As for "continued symptoms of a design lead that is more interested in offering parts of the game to everyone on a platter, than providing a hierarchical skill based differentiation system that rewards effort and ability", I'm pretty sure that that means you don't actually play WoW. High end raiding as only gotten harder and harder every patch and every expansion (with the exception of naxx 25 and dragon soul).
About "double-dipping", fashion is for the vain, not the cheap. It also means that it is very difficult for people who don't care about fashion to sympathize with your supposed 'plight'.
Don't you already pay for the game's content and new, updated content by way of monthly fee?
The Lei Shen helm is the only thing that even comes close to these helms, at least that dropped off of a boss..
I think the T16 paladin helm is amazing, just like I ever wanted a paladin helm to look.
I wish they added replicas of important lore weapons, like Frostmourne or Ashbringer to the shop. Because they would be just replicas, there would be no need to butcher lore.
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THE HELMETS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM.
People do not mind the helmets, they care about the implications OF the helmets. The so called "pet" shop started with selling small pets for cold cash. There was an uproar, but people didn't mind it because it was only pets. Along came the Celestial Steed and even then people didn't mind it because there still were amazing looking mounts ingame to rival it (mimi's & invincible at the time).
And now, within a fucking WEEKS TIME, we went from just pets and mounts to EXP POTION, TRANSMOG GEAR AND Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.
Apologists may cry, "b-but the lesser charms don't give you anything you cant get ingame anyway." Yeah true, but the other shit isn't gettable ingame.
And what's next? Do you REALLY think they will stop with this? It's going to be Valor Potions, Conquest Potions, Bigger Valor/Conq Cap, Buyable ELDER CHARMS. Hell why not put in a new charm, call it Platinum Charm, make it have 100% droprate. Buy gear, 1.99€/$.
This is what we're pissed out on. Not the fucking helmets. The implications they have.
Slippery. Fucking. Slope.
Edit: It's no secret that they're either testing the waters for World of Warcraft to go free-to-play or to perfect their ingame cash shop for Titan (rumored to be reset JUST to make it a f2p game).
And they already stated that WoW is consistently bleeding subs, and they need to test the waters of F2P mechanics so they can perfect it from the get-go unlike other MMO's that completely fail the system (making them pay to win).
I have an amazing idea for more cosmetic microtransactions: $25 to enter Darkmoon Island.
Or perhaps $25 to enter a new Darkmoon-esque zone.
Where is the limit to cosmetic microtransactions?