Ok so you are saying that having the option to make any mount water walk would be great and it would enhance some more classes like DK as you state.
But here is the issue and why so many of us are upset – you are forcing players to choose a new mount equipment item, not giving them the option. That is not fair!
When you introduce items to enhance something in the game, you do so for all players, new and old. You are not touching the Sky Golem, as you have already said it will not be affected by the equipped mount equipment. So you can leave one mount alone, why can’t you leave two mounts alone? Don’t take away the water strider ability and allow for other mounts to be given the option.
For older players who worked through the rep grind for the water strider mount, to see you leave one mount untouched and this one nerfed is a slap to their faces. They spent time and money for the mount that came with this ability. It didn’t say “temporary water walking, until we choose to remove it”. Come on Blizzard you know better than this!
As for cosmetic and aesthetic look about the mount – seriously who cares! There are many mounts in this game that are hideous but this one is practical and we all earned it for its ability. I for one also earned the one from the garrison and I spent hours fishing up the lurkers. Now you are asking me to accept this change you propose without me being upset … sorry but I am upset!
So if you can leave the Sky Golem alone, you can reverse this decision and also leave the water striders alone. If you dont, you will be disappointing and angering your player base, not to mention you will lose long term players who have been patient and understanding of the changes to help new players in the game, but will not tolerate something like this.
This is bad business Blizzard and you know it. Let Activision know this too. Please kindly reverse the decision to make the water strider ability obsolete. You need to classify these mounts like you do the Sky Golem.