I have my toons on various servers, and with these heirloom weapons that really screws me over. Has Blizzard said anything about cross realm heirlooms recently?
A piece of heirloom gear is far from necessary. It does not screw you over at all. Live without it.
No... the technology 'doesn't exist'.... after 5 years, it still doesn't exist. Much like the technology to have more than 10 characters on a realm 'doesn't exist'... until there are 11 classes.
Especially with this whole CRZ and now virtual realms or whatever they're calling it, I have a harder and harder time believing the technology was ever even attempted.
I don't even know if there's a guarantee that realms that are connected will be able to have BoA stuff sent across them. They have said you can join guilds, use the AH, etc, and the realms should act like one big realm, but I haven't read anything yet about mailing and BoA. If you can end up mailing across your connected realms, the whole 'technology doesn't exist' thing kinda gets thrown out the window in my eyes.
With Flex raids being available with realid, why not have toons on the other servers join a flex raid via realid if you can't pug locally ?
I know I know, Blizzard is just evil and greedy and wants you to give them all your money.
2. The technology legitimately doesn't exist. They work off of an Engine that is almost 10 years old. It's harder than you think.
3. The rest of your points make no sense and they're just jabs going all over the place.
I think it's because they have no communication in place between data centres. A realm based in Paris can't talk to one in Frankfurt, for example.
It would probably be better to simply flag an account as having access to heirlooms. That way it can check it and allow you to deck out your new toons in whatever heirlooms your account has earned, allow multiple toons with the same item (without needing to swap items over, or buy multiple copies) and have them on any realm at all. You wouldn't be able to vendor them, obviously, but I don't think you can do that now.
Would be nice if Archaeology items were heirlooms as well, because they're all pretty much shit right now.
I like having toons spread out amongst realms, don't get me wrong. But I would like an interface option (like pets & mounts?) to use heirlooms.
Flex, normal, Heroic doesn't matter to me. The only thing I really want on it is +10% experience gained, but doesn't look like that's going to happen.