Why I don’t like the changes
My reasons are entirely self-centered. I’m not very competitive so I don’t care who’s downed boss X before and after me. Gear doesn’t impress or unimpress me. To me, other players’ gear is a means to an end, little more. What bothers me, personally, about easy badges of conquest is that I really enjoy slow, steady grinds. I go at my own pace and savour every step of the way. A handful of badges a week keeps me happy. When I get a new item after a few weeks, its feels so good. Cutting out that grind just takes all the magic away.
Another problem I have with the changes is something that had bothered me with badges of Justice in tBC too. I care minimally about loot, but minimally is more than nothing. When I down a new boss, I can’t wait to see if I get a souvenir! Its disappointing when you realise that the boss only carries what you already have or worse. Again, loss of magic.
Why I do like the changes
I have a mage. She’s fun to play but there’s no way I could stand to be full time dps. Dpsing is for when I want to relax on offnights. Unfortunatly, I can’t spend the time and effort to make her acceptable for Ulduar-level raids. Some day I may have another alt that I’d like to try raiding with and again, having multiple raiding toons is an extremely time-consuming hobby. Thankfully, easy access to emblems of conquest will accelerate the gearing process significantly. I’ll be able to play my alts the way I want before I end up sick of them.
There is one advantage for my main as well. When I get unlucky with drops, rolls or owing favours, I can just go and by something pretty for myself. Screw the boss giving me loot, I’m a modern woman, I can just get it myself.
In the end
In the end, it doesn’t matter at all what I think. Changes happen, they’re annoying to get used to but you either accept them or you leave. Besides, despite being a cranky, bossy pally, I always remember to have fun. Now hurry up and drop 3.2, I need to run some heroics and go shopping!