I never have before.
I don’t know anyone else irl that does, so I wouldn’t be playing the game with anyone locally.
The only reason to blow cash on cards would be the hope to get a rare card that would affect my in-game chracters.
Seems like an awful lot of silliness just in the hopes of getting something. What the heck do I do with extra cards?
Plus, only certain expansion releases have certain rare game cards, and aside from the Spectral Tiger Mount, I didn’t really ever see anything SOO special I just had to have it.
And no, I don’t have a Spectral Tiger Mount. Have you seen what those things sell for? Even if I found one lying in the street, that sucker would be going up on eBay… hmmm, or better still, as a prize for a charity auction. But I don’t have one, so the point, she be moot.
But there is a new trading card expansion, called The Hunt for Illidan.
And in it, there are three new possible rare loot cards.
A Disco Ball, which is basically a disco ball version of the much awesomer flaming draenei dancing girl I already have. Okay, maybe it’ll be cooler than I imagine. But… I have a flaming draenei girl, and if I /dance with her, I turn into a flaming draenei dancer. Disco Ball? Pffft.
The Footsteps of Illidan, a code that, when you activate it, let’s you give one character glowing green footprints that he leaves behind in a trail. That actually sounds pretty cool, but I wonder just how that affects stealthed characters? And how long does the trail last? Still cool, though.
And finally… a non-combat pet. But not just a pet.. a person. A vendor. Your own personal valet. An Ethereal Loot Trader from the Etheral Plunderer card from the game.
Well… that sounds mighty nifty.
So, on the basis of that, I figured I’d buy a pack or three. What harm could it cause?
That’s right, I bought 4 packs of cards on the off chance I’d get a rare card. I have no interest in the cards themselves.
Does anyone else do this?
I gave the extra cards to Alex and he seemed to really like the pictures, but it just seems silly.
On the other hand, someone told me the Ethereal Plunderer cards were already at eBay… and sure enough I see them there from $150 each to $300+.
So even if I got one… use it or finance another year of WoW? Or, as said before, do ya Charity it?
Well, it doesn’t matter this go around, because I didn’t get one.
I did, however, get TWO of those Footsteps of Illidan cards with the scratch-off codes. One for me and one for Cassie?
Pretty cool… until I found out you can’t redeem the cards until patch 2.4.3 goes live. LoL!
Can you imagine blowing $350 on a card on eBay and only after getting the card finding out you can’t use it until Blizzard gets around to putting the patch live?
Oh, and I checked on the cards I got.. clearly, them suckers are not that rare, since I’ve seen them as cheap as $2.50… that’s less than a single pack.
Still… I just don’t know what I think of this whole ‘spend real money to get a chance for cosmetic changes in game’ thing…
It’s clearly a smart marketing decision for the WoW TCG, because it certainly got me to spend money I never would have if in-game loot cards weren’t available.
On the other hand, it took more than cosmetic changes to make me drop the money. It took them making an interactive major new item that you could purchase awesome ethereal-style clothing from, that would look cool, and would be, basically, a brand new type of non-combat pet to play with.
And they went that far for the marketing, they coded it in-game, which had to take some serious effort that could have been spent upgrading my Druid Forms to Andrige’s awesome style. Instead, they spent that time on a TCG loot card.
I just dont know how I feel about that. The packs of cards are pricey, when compared to a monthly subscription, but on the other hand, ain’t no one made me spend a dime on one. It was my call.
I guess the question is, at what point do you draw the line? So far, not a single card has actually been able to give anyone a single DPS advantage in combat. Is that the line to draw? Is anything okay, even vendors only you can interact with, as long as it doesn’t affect core gameplay like combat?
What if they give you a special flying mount useable in Wrath before others get to fly? Or useable at a lower level? They have never done anything like that before… but they never had an interactive vendor, either. At what point is it unfair?
I think that it’s a slippery slope… I love the things you get that come from skill, like the Armored Netherdrake mounts that you can only earn by top Arena ranking each season. That’s pretty awesome, even though I know I’ll never see one.
But this is something that basically just takes lots of cash to throw at the problem. You want one? All it takes is money.
And that means that anyone on a budget is out of luck.
BUT… on the other hand, if you can’t afford a Spectral Tiger Mount, you can always earn one that to my mind is even cooler, by putting forth the effort to get your Wintersaber Tiger Mount. God, that’s a beautiful mount.
And again, the Disco Ball? You can put forth the effort in the Midsummer Festival to get a Flaming Dancing Girl.
The Ethereum Plunderer… is there anything in game that is an alternative you can earn through effort or grinding or skill?
If so… then I think we could safely say that there is an in-game alternative for most TCG loot, and it doesn’t matter.
But I don’t know of one myself.
Just idle thoughts as I look at my Footsteps of Illidan and wonder what the heck to do with it.