…and it hasn’t happened yet. And, given the post below from a blue, it might not happen with Patch 3.2.
What am I talking about? Faction changes, but not anarchy.
Faction Change Service Update – July 1, 2009, 11:26 am
Q. Will we be able to switch between the races on our own faction?
A.. No. Players will only be able to switch to a race of the opposite faction. Q. Will I be able to choose the race on the opposite faction that I want to change to?
A.. Yes, but you will only be able to switch to a race that has your class type available to it. So if you play a human paladin, you’d only be able to change to a blood elf paladin.
Q.How much will it cost?
A.. We do not have further information on this at this point in time.
Q.Will I be able to switch back to my original faction but a different race?
A.. No. You will only be able to switch back to your originally chosen race.
Q.. How will the switch between reputation, gear, mounts, etc be handled?
A.. We’ll have more details for you at a later point in time, though we plan to keep these as close to a reflection of the other faction as much as possible.
Q.How often can you change your faction?
A..We do not have any information to share on this at this point in time, however we will have restrictions on the frequency by which players can change their faction.
Q. How will this affect the balance of Horde and Alliance on the realms?
A.. We are taking great care in how we implement this new service in order to maintain balance between the factions on the realms but do not have any further details to share.
That last straw I’m speaking of will be allowing Gnome Druids and Tauren Paladins.
I remember the “good old days” when Horde had Shamans and Alliance had Paladins. I was one of those Shamans, and proud of it. Now you can just grow a pair of tentacles and you too can be a Shaman. Steal some incarnation of The Light and you too can be a Paladin. Alright, so they had balance issues in those “good old days,” and now everyone has access to everything and everyone is happy. Sure they were.
The Last Straw will be when they, this is Blizzard I mean, allow willy nilly creation of Tauren Paladins, Gnome Druids, Beavis and Buttheads, Michael Jackson Lookalikes, and Feenik Wizcharlies.
It’s going to be like them saying: “Ah, screw it. Do what you want. Roll and role whatever, play whatever, be whatever you want.” Because that’d be just like saying: “We no longer care. We’ve moved on. Do what you want.”
This latest change is crazy. But it looks like they’ve tempered it some. It’s not suicide.
Because when Blizzard finally decides to throw it’s own lore into the trashcan to please some griefers, because ruining the lore will be as good as ruining the game, it’ll be “Game Over.”