EDIT 1/23: I decided to revisit this issue a week later to clarify my thoughts on it.
I’m not sure how many of you were aware of the awesome Ghost Wolf Hunter Pet that was discovered recently. Long story short, the Ghost Wolf is a summoned NPC pet and it was never intended to be tamed. However, last November, some ingenious Hunter figured out how to tame one using completely legal game mechanics.
Blizzard’s initial reaction was favorable, saying that they had not forseen this possibility, but that they were going to allow it to stay in the game and anyone who wanted to tame one in the future would be allowed to do so. (Source – Blue Post)
That was great news for a lot of Hunters. It’s a very cool looking pet, and a lot of people wanted to go grab one. According to reports, the mats required for the taming cost at least a couple hundred gold and your Hunter had to be 70 (or very close to it). Despite the cost, many Hunters began preparing to grab a Ghost Wolf. Some had to farm some gold, others had to level some, but there’s no real rush right? I mean, Blizzard specifically stated anyone who wants to tame him in the future will be able to do so.
So imagine our surprise yesterday when we found out that the Ghost Wolf had been changed so that no one else can tame one! A Hunter posted a comment on the Hunter forums, saying he was having trouble taming the Wolf. Drysc replied to him saying:
Through a hotfix we’ve recently removed the ability to tame a Grimtotem Spirit Guide. Players who have already gone through the trouble of taming the creature will be able to keep them unchanged. This hotfix only removes the possibility to tame this creature from here on.
The removal of the spirit guide has been debated within design discussions for a while now as to what impact the pet and its precedent has on the game. The unintended nature of the taming, the undead status of the guide, appearance of the wolf in relation to the feel of the hunter class, and the complex processes of taming were all issues touched upon and discussed.
Ultimately the discussions brought us to the conclusion that this should not be a permanent addition to the pet selection available to hunters; however, those that have already tamed them should be allowed to keep them due to their efforts in obtaining one.
There are just so many things wrong with this I don’t even know where to begin.
First, why take the Ghost Wolf out of the game? It wasn’t overpowered, it didn’t unbalance the Hunter class. It just looked cool. That was it.
Second, if Blizz feels that the Ghost Wolf doesn’t fit well with the Hunter class, then why let anyone keep them? Need I mention that there are already undead pets in the game for Hunters to tame? (Wolf and Bear for instance)
Third, why do it in a stealth hotfix? There was absolutely ZERO notice on this. Did they think we wouldn’t find out?? Why not give us some warning so that Hunters who were preparing to get one could either speed things along or decide it wasn’t worth it? There were numerous comments from Hunters in the forum who had spent hundreds of gold getting the mats together, and now they just get screwed.
This is absolutely the worst decision from Blizzard that I have ever seen them make. And on top of that decision is the dirty way they went about it. I hope the Hunter community doesn’t let up on this. Maybe Blizz won’t change their mind (again), but we might at least get some answers.
Here are some other write ups about the issue:
All right… *deep breath*
Wow, that makes me angry. I realize that it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things (or even, ultimately, in the WoW scheme of things), but damn it, why Blizz? Why’d you take something out of the game that was just about fun? What possible purpose could that have served?
The Titan Panel Addon update is now done. Knock yourself out.