Monday, June 21, 2010

Things Get Hot Hot Hot

talk about sparking a fire within the pet collecting community:
"I'm afraid that the Scorchling does not appear to be available this year, folks. I cannot say for certain whether or not it will be made available in the future; however, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the Suggestions forum if you would like to see the Scorched Stone be obtainable in some other way." - source
due to its massively low drop rate previous years, many collectors were looking forward to hunting for the elusive scorchling pet this midsummer fire festival. there have been a few reports from players that they or their friends have witnessed or had the fiery companion still drop from ahune and/or the new satchel, but a blue has yet to confirm that maybe they were mistaken in their initial response and the scorchling is just an extremely low low low drop for 2010.

so the only "official" information that we have currently is the scorchling will not be available to players this year. sadness all around and a very poor decision/planning on blizzard's part.

the new seasonal boss dungeon system is also causing quite a ripple in the collecting community. i have yet to see a "this is a great idea!" comment over at or anywhere else for that matter. perhaps i just need to give it more time and wait to see how high (or low) of a drop rate the frigid frostling is from the satchel. it is, after all, only the second day of the in-game event.

initial reports suggest that the companion has about a 1 in 20 drop rate (5%), but hopefully that number will increase as the holiday progresses. i haven't done the math nor do i excel at calculating percentages, so i asked a friend of mine to give me an estimate of my chances for the new companion this year.
"sounds like about a 60%-67% chance for the entire event. you have an 'ok' chance of getting it."
while this doesn't exactly soothe my fears of not receiving the frigid frostling, it's some comfort... i guess.

what would really perk me up is if not only did the satchel have a chance to drop the new pet but also the chest from the boss. it would drastically increase the chances of at least seeing the companion drop. this would also mean that while your chances are low, it is still technically "farmable" off of the frost lord. i've only read a couple reports that they've seen the scorchling drop off of the boss's chest and not the frigid frostling, though.

it's a long shot, and i sincerely doubt blizzard has placed the new pet on the boss's loot list since it would completely negate the implementation of the new seasonal boss dungeon system. one can hope though. bleh.

there's much excitement, frustration, and anger this year. most of which has not been caused by the summer's heat. it's looking as if pet collectors are in for a bumpy and uncomfortable ride.
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