Annnnd flying is back...sorta.

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Avelmi
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Annnnd flying is back...sorta.

Post#1 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:46 pm

Details here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/198005 ... -6-10-2015

We appreciate the spirited discussion on the topic of flying. The subject has brought out passionate viewpoints and sparked insightful conversations on our official forums and blogs, on community sites, and in chat channels. Your feedback has been a valuable part of the ongoing conversations within Blizzard as well, and today, we’d like to share some updated plans for how we’ll handle flight going forward.
The Thrill of Discovery

At the heart of the initial plan to restrict flight in Draenor (even after players reach level 100) lies the design goal of providing the best moment-to-moment gameplay possible in the outdoor world. From navigating the lava flows of the Molten Front in Patch 4.2, to breaching the Thunder King’s stronghold in Patch 5.2, to reaching the heights of the Ordon Sanctuary on Timeless Isle in Patch 5.4, to uncovering secrets deep within Gorgrond’s jungles on Draenor, World of Warcraft is full of memorable moments that are only possible when players explore the world by ground. And as we’ve continued to develop content over the years, we’ve focused more and more on providing players with these kinds of experiences.

However, while we firmly believe that keeping your feet on the ground is a key part of discovery in WoW, we also recognize that breaking free from those restrictions can be fun and rewarding as well, especially for those who’ve already fully experienced the game’s world content. With that in mind, we’re planning some changes in the near future that will allow players to enjoy their hard-earned flying mounts in Draenor—in a way that doesn’t compromise the excitement of ground-based exploration.
Mastering the Outdoor World

In an upcoming Public Test Realm build, we will be introducing a new meta-achievement called Draenor Pathfinder. You’ll earn this achievement in Patch 6.2 by mastering the outdoor environment of Draenor—exploring Draenor’s zones, collecting 100 treasures in Draenor, completing the Draenor Loremaster and Securing Draenor achievements, and raising the three new Tanaan Jungle reputations to Revered. Initially, this achievement will award a rylak mount: the Soaring Skyterror, one of the native beasts that roam Draenor’s skies. Players will remain ground-bound on Draenor until a small follow-up patch (6.2.x), when all players who have earned Draenor Pathfinder on at least one character will unlock the ability to fly in Draenor on all their level 90+ characters.

We believe this strikes the right balance between ensuring ground-based content lives up to its full potential, while providing players who’ve already fully experienced Draenor’s outdoor world extra freedom to “break the rules.” This also provides a general blueprint going forward for content to come. Players will explore new and undiscovered lands from the ground, and then once they’ve fully mastered those environments—a notion that continues to evolve with each new expansion—they can take to the skies and experience the world from a new vantage point.

Thank you for your heartfelt feedback. We’ll see you in (and soon, above) Tanaan Jungle.
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Re: Annnnd flying is back...sorta.

Post#2 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:03 pm

Here is a tool on WoWHead to give you a quick look at where you stand with the achievement.

http://www.wowhead.com/flying
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Re: Annnnd flying is back...sorta.

Post#3 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:37 pm

Here's a player's summation of the Tanaan reputation grind that's required for flying:

Source: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic ... 5?page=1#1
Thought it would be a good idea to post details on the 3 new factions in Tanaan Jungle.

The Alliance and Horde each have three factions: Order of the Awakened, The Saberstalkers, and Hand of the Prophet (Alliance) / Vol’jin’s Headhunters (Horde). You can get reputation in a mix of ways, including daily quests, weekly quests, and killing mobs, depending on the faction in question. Here’s a rundown:

Order of the Awakened: This is a standard daily grind with a single daily quest. Expect hitting revered to take 14 days of questing.

The Saberstalkers: Requires killing elites in Fang’rila. One daily and one weekly quest offer bonus rep for more killing. Because you get rep for killing, you could easily jump in a group and just grind this out.

Hand of the Prophet (Alliance) / Vol’jin’s Headhunters (Horde): Three daily quests each. Expect hitting revered to take 19 days of questing.

In addition to the above, you can increase reputation with all of these factions by using the Medallion of the Legion, which grants 1000 reputation for all Draenor factions. You can get these by completing the Eldritch Horrors mission or as drops from mobs in Tanaan. All of these are also affected by reputation bonuses like guild standards, the Trading Post buff, and the Darkmoon Faire buff, so you could potentially push through these even more quickly.
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Re: Annnnd flying is back...sorta.

Post#4 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:38 pm

Here is a player's summation of the reputation rewards (besides flying) available. Make special not of the exalted run one. O.O

Do. Want.

Source: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic ... ?page=1#14
At Honored, each rep gives a follower contract who has a unique ability;
Saberstalkers gives Pallas who has Apex Predator, giving him every Slayer perk
Order of the Awakened gives Solar Priest Vayx who gives bonus Apexis crystals on mission completion
Hand of the Prophet/Vol'jin's Headhunters gives you a Dowser follower, who has a trait which gives 100% bonus oil on mission complete
I'm not sure which of these are unique. Apex Predator is most likely unique and is a very strong trait, probably on par with Blook. +Apexis and +Oil may be unique or they may not be.

Hand/Headhunters will give you plans for your Battleships at Honored, so this is more or less mandatory to get. They also give Tuskarr nets at Honored, which are nice if you want more fish, and they give Unsinkable at Revered, which will likely be very strong.
Saberstalkers will give Trailblazer at Revered, letting you move 15% faster on your mount while in Tanaan.
Order of the Awakened gives a tool which will let you teleport to a rare within 500 yards at Honored. This will upgrade to anywhere in the zone at Revered.

They'll also give the usual assortment of mounts, pets and toys. You get plenty of goodies for getting Revered with these reputations.

If you push Hand/Headhunters to Exalted, you can buy an augment rune with an unlimited number of uses, which'll probably help keep your raid costs down by quite a bit.
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