Thought it was interesting that they discussed the Pay2Win aspect of the world first race. TBH I think the situation is worse than they described. First, they didn't mention the whole "race change to troll" strategy that I believe both Method and Limit implemented to diminish DOT ticks in Jaina P2.https://www.wowhead.com/news=290112/world-first-jaina-commentary-and-fight-breakdown-by-methodjosh#why-did-method-go-trollSecond, yes, even though Limit and Method paid for character services via in-game gold, Blizzard still got real money for the transactions. Because you can't buy services directly with gold, you first have to buy a token (that somebody paid real money for), convert that to battle.net balance, and then buy the character service with that balance. In other words, even if Method and Limit didn't shell out the cash directly, Blizzard still got paid by somebody for all these character service transactions.I don't know what to call it other than Pay 2 Win. Yes, Method and Limit are full of phenomenally talented raiders. But still, character services were bought that had an impact on gameplay performance in a competitive environment. Money affected performance.And even if your argument is "well, this only affects the top 1% of the top 1%," well... World First is a competition to determine who exactly is the top 1% of the top 1%. It's not a competition to see who can beat Jaina someday. It's a competition to see who can beat Jaina faster than anyone else in the world.It's bad. It takes away from where the focus should be (the undeniable talents of these great teams). Cash shop gamesmanship has no place in competitive raiding.The suggestion Tal made to put all this stuff on a tournament server with a universal start time and normalized gear would be a really good thing for Blizzard to do. I highly recommend it.
The big reason why Blizzard can't officially support the World First race is that it is not repeatable content, which makes it (a) resource intensive to create and (b) near impossible to balance before it is over. The race happens all of ONCE when a new raid is released, and ends when the first guild kills the final boss (or whenever the Hall of Fame fills up now I guess). This makes it entirely different from arenas and mythic+, where there is (or can be) a constant challenge and drive to improve your gameplay on content that is, for the most part, static and most importantly repeatable (and therefore balance-able).Now if they ever implement a proper time trial for mythic raids then yes, we may eventually see a Mythic Raid Invitational. Although considering we still don't have Battleground World Championships even after all these years of rated BGs being a thing, I doubt it will ever happen.
I agree with the hivemind. All items on the Blizzard should be removed. Store mounts, pets, transmog, and character services. No more race changes, faction changes, realm transfers, or boosts should be available. Once you create you're character you're stuck with it. There has not been a single product or service that has not been improved by offering less choice to the customers.