So where you this upset when people could cheese the reputation with time walking tokens? Cause the Water Strider really isnt prestigious or hard to get any more.
In addition I believe you’ve been misinformed about some things.
1.) You’ll receive a free pair of the equipment that has the water walking benefit in the mail, if you owned a water walking mount. Come 8.2 you log in and bam.
2.) The reason it’s being taken away from Water Strider is to make a system (mounts) about which mount you enjoy the most using, as opposed to the “Best” or “Correct” mount. If the water strider retained the Waterwalking effect AND gained an equipment slot, we haven’t solved any problems. We’ve just made the “correct” mount choice better.
3.) If you have qualms about the sky golem, speak yo about it. Theres no reason a gathering type equipment slot couldn’t be created and bought in line with other mounts.