So one of the big motivations for leaving the Auction Houses only available in the major cities was that it made players go to those cities to buy and sell.
The other motivation for high levels to go there was that the trainers were there for their classes – not so much a motivation when you’re max level.
So one of the only reasons (I can think of) is to play the auction house.
Blizzard? You brokedid it.
While part of me loves this idea and hopes it causes some prices to go up in the AH, I worried that it might not. I also worry that they’ve just killed the main reason why a high or max level character would ever visit Stormwind, Ironforge, Darnassus or Exodar (who am I kidding, everyone goes to either SW or IF) or their Horde flavors (Ogrimmar, Thunder Bluff, Undercity or Silvermoon – I know most people go to Ogrimmar or Undercity).
Why is this bad?
High levels in the main cities are like dummies in a store window.
Real dummies if you don’t get what I’m talking about.
All that cool gear, neat enchantment effects and spiffy mounts? Not going to see them around so much any more and all those things were often (conscious or subconscious) motivations for people to level and get into the latest expansions.
In short? Blizzard may have just shot themselves in the foot.
Now maybe they’re hoping they can mix in some high level content in with the low level stuff in Cataclysm and that’ll be enough to keep high levels into those towns.
With the content taking place in older areas of Azeroth, you won’t see places like Shattrah or Dalaran being as important hubs as they once were.
Have you been through Shattrah lately? Pretty damn empty.
Will Dalaran be much the same?
I think no, but it will depend on what they do for their next ‘hub’, assuming they have one. I could see myself still staying bound in Dalaran simply because I have teleporter access to all the major cities.
Of course, I didn’t ask the question: Is 3$ more a month worth what you’re getting?
It will vary from person to person. This is like a wondrous new expansion for people that really love playing the Auction House.
Not so much if you’re more casual and not really selling a lot of volume on there.