MMO-Champion - Are You Insane in the Membrane?
Are You Insane in the Membrane?
Originally Posted by Lylirra (Blue Tracker)
It's a question you've been asking us for a little while now. And, based on all the posts, emails, petitions, and letters we received following the announcement that the Insane in the Membrane achievement would no longer be in available in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, we started to wonder if maybe we had gone a bit loco.

So, we went back to the drawing board. After carefully reviewing all the feedback and discussing the matter amongst ourselves, we're now happy to report that we will be making the following changes to the Feat of Strength:


  • Exalted reputation with Shen'dralar will no longer be required. As this is the only reputation that will be unobtainable in Cataclysm, we've simply decided to remove it as a requirement.

    For those who already earned Exalted reputation with this faction, don't worry -- we haven't forgotten about your accomplishments. In a future patch, we'll be adding in a separate Feat of Strength to recognize your deep love of Dire Maul.


  • Bloodsail Buccaneer faction reputation will remain in-game. Also, to ensure that this change does not negatively affect Cataclysm quest progression in Stranglethorn Vale, Booty Bay Bruisers will now provide reputation up through Exalted.

This will ensure that players will still be able to attain Insane in the Membrane and "The Insane" title in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Please note, however, that these changes will not take effect until The Shattering in patch 4.0.3a -- excluding the separate "Exalted with Shen'dralar" feat, which will be introduced in a future, but currently-undetermined patch.

And, of course, those who are already Insane in the Membrane will retain their title and current Feat of Strength. Shine on, you crazy diamonds.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Are You Insane in the Membrane? started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Facerolls's Avatar
    My 75 pristine black diamonds sitting waiting for the remaining 3 I need to start turn-ins, just got nerfed to the ground :/
  1. Cattleya's Avatar
    So wait, people that spent tons of gold on this are now complaining that the only extra thing they'll have is an extra FoS?
    You realize the only reason you spent all that gold in the first place was an FoS? Yes? Okay.
  1. Longview's Avatar
    And, of course, those who are already Insane in the Membrane will retain their title and current Feat of Strength. Shine on, you crazy diamonds.

    <3
  1. Quaritch's Avatar
    fuck you blizz. finished shendralar a few days ago. i understand them wanting to keep the title for cata but if you remove shendralar you remove the hardest part of the achieve. DMF just takes money, and goblins/pirates just takes a few days of mindless one shot mob killing. shendralar was the only one that forced you to do insane amounts of work, tons of money and left you with a serious desire to never ever ever ever ever touch DM ever again. this title just got nerfed to the point of ease (but will still require several thousand gold and a few weeks/months of work so it will go from rare to very uncommon)
  1. thatguy181's Avatar
    I'm thrilled to hear that it'll be more realistic to grind to exalted with the Bloodsail Pirates.

    I do have a question though, I believe last I read that Knot is being removed from Dire Maul, I've already fixed my rep with the goblins so they'll stop attacking me (annoying little buggers) but I am already sharpening my blades to get ready to destroy it all over again in the name of exalted Bloodsail rep... Without Knot, that means the only way to grind the rep back up without going in the negatives with the Bloodsail would be to go after the 5 rep pirates of the barrens and tanaris?
  1. Fitz17's Avatar
    Might as well not even call it the insane without the shen'dralar requirement.
  1. Thaleon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cattleya View Post
    So wait, people that spent tons of gold on this are now complaining that the only extra thing they'll have is an extra FoS?
    You realize the only reason you spent all that gold in the first place was an FoS? Yes? Okay.
    Look, it's not THAT FoS we're after. We are after a FoS that is really hard to get (aka Insane In The Membrane). If you remove Shen'dralar from it, it is ridiculosly easy to get. It will no longer give us the satisfaction we are/were after.
  1. Callypso's Avatar
    I'm confused.


    How does the pirates giving rep till exalted make that any better for the questflow in STV?

    People would still be butching the BB guards / NPC's + spamming the pirates for kills?
  1. Nabuza's Avatar
    Just goes to show that Blizzard does love us.
  1. Blayze's Avatar
    Why they couldn't just leave the faction in as available and neutral despite the lore is beyond me, unless we're getting a new Shen'dralar-related faction for Alliance in a later patch--presumable their Horde counterpart would be the Reliquary.
  1. Blayze's Avatar
    HOLD THE PHONE

    "Booty Bay Bruisers will now provide reputation up through Exalted."

    Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Will there still be a way to get them both? Because if so, I'm doing it. I'm doin' it ALL.
  1. flepser's Avatar
    Well, at least I get another FoS <3.

    I'm sadly most to see DM gone as it is, I truly loved the instance (even after farming it a trillion times for librams and steamwheelde reputation)
  1. Majome's Avatar
    I'd prefer if Blizzard removed Insane in the membrane but kept the ZG Mounts.
  1. Malfious's Avatar
    So for those of us who already have the Insane achievement, and who also love their rep sheets reading exalted all the way down.. this means we have to destroy our rep with the goblins a second time just to get exalted with the pirates, then somehow get our goblin rep back?
  1. Shorni's Avatar
    Pickpocketing is most easy thing about this achie...

    Also.. i really enjoyed farming librams/diamonds, shame to see it go ;(
  1. scaredandbaked's Avatar
    I am stoked.
  1. Tsudots's Avatar
    Sucks for all the people who have been spending massive amounts of money on overpriced PBD's trying to get it before Cata hit.

    Also sucks for the people selling the PBD's who won't be able to make any money off it anymore
  1. Slummish's Avatar
    You know, I am nowhere close to having "the Insane" on any of my toons, nor have I really attempted the achievement, but I have a great respect for those that have. I can also understand why some people who may be working on this currently were upset to see it going away at xpac launch, but truth be told, there is so little in this game to differentiate an old school player from some joe that just picked up the game last week.

    Having limited time titles and achievements and mounts is the least Blizzard could do for its dedicated playerbase.

    Every time Blizzard caves in to the demands of a bunch of whiny slackers, a piece of my respect erodes.
  1. Cattleya's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleon View Post
    Look, it's not THAT FoS we're after. We are after a FoS that is really hard to get (aka Insane In The Membrane). If you remove Shen'dralar from it, it is ridiculosly easy to get. It will no longer give us the satisfaction we are/were after.
    Then consider it as getting the new hard FoS, exalted with shendralar.
  1. Morningsan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleon View Post
    Look, it's not THAT FoS we're after. We are after a FoS that is really hard to get (aka Insane In The Membrane). If you remove Shen'dralar from it, it is ridiculosly easy to get. It will no longer give us the satisfaction we are/were after.
    This, Shen'dralar was the only hard one tbh and now its removed. I dont care at all about lost money since it wont be hard to get em back, its just the fact that now its jus a simple grind pirates achivment (and buy/farm junkboxes and cards the easiest part)

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