It is the Key to the Palace of Lei Shen I am talking about in the title and yes, as of the last time I checked when talking to someone about it a couple of weeks ago, I had 286 of them saved up across all my characters.
I know I have been slacking when it comes to collecting them. I rarely if ever go back there to get my weekly key but when it was current content I made sure to grab them on at least a few characters each week. Also whenever I would go back there for whatever reason, like when helping someone with nalak, or just for the sake of it to kill a few rares when I was bored, I would make sure, absolutely sure, to grab my key on each visit. In all truth if I were not so lazy I would easily have over 800 keys no doubt. But it was no big deal. I was not using them anyway and I had forever to come back and get more, right? Nope.
There was a reason I was not using them. There was a reason I was saving them. There was a reason I was hording them. Well, besides the fact I am a pack rat. I was saving them because I figured it would be a nice little way to keep some extra gold without actually having it. You see, each trip through can net me between 300- 600 gold a run and at my current 286 keys if I use the average of 450 per run that would mean I had an extra 128,700 gold just sitting around waiting for me to collect it.
This way if I were ever bored, needed a little gold, or just wanted to do something as a change of pace, I could go back and spam the solo scenario and have some mindless fun. It seems, as per a recent twitter conversation which I found referenced, but could not find the direct link to, from one of the blizzard twitheads, moogle, the old keys will not be removed but we will not be able to get any more. Sorry, not good enough, how about don't remove the keys at all because there is no reason to remove them in the first place, that sounds like a better solution to me.
Being able to run them even after we can no longer gets keys solves one of the things I was upset about. At least now I will not feel forced to run it 286 times over the next week, which could very well end up being very time consuming when you think it is 5 minutes per run. 23.833 hours, not counting travel time for all the characters to get there, for those people wondering. But it still does not address the bigger picture.
What if I wanted to keep going and keep getting my keys, what if I wanted to get to 500, 1000, 2000 keys. What if I wanted to keep collecting and saving them. Is there really a reason to remove this, a reason I do not see other than blizzards complete obsession with removing content like I recently wrote about?
There is no reason to remove this, none what so ever. Sure I can easily count up over 100K gold if I decided to run all of these now but it is not like it did not take me a fair deal of time to build up a key collection like that. It took over a year and many max level characters to do that. It was many trips there, way away from the main strip were we are currently playing in and next expansion it will be even further from out current content.
So it was not like this was something that could be used to farm gold in a fast and efficient way. You can only get one key a week, so you will not exactly get rich doing this, even if you did it on 50 characters each week and if you did, you would be investing a huge amount of time and earning that gold, don't you think? And if it really were a way to farm gold and that is what they are worried about, why did they not adjust the gold before the next expansion, or adjust the gold three months ago, or adjust the gold six months ago, or adjust the gold nine months ago, or adjust the gold a year ago, or adjust the gold when it first came out?
There is absolutely no reason to remove the ability to get more keys, and effectively the ability to get the achievement, which is also being removed, because there are no longer any keys to be looted.
This is absolutely 100% blizzard removing content for the sake of removing content and I am getting sick of it. Why do they keep removing stuff? This, even if I was not using the keys, was the perfect type of useless meaningless content that I used to do when I was bored. Log in a character, head over there and get a key, maybe kill a few rares, and then switch to another and do exactly the same thing. it gave me something to do, it made me happy, it kept me logging in, so why are they removing content that people you know, actually do?
It is not like the thunder king is charging them rent for the place and it is no longer worth renting it out being we will not be there any longer. It is a room, already coded, already there, already working, that they could have left coded, left there and left working. It wouldn't cost them a thing to not remove it, but it does cost them man hours to remove it which makes you wonder, are they that obsessed with removing content that they are actively looking for things to remove and paying people to remove them? Our subscription fees paid for this to be removed. I do not pay a subscription to have content removed blizzard? Do you hear me. Stop removing content, even more so content that makes absolutely no sense to remove like this.
This is removing content for no reason what so ever. The change to talents really do not change how the solo scenario works much if at all in many cases. Even if they did, who the hell cares, it is old content. It is there for people to do if they want to do it when they want to do it. It is not required to be balanced. When it is new and you expect everyone to be doing it then yes balance really matters, making sure every class can do it matters, making sure every class can get the achievement matters, but when it is old content it enters the realm of who the hell cares. If the achievement would be harder for certain classes due to the talent changes then remove the achievement, not the content as a whole.
Warlords is lacking so much in the content department that they could not remove anything from it, so they decided to start removing things from mists. And each week we get another announcement that this is being removed, that is being removed, the other thing is being removed. How much longer do we have to put up with this bull before blizzard stops removing content for the sake of removing content?
An expansion is supposed to add to the game, but this coming expansion has so far removed more from the game that it has added. Even if we are having content added once you talk about all we are losing when warlords comes out so far the expansion looks like a net loss for the players in terms of content.
When something as simple and unimportant as the treasure room can see itself effectively removed from the game for no reason what so ever, who is the say that the next thing they remove because someone has an itch on their butt and their removal obsession kicks into overdrive again won't be something that matters to you? Really matters to you. Because removing something so inconsequential as this shows that anything, and I mean anything, can be on the chopping block.
We need to speak up, we need to tell blizzard to stop removing things, we need to let blizzard know that many of us like to go back and do old content and do old things and if I wanted to head to the isle of thunder every single week to get a key and run the treasure room I should be allowed to do so. There is no reason what so ever to remove it. I am just sick of blizzard removing stuff, even more so removing shit for no reason. You are supposed to be building the game, not tearing it apart.