World of Warcraft’s latest sparkleponies don’t sparkle at all

    
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While the official 15th anniversary celebrations for World of Warcraft are still a few months off, Blizzard is getting the party going in its cash shop. The studio announced yesterday that it is now selling a pair of “majestic alabaster mounts” for $25 that will be applied across a player’s entire account.

The two mounts — a Horde Wyvern and an Alliance Griffyn — look as though they have been carved out of stone, giving them a fancy appearance.

“The Alabaster Stormtalon (Alliance) and Alabaster Thunderwing (Horde) automatically scale to the fastest riding skill known by each character,” Blizzard noted. “If characters aren’t high enough level to use a flying mount, they will still be useable as ground mounts.”

The community, or at least the Reddit and YouTube communities for WoW, aren’t exactly enthused about being asked to pay real money for an anniversary mount, presumably spurred on by a “/spit” tweet from a popular streamer that’s claimed over 6000 likes.

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jimthomasUS
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jimthomasUS

There’s a link to the free in game 15th anniversary event mount players can earn. Not that I would expect WoW hating Massively to cover that.

ThePhantasm
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ThePhantasm

Why research anything when you can just look to Reddit to do your work for you?

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Sorenthaz

Aren’t these also available from buying the Classic anniversary thing or whatever? Not sure why there’s outrage over them being purchasable on their own.

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hurbster

Ah, so on sale for the next quarter financials. I see.

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Dobablo

You are doing a “Subscription game charges extra for directions edition cosmetic mounts” post in 2019?

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ThePhantasm

I love how everyone keeps calling them the Anniversary mounts, but seem to conveniently forget that they are actually from the 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition for WoW. And we know that Blizzard is always giving away those collector’s edition pets away for free right?

…right?

Good research.

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Jaymes Buckman

But they’re available without the collector’s edition. What was your point?

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ThePhantasm

The point is that, like the collector’s editions, these are mounts you pay for. Not free anniversary gifts like we got before. They have always been labeled as such. My reply is for the people who want these to be free mounts and not store mounts, and for the author who failed to mention where these mounts actually come from.

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Hravik

If we’re being fair here, the ad for them on the Blizzard launcher only calls them anniversary mounts. No mention of them being a carryover from anything else.

I would never have known otherwise unless someone pointed it out, since any and all interest I may have had died the moment they foolishly combined anniversary with give us money.

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xpsync

You know it took them 15 years but they won me over finally and i started to like and lobby for wow, then they pull this move, which then makes me feel not guilty for trashing the living chit out of this game for 15 years, lmao.

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Alyn

Thanks Justin you always have interesting articles.

However, in light of some problems the higher ups at Activision/Blizzard are having in reference to a current tax investigation not sure if rolling out a new shop item for 25 bucks is prudent.

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agemyth 😩

Let’s not all conveniently forget that there are already 3 other (cooler looking) mounts announced as in-game earnable rewards during the 15th anniversary event.

This is the normal “Collector’s Edition” in-game reward we’ve gotten with every physical release from the beginning (used to be mini-pets only and in Pandaria they added mounts).

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Nathan Aldana

Its still dumb that they do that.

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agemyth 😩

Indeed. In an ideal world there would be no cash shops and no in-game rewards for expensive real-world boxes. That’s not the world we live in. The argument that this is poor messaging is reasonable enough even if they did already make noise about the in-game events and rewards. They could have linked or reminded about that.

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Nathan Aldana

Its not surprising though. This is activision, the same company that hobbled a remake of a 10 yr old game to shove micotransactions in it after reviews and esrb ratings were already put on first run boxes. (CTR_)

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Nathan Aldana

sin-eaters o.o

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JonBuck

That was my first thought, too. Forgiven Greed and Forgiven Avarice?

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Peter J Reynolds

If they didn’t market this for an anniversary celebration it might have gone over better. To celebrate 15 years they should have put them in game maybe with a quest series to unlock them that gives the players interesting tid-bits of WoW’s history as they complete it. I miss the days when there was special quests like this in game to unlock extra class abilities, mounts and more.