One of the changes in World of Warcraft patch 4.0.6 has quite a few players upset. Velistia discovered this firsthand: Blizzard has changed the requirements for unlocking "the Exalted," a title now awarded by 50 Exalted Reputations. They also retroactively removed the title from anyone who doesn't meet the new criteria.
For the better part of the morning, it was unclear if the title's removal from players who had already earned it was intended, but Bashiok just confirmed it. "We think 'the Exalted' is a really awesome title. With Cataclysm we added a bunch of new reps though, and we want the title to keep pace so that it's always representative of someone that's obtained a considerable number of exalted reputations throughout the life of the game, even as we add more," he wrote in a response on the forums.
So it looks like this title is going to be similar to "Gladiator" -- something awarded temporarily until new criteria must be met. It's no doubt going to cause a lot of ripples amongst the playerbase, as even though the new Cataclysm reputations will be plenty to reach the new achievement, it's still something being taken away from players who have rightfully earned it previously.
As Velistia points out, other similar titles were "grandfathered" to players who had already earned them prior to the release of Cataclysm. Even with dramatic changes to the 1-60 experience, Blizzard chose to keep the "Loremaster" title intact for those who completed it before the expansion. Likewise for "Explorer," even though a majority of Azeroth was "new" with Cataclysm.
This decision has been very unwelcome so far, so it will be interesting to see how Blizzard responds to player feedback on it.
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