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9-08-2011 @ 5:43PM
Guilds and raid groups make a choice when they toggle heroic mode. Nothing in the game requires that one gather achievements. The cost of a flying mount is negligible these days when held against the amount of gold a player can earn in a day. Once upon a time ("back in my day, sonny") epic flight was a grind and an achievement in and of itself, as was grinding the rep to get some of the cooler looking mounts (Netherwing, anybody?). But from a purely functional perspective, with the availability of 310% flight speed to anyone with the gold, there is no *need* to complete achievements to experience all the game has to offer. The attitude that one "must" complete achievements to they can have another mount is entirely self-imposed. I agree that completing the achievement has intrinsic value in that I find it enjoyable, but that value may not translate to other players' experience. Your argument about having to go back and complete achievements from new members is likewise self-imposed. My guild kicked a shaman during our ICC days because he was constantly and annoyingly agitating for us to return to Ulduar so he could get his drake. We offered to put something together on an off-night, but he demanded (rather rudely at times) that we spend our regular raid nights doing content we'd cleared two tiers ago. While he was an otherwise valued member of the guild, he lacked the willingness to understand that the point of progression raiding was to progress, not go back and faceroll content that we'd already cleared on time we'd allocated to new encounters. In my view, it all traces back to the concept held by many players who feel that "Paragon gets to have it, I'm entitled to it as well." Thing is, elite guilds exist for that reason, and their members commit to the schedules and other requirements that are far beyond what the average player can commit. There is no entitlement in WoW. If you want something, you have to work for it, plain and simple. Would I love to have my toon decked out in all heroic versions of gear? Absolutely. But the reality of my life is that I can't spend 20 hours a week raiding. Therefore, if I want to get something, I either accept that I'll get it a few weeks or months later, or never at all (damn you Immortal title!). TL, DR: If you don't want to fool with achievements, don't.
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