So: I’ve been off taking advantage of pet battle week (which is still great) and nothing seems to have changed here, unfortunately, including still no comment from Blizzard. Maybe they’re waiting for 8.1.5?
So: thoughts. I’m currently within a few battles of finishing the BfA Family Familiar. As a challenge to myself, I did it the “Legion” way, only doing each battle on each alt when it’s up. So, had we NOT nerfed XP and left things the Legion way, this achievement (meant to be… an achievement? of some meaning?) would’ve taken maybe a month or so, or a bit more if someone had fewer alts (it’s really easy to have several alts at 120 at this point – it takes only 7-10 days to level from 110 to 120 doing nothing but the Pandaria and Draenor pet battle loops in war mode; I’ve done it repeatedly).
Meanwhile, we had some vague promises that pet battles would give “more stones”. Looking around right now: 1 for bandages, one for a small number of elemental-family stones, two for Azerite. Yesterday we had charms, a trivial amount of war resources, and some family-specific stones. We’re not getting many unrestricted stones, or fel-stones, or whatever, and we’re still getting far too many for (trivial) war resources or Azerite.
Please, please consider reverting this in 8.1.5, Blizzard, or implementing a fix along the lines that’s been repeatedly proposed (full pet XP for a battle that gives WQ completion; nerfed or no XP for repeat battles). Yes, it’s probably more complicated to implement, but it makes the game better (subjective statement, I know! but it feels like most – not all, but most – people agree).
For me, I don’t feel like saving a few weeks’ (or even a couple months’) delay in completing a large achievement is worth a permanent nerf that will last throughout this expansion and beyond. That’s a bad tradeoff, and it hurts both players and Blizzard.