It's a question you've been asking us for a little while now. And, based on all the posts, emails, petitions, and letters we received following the announcement that the Insane in the Membrane achievement would no longer be in available in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, we started to wonder if maybe we had gone a bit loco.I can definitely live with these changes! Ideally, they could have left the Shen`dralar questgiver with his quest (since I`ve seen in multiple places that he is still physically present in DM...) but maybe the turn-in items are also being broken? At any rate, I mostly don`t care because I already finished that bit, and for my efforts I will get a compensatory FoS. That the rest of it can still be accomplished sets me at ease, and I no longer feel bad working on my ally Loremaster instead of my rogue. Even if I will miss the Pilgrim`s Bounty rep buff.
So, we went back to the drawing board. After carefully reviewing all the feedback and discussing the matter amongst ourselves, we're now happy to report that we will be making the following changes to the Feat of Strength:
- Exalted reputation with Shen'dralar will no longer be required. As this is the only reputation that will be unobtainable in Cataclysm, we've simply decided to remove it as a requirement.
For those who already earned Exalted reputation with this faction, don't worry -- we haven't forgotten about your accomplishments. In a future patch, we'll be adding in a separate Feat of Strength to recognize your deep love of Dire Maul.
This will ensure that players will still be able to attain Insane in the Membrane and "The Insane" title in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Please note, however, that these changes will not take effect until The Shattering in patch 4.0.3a -- excluding the separate "Exalted with Shen'dralar" feat, which will be introduced in a future, but currently-undetermined patch.
- Bloodsail Buccaneer faction reputation will remain in-game. Also, to ensure that this change does not negatively affect Cataclysm quest progression in Stranglethorn Vale, Booty Bay Bruisers will now provide reputation up through Exalted.
And, of course, those who are already Insane in the Membrane will retain their title and current Feat of Strength. Shine on, you crazy diamonds.
Some have mentioned that removing Shen`dralar cheapens this FoS (making it less Insane, if you will) Well, maybe there is less to grind now, and those who finished Shen`dralar have likely spent a lot more gold and time on those stupid quest items, but at least they get bragging rights? Hopefully the compromise with the separate FoS will make up for it.
The bit about being able to (easily) grind Bloodsail up to Exalted is regretfully piquing my interest. I previously looked up the requirements for Exalted Bloodsail and wrote it off. Now, however, you will be able to grind easily accessible, quickly spawning groups of mobs... I`m trying really, really hard to convince myself to let it go, like all those raid achieves I`ll likely never finish. But still! An incomplete reputation! I`ll just have to hide it in my inactive tab and try not to think about it! After all, I`ll have The Insane anyway :D