With the addition of the Feldrake as a Twitch drop. I want to start by saying I don’t have a Feldrake, but the addition of a TCG mount as a Twitch drop has removed TCG mounts as the final remaining investment to fight gold inflation.
Now, all TCG mounts have the potential of being given away as freebies to the entire WoW community, when previously they were in a limited, finite supply. This means nobody is going to feel comfortable paying millions of gold for a mount that may be given away for free at a later date.
For years, players who grind and accumulate gold could purchase these items with the expectation that as Blizzard inflated the gold supply expansion-after-expansion, they could save (and even grow) their wealth by purchasing these mounts and selling later when they need the money. I did this in order to buy my Brutosaur, and if Blizzard had implemented this really bad giveaway before I was able to sell, I would have seen years of my in-game investments wiped away to nothing.
Someone purchased a Feldrake loot card on eBay about a week ago, for over $3000; imagine what they are feeling today. I understand that the amount of people this affects it not a large portion of the player-base, but if Blizzard goes through with the Feldrake giveaway, there are no more safe investments in WoW; we will be forced back into the open market and will have to constantly price gouge and manipulate markets just to beat inflation. This will be bad for all players, not just the 1%.
Please Blizzard, reconsider the Feldrake and Perpetual Purple Firework airdrops, there is significant economic damage that will result.