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All mounts will have a new equipment slot in Patch 8.2 and beyond.

Customization is coming not only to trinkets and starting with Rise of Azshara, there will be no need for Azure Water Strider Water Striders! You'll insert mount equipment into the new slot to enable water walking, no dazing while mounted, and other effects.

Three items labeled as "mount equipment" have been revealed during the Rise of Azshara content preview allowing you to customize mounts in different ways:

  • Saddlechute
    • Equip in your mount equipment slot to install an emergency parachute that will deploy when dismounted high in the air.
  • Inflatable Mount Shoes
    • Equip in your mount equipment slot to allow you to walk across water while mounted. Any damage will cancel the effect.
  • Comfortable Rider's Barding
    • Equip in your mount equipment slot to prevent you from being dazed while mounted.

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Blizzard posted some details about mount equipment in a blue post. You will need level 100 to unlock the feature and level 20 is required to use the equipment pieces. Waterwalking mount equipment for leveling will be available through the Anglers reputation, because Water Striders will no longer have water walking by default.

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A small clarification to our plans with Mount Equipment– Hitting level 100 on one character will unlock this system. Once unlocked, the system will be available to all characters, and the equipment pieces themselves will require level 20. If your goal is to have waterwalking while leveling, you can just enable the waterwalking Mount Equipment (there will be one available via Anglers reputation that will be bind-on-account), and it’ll work exactly as before, with the benefit of making all of that character’s mounts walk on water.
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Sounds useful, at least one for water walking. No longer need to cast water walking, and classes without it can choose different mounts than water stider.

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sooo, replacing what little prestige there was in acquiring the water strider? seems like just another change to make everything you achieved before meaningless.

the entire methodology is not at all geared towards keeping old players involved but just an endless cycling of new features that replicate old achievements for new players...there is no system to reward longevity as far as I can see.

lol, pretty much what cell phone services do...there is no longer a reward for sticking with the same carrier but basically free *filtered* for swapping carriers. ffs, Verizon now charges me $30 or more every time I want to upgrade a phone on the account i've had with them for 15 years. 

Loyalty means nothing to corporate america, and that's all Actiblizzard is now.

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5 minutes ago, Tupi said:

sooo, replacing what little prestige there was in acquiring the water strider? seems like just another change to make everything you achieved before meaningless.

the entire methodology is not at all geared towards keeping old players involved but just an endless cycling of new features that replicate old achievements for new players...there is no system to reward longevity as far as I can see.

lol, pretty much what cell phone services do...there is no longer a reward for sticking with the same carrier but basically free *filtered* for swapping carriers. ffs, Verizon now charges me $30 or more every time I want to upgrade a phone on the account i've had with them for 15 years. 

Loyalty means nothing to corporate america, and that's all Actiblizzard is now.

Everyone and their mothers have a water strider now, it's not some big achievement that "Omg they're taking this achievement away from me.

Alternatively, it's a more efficient way to use a water strider and completely remove daze without being a tank. Pretty sure most people are going to look at it as "oh thank god, I'm not forced into using the water strider model anymore

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18 minutes ago, Tupi said:

sooo, replacing what little prestige there was in acquiring the water strider? seems like just another change to make everything you achieved before meaningless.

the entire methodology is not at all geared towards keeping old players involved but just an endless cycling of new features that replicate old achievements for new players...there is no system to reward longevity as far as I can see.

lol, pretty much what cell phone services do...there is no longer a reward for sticking with the same carrier but basically free *filtered* for swapping carriers. ffs, Verizon now charges me $30 or more every time I want to upgrade a phone on the account i've had with them for 15 years. 

Loyalty means nothing to corporate america, and that's all Actiblizzard is now.

You can literally get the water strider by doing 10 TW. Its not special. The only difficulty in aquiring it at this point is waiting for MoP TW to come by. The Longetivity rewards come by playing the game. Stuff like pandaren phoenix and mage tower skins

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So they also gonna rework profession items from Legion and BFA?
You know - those that had the same effects like "Use this shiny thing and you will be immune to daze while mounted on Broken Isles and Argus for 2 hours"

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I like these improvements. I guess one will be active at a time so no parachute & water walking on the same time from the slot.

It would make sense still be able to use saddle or other crafted stuff beside the buff coming from the slot.

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12 hours ago, Tupi said:

sooo, replacing what little prestige there was in acquiring the water strider? seems like just another change to make everything you achieved before meaningless.

the entire methodology is not at all geared towards keeping old players involved but just an endless cycling of new features that replicate old achievements for new players...there is no system to reward longevity as far as I can see.

lol, pretty much what cell phone services do...there is no longer a reward for sticking with the same carrier but basically free *filtered* for swapping carriers. ffs, Verizon now charges me $30 or more every time I want to upgrade a phone on the account i've had with them for 15 years. 

Loyalty means nothing to corporate america, and that's all Actiblizzard is now.

I mean they already got rid of the prestige the second they made it obtainable with timewalking badges lol.. your complaint is far too late my friend.

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12 hours ago, Tupi said:

sooo, replacing what little prestige there was in acquiring the water strider? seems like just another change to make everything you achieved before meaningless.

you still have the prestige of owning those mounts. what more do you want? it's not like they are a big achievement anyway, I've got both striders and I'm glad about this change because it means I can finally use the mounts that I'm actually somewhat proud of owning.

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13 hours ago, Aegrotat said:

Alternatively, it's a more efficient way to use a water strider and completely remove daze without being a tank.

Apparently that's not the case, since water strider is going to lose it's ability to waterwalk without equipment. It's now treated the same as any other mount.

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14 hours ago, Tupi said:

sooo, replacing what little prestige there was in acquiring the water strider? seems like just another change to make everything you achieved before meaningless.

the entire methodology is not at all geared towards keeping old players involved but just an endless cycling of new features that replicate old achievements for new players...there is no system to reward longevity as far as I can see.

lol, pretty much what cell phone services do...there is no longer a reward for sticking with the same carrier but basically free *filtered* for swapping carriers. ffs, Verizon now charges me $30 or more every time I want to upgrade a phone on the account i've had with them for 15 years. 

Loyalty means nothing to corporate america, and that's all Actiblizzard is now.

It's all about the "instant" gratification needed for a lot of players.

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The irony is that the name Water Strider LITERALLY means walking on water. XD 

Seriously though, I'm bothered by the fact that people earned Water Striders. Why didn't they just make it so Water Striders couldn't use any other type of equipment but keep their ability to walk on water? Simple and elegant and, let's be honest, not stupid. 

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2 hours ago, Kalia said:

Why didn't they just make it so Water Striders couldn't use any other type of equipment but keep their ability to walk on water? 

Looks like it's a design limitation as there is only one slot that applies to all mounts (so they didn't want to make it an exception).

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18 hours ago, Aegrotat said:

Everyone and their mothers have a water strider now, it's not some big achievement that "Omg they're taking this achievement away from me.

Alternatively, it's a more efficient way to use a water strider and completely remove daze without being a tank. Pretty sure most people are going to look at it as "oh thank god, I'm not forced into using the water strider model anymore

If you have the Heirloom Motor Cycle you cannot be dazed off it. Totally removing one of the aspects from that mount. Now we have to buy some doodad to put on mounts to be able to walk on water. The water strider still moves faster through the water while swimming than other mounts. So are they going to take that into consideration? 

Blizzard seems to change things just to change things and I have just about had enough. They constantly remove reasons to go back and do old content then complain that people aren't out in the world doing things. BFA is stale as f*ck just like all of the previous expansions while they are out. Forcing people to go back do *filtered* in previous expansions means they are doing STUFF. I think BFA is absolutely my last expac. 

The community is dying off and it's hard to find a group to actually do stuff with for many people. 

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On 4/11/2019 at 8:36 PM, Tupi said:

sooo, replacing what little prestige there was in acquiring the water strider? seems like just another change to make everything you achieved before meaningless.

the entire methodology is not at all geared towards keeping old players involved but just an endless cycling of new features that replicate old achievements for new players...there is no system to reward longevity as far as I can see.

lol, pretty much what cell phone services do...there is no longer a reward for sticking with the same carrier but basically free *filtered* for swapping carriers. ffs, Verizon now charges me $30 or more every time I want to upgrade a phone on the account i've had with them for 15 years. 

Loyalty means nothing to corporate america, and that's all Actiblizzard is now.

 

If you read the post it says the water walking item is purchased from the same faction as the water strider.  So really, it just allows those that earned the water strider to use water walking on other mounts as well.

"If your goal is to have waterwalking while leveling, you can just enable the waterwalking Mount Equipment (there will be one available via Anglers reputation that will be bind-on-account), and it’ll work exactly as before, with the benefit of making all of that character’s mounts walk on water."

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