9.2 and the increased flying grind

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#1 - Dec. 20, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
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As annoying as it always is to wait to obtain flying, I understand the reasoning for it. You explore and experience the world in a different way on the ground. Flying is insanely convenient, and also gives a new perspective to the world.

So I’m not opposed to waiting to be able to fly. I’m opposed to how long it takes to get it.
For a few expansions now (excluding Shadowlands) we’ve had the pathfinder achievement unlock flying for us. In Shadowlands, this was simply locked behind renown gain.

I’m a big fan of locked behind renown gain - But I would have preferred to see it be at renown 40, as opposed to in 9.1. Locking it behind something like renown is something that we passively gain through our weekly activities, without going out of our way to have to complete obscure side quests and reputation for Pathfinder.

Now, in 9.2, flying in Zereth Mortis is tied to the new Cypher progression system. Again, a natural progression system for the patch. Something I am not opposed to. The annoying side of this is the new change to the PTR build I’ve seen in a few YouTube videos.
This change is going to drastically increase the time it takes to achieve flying… and my only question is why?

So I would ask Blizzard, what is the motivation behind this change? Why time-gate flying even further?

On a similar note, when, if ever, will flying be allowed in the Maw?

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#8 - Jan. 25, 2022, 11:42 p.m.
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Link straight to the source right here on our forums.

Thank you for the feedback in this thread. It was very helpful to development on this.