To win a bet:
Blizzard has made great strides to create a better place for mages. While avoiding any large or sweeping changes, many smaller changes have been made in efforts to equalize mages.
Not make them better, you understand, but to simply smooth out a couple rough edges, only one of which mages actually wanted smoothed.
Of course, such smoothing always has unintended consequences. In this case, every mage who actually purchased rank 2 and 3 of Molten Armor has been flat out robbed of 30 gold.
I don’t have a problem with gold dumps. They are a necessary part of the WoW economy, and serve rather well to prevent horrifying inflation, especially things that the community inexplicably treats as mandatory, like the epic flying skill.
What confuses me, however, is where the line between dampening the economy and outright robbing your players is drawn.
There are very few mandatory gold dumps, and all of them have some benefit to them. Hunters need ammo so they can continue to actually function as a class. Mages need to buy spell reagents, so they can enjoy ridiculously fast transport to wherever they want to go. Everyone needs to repair their gear to prevent themselves from having broken gear and thus becoming completely useless.
This Molten Armor change, however, doesn’t offer any benefit at all to mages. Instead, it trades our gold for absolutely nothing in return. As this gold was not given away charitably, it leaves only one option: outright fraud.
Some of you don’t see what the big deal about this is. “It’s only 30 gold!” I tell you this now, in the hopes that such events never happen again.
Your gold, your earned currency that you worked for and possibly bled for, has been stolen from you. The amount is irrelevant, only the principle matters.
Sure, it’s only 30 gold now, but what’s to stop that from going higher? What’s to stop Blizzard from attempting the same thing with 100 gold? Or 1000? 10000?
Where do we draw the line? Do we draw it now, when our losses tally a mere three daily quests? Or do we wait for Blizzard to rob us blind by charging us a thousand gold to use something we already paid to use?
Imagine you buy a car. The salesman tells you it’s a mere three grand for this mighty fine used vehicle. You pay, and drive home in your lovely car. You use it faithfully for a year or two, when out of the blue the salesman calls you one evening.
You have to pay for your car now, he says. But I already did! you say. He agrees, reassures you that of course you already purchased that lovely vehicle! Except now you have to pay for it again.
You scoff at the salesman, and hang up on him.
Inexplicably, your car refuses to work the following morning. No matter what you do, it refuses to work. Mechanics are mystified. There exists no problem they can find. And yet, nothing works. Nothing. You approach the finest mechanics in the world to look at it. They, too, cannot find any fault.
You even extend contacts deep into the crime world, and hire the greatest auto thieves in the world to try and steal your car, just to see if they can get it working again long enough to steal. They, too, all fail.
Eventually, you cave, call the salesman back and pay for your car again. Magically, it immediately works!
Does this make sense? Is this fair? I say not, brothers and sisters! Blizzard is starting down the slippery slope of digital robbery!
Take a stand now, while you still can!
See? No matter what happens, I can find something to QQ about, no matter how ludicrous the topic.