So by now you have probably read the news that Faction transfers are on the way in the forseeable future.
At first glance this is great news, I know I have muttered quietly to myself that I wish my Hunter and Druid could change faction and come and join Gnomeaggedon.
At second glance it is going to raise some issues. I will go through the good, the bad and the ugly of faction transfers in a minute, but 1st up a transcript of a discussion already happening on my mate’s forums…
Re: Faction-Change Service in the Works
This is f’n awesome, finally we can all go back to Horde!!!!
since alliance is so ghey….
Only when the Horde gets Gnomes….
The only Horde race which has Paladins is f@#king Blood Elf and they look the “gheyist” of all races.
Sh$t, Bugger Bum….!!!! (crosses fingers they make another Horde race Paladin)
Mr. Z! Responds:
Yer I knew this was coming. It was only a matter of time. lol, this is going to set MainTankadin off in a spin, trying to get us all back to horde.
You can get a sex change dun worry mate. Belf chickies are hot like fire.
There will be many players like myself with toons that were created to play on a specific server in a specific faction that have been abandoned. This is a great opportunity to consolidate them all with your current main in your current guild.
Better than leveling
The one thing better than leveling a 55 DK, and way better than starting from level 1, is to faction transfer your high level toon. Both of my Horde toons are mid-50’s, still that’s 100-odd less levels that I have to grind if I want Druid and Hunter alts.
Many folks will be in a position to faction transfer 70s or even 80s.
Raid Roster Depth
Once again, a quick fix to increasing raid roster depth. If people faction transfer their toons, guild toon numbers may increase by 2x or 3x. Likewise, gaps in classes may be filled.
PvP Realm players
Players on PvP servers could only roll one faction. Which means if they have other toons of the opposite faction, they couldn’t realm transfer them to be together. Now (soon) the opportunity exists to Faction transfer then realm transfer.
If you love your race as much as you love your class, then you are out of luck. MainTankadin wants us to transfer to Horde, but until the Gnomes go to the “Dark Side”, that isn’t going to happen for me. Likewise, he doesn’t seem all that happy about being a Belf.
Funny isn’t it that he has the dilemma of switching from an entire ghey faction to a single ghey race…
Speaking of which.. I tend to be pretty touchy when someone is called out as being Gay.. more so when it is purely intended as an insult… but Ghey… I just don’t know about it… it just doesn’t rub me up the same way… just like nub makes me angry, yet noob makes me chuckle…
I doubt many roleplayers will make the switch, but even for non(bad)-roleplayers like myself, the concept of my Tauren Hunter as a Dwarf, or my Tauren Druid as a Night Elf just doesn’t ring true… As for Gnome being anything other than Gnome…
- Forsakenaggedon… No…
- Trollaggedon… Maybe appropriate for the forums, but I couldn’t play it.
- Belfaggedon… Makes me want to Belf… I mean Barf!
Mates gone Gnhome
People often join servers to be with mates, pick their factions and away they go. Often they will leave toons of different factions behind, more often than not on different servers.
Will people be in a position where the mates they joined a server for, depart/return to their origins now that they can so a faction-change operation?
I know that if my mates were adamant that they were changing back to Horde, whether it was one or all of them, I would be the last Gnome standing… The Gnome is as much, if not more of my character now that the fact it’s a Mage.
What of those more physical relationships are are played out online in a specific faction?
If you partner asked you to do a faction chnage tomorrow, to follow them across enemy lines… would you?
Rhii wrote the other day of the dilemmas of level gaps and play preferences between partners…. How would she feel if her boyfriend wanted to change factions, and she found him sitting in wait next to a bonfire to gank her? Knowing how much she hates being ganked!
Guild Faction Splits
What of the guilds, both the mighty progression guilds and the struggling casual guilds?
Will players transfer out of the guilds effectively halting progression until new raiders can be found and trained up?
Will guilds split down the middle… Will the guild “We Slaughter Alliance” be mirrored by “We Slaughter Horde”, each containing the faction confused members of the original guild?
I never really wanted to roll Alliance. I used to relentlessly stir anyone that I met with an Alliance toon. However, now that I am a Gnome, I can’t imagine playing WoW any other way.
I don’t know what the future will hold, whether my mates will bring their Horde toons over to the light, or whether their Alliance toons will disappear, dimming my WoW time considerably, but I know that a Gnome in any Horde form will not smell as sweet, so I guess I will just have to wait until the dust has settled, the factions are all formed, and see whether I am pugging 1 more, or 9 more.
Gnomer and Out!
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