Ok, that title is a bit derogatory for the sheer awesomeness that is the Celectial Steed. It was just announced that the Celestial Steed and Lil XT will be added to the Blizzard Store. Currently it costs $25.00 and is available right now. Though I’m unsure if it is available to use in the game as of yet. I do know, however, that it is available for all current and future characters on the account (Bind on Account). This is awesome news!
Update: I gots me a horsie, and on a side note… Blizzard’s Store site is a bitch to navigate on a phone in an area with low signal strength.
There’s a lot of chatter going on on both Twitter and other blogs about the availability of a mount on the Blizzard Store. Ramblings and points about the RMT system and how Blizzard is creeping it’s way into it.
I, however, disagree. Currently on the store are only non-combat pets, and, at the moment, one mount. Now, Blizzard states that it does not wish to provide useful items to the Blizzard store, only vanity items, etc. To me, I consider mounts vanity items.
Reason the first: Everybody can get them without having to do a dungeon, or run a raid, or even PvP. All they have to do is get enough gold to pick up the riding skill and the mount, that’s all.
Reason the second: They do not increase your ability to play the game. By this I mean, they do not increase your attack power or spell power. They do not increase your mana pool or armor value. The only thing that they do is provide you with a quick way to get from point A to point B.
Reason the third: There are some complaints about it being the coolest looking mount currently in the game. I will agree, as I think it’s damn beautiful; however, if you are going to pay real money for something, you might as well get your money’s worth. I agree, the other best looking mounts in the game do require skill and a good group to attain, especially the Reins of Invincible (*drooool*), but on the flip side, any mounts purchased with real money are still going to have that stigma. They may look cool, but everybody will know that you didn’t do anything special to get it.
Reason the fourth: As long as Blizzard sticks to it’s guns, and does not decide to provide “XP potions”, or armor/weapons on the store… then I’m going to be happy. When it gets to the point where you can buy yourself into a raid, then it’s gone to far.
I plan to update this further once I make the decision to buy the mount myself, and as new information comes into the light about it.