Those who are regular readers here at Feral Aggression known that I am generally a staunch supporter of Blizzard and it’s decisions. I firmly believe that they generally understand the general public and that the decisions they make are whats best for the game as a whole. However, at Blizzcon something was announced unexpectedly which has caused quite a bit of ruckus and caused me quite a bit of frustration. Specifically, I am referring to the comments regarding the Feat of Strength, Insane in the Membrane.
For those who are unaware, the following statement was made during the Blizzcon 2010 Open Q&A Session
Response by Ghostcrawler (10/23/2010)
Q: I’m working on insane in the membrane, with all the changes to Dire Maul north will I still be able to achieve this achievement?
A: The biggest problem are the changes to the bloodsail buccaneers, that kinda put a bullet in that feat of strength for now. It’s fun to do painful things in WoW. If there’s a huge outcry for it we’ll try to put something equally brute in the game.
This is a clearcut answer which for all intents and purposes tells us the fate of this FOS. The problem however is the following:
Posted by Ancilorn (Source) (11/18/2009)
Just for clarity, Insane in the Membrane will not be removed in Cataclysm. We can only confirm this one for you, but since it’s undoubtedly one of the most brain-melting achievements, we thought it nice to let you know that you don’t have to rush to have this done before the expansion. 😉
Naturally, a lot of outrage has resulted as of this and the following follow-up was provided:
Posted by Bashiok (Source) (10/25/2010)
Insane in the Membrane is a feat of strength, not an achievement. Feats are things that you can’t be guaranteed to complete, which is why they’re feats and not achievements. Most of them are actually now impossible to complete, and this feat will join a long list of “you had to be there” moments in WoW time.
The feat isn’t being removed of course, those who have it will retain it, however; some of the requirements are, so it will no longer be able to be completed by anyone who has not already done so.
It’s possible that in some very specific situations where someone has completed the reputations which are being removed, but not others that will still be in the game, that it can still be completed. But it’s something we’re waiting for clarity on, and will let you know as soon as we do.
So why is this a problem? First off, Ancilorn’s response was clear cut which states that this would not be removed come Cataclysm. Yes, the follow-up post does state that some aspects will still be obtainable and some will not. However there is no clear indication of what will be “in” or “out” (more on this later). Personally, based on the statement from Ancilorn, I decided to take my time and stock up materials, buying low and saving as long as possible before making my push. Knowing that I have a long runway changed my gameplan significantly. For example, Inscription will undoubtedly offer new Darkmoon Cards come Cataclysm and with the rush to make decks, the cost of cards will drop making for a more reasonable price point.
Instead, now we were left with 7 weeks (or less) to complete this FOS, so now lets break this down even further
- Revered with Bloodsail Bucccanears
- Exalted with Steamwheedle Cartel
- Exalted with Shen’dralar
- Exalted with Ravenholdt
- Exalted with Darkmoon Fair
Almost every aspect of this FOS is a time sink grind and with 7 weeks, yes that is more than sufficient time to grind every rep to exalted. Bloodsail is the easiest by far of just grinding goblins in Booty Bay. Steamwheedle Cartel while time consuming is just doing mindless # of Dire Maul runs. Ravenholdt while challenging to get boxes, is possible for the right price. Even Darkmoon Faire can be pushed in a short amount of time if you have the right amount of gold.
The issue comes down to Shen’dralar. This by far is the most challenging due to the limitations of where rep can be acquired from. Specifically the only possibility of obtaining rep (beyond a quest and class book) are Librams. While Librams themselves are easy enough to come by and can be purchased, the primary controlling factor is Pristine Black Diamonds. They are random lv 60 world drop items that are extremely rare and not farmable. So, no matter how many hours I put into farming, I have no way to know whether I will or will not obtain enough diamonds. Being on a low population server, the availability of diamonds through the AH are scarce (and extremely expensive). Even if I did purchase every diamond off the AH, I still would not have enough. This leaves me in a situation where I may have to resort to drastic measures to obtain diamonds.
So, lets summarize what we know and what should be done
- Aspects of “The Insane” will be removed come Cataclysm or even as early as 4.03
- Blizzard is “waiting on clarity” to provide a response, however that was 6 days ago and still no feedback
- There is no clearcut answer on what is “in” or “out”
So, what am I doing about it?
- I’m currently working on Steamwheedle Cartel (~600/6000 Friendly if I turn in all my Ogre Tanin’s)
- I’ve currently got someone helping me with boxes (6000/12000 Revered + boxes incoming)
- I am not farming DMF rep under the assumption that it will continue to be available come Cata (Taking a risk here but I have no choice)
- I am investigating other drastic measures to obtain Pristine Black Diamonds (Waiting for a firm answer before I take drastic action)
I’m going to have to say that Blizzard really dropped the ball on this one. It’s one thing to give a reversal of their original statement, I can deal with that. It’s also awful that the runway to complete this FOS is pretty short, again I can deal with that because if I really want it, I will put in the time. However, I cannot understand why they are unable to provide a clearcut definitive answer so that we can identify what the priority and what should our focus be on. If you tell me that everything is going to be removed, so be it. At least I know and I can plan accordingly. However if the decision is that only Rep A & B are going to be removed, then I will focus all my energy on A & B and leave C & D for Cataclysm.
Let me make it clear that I don’t care which way they decide to go with Insane, all I care is that they give a definitive answer. This FOS is challenging/time consuming enough as it is, we really don’t need this extra pressure on top of it.
Make a decision Blizzard.