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1-21-2010 @ 1:11PM
That item was in game for the last Olympics as well. It was a China-only pet available though some competition. It is listed on WarcraftPets here: http://www.warcraftpets.com/wow.pets/mythical/serpents/essence_of_competition.asp
1-21-2010 @ 1:58PM
I'll say the same here as I did on wowhead, just like you did. :D"you are talking about the wrong pet.The Essence of Competition was available to Chinese servers only during the Beijing Olympic games, for achieving certain milestones (E.g. Raising 5 Outland reputations to exalted, having a 1650+ arena rating etc.) while the Spirit of Competition was available to everyone.It had a chance to be mailed to you when you won a BG.This pet, however, is completely different to those two.Namely, it has a different name and had appeared in the Latest Additions section of the database, meaning it was deployed with patch 3.3.Therefore, we can reasonably assume that, yes, this is a new pet that will be made availableto commemorate the Canadian winter Olympic games, and ONLY available during the Canadian winter Olympic games. It will most likely be obtainable in the same fashion as Spirit of Competition.My bet is, seeing as Blizz went with a Chinese dragon during the games at Beijing, the pet will resemble a national icon of Canada.Such as a wild Canadian goose (AWESOME!!) or a moose (Plz no recycled shoveltusk skins? -_-)."
1-21-2010 @ 4:42PM
OMG OMG OMG!!!! This is the Essence of Competition that I wanted so badly in '08!@ArbitorYou're wrong. Go to this link:http://www.warcraftpets.com/wow.pets/mythical/serpents/If you'll notice, next to the Essence of Competition's name, it says, "taught by [Competitor's Souvenir]" The item itself was indeed of the same name as this new item on the US realms. Also take into consideration that the item ID numbers are listed **one right after the other** which means they had to have been put into the game code **one right after the other** like the Spirit and Essence of Competition were.I wanted a blue serpent dragon so badly in '08, now it might be obtainable!
1-21-2010 @ 5:59PM
That I am Neofox.After doing a bit more research I have now figured out why Blizz has suddenly updated the http://www.wowhead.com/?item=37298 with ptach 3.3.Yes, the Competitor's Souvenir was handed out as a PET ITEM to summon and de-summon the pet as was the norm back in the BC, as was the Spirit of Competition (It's easier to obtain counter-part that was available world-wide).But along came Wotlk and all the items to summon and de-summon pets were updated to single use items (in most cases) that permanently "learnt" you the pet.But think about it, the Competitor's Souvenir was only available in china, and was was never released over there?You guessed it, Wotlk.Therefore the pet was never updated into a "learn-able" item, and stayed in its original form....Until now.The Olympics are just a couple of weeks away.This could lead us to believe that the Essence of Competition (Blue dragon pet :P) will be obtainable world-wide, which is why Blizz has updated it's item to it's more modern form.As I doubt blizz is designing things for chinese only server atm.What is even more worrying about this is that this means Blizz plans to do something with this "Blue dragon" pet during the Canadian Olympic games.Fair enough, the tabard should be obtainable every 2 years, but do chinese dragons really fit with Canada?My personal theory (and hope) is that Blizz will be handing this out to people in some form during the games, and the new Canadian-themed pet will be coming in the mini patch in a couple of weeks time, in either the Sindragosa patch, the Lich king patch, or the season 8 patch.Heh, Patch 3.3.2: Wrath of the Moose King!
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