Updated Fri, Nov 09, 2012 by Mem
Do you think you have a firm grasp on the idea behind the soon to be introduced Brawler's Guild? Think again. Blizzard has broken the unspoken first rule of the Brawler's Guild over the last few days and released information that has shaken everything most players (myself included) have thought about the Brawler's Guild to the core.
If you've read my previous coverage of the Brawler's Guild you would see that I, like many others, believed that the Brawler's Guild was a major feature being added in Patch 5.1 that would be able to be enjoyed by the grand majority of World of Warcraft players. I couldn't wait to try out this brand new feature and show off my mad PvE skills in front of all of my friends. However, it seems that this will not come to pass.
While it stood to reason that there would be some initiation process to join the Brawler's Guild, I personally thought it would be something simple, something easily completed by almost every World of Warcraft player. If only I had known how wrong about this I was. It turns out that getting invited to this guild may be out of reach for the grand majority of us.
According to a recent blue post by Blizzard, invites to the Brawler's Guild in Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1 will be by exclusive invite only. How do you get one of these invites you ask? Brawler's Guild invitations can be purchased for the hefty sum of 10,000 gold on the Black Market Auction House. You heard me right, 10,000 smackers, an amount that many World of Warcraft players will find almost impossible to obtain. No invite means we cannot participate in this new addition nor do we even have the option to spectate. When the Brawler's Guild released on live servers most of us who are not swimming in piles of gold will likely find ourselves left out in the cold.
Wondering why Blizzard would allow such an wildly anticipated addition to the game to be made so exclusive? You and me both. The reasoning given for making the Brawler's Guild invite only is to cut down on queue times. To be fair, the queues for the Brawler's Guild were a little lengthy on the public test realms and promised to be longer once it was released to live servers, however, I can't help but feel that exclusive invites sold on the Black Market Auction House are simply not the answer.
Instancing, phasing, more rings, or a variety of other options seem more palatable than opening up the Brawler's Guild only to the rich. Content being by invite only seems wrong somehow. Imagine if every time you wanted to queue up for a 5-man you had to bid for an invitation. Not what most of us would call fun, or fair.
What really ruffles a lot of feathers concerning this invite only system is that it likely will not cut down on the queue times. Sure, at first things will go at a slow and steady pace with only 10 invitations available on the Black Market House per day. However, those 10 invitations will allow the owners to invite 10 more players each and those 10 players can then invite 10 more players and so on and so forth down the line. It stands to reason that within a short amount of time queues will easily fill back up and before long queue times will be largely out of control.
Not to mention that making these invitations so exclusive creates another bigger problem; players holding invitations ransom. Think about it, access is already limited by gold, so less wealthy players will only be able to gain access by saving the gold or befriending a wealthy player who will give them an invitation. With rumblings of cartels set out to control the flow of invitations already beginning, this situation could quickly get out of hand.
In my opinion the Brawler's Guild is way to fantastic of a feature to be denied to the grand majority of the World of Warcraft populace. With all the progress World of Warcraft has made in enabling all players to experience content, this invite only system is more than a bit surprising. I do have faith in Blizzard though and am certain that if this method really does produce any major problems it will be quickly remedied. For now though, we will just have to wait and see.
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