When the notes on Patch 4.1 were released, people were elated since Blizzard was finally making BoA items exactly that – account. Unfortunately, reading it closer brought that dream crashing to the ground again.
Instead of finally being able to help out our alts on other servers, Blizzard instead gave us the opportunity to transfer BoA gear to toons on other accounts that are under the same battle.net ID. So, unless you are a boxer, you’re really not benefitting from it. Blizzard’s official comment is they are “working on it” when it comes to server transferring of heirlooms. That means we could have the feature next week or never, and I would honestly buy into the latter.
Don’t take this as a tinfoil hat conspiracy, because it’s not. I just thought about the process rationally today and it makes sense not to make this feature available. A great source of income for Blizzard is character server transfers. People change servers for a myriad of reasons and many want to take their toons with them, one of which is the idea of 1-85 all over again having no appeal (largely because of the time factor). Using a close friend of mine, he says he would level his Alliance alts on my server (his main Horde toons are elsewhere) if he could give them all the heirlooms he acquired pre-Cata. You can probably see now where I’m going with this. If BoA items are able to be moved to characters on other servers, it reduces the desire to pay to transfer characters. Sure, those 85’s are quite often still going to pay to leave regardless, but there are a good number of people who will not. From the model of a business, why would you shoot yourself in the foot like that?
Now, if Blizzard really does want to make the cross server dream a reality, there is another option. All but never happening is to treat them like the sparkle pony and vanity pets from the shop. If you buy the item on any server, any time you have a single character on a server, it receives those BoA’s in the mail just like vanity pets do. Or, make it really easy by having them show up on any Death Knight you roll (since you can only have one on a server).
Am I just fantasizing at this point? Absolutely. I can’t imagine Blizzard ever adopting that idea. But as the days go by, I find it harder to believe Blizzard will truly adopt (and implement) the phrase BoA when it comes to gear.