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Sprite Darter Transmog Set Is the Most Disliked WoW Video?

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The new transmog set from the Blizzard store, which you can get with a 6-month subscription or for $20 in their own has been quite the controversial topic for many reasons, and it seems players are voicing their disapproval even on the announcement video itself. The Sprite Darter's Wings have been the topic of many discussions on the forums and reddit, as players talk about the merit/slippery slope of posting this type of item in the cash shop only, even if it is bundled with a subscription.

As spotted by verdict0224 the video itself has 17,000 dislikes and 2,500 likes at the moment, but that may also be due to some players not being big fans of the look itself, or even the video content as well. However, it is most likely the disproportionately large dislike ratio is due to the cash shop nature of the transmog, especially since many players have been assuming the set was supposed to be part of this year's cancelled BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

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The video seems to be the single most disliked official WoW video, or at the very last one with the biggest dislike to like ratio, and it's only been out for 1 day.

In any case, this definitely wasn't a popular move by Blizzard, spawning many Activision and Bobby Kotick as Gallywix memes as well. But, obviously there are also plenty of players that enjoy the set and those that had the 6-month subscription anyway, so as always there's no real consensus to be had.

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i have to say i really quite like this transmog i find it overall fantastic the only thing i dont like is the way to get it i prefer to get my stuff with work in game not buying it its just i nicer feeling to work for it but im ok with how blizz did this its not like there are selling gear

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This should have been moved to be a druid tier set or druid-only transmog available in-game, if it was indeed originally a Blizzcon bonus. I barely give them a pass for the mounts and pets on the shop, but this feels somehow different. I know they had 3 xmog helms on the cash shop years ago, and as I recall that did not go down well with the community either. At 15$US a month, I should be able to acquire all armors in-game. I really don't like the kind of precedent this is setting.

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Its because poeple are waiting for content not some stupid transmog! Instead of working on making Shadowland through, they are again only thinking about how to gain more money from users. Just think about it I payed my monthly sub cos I wanted to do something in Pre-patch but I just barely enter it cos there is nothing to do at all....

Its been about 3 years of that shity addon BFA and still I have to see all that *filtered* is going around... I guess Bliizard is just making fun of their fans right now, did u ever seen the "5 things you could do in pre-patch" video ? Thats bullshit.

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1 hour ago, ORCSMASH said:

I really don't like the kind of precedent this is setting.

Although I sub 6 months at a time and I rather enjoy the occasional 'reward' for doing so -- beyond the cost advantages, obviously -- this is the one thing that concerns me. I do not want to see an increasing amount of transmog locked behind cash. Mounts, eh, that ship has long sailed, and I don't think they get credit for how carefully they maintain the value of in-game mounts through the pricing and appearances. 

Transmog -- not having the enchant from the collector's edition is already bothering me.

I kinda feel like 6 months is a bit weird, too. I do it, but it's simply not a consideration for most people to move from 1 month to 6, even with an incentive like this. Feels like a 'reward' for people who are already doing it, whilst offering little to people who aren't (except the chance to buy it for an overinflated price -- which again, I think is carefully done, but still feels bad.)

3 or 6 months feels like it'd be better.

I wonder if it's bent towards people who sub 1 month at a time but still buy store mounts? A way of saying 'hey, we notice you're about to spend £20 on a mount. Why not spend £50 and you'll get the mount/set for free and save money on your sub in future?'

I dunno.

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1 hour ago, Halock said:

I do not want to see an increasing amount of transmog locked behind cash. Mounts, eh, that ship has long sailed, and I don't think they get credit for how carefully they maintain the value of in-game mounts through the pricing and appearances. 

I think the worst thing with mounts they've ever done was during WoD. There were some themed around Iron Horde and Draenor, they looked like they could have been rewards that you get as a drop from raid bosses or something. At least this set looks like something unrelated, but it already has some unusual details, that upcoming raid sets are lacking. Not a good thing, when those from raids are going to be designed on purpose to look more bland.

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1 hour ago, Arcling said:

I think the worst thing with mounts they've ever done was during WoD. There were some themed around Iron Horde and Draenor, they looked like they could have been rewards that you get as a drop from raid bosses or something.

I actually own and love the Iron Skyreaver, but absolutely, yes. I used to wonder why on earth they would produce something as awful as the old store mounts (or recent ones -- Dreadwake comes to mind) when they clearly have the ability to produce cool ones. Celestial Steed must've come out around the same time as Invincible, right? But it prevents them from competing with 'real' mounts.

BFA's struck a pretty good balance I think. Some of them are crazy (dreadwake), some are out there but grounded and cool (steamscale, rat-thing), but all have felt distanced from the real mounts whilst remaining interesting.

1 hour ago, Arcling said:

At least this set looks like something unrelated, but it already has some unusual details, that upcoming raid sets are lacking. Not a good thing, when those from raids are going to be designed on purpose to look more bland.

If you remove the wings it's actually a reasonably bland, though definitely pretty, set. That article the other day suggesting it was the Blizzcon reward has stuck with me. It's really similar to the Wendigo set. Unusual parts, but simplistic design.

And I dunno about the raid sets. I think we've got the strongest raid sets coming since Legion launch, personally.  I'm not even irked they're not class-specific like I was in BFA. They're that good.

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6 hours ago, Anduril said:

Its because poeple are waiting for content not some stupid transmog! Instead of working on making Shadowland through, they are again only thinking about how to gain more money from users. Just think about it I payed my monthly sub cos I wanted to do something in Pre-patch but I just barely enter it cos there is nothing to do at all...

You do know that the art team responsible for this transmog and the coding team are seperate devisions? Shadowlands is in its last development stages, so the art team is done and probably has been for a while now. So they start work on different project/things lined up in their calander.

And before anyone start complaining, no they can't just switch over people from the art team to the coding team (or whatever team is still actively working on getting shadowlands ready). That is like asking your accountant to build you a new house.

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It's not a huge deal but this seems more like a 1 month reward and  not a 6 month reward. Considering previous rewards were mounts. I'm not trying to sound spoiled or anything but it was just a "meh" kind of reward that I won't ever use. It does not bother me any but I do see where people are coming from when they voice their disappointment.

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It has no effect on game play in any way shape or form. If it bothers you because you have OCD and must have everything in the game then just subscribe for 6 months and guess what, it's free. If you are playing the game to begin with then you have to pay for your subscription anyway.

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Now I know why I don't follow Twit or Red. I totally disagree and I love this transmog. Many of us DO like it and just don't need to voice our opinions. This says a lot about our world outside the game.

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17 hours ago, Nathex said:

It has no effect on game play in any way shape or form.

It actually does and that's exactly the problem. You're probably thinking that it's just a transmog, so what gives. But that's not the point, the point is that we now have a transmog-set locked behind real money without any special occassion linked to it (like Blizzcon). This might lead to having it more often in the future and that's exactly what most people are scared of and don't want. That will definitely impact the game if Blizzard decides to make awesome and special transmogs only available through real money in the future. This is NOT a trend a lot of people would like to see happening, people still want to unlock awesome and cool stuff by playing (which you're already paying for).

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On 10/22/2020 at 5:59 PM, Acronus said:

I'm not trying to sound spoiled or anything but it was just a "meh" kind of reward that I won't ever use.

I think it's really just a matter of perspective. This seems to me way, way, better than any of the mounts.

But I might not have felt so if it was that awful wendigo suit.

Tastes differ. So do the ways we enjoy the game.

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16 hours ago, Pandabuffel said:

It actually does and that's exactly the problem. You're probably thinking that it's just a transmog, so what gives. But that's not the point, the point is that we now have a transmog-set locked behind real money without any special occassion linked to it (like Blizzcon). This might lead to having it more often in the future and that's exactly what most people are scared of and don't want. That will definitely impact the game if Blizzard decides to make awesome and special transmogs only available through real money in the future. This is NOT a trend a lot of people would like to see happening, people still want to unlock awesome and cool stuff by playing (which you're already paying for).

No, it has NO EFFECT ON THE GAME AT ALL. If you get or do not get this transmog you will not run faster or do more dps or fly like superman or be able to blow up the server with a single button push. It all in your head that you must have every transmog and every mount.

 

But if you absolutely MUST have this transmog then you are paying for the game anyway to play it so just pay for a 6 month subscription and hey, surprise you will get this horrible transmog that you decided you MUST have and even a discount from what you would normally pay for 6 months of WOW paying 1 month at a time.

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I LOVE it and I normally hate this cutesy sh*t. Honestly, in this day and age, lets not get too worked up about content being bundled with some paid portion of the game.

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7 hours ago, Nathex said:

No, it has NO EFFECT ON THE GAME AT ALL. If you get or do not get this transmog you will not run faster or do more dps or fly like superman or be able to blow up the server with a single button push. It all in your head that you must have every transmog and every mount.

 

But if you absolutely MUST have this transmog then you are paying for the game anyway to play it so just pay for a 6 month subscription and hey, surprise you will get this horrible transmog that you decided you MUST have and even a discount from what you would normally pay for 6 months of WOW paying 1 month at a time.

You still don't get it. It's not about the dps or flying like superman. It's about having more stuff locked behind a pay-wall and what this means for the future. Right now you can basically get 99% of all transmogs from ingame means, including all the cool stuff. But what if Blizz decides to remove the cool gear from ingame loot and puts it more often behind a pay-wall? That means less cool stuff obtainable ingame and more stuff that you have to pay for. That DOES impact the game pretty hard. I don't care about obtaining everything, but I do care that stuff stays obtainable from ingame means. It's quite a bad assumption to just assume everybody complaining about this has OCD and needs everything, they do not.

The only reason you're not seeing this is because your mind is stuck on dps or doing cool things, the impact has nothing to do with that. This having no impact on you does NOT means it has no impact on the game. The game has more aspects that it can impact on, and we are worried about an aspect that you personally don't mind about at all.

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Say what you will about Blizzard the only things they have ever sold for real money other than the WOW game time tokens and server transfers, name changes ect, were all Cosmetic. And no matter what you say or how you try to put it Cosmetic items have no effect on the game what so ever, period. This item is not even seriously pay to get. It is "hey buy this thing you are going to buy anyway and get this free". If Blizzard decides they were to start selling "Axe of destroy everything" or an item of any such nature like that then you have something to worry about. Even if they do add more items behind a pay wall, guess what, they will still be cosmetic and the only difference to the game it will make is still in your head. Right now you are just chicken little crying that the sky is falling.

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13 hours ago, Nathex said:

And no matter what you say or how you try to put it Cosmetic items have no effect on the game what so ever, period. This item is not even seriously pay to get.

This argument "but this is only cosmetic!" has been debunked many times, it doesn't really hold up (and if you are interested, you can find plenty of good videos about it). It actually matters to many people, they might as well stop making good looking sets, because it's only cosmetic after all, right? But seriously, it does make people worry if they are going to add more, let's not forget about WoD (as mentioned before), where they've added some mounts themed around that expansion, they could always do the same with some sets. Hopefully they won't, be we can't be sure.

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