I'll come back and fight for this since
04/13/2011 09:24 AMThis is the kind of thing that is not set in stone and player feedback might eventually convince us to change our minds.
Posted by Bashiok
(Hopefully I'll remember everything since, after typing it the first time, it disappeared when I hit Preview.)
I am in favor of Blizzard removing the ability to obtain all vanity items (mounts/pets/etc.) from heroic and raid achievements after their current tier of content or perhaps their current expansion has passed. Those players that invested the time and talent to accomplishing those things when they were at their hardest, should not have their achievement marginalized by rewarding equally those who came much later and did it with much less difficulty. The approach that Blizzard took during WotLK's 1st tier of content by removing the Black and Plagued Proto-Drakes was appropriate and should be the model that they use in the future.
Those that accomplished it when it was current should be proud of what they did, which is by the way the correct meaning of elitism: consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group. When people throw around the word "elitist" I think they are often confusing it with snobbery. This is why "Elitist Jerks" isn't redundant.
To show that I'm not hypocritical, I will outline my experiences in this area. I was able to obtain the Black Proto Drake with my peers and friends. I didn't get the Plagued one however. It was solely because of 10 man three-drake Sartharion. Let's just say that it's not easy being the same spec and class as your GM. Anyway, am I disappointed that I was never able to obtain it? Yes. Do I want their accomplishment to mean less to them because Blizzard handed it to me now? Absolutely not.
During Ulduar, I obtained both the Rusted and Ironbound Proto-Drakes. I don't ride them anymore because almost anybody can get them now and there's newer and shinier things to obtain in Cataclysm.
I didn't obtain either Frostbrood Vanquisher during ICC because I was away from the game at the time. I'm OK with never being able to obtain those, even though they're really cool looking mounts.
Mounts with low drop rates are not in the same league. If you have one of these kinds of mounts, you're simply lucky. For the most part it's not about skill. That's another issue that I won't delve into too deeply here.
If people on the other side of the argument want to bring back the Black and Plagued Proto Drakes, then why not bring back all the mounts for Gladiator over the seasons and make it available to everyone that, say, gets a 1500+ rating in arenas and RBGs? What if vanity items that have been on the Blizzard Store for a while got a 90% discount? How would that make people feel if they had spent $10 on an item and Blizzard was letting people buy it for $1 now? By the way, I have never nor will never spend real money on vanity items.
After all, vanity items are meant for people to feel vain about them. That effect is diminished every time a new tier or expansion comes out and the requirements to obtain them is still the same. It is my hope that somebody at Blizzard will read this and take this into consideration when deciding how to deal with this issue at present and in the future.