I stand before you, dear friends, to proclaim that Cataclysm has ushered the death of the ground mount.
The premise is simple: by enabling free flight in Azeroth, ground mounts are no longer needed from level 60 onwards.
Am I complaining? Not at all. Flying in Azeroth has become so liberating, so exhilarating, that I'm wondering how I could have lived without it just a few weeks ago.
Still, I can't help regretting that there is no way to use certain cool ground mounts, unless one is willing to intentionally cripple themselves.
Case in point: the new fossil mount. The first time I saw this mount I thought that it has to be one of the coolest mounts ever. Too bad I will never have the incentive to ride it, even if I can be bothered to undertake the long archaeology grind required to obtain it.
Some people are masochists, I will grant you that. Just the other day I saw a level 80+ riding his fossil mount (fine specimen otherwise) in Stormwind. He was riding with a purpose, determinedly following the sidewalks and bridges on some errand or other. From my 310% flying mount I could only sneer at his foolishness.
Now don't imagine that I am so high and mighty as to start judging others, especially for such minor proclivities, but I simply can't imagine why one would prefer to regress to a much slower and decidedly non-linear form of transportation. There is a reason we have the expression "as the crow flies". In WoW this would be "as the flying mount goes". Oh wait, maybe that guy was just showing off his mount. Nice e-peen bro!
See, I'm starting to be guilty of elitism myself, what with my 310% speed mount and all. Maybe I'm just envious that some people still find pleasure in riding a much slower and cumbersome mount.
Personally, I'd have to be flogged before I'll give up flying. But here's an idea. Perhaps Blizzard could make ground mounts more attractive by increasing their ground speed to whatever your maximum skill is.
310% ground mounts anyone?
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