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.