A new pattern seems to be emerging. Blizzard has hit on a new idea to keep people subscribed. And it only requires the art department to churn out a couple new mounts a year.
Back at the end of September last year Blizz announced that if you opted in for a six month term on your subscription, you would get the Dreadwake mount.
Last week, just about nine months down the line from the last offer, Blizzard announced that if you again opted in for a six month subscription you would get the Sylverian Dreamer mount.
Fortunately, if you are already on a recurring six month subscription plan you get the mount for basically carrying on with it. I went to check the details to see if they were requiring you to commit to an additional six months on top of what you already had lined up. The 9 month gap made me suspicious that they wanted to get people committed deep into 2020.
But no, if you already have a six month recurring plan setup, you’re covered… though, I did notice that the account management UI will let you buy in another six months of subscription time in advance. So maybe Blizz is playing the confusion card a bit.
For the rest of us who subscribe in shorter increments, we have to press the button for a six month buy to get the mount.
If you’re somebody who has to have all the mounts, you’ll probably go for it. Blizz sells mounts like this for $25 in its shop. In fact, you can buy this exact mount in the shop for $25, if you don’t care to commit. But there is lots to do in Azeroth for the rest of the year. The Rise of Azshara update is just out and in under two months WoW Classic will go live. If you want the mount you might as well subscribe rather than pay for it straight up. Blizzard wins either way, so you should opt for the best deal for you.
I’ve fallen off the mount collecting idea myself. Unlike battle pets, where having a deep bench is a requirement to do things like the Celestial Tournament or the pet battle dungeons, you can only ride one mount at a time. And when I can fly, my main still uses the Silver Covenant Hippogryph which he earned in the Argent Tournament back during Wrath of the Lich King.