This post is a submission for Cold’s Gold Blogging Carnival for the month of January (2012). The topic of this months carnival is “If you could add 1 item or feature to the Mists of Pandaria expansion, what would it be and why?”
One of the main reasons I got into gold making back in Wrath of the Lich King was I wanted that Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth. When I first heard about the mount I had no idea how anyone could have that much gold, and thought they must have had no life and spent all day grinding mobs to get that kind of gold. Oh how foolish we are in our youth eh? So thus began my journey into gold making, to attain the “elusive” vendor mount, crawling through forums, reading blogs, creeping in chat channels, all to raise the 16k gold to buy this mount (funny side note: I realized just now I have enough gold to buy 55 of them now).I was absolutely thrilled when I bought it, I even waited until right before raid time so the most people possible in the guild would see when I learned it.
Oh what fun I had with that mount, selling stuff, buying stuff, repairing stuff, even occasionally giving people rides! Time passed and we found ourselves (the WoW community) in a whole new world (of Warcraft) with the passing of cataclysm. Much to my dismay, I found out that my trusty mammoth carried out of date vendors, which I found out the hard way while levelling and realized I ran out of mana and water. All the food and water my mammoth carried barely but a dent in my Paladin’s (considerable) mana pool. Luckily we didn’t see a whole lot in the way of new reagents for professions and classes, so the vials and parchment it carries is still useful, but it’s still missing out on things like Jeweller’s Setting which would have been handy. And the final crippling blow was the fact that in a world where you could now fly anywhere, the mammoth was land bound, so you didn’t even get a lot of chances to show it off as a status symbol (16k is still a lot to many players even this late into the new expansion).
So what I want to see, possibly more than anything else, is a new vendor mount released with Mist’s of Pandaria, hopefully as a gold sink so it’s nice and easy to get. It should not only have food, water, and reagents but it should be able to fly as well.
What could this thrilling new mount be? Well keeping with the theme of Mists of Pandaria I’d suggest a Chinese Dragon; the vendors could sit on it’s back behind you, or other players if you wish, and it could either be used as a flying mount or as a ground mount in the few locations you won’t be able to fly. Blizzard seems to enjoy adding new dragon models each expansion, so why not use Chinese Dragon’s as the base for the new luxury mounts?
I would drop some serious gold on such a mount in a heartbeat, and I could see it being immensely popular even outside of the vendor, shiny dragon like mounts tend to be very popular ingame. I really hope they add something like this in Mists of Pandaria, that or a moose – Ghostcrawler promised me a moose.