What about those of us who did the Angler grind to specifically have a water-strider mount for water walking, only for the mount in question to be now like every other mount unless you purchase the water walking benefit? Things change constantly in this game. Heirlooms are a perk for those who have the gold, the reputation or the necessary mile markers to have them open to you. They’re not necessary to play this game. They’re nice to have, but they’re a bonus that isn’t open to everyone without some effort.
Unless it’s been redacted already and I missed it, they are working on something to make up for the lost bonus so that they’re not a total wash. People waste more gold on things that are even more fleeting in this game, even though that doesn’t invalidate your feelings on the matter but expecting to be refunded for things you’ve had good use out of is a touch ridiculous.