|Needless to say, this stopped me in my tracks.|
The original post is here, the summary is deceptively simple:
- Any single character earns Revered reputation with a faction.
- All other characters on the Battle.net account begin to earn double reputation for that one same faction.
- The Revered character earns double reputation as he or she works toward Exalted.
It took me a moment to work this out: why (with the changes to Battle.net) would it be significant to amend the reputation grind? Rep titles (in the main) are account wide, so this isn't why the change has been considered. This has to be gear-related.
As I'm not yet at 90 (89 last night) I've really not looked at the Faction Gear in any great detail but this morning I killed a mob in the Dread Wastes whilst I was fishing my Nat Pagle Fish (TM) and found myself meeting the Klaxxi for the first time after a drop and a quest pointed me to their Quartermaster. A cursory glance at the rather awesome mail items available (all rep-tied) makes me think that this change HAS to be linked with the way reputation 'grinds' have been tied to end-game gear.
However, there is the issue not simply of Faction rep to consider, but the newly-introduced 'individual' reputation NPC's. Will this change mean that once you gain Revered with Nat Pagle, all other alts on your Battle Net account will be afforded the same priviledges...? This might not mean much for fishing accessories but as far as the Tillers are concerned (raiders, I'm looking at you) would this mean a possible increase in speeds for maxxing out farm productivity?
The consequences for my account are not unsubstantial: I make it 53 reputations at Exalted (currently) It should make picking up holes in my recipe lists a lot easier, give me more options for mogging if the grinds are less tedious, and allow the OCD obsessive in me a quicker way to get all those lovely rep bars filled to maximum...