This post began as a comment in response to Gnomeaggedon’s post about Neutral Auction Houses, but I have a habit of getting wordy and didn’t want to flood his comments So I decided to write my own quick post on the topic!
Basically, Gnome proposed putting Neutral Auction Houses in Dalaran and Shattrath. I’d never really heard this idea before, I’d only heard of people asking for regular AHs in these cities. And I can certainly see his points, the neutral auction houses have barely a scintilla of activity now, and this would give them a nice boost. Plus then of course you wouldn’t have to go back to the old world any more.
I know the first time I was in Shattrath and looked for an Auction House, I was pretty annoyed when the guard simply pointed me at the portals to the old world. But when I consider the following issues, I’m actually kind of glad there aren’t any in the sanctuary cities.
Firstly, Dalaran is already populated enough, and the major cities themselves are still always quite busy – imagine throwing all of those people in Dal too? Yikes. Lag mitigation is huge by having people spilt over old world and Northrend servers, and I’m sure no one would be happy if it took them even longer to load Dalaran than it does now.
Secondly, there would be flooding in the market. If they put a neutral AH in Dal, let’s face it, no one would use the faction based ones. Even if the AH cut was higher, I think the laziness of people outweighs it, and they would just up their prices to help make up for the cut. Even though the number of customers to the AH would double, there would be at least double the goods being sold causing more competition and causing major economic issues.
If everyone is just going to be hanging out in the same city and using the same AH… why not remove faction restrictions all together? Once you hit level 80, there would be no difference between Alliance and Horde, they’d be one happy family sharing a home, bank and AH!
Lastly, (and I think they mentioned this in The Instance), can you imagine leveling a character from 1-70 and almost never having contact with anyone? Might as well play a solo RPG. You’d also never be able to buy anything on the AH, since it’d turn into what the neutral AH is now – overpriced and understocked.
Luckily, they are cutting the hearthstone cooldown to a mere 30 minutes, so it will be even less of a big deal!
I’d rather hang out in IF or Org than Dal anyway
So those are my thoughts on the topic – thanks to Gnome for giving me something to write about!
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