Update: Transmorpher Beacon has been hotfixed to a 1 hour cooldown, up from 10 minutes.

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New In-Game Shop Toys - Transmorpher Beacon and Faction Fireworks
The Lion's Pride and Horde's Might Fireworks and Transmorpher Beacon are now on sale for $10 on the in-game shop.

For a limited time, 25% of the proceeds will contribute to the year’s final LAN event prize pools for the Arena World Championship and the Mythic Dungeon International.




Lion's Pride and Horde's Might Fireworks
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
What’s more satisfying than vanquishing a worthy foe in honorable hand-to-hand combat? Planting an explosive in their freshly felled corpse, that’s what! Light up the sky above a recently defeated enemy player with these reusable fireworks and send an unmistakable signal to the other faction.

Through October 15, 2019, 25% of proceeds will contribute to the year’s final LAN event prize pools for the Arena World Championship (AWC) and the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI), with a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $500,000 USD ($250,000 USD for each event).


Fill the sky with faction pride
These fireworks given you an explosive new way to declare your allegiance when you encounter other players, whether it’s on Battlegrounds, in the Arena , or out in the world . Simply plant the fireworks on the corpse of an opposite-faction player, stand back, and watch the sky.

Variety pack
Once your firework ignites, it will randomly explode in one of several faction-themed patterns. “Ooh!” at the Lion of Stormwind. “Aww!” at the emblem of the Horde. “Oww!” at the blade of your mighty axe.

Everyone gets one!
The toy will be yours immediately after completing your purchase. Both factions’ fireworks are included, and you can reuse them as many times as you wish. Once activated, the toy will be applied to all current and future World of Warcraft characters in the same region on a single Blizzard account.

Transmorpher Beacon
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Play Like a Boss!
The ethereals have a twisted new trick up their sleeves, and they’re ready to traverse the nether to help you spread some chaos and confusion on the battlefield. Use this beacon to summon an Ethereal Transmorpher who can turn you and your allies into some of the most fearsome foes Azeroth has ever known.

For a limited time, 25% of the proceeds will contribute to the year’s final LAN event prize pools for the Arena World Championship (AWC) and the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI).

Through October 15, 2019, 25% of proceeds will contribute to the year’s final LAN event prize pools for the Arena World Championship (AWC) and the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI), with a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $500,000 USD ($250,000 USD for each event).

Transformation lasts 20 minutes, and stays active in combat and after death. Player characters can be transformed once every 60 minutes.


Walk in Blackhand’s boots
The Ethereal Transmorpher will temporarily change your appearance into one of dozens of random epic foes you’ve faced over your adventures. Will fate grant you the form of Grand Magistrix Elisande, or the shape of shadow-twisted Ner’zhul?

Your own legion of evil
Once summoned, the Ethereal Transmorpher is willing to alter the shape of everyone in your party or raid group, should they so choose. Form a group of friends and turn the tables on your foes in your next dungeon run.

Everyone gets one
The Transmorpher Beacon will be yours immediately after completing your purchase. Once activated, the toy will be granted to all current and future World of Warcraft characters in the same region on a single Blizzard account.
This article was originally published in forum thread: New In-Game Shop Toys - Transmorpher Beacon and Faction Fireworks started by chaud View original post
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  1. Soeroah's Avatar
    I would have been relatively okay with this if the sales were all going to the thing I don't care about, but 25%? Lol
  1. Kyanion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
    You know they already have xmogs in the shop right (or did, I think they were apart of the clear out sale), so my idea of new tier sets around xmogging are not too far out of the question.

    And when you look at the first thing on the store day 1 to whats it's become and to what we have now on the store and the amount of variety, from then to now there's been a big change, from 1 mount to years later with mounts, toys, xmogs, character boosts, services, and now toys I think you're gonna be kicking yourself soon enough, just wait. But ignorance is bliss I guess.

    Stop standing up for shitty games practices. I know you love Blizzard, hell I am a fan boy too but at least show some backbone to see shit when shit is present.

    Get educated
    You say "Get educated" and apparently missed the fact I said cosmetic items were on the cash shop (the helmets which I believe were removed not long ago). And sorry, these "shitty game practices" have been around about TEN YEARS now from Blizzard, since WotLK I believe. Give me a fucking break man. Also please don't like me some shitty opinion piece video. Their opinion means just as much as mine as yours does, one person spouting what they believe on the issue.

    If you are trying to pull this bullshit slippery slope shit on me then think again. Having cosmetics, pets, mounts, toys on the cash shop is meaningless if it offers no tangible in game benefit. The moment they start selling shit on that store that lets a player have an advantage in PvE, PvP or whatever THEN we can have a dialog about it. Until then? You are glooming and dooming over something that isn't that big of a deal. Get. Over. It.

    And finally, I don't love or hate blizzard. I don't like some of the things they've done over the years but at the same time they provide plenty of value for my gaming dollar due to raiding. Well I don't even have to pay for the game anymore thanks to Bnet tokens I can get with gold. So whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tisane View Post
    Now that all collection-type items are or have been part of the Blizzard Store (transmogs/mounts/pets/toys), I wonder what's next. XP/Gold/Rep/Loot boosters? Purchasable gear?

    Blizzard doesn't care if they're losing subs. Just look at Runescape 3: Players kept leaving and Jagex "fixed" it by adding in more and more micro transactions to milk out the remaining players, instead of trying to get people to return - till this very day.
    Yes because in the what 8+ years the cash shop has been around it has devolved into selling P2W elements, gear, Xp, reputation, etc. Oh wait. No, it hasn't done any of that. Shocker. If this is a slippery slope and the TOYS are the one thing that will now tip the scales into GEAR on the cash shop, then this has been the SLOWEST fucking slippery slope I've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eapoe View Post
    And again, as long as it stays cosmetic I won’t care as none of those things are required to play and progress. When/if Blizz ever does put things like progression gear or gear tokens on the store, or paragon style levels, then I will quit the game as that will be my breaking point.
    I know you weren’t responding to me, but had to throw that out.
    I feel like that is one of the reasons it is likely to never happen because people WILL quit the moment that shit goes P2W. How many is hard to say, but it will raise one hell of a stink that is far larger than this "Omg a toy on the cash shop" bleating that is going on now.
  1. Dakara's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kamuimac View Post
    and what is bad about it ? BfA is the first exansion since MoP where gold isnt dropping from the sky so its natural that a lot of people are willing to buy gold for tokens. for a lot of us its very simple math - how long it would take us to farm up this amount of gold vs how fast we earn 20 euro to buy it.

    i dont know how it is for you and tbh dont care but in many European countries it relatively easy to make 30-40 euro per hour as long are you are not some basic level physical worker. now how many hours will it take you to farm up 170k for 1 token ? i bet that unless you are crazy good AH player it will be much longer then those 20-30 minutes of work.

    and there is this magical thing called overhours which pay 150-200% at least here where i work

    so is it really worth to farm gold in game in case like this ?
    Didn't say it was bad at all... a symbiotic relationship I'd say!

    Can I afford the to real money? Yea, easily, but I'd rather pay with tokens. No farming required, most of my gold this expansion comes from raid BOE's and being self sufficient on consumables.
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anastacy View Post
    Y’all act like this is difficult.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-consumerism

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumerism

    Prove me wrong I’d im wrong, and explain why I’m wrong. Don’t just fold your arms, pout your lips, and say “You’re wrong lawl”.
    Okay. World of Warcraft is a subscription based gamed - every month we pay a fixed amount and in return we are granted access to ALL of the games content. Mounts, toys etc count as content. When the more unique and detailed mounts and toys find their way onto the store, and the only possible way to acquire them is to pay even more money on top of the fee you already pay - that is objectively anti-consumer. If you can't see that then you're either dangerous ignorant or just dishonest.
  1. Anastacy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Okay. World of Warcraft is a subscription based gamed - every month we pay a fixed amount and in return we are granted access to ALL of the games content. Mounts, toys etc count as content. When the more unique and detailed mounts and toys find their way onto the store, and the only possible way to acquire them is to pay even more money on top of the fee you already pay - that is objectively anti-consumer. If you can't see that then you're either dangerous ignorant or just dishonest.
    Anti-consumerism would be in opposition to what Blizzard is doing. Try reading the links.

    And can you cite a source that says we are granted access to ALL content?

    And do you oppose Collector’s Edition exclusive mounts/pets/transmog/toys? What about these items acquired through certain achievements?
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anastacy View Post
    Anti-consumerism would be in opposition to what Blizzard is doing. Try reading the links.

    And can you cite a source that says we are granted access to ALL content?
    Dude. You literally don't understand what anti-consumerism means if you actually believe that.

    Can you cite the source that says we aren't?
  1. Anastacy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Dude. You literally don't understand what anti-consumerism means if you actually believe that.

    Can you cite the source that says we aren't?
    Anti-consumerism is the idealogy opposed to people buying material goods just because they’re being marketed to them, as well as having interests in protecting the environment.

    It feels as if you just put the words “anti” and “consumer” together in an attempt to make a word to mean “screw the customer over”. Anti-consumerism is against big corporation (or at least many of the practices big corporations use) You’d know this if you read my links.

    And so...no source on access to all content, then?
  1. Alcsaar's Avatar
    Let me get this right...

    Did they start selling the beacon at 20 min duration with a 10 min cooldown, and then only after they sold some hotfix it to 1 hour?

    If that's the case, that feels real underhanded and scummy to me.
  1. Bennett's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anastacy View Post
    Anti-consumerism is the idealogy opposed to people buying material goods just because they’re being marketed to them, as well as having interests in protecting the environment.

    It feels as if you just put the words “anti” and “consumer” together in an attempt to make a word to mean “screw the customer over”. Anti-consumerism is against big corporation (or at least many of the practices big corporations use) You’d know this if you read my links.

    And so...no source on access to all content, then?
    We're talking about two different things here. You're talking about the ideology that is literally opposed to consumerism as a whole, I and others are talking about practices perpetrated by big companies that are damaging for consumers - phrases have more than one meaning y'know.

    And this is how far people have to go to defend this shit - you're asking me for the source that says the subscription entitles you to access all content - because that's literally what a subscription is. If there were more than one type of WoW sub you might have a point, or if WoW was free etc, but it's neither of those things. You're asking me to prove the sub entitles people to access all content - well, the burden of proof is on you there mate, not me.
  1. Donald Hellscream's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    The transmorpher beacon CD increase took me from about to make my first purchase on the blizzard store to immediately ALT+F4ing the page. You almost got 10 bucks from me Blizzard. Fuck you.
    They FIXED the item with the "nerf", you couldn't be transformed for than once per hour in the first place so the 10 minute CD wouldn't have made it more usable anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcsaar View Post
    Let me get this right...

    Did they start selling the beacon at 20 min duration with a 10 min cooldown, and then only after they sold some hotfix it to 1 hour?

    If that's the case, that feels real underhanded and scummy to me.
    You could only be transmorphed once per hour in the first place, meaning the "nerf" only brought the item in line with the hidden cd on the actually transformation.
  1. Anastacy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    We're talking about two different things here. You're talking about the ideology that is literally opposed to consumerism as a whole, I and others are talking about practices perpetrated by big companies that are damaging for consumers - phrases have more than one meaning y'know.
    And those practices are called “consumerism”, not “anti-consumerism”. Get it now?

    Just because you want to use words for meanings other than their intended ones doesn’t make you right.

    And this is how far people have to go to defend this shit - you're asking me for the source that says the subscription entitles you to access all content - because that's literally what a subscription is. If there were more than one type of WoW sub you might have a point, or if WoW was free etc, but it's neither of those things. You're asking me to prove the sub entitles people to access all content - well, the burden of proof is on you there mate, not me.
    No, you made the claim. The burden is on you. I haven’t made any claim. I asked if you had proof of yours.

    You’ll also note I haven’t made one single comment about my thoughts on these toy items, and similar situations.
  1. Eapoe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    We're talking about two different things here. You're talking about the ideology that is literally opposed to consumerism as a whole, I and others are talking about practices perpetrated by big companies that are damaging for consumers - phrases have more than one meaning y'know.

    And this is how far people have to go to defend this shit - you're asking me for the source that says the subscription entitles you to access all content - because that's literally what a subscription is. If there were more than one type of WoW sub you might have a point, or if WoW was free etc, but it's neither of those things. You're asking me to prove the sub entitles people to access all content - well, the burden of proof is on you there mate, not me.
    No, it’s literally on you to prove the sub gives access to everything since you are making that specific claim. It’s not on him/her to disprove it. It’s also just as easily stated that the sub allows you access to play the game for a month, and that’s it. By your logic the burden of proof is on you to show that’s not true.
    Also, the other person is using the literal definition of anticonsumerism while you are making up your own definition for it. Your usage of it is wrong and you should admit that and rephrase, otherwise you are just doubling down on being wrong.
  1. Jester Joe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alcsaar View Post
    Let me get this right...

    Did they start selling the beacon at 20 min duration with a 10 min cooldown, and then only after they sold some hotfix it to 1 hour?

    If that's the case, that feels real underhanded and scummy to me.
    In addition to what was said, when the advertisement went up it, it was labeled as an hour long cooldown.

    That being said...I had my doubts about it but actually it's kinda cool. It doesn't just turn you into them, but also gives you their voice lines/shouts in combat like the Millhouse duplicator does.

    Still don't think I'd spend $10 on it, but I'll definitely use it if others drop one.
  1. re1gn1te's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FanaticDreamer View Post
    I don't understand what this has to do with anything.
    Is English not your first language? It's really easy to understand the sentence can't make it more simple for you.

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