Updated Fri, Jan 10, 2014 by Mem
I am a World of Warcraft hoarder. I save things that I have no use for and never will. It doesn't matter how small or large the item, if I obtain it, I am probably going to try to keep it. For example, I still have my original Onyixa Scale Cloak from back in the days of classic WoW. Will I ever need it again? Probably not, but I still can't seem to part with it. It's not just gear that gets sucked into the vortex of my bags. Quest items, consumables, and even some junk, all make their permanent homes here and no amount of prodding from my conscious can make me get rid of them.
I'm not the only one with this “problem”. Tons of other WoW players are notorious hoarders in game and we all have the same problem; space. Even if you aren't a classic hoarder, you still could find yourself pretty frustrated with trying to find enough space to keep all your in-game goodies and thankfully Blizzard is going to do something about it in the next expansion. In fact, with what we learned at BlizzCon and the more recent announcements, Warlords of Draenor is turning into a perpetual hoarder's paradise and here's why:
We all expected bigger bags in Warlords of Draenor. It happens in every expansion, and this one is no different. This time around we are looking at roughly 30 delicious slots to place all our gadgets and gizmos in. A pretty significant storage upgrade that every player can take advantage of.
Even more exciting is that, after years and years of begging and pleading, World of Warcraft will finally be introducing bigger backpack. Before this, the backpack had remained dismally small as other bags continued to get progressively larger. I know it is hard to believe, but it really is happening. Finally, in Warlords our backpacks won't seem so inferior to the other bags we can equip. A much needed change that should have been implemented quite some time ago.
With that being said, Blizzard recognizes that just creating more space for items is just a “bandaid fix”, as detailed by Bashiok on the official forums. Instead, they are looking for more innovative methods to freeing up space for players and it seems they might just be on to something.
The Collections system being implemented in Warlords of Draenor will allow players to easily store both Heirlooms and toy like items without taking up a ton of space. The Collections system is broken down into two easy to manage parts: Heirlooms and the Toy Box. Once a player obtains one of these types items, the item will be transferred to the appropriate tab and stay there, instead of taking up space in the players bag.
Like the Mount and Pet Journal, items inside the Collections system will able to be used by all characters on the same account. This means you won't need to collect and carry Puntable Marmots or Foot Balls on every single character. Since you will basically be able to now carry as many of these types of items as you desire, without regard to space, the Collections system will also encourage you to find items that you haven't unlocked. Any item that you don't currently own will show information on how it can be obtained.
Who doesn't have 5,000 quest items taking up space all because you aren't sure if you need them anymore or not. Even if you do need them, who wants to carry these things around waiting to complete this quest? In Warlords of Draenor these pesky items will be cleaned up and removed from our inventories, much like the items in the Collections system. Instead of cluttering our bags and bank, quest items will now be attached directly to the player's quest log, freeing up plenty of space for other goodies.
To free up some extra space in your bags for when you are out in the wide world adventuring, players will now be able to craft directly from their banks. This means no more heading back to town to make that potion or flask. As long as you have all the materials sitting in your bank, you can make whatever you want, where ever you are. While this change doesn’t free up as much space as some of the others, it is a welcome one nonetheless. Imagine all the extra goodies you can pick up instead of carting around materials for crafting.
We all know the old saying that claims that size doesn't matter, but when it comes to stack, it absolutely does. How many of us have wished that (insert item name here) stacked just a little bit higher? I know I have. Warlords of Draenor will introduce higher stack sizes that will allow us to combine those items that we carry in high multitudes. This will, without a doubt, free up at least a few bag spaces for every player.
Perhaps the biggest change we might see in Warlords of Draenor is a player wardrobe installed in the game. This will be a lifesaver for those among us hanging on to random pieces of gear just for transmogrification purposes. The wardrobe will allow players to hold and organize their gear, not only getting it out of their bags, but also, allowing them to find it with ease. How this wardrobe will work or when it will come about remains a mystery, but I think we can safely say this feature has the potential to free up some serious storage space for nearly every player.
While some ideas are official yet, these suggestions are sure to make WoW hoarders clap their hands with glee. Warlords of Draenor is, decidedly, looking like a hoarder's paradise with more room in our bags and other storage areas becoming available than ever before. I know I am pretty excited about them and hope to see them all implemented as soon as possible. Are you excited about these space creating ideas? What other ideas would you like to see put into play in Warlords of Draenor to help feed your inner hoarder? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!