I think this, like many of the hundreds of unfavorable changes that has happened in the past, will become a non issue soon after it happens. No use crying over spilt milk, especially before it even happens.
How often you flippin use it - are they stupid - all the freakin time - hate the stupid ugly thing - but it is necessary b/c there is water - duh!
Also if they go through with the change, they should change the name of the Reins of the Azure Water Strider and Reins of the Crimson Water Strider to Reins of the Azure Strider and Reins of the Crimson Strider respectively.:^)
The problem for me is that it's one slot for all mounts. That makes the water shoes compulsory. I can't imagine every bothering to switch to either of the other two options. But I will be glad to put the old water strider away. I've always hated the look of it.
This is retarded xD why bother to "remove" waterwalking from the mount if every other mount can still get it? The only reason you doing this bull^&*! is so that you can remove the WW effect in new zones admit it! Remove sky golems usefulness while your at it, everyone with herbalism use sky golems mainly since you font need to dismount/mount saving valuable time while farming especialy new herbs and early expansion, and why does druid flight form have herbing passive aswell? Remove that to. RIP the only usefull groundmount for lvling and non flying areas (vendor mounts not included) Blizzard doing the usual of removing stuff that makes things unique or useful. Pleace cant you add autopathing and auto combat so we can just plays your @#$%ty game with the left mouse botton? Ooh what am i saying, i dont play this %^&* anymore chess is more intresting
As an aside, I'm really going to laugh my ass off if they gate mount equipment use in future expansions or maybe even remove it entirely.
To explain to everyone who doesn't understand the issue players who already have a strider are concerned with, bear in mind that Blizzard has not revealed yet whether or not every character on your account will get a free pair of water walking shoes. If even a single one of my alts doesn't get mailed a free pair of mount shoes, then the water strider has been nerfed and I've been made to pay for something I already had (if I choose that water walking on that alt is the most important equipment).The solution is not as cut and dry as everyone says here in the comments though. Making the strider a normal mount with no baseline ability is a mistake. It is Blizzard taking away functionality from players that already have something. That's not an opinion.Now sure, you can still get the mount shoes and put it on, but when Blizz says the reason for these changes is to not have the strider be a compulsory mount, they're just making it so that water walking is the compulsory equipment. Woohoo?In my opinion, I think they should leave the current water walking mechanic on the strider, with the strider being unable to benefit from equipment. This leaves the strider in its current state. However, to make the strider not be a compulsory mount and also to not make the inflatable shoes useless, Blizzard should make the inflatable shoes not break upon taking damage.This way, the strider is still a solid mount worth using, but if you are running through Nazmir or something, and know you will take damage while water walking, the inflatable shoes are now a true choice between not getting dazed, or not having your water walking broken from damage. This also adds player choice to DKs and Shamans, where they can choose to get an improved version of mounted water walking, instead of just never using the item.Similarly, as I forsee gathering equipment being introduced, the Sky Golem should keep its herbalism ability and be ineligible for equipment, however the gathering equipment should apply to herbalism, skinning, and mining.The solution to please the highest percentage of players (in my opinion) is to nerf nothing, but to provide further benefit in the equipment that makes earning the mounts still worthwhile in some situations, but not all situations, while simultaneously making the equipment useful and appealing even to those who have earned the mounts that compete with the equipment bonuses.
Honestly i cant help but to feel that the Mount Equipment is just a excuse to nerf the water strider and i bet you next xpack we will lose the leather barding which currently prevents daze effects.Along with no new hoof plates which currently allows us to gather and interact with objects while mounted.To basically force us to only pick one "convenience" instead of all of them which we currently have access too Anti daze from barding gather while mounted with hoof plates and run on water with the strider.Hell the parachute will prob just be a standard slow fall effect which is just flat out worse then the glider.If they just wanted to add the option for water walking for the other mounts they could just just do something simple like allow engineers to craft something like the inflatable horse shoes.Which would allow for water walking when mounted this is just like the removal of the Dalaran portals all over again.The removal of convenience disguised as a new "feature" it might be a cynical view on things but im just saying it how i see it.