I only learned about this today myself, AFTER I had a RARE Scourged Whelpling
in battle. Realized I had the wrong team, did an immediate /logout and came back to find him (or her) GONE!
I also used this method with a couple of guildies in the past weeks to help them find their rares, to include the Silithid Hatchling
s! It made for some great times in vent for those of us who are collectors, and its so disappointing to see that Blizz 'hot-fixed' this.
By them removing this strategy, now people will become more cut-throat about pet battles (for those who are simply after the achievement of the catch I mean) and it also makes it less effecient in helping our friends/guildmates.
Depending on what Mumper
reveals for patch 5.2, I would like to recommend the following action. I suggest the community here at warcraftpets sets up a petition and we all get together and sign it and send it off to Blizzard to let them know how we view this particular hot-fix. Let them know how they are 'taking' some of the enjoyment out of the game because of it. Get our guildies and other folks to also raise the cry up on the warcraft forums. Hold on to this petition of course, until the 'revealation' comes out with patch 5.2, just to see what it is they are planning.
And to those who tried to gain gold to sell wild pets in pet battle ... *snorts* shame on you.