With the announcement of phase 5 and the AQ War Effort I was thinking about how many guilds across servers are likely hoarding materials. This discussion has been circulating the forums for a while now.
You have the group of people who want #NoChanges and wish the materials remain the same for turn-ins
Alternatively you could make an argument that without changes you are effectively ruining the spirit of classic by providing the authentic experience of going through the war effort blind.
Changing the mats on a dime seems a bit intense, same with scaling up the amount needed based on server pop.
I would like to propose the following:
- Make all in-game mail items expire within 24 hours 2-3 weeks prior to the patch dropping for Phase 5 (much like BG marks) and also make them NON-RETURNABLE
This way hoarders will be forced to sell off the mats they have been sitting on, and yes technically they could store all of these mats on bank alts. Lets do some quick math:
- 88 slots in your inventory (4x 18 slot and 1x 16 slot base bag)
- 154 slots in your bank (28 base slots and 7x 18 slots)
- Totel bag slots: 242
Lets take one of the materials needed, 90,000 copper bars which would require 4,500 slots.
You would need 19 (18.6) characters with 11 bottomless bags to carry ONE of the material requirements for the war effort.
This doesn’t even factor in the gold required to set up the bank slots and fund the bags for each character.
Feel free to check the math on this, but I highly doubt many servers will run into people hoarding all the mats across characters. Maybe some of the extremely high-pop servers, but certainly not all of them.