I need to keep up with the blog more/at all. I have more thoughts to share, however.
In (around) 4.1 a mechanic for vanity pets was added. Many pets became flying pets, that simply weren't before, such as whelps. When they made them flying pets, and all other pets followed you everywhere....with some glitchy movement. Non-flying pets would run with you along the ground while you would fly, and if you went on a ledge or building, the pet would simply fall out of your body and land below you. That caused a bit of chuckling the first few times, but I generally liked it. My Squire (named "Skippy") would be able to be with me wherever I was, no matter the terrain or height!
Now, in 4.2 and so on, they added an even newer mechanic. Non-flying pets are dismissed upon flight, and most flying pets will follow you into the air...with glitches. Pets such as my Celestial Dragon or the Moonkin Hatchling will occasionally be dismissed upon flight. I hope this is a glitch they'll fix...I would prefer they would simply bring back the previous mechanic I stated before. But, ah well.
Now onto the pros and cons of the Molten Front. Most people have finished it already, or are still working on it for alts. The dailies themselves aren't bad or too difficult. They flow easily, and only a couple quests are a bit confusing, since the player isn't told "you need to go here now". They offer good money and decent pve rewards. I, personally, enjoy my trinket, Dwyber's Caber. Warriors tend to be over-the-top anyway, running and jumping around, carrying weapons the size of a ceiling beam. It only fits to have them throwing a tree for a little damage, or just for fun. You also get a few vanity items. It was nice to be able to buy two pets that matched the theme of the area, as well as obtaining a mount that fit in well. The Mushroom Chair and Mylune's Call offer some fun/cute mechanics for such events as guild parties, or simply sitting around Goldshire, showing off. And you can get a title, "the Flamebreaker".
That said, my beef is...the pets and other vanity items are WAY too expensive. Over 1000 gold for each pet, then Mylune's Call is over 2000g. What's the point of that? I would understand if they offered any actual gameplay enhancement, but they don't. It's not like Blizzard gets anything out of it being so expensive. Also, Zen'Vorka's Cache...the bane of my existence. "The new outland fishing daily" as I like to call it. Years ago, I didn't have any luck getting the Scorchling from Ahune. Then they had the Frostling, which took me two years to get as well. Now, Zen'Vorka's Cache drops the Searing Scorchling...which I'm still not getting.
It's not so much the fact that I'm sitting here thinking "RNG QQ FML" but it's the fact that we can only try to get that pet after we've completed everything else. You can only purchase it after completing the area, by convincing the wardens and druids of the talon to join the cause, then providing armaments, convincing the ancients to help, and building a moonwell. Then, you have to do every daily every day to get around 30 marks, and spend those marks on the cache...which only drops Cata greens, elementium lockboxes, and a low chance at the pet.
It would have been much easier on players to be able to buy the cache while working on the dailies for the Molten Front for some gold, and have a 24 hour cooldown to be able to buy it again. That makes it still a little harder to get than simply purchasing the pet, thus making it fair for those who obtained it in BC and Wrath. But it also makes it less stressful for pet collectors who feel they have to do all the dailies for days on end when it's quite possible they won't get the pet for a long, long time. And in some cases, people have already tried to get it for a long time, waited for it to come back in the game, they're still trying hard to get it, and still aren't being rewarded as they want for their hard work...not that I'm referring to myself or anything...
All in all, the Molten Front offers some nice rewards through quests and achievements, and sets up the lore very well for the Firelands. It just feels like it takes a month and some odd days for the ability to spend thousands of gold on gear to be able to raid better, and vanity items to boost our interweb egos.