World of Warcraft gears up for WoW Tokens and arena championships

    
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Can you part with real money more easily than you can part with hours of time to farm up gold in World of Warcraft? If so, you’re probably excited about the new WoW Tokens, which will work akin to EVE Online‘s PLEX as consumable items that can be sold to players for gold. While a date still hasn’t been announced, the price for the tokens has been pegged at $20, with region-wide exchanges set up to ensure that the game automatically adjusts the gold value of these items to match market demand. Those of you with more gold than real money can also benefit from this, of course; pay your gold, get your token, enjoy a month of subscription for free.

But maybe you don’t worry about that, you just want to take on the best opponents in the arena for the championship title. Good news there as well, since the game will be hosting another world championship this year at BlizzCon 2015. Qualifying rounds will be held soon, so now’s the time to start brushing up on your skills even though the convention isn’t until November.

[Source: WoW Token Coming Soon, 2015 WoW Arena Championship announcement]
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_Ariel_
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This will make it so good rich players never pay a sub again. I have a years worth of sub time stored in the bank on archage, same thing.

Sinistar
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Sinistar

Eliandal BenLacy Time is money friend.

Ventreel
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Ventreel

yes, hopefully blizzard has enough to become first choice Real Money Trading company. Paying couple bucks more to original creators with assurance of not being banned for that might make some people turn away from shady Chinese botters. Can’t shut them? Compete with them. This is totally like services like Netflix or Spotify and pirated content. If you can offer accessible service people are willing to pay you for that.

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shaw sbst Kodimus Eliandal BenLacy I mentioned below that I don’t have any concrete goals in the game. I enjoy leveling and exploring the environments, as well as doing occasional group content. When it comes to heirlooms, it’s mostly for aesthetic reasons, not to level faster. It’s also fun to have a slight edge when running dungeons. It’s not about massive xp gains and efficiency. There’s nothing illogical about it at all, it’s just the simple way I like to play. You’re assuming my reasons for using heirlooms based on their intended use, and those assumptions are wrong.

You also mentioned the grinding aspect. I rarely do any content that requires grinding. The only thing I can think of that I’ve ever done that required grinding was Cloud Serpent rep to get the mounts. The grind wasn’t fun at all, but I really wanted that mount, so I put the time in.

BenLacy
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toby tob BenLacy shaw sbst That’s fine if you don’t think it’s a good value. I’ve played plenty of the other free-to-play MMOs on the market, and I just don’t find them as fun. Cash shops that are constantly shoved in my face ruin immersion for me, and the few games I can think of that have done cash shops well (in my opinion, The Secret World, Guild Wars 2) just didn’t end up being fun for me for purely subjective reasons (lore, graphical style, etc.).

There’s definitely a nostalgia component at this point as well. I’ve been playing WoW since 2005, and every time I log in it’s like I’m meeting up with an old friend.

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Ventreel d0ub1ep1u5g00d thats an interesting thought. but I think the demand for gold is infinite otherwise selling gold wouldnt be such a big business. so I am sure there will be plenty of tokens for sale. but you could be right. maybe the supply wont be able to meet the demand. 
I know with my garrisons Ill never buy tokens to sell, so I will only be buying them from the AH with ingame gold. there are probably lots of players like me. plus I would never spend 20$ to buy gold.

Ventreel
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Ventreel

d0ub1ep1u5g00d Well, the amount of tokens is finite so we’ll see if supply will face demand.

Zennie
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Zennie

shaw sbst Kodimus Eliandal BenLacy There are people who simply want to level chars and then do nothing. There are people who love to stand in Org/SW atop of the mailbox with their Firelands’ mount. I mean, it’s his money and his time, where’s the problem?

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Oleg Chebeneev Koolthulu

And enchants/gems.

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shaw sbst Kodimus Eliandal BenLacy

Because it can be fun to steamroll through dungeons while leveling in BiS gear. When I used to play, I loved pulling as much of an instance as possible and see if my friends and I could survive. It actually made the game more challenging than just slowly doing proper pulls in lesser gear.