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Between 2006 and 2013, Blizzard released the trading card game World of Warcraft, or WoW TCG for short. The game was quite successful in the first few years, mainly due to the interest of MMORPG players in loot cards. These were cards of varying rarity that allowed players to acquire in-game bonuses in the form of mounts, mascots, tabards, disguises or toys.
Over time, these cards became increasingly rare and coveted. This was mainly the case for mounts, with the Spectral Tiger being the scarecrow with a price tag of up to €6000 on eBay. This secondary trade can get crazy, and you have to pay hundreds of pounds to get 24-packs of sealed booster packs of the Outland Fires, the expansion where the Spectral Tiger can be found. However, at that price, there is no guarantee that you will actually get the mount.
Most of these cards have become hard to find and it was likely that Blizzard would eventuallyrecycle these items to make them more readily available to players. Well the studio has decided to start selling three mounts and two mascots in China. As you will see, the prices are not cheap :
It’s expensive, but obviously a lot cheaper than if you wanted to buy them from individuals with the risks that come with that. If I understand that Blizzard sees this as a potential financial gain, it wouldn’t hurt to offer some rewards through quests or game loots.
It’s a first attempt for Blizzard but no doubt that many mounts, mascots and toys will eventually find their way to Europe. In any case, this could lead to a real price crash. The magic chicken sells for between 1000 and 2000 € on average…
Below are some screenshots of the loot cards and the promotional video from Blizzard.