get battle horn, and another 5 kills to get the amber rod for CC, some in my team still don't have the amber rod, months later.
We spent hours on hours disgussing tactics, working out a way to completely annihilate any competition we have on the realm, just to make sure, we do not lose these titles, oh and not to mention I was our hunter before, then our warrior tank quit so I had to reroll monk, we had to find a new hunter and now we just beat our old times we already had by quite a bit, and now we find out just a few weeks later, that we went through ALL of this for nothing.
Absolutely nothing, we already had all the feats of strength, man, I even have the titles on my DK on a less competitive realm (still not a dead realm), I've had the feats of strengths there since day one of 5.4, I could care less about them, the titles are the ONLY thing that I even do CM's for anymore, and CM's is the only thing I find enjoyable in the game right now.
"Why don't you raid?" you may ask, I do, I raid one night per week and clear 14/14 hc.
"What about alts?" Well, considering I have 2 legendary cloaks, and 2 characters on runestones, and 10 other characters I'm not interested in playing at all, there isn't much I can do with them other than normal SoO with a few HC bosses, which takes one night with a few guildies.
TL;DR: My group spent days (literally days on end) farming gear / rares and a retarded amount of gold on professions / consumables (I'm talking 200k+ gold spent on this), and then on top of that we spent hours on strats and wiping / reseting because the run wasn't perfect, just to get that perfect run and in the end, they take away the only reason we did it for, thanks.