Paid Faction Change
I have found a guild populated with some very friendly players who let me be casual while still letting me tag along to do content I otherwise wouldn’t see. I don’t see myself moving far at this point, but I’m not opposed to the idea of faction change. I have a mid-level horde mage on a role play server that is in a fantastic guild. I haven’t played her for a long time, but the forum community she comes from still welcomes me. What’s stopping me from moving my mage to alliance or my priest to horde?
Could this cause an imbalance in the Alliance/Horde numbers on each server and battlegroup? The most likely direction for most switchers is Alliance to Horde. While percentages of switchers would ultimately be the same, a larger Alliance population could mean a larger Alliance switch. One percent of 7 million Alliance works out to be more people than one percent of 4 million Horde. If anything, faction changes could actually better balance.
Moving Nigiri over to an RP server may have some implications. Should I try to include this change in my back story and, if so, how? The author of the Awakenings in Progress blog wrote a well thought out role play take on faction changes: I’m Undercover. With a little creativity, a story could be written for anyone.
But, on the subject of moving Nigiri (Alliance) over, is the question of economy. I know that prices for items are higher on the Horde side (for the most part) since there are fewer Horde getting drops and crafting items. I could easily buy out some crafting mats and hard to get items prior to switching and then reap the rewards! Actually, this idea is a bit faulty too. If I was the only one allowed to faction change, it might work. Since everyone who moves could be doing the same thing, however, a lower priced economy would quickly follow across the board and few, if any, would get rich.
It will be interesting to see how Blizzard is going to implement this. There are questions about mounts, reputations and faction specific quests that will need to be answered and issues ironed out.
Would I move Nigiri. We’ll see. It will be a while before this feature become available. A lot can change in a few months.