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Define “Content” – the Fishing Artifact

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”
Margaret Atwood


Define “Content” – the Fishing Artifact

When you are six years old, sometimes you fail and you are embarrassed. Dashing tears from your eyes, you stand defiantly and think “I’ll show them!”. The designers for Blizzard need to grow up. While WoD was an embarrassment, they don’t have to prove anything! A little maturity is in order, please.

The requirements for the Fishing Artifact came out today. That’s the link to MMO Champs, by far the cleanest data-mining site that I’ve found.

Prerequisites

  • Bigger Fish to Fry – Catch all of the rare Legion fish. Assisted by bait like Frost Worm
  • The Wish Remover – Fish up all of the coins from Dalaran’s fountain. Assisted by items like Glob of Really Sticky Glue
  • Fishing skill at 800. Assisted by rare fish like Ancient Black Barracuda

In their need to provide “content” our designers have gone over the top. Have you ever fished in the Fountain of Dalaran? I sure have, I did it in Wrath of the Lich King. Six people fishing is too crowded, especially when someone on a mammoth decides to jump in the fountain. Six, six people, is too crowded: think twenty; think thirty.

And then, you give up.

The prerequisites are a shit-load of fishing to finally get the Artifact quest. Once you get the Fishing Artifact, you have to level it up (by fishing a lot) to get any benefit from owning said Artifact. Until, finally, you might be able to fish for the Blood of Sargeras proc and support your profession.

Wrath of the Lich King was a long time ago. If I were to guess, I think it took about eight hours of fishing to get the Titanium Coin. There are 56 different coins in the New Dalaran fountain; the odds are astronomical and discouraging. In this case, I don’t want the Achievement, I want what is through and beyond the Achievement.

Gating or locking the Artifact behind Achievements, big ones, is acting like a defiant little child who vows that, “I’ll show them!”.

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