The A In BoA

It’s been a year and a half since I talked about Heirlooms and wondering when Blizzard is actually going to make the “A” in the term BoA mean something.  As it stands, we have a number of ways to obtain Heirloom items in the game, but they are limited to the server we get them on.  Once upon a time, I bought into the difficulty of making the items available to other servers.  You simply can’t mail to another server.
That makes complete sense to me, which is why I suggested obtaining them the same way we used to get pets.  When you created a character, there it was in your mailbox.  But let’s face it, that doesn’t even happen because of the new UI for pets and mounts.  There’s two sides to that coin, though.  Those UI’s show us now more than ever Blizzard should be able to remove the realm limit on an heirloom.
If I log onto Saintvache, his mount UI shows all the mounts available.  That means the Alliance specific ones that I have earned are not there for him to use.  The Magic Carpet is, but if I try to use it then I get the message I do not meet the requirements to do so.  So, how is it the game can tell what mounts I qualify for, but not what account bound gear pieces are available to me?
It makes complete sense now.  You could easily have a tab in your personal bank, for example, that has a UI identical to the pet one.  A list of the Heirlooms you’ve acquired, and the ones you haven’t are greyed out.  Your Priest wants to equip the Plate shoulders, you get a proficiency error.
I hate to rag on Blizzard some more, but this is a long overdue feature.  Players rejoiced when the gear was introduced, and then raised proverbial hell when it was limited to server and faction.  When the faction nonsense was removed, people were happier.  At the time we were told of the difficulties involved in moving the items from one server to another.  I buy that.  But thanks to features the company introduced on their own, it’s clear we don’t need to move the items to make it work.  It’s just a matter of whether the developers decide to actually do it.

15 thoughts on “The A In BoA

  1. koalabear21 September 20, 2012 / 8:06 am

    Nice feature is you can use them on other accounts linked to your account.

    I have two accounts and I can share my heirlooms across both. My mounts, pets and achievements transferred as well.

    • JD Kenada September 20, 2012 / 8:10 am

      True, but again you’re still limited by the server you have them on. It’s great for the players who have two accounts, but still not so much if you have one and characters split across, say, two servers.

      • koalabear21 September 20, 2012 / 8:12 am


        I guess I am in the minority that doesn’t worry about that. I am not a big fan of heirlooms unless I want to rush to max level. When I play alts on other servers this usually isn’t the case.

        My comment above was just to add other info on heirlooms.

        • JD Kenada September 20, 2012 / 8:30 am

          Oh, absolutely and I wasn’t trying to downplay your comment in the slightest. I don’t mind the “journey” that comes with leveling either, it’s just something that continues to baffle me to this day. The new UI Blizzard has implemented merely made me realize there’s really no reason it can’t happen now.

  2. Freyana September 20, 2012 / 8:11 am

    As someone who is currently grinding JP and gold to buy heirlooms (which I already own on one server) on a new server, I wholeheartedly agree. I’m hoping Blizz realizes that this is the next logical step in the account-wide technology. I know they were worried about duplicating heirlooms by using the same system they previously used to mail pets to all characters, but this new technology removes that issue.

    I’d actually love to see it as a new UI element on the character pane instead of part of the bank. You could have a menu similar to the titles section where you could just select the heirlooms you wanted to use from a list and it would equip them. That way, you don’t have to make the trek to a capital city just to get them out of the bank.

  3. missescake September 20, 2012 / 8:20 am

    The only issue I see with adding them as a selectable UI element is, you would have to enchant each item each time you pulled one out for use. A small issue for some, maybe, but when most Best-in-Slot enchants can run 500-1000g (at least on my server), that adds up to a pile of cash needed for every alt you level.

    • JD Kenada September 20, 2012 / 8:33 am

      That’s an aspect I hadn’t thought of. I wonder if you could do it like pet battles. You could purchase the enchant you wanted the gear to come with for a nominal price. It would be the equivalent of training your pet to have a certain skill/ability.

  4. Navimie September 20, 2012 / 9:08 am

    You just posted this and all these replies already? Geez we must be behind here in Australia.
    I just wanted to say I have very little use for BoAs. Those things are for alts, right? 😀
    Though I have made the mistake of buying 2 of the same boa for different toons when I did try to level. I wish there was a feature that said “you have already purchased this item”

    • JD Kenada September 20, 2012 / 10:20 am

      Yeah, Heirlooms aren’t so much for you 😉

  5. tomeoftheancient September 20, 2012 / 9:37 am

    Needless to say I would love being able to send BoAs across servers, but I can’t get over that it was a year and a half ago? What? LOL! It seems only a few months ago, what is happening with time. Must be the older you get it speeds up.

    • JD Kenada September 20, 2012 / 10:22 am

      Yeah, I’d have to agree on that getting older thing. I thought it was THIS year until I looked at the date more closely.

  6. arvash29 September 20, 2012 / 11:58 am

    This is partially the reason why my Alliance band of heroes have been stuck and not at max level (most of them are in the 30 to 60 level). I’ve done enough level grinding on 10 Hordies (soon to be 11) and would like to eventually have 11 Alliancies. It’s only a matter of time before Blizz turns on that “cross-server boa” switch, which they should have already done, like, yesterday.

    • JD Kenada September 20, 2012 / 12:11 pm

      It’s long overdue, and one of those instances where the player base is in the right I think.

  7. Zidux September 21, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    Oh, how I would love to make a decent level character on another server…although, to be honest, I would rather see a feature where you can turn off enchant designs implemented if Pandaria brings in a design that makes landslide and powertorrent look unnoticable…*shiver*

    • JD Kenada September 21, 2012 / 3:26 pm

      Toki over at Transroguerification has a couple great posts on Weapons that hide Enchants. It’s a great short term solution. 🙂

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