WoW TCG loot cards are a terrible experience
I got the Collector’s Edition of Cataclysm and it included a loot card from the trading card game (TCG). It was high time to redeem it!
Have you redeemed a loot card since Cataclysm launched? No? Here’s how it works…
Underneath the gold foil is a code for the item. The first surprise was that the code is just a string of numbers (a very long string) and the numbers aren’t grouped for easy entering into a website. It’s just one long string.
You don’t go to any of the WoW sites…at least not right away. Instead, you go to the website that’s printed in tiny point size at the bottom of the card.
Once there, you’ll find that you enter the number in groups—but uneven groups so you don’t know how many to enter when.
Then you have to enter your realm. What? What? Why? This makes no sense! I would guess that behind the scenes what this does is “release” the object into the realm’s database, where it will sit until it’s claimed. In game.
Why can’t I claim this item from the Battle.net website like I can every other object I’ve ever redeemed?
Then there’s captcha.
The second code
The entire purpose of this rigmarole is to obtain another million-digit code. I cannot fathom the reason for this. Two wholly separate codes? But…why?
But it’s in-game…right?
It’s an in-game item so of course one must be in the game to redeem it. This makes perfect sense, in that it makes no sense at all. So, now to actually get the item I have to go all the fuck way down to Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale, speak to a merchant, and then I’m ready for the best part…
I get to enter the code by hand! Wonderful! The million-digit second code has to be given in-person to a merchant. There is nothing about this that keeps me in the game experience. Is Abethany, a mage who killed the Lich King, expected to walk up to a goblin merchant then belt out a million-digit code?
That’s very immersive.
This had better be the best loot item ever. (Except it’s not, whatever it is.) If this is a non-permanent item a gasket shall be blown. But don’t tell me if it isn’t, I want to cling to the hope that it’s a fun, nice, cool thing I can carry or do or whatever whenever I want, like while waiting for people to get to the dungeon.
If it’s a limited-use item I’ll never redeem another WoW TCG loot card again.
It’s just not worth this amount of hassle.