This could go in either the carp thread or the beasts of fable thread, but it’s longish so I’m starting a new one. The title is mildly inflammatory, on purpose.
I was very excited when they announced pet battles, in large part because I thought to myself: “now we’ll hunt and capture rare pets, instead of doing crazy RNGfests to get them! Hurray!” And this is largely how it worked in 5.0 and 5.1, and it was great. There was certainly still RNG involved, but in those cases the drop rates generally weren’t bad: you could beat the odds by doing the Spirit Tamers dailies enough times (for example), and in the worst case you could always buy or trade for that one pet you couldn’t get since they were now tradeable. I could even go out and buy the old RNGfest pets that I never got, like Crawling Claw. It was grand!
5.2 is a huge step backward.
Whereas the Spirit Tamers were genuinely interesting and quick to complete, the Beasts of Fable daily is a completely non-challenging hour-long chore. The pandas have a relatively high drop rate, however, and are tradeable. They’re not as fun to acquire as the spirits, but at least they’re tolerable. If Beasts of Fable had been implemented in 5.1, I think we’d hate them quite a bit more than we do already. However in 5.2 there is an even worse RNGfest to make the Beasts look less awful than they really are.
Of course I am talking about the carps.
Why are we back to the bad old days of absurd RNGfests? First of all, I can think of only 2 ingame activities more tedious than the Beasts daily quest, and those are Archeology and Fishing. Second, the drop rate is so low that most people will have to fish thousands of times if they want to catch these pets. Third and worst of all, they’re not tradeable, so the people who hate fishing or are simply unlucky have no choice but to keep fishing or give up altogether.
I’m baffled as to why they’ve gone back to this RNGfest model, and I'm disappointed. It’s a lazy but effective
way to squeeze playing time from essentially zero new content. They’ve been doing this to us forever, but I thought with pet battles they had finally decided to get away from this model and instead reward pets for doing something… fun.
I thought MoP was a brave new world. But I was a sucker.