My first toon was 70 more than a year ago. About a week after she turned 70 I finally had enough money and I bought a flying mount. I’ve been happily winging around Outlands ever since. The same thing happened with my second 70. Immediately after turning 70 she bought a flying mount and has been flitting about on it for most of a year. A few months ago I even upgraded one of those toons to use “EPIC flying skill”.
Blizz has always said that you won’t be able to use your flying mounts in Northrend until later levels. Having played an 80 on the BETA I completely agree with this decision. With a flying mount it’s too easy to circumvent the content.
At Blizzcon ’08(or slightly before that) they announced that “Cold weather flying” would be purchase for 1000g from the Dalaran Flight Master at level 77. I didn’t really think anything of it..until now.
I have a friend.. who dinged 70 last night (Congrats Ms. Vigdis). This is her first 70. Almost immediatly after the ding she went off and spent the 1,000g for flight skill. But I can’t help but wonder if she shouldn’t have held off. Wrath is 2 weeks away.
From a new player’s point of view post-Wrath release:
– Play until 30, get your first land mount (/cheer)
– Use slow land mount until 60 (or 61), get your epic land mount (/cheer)
– Use fast land mount until 70 (or 71), get your first flying mount (/cheer)( um wait)
– Go to Northrend. Can’t use flying mount.. most especially can’t use epic flying mount. Stuck on the ground until 77. Pay yet ANOTHER 1,000g for Cold flying skill. (um.. /cheer)
That’s just weird. It’s disjointed and doesn’t really make sense.
Chances are pretty good that players will actually run off to Northrend at level ~68. So will they really run back to Outlands at 70 to pay 1k gold for a mount they can’t use until 77? and even then, they have to cough up another 1k gold in order to be able to use it in Northrend. So 2-7k gold just to be able to fly.. eventually.
And what ware they going to do in the next expansion? “Flying mounts just don’t seem to work in the Emerald Dream.. until you get to 87.. and can buy an ‘Emerald Dream Mount conversion kit'”. Uh-huh.. right.