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Paid Faction Change Now in WoW

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Now you can switch factions in world of Warcraft using Blizzard's new service... for a fee.

Today Blizzard finally launched a service that allows World of Warcraft players to change their player faction. However, unlike most sex changes which can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, players wanting to "switch teams" will only need to shell out a whopping $30 USD before applicable taxes. This cost covers a single faction change for a single character.

This FAQ lists all the pluses and minuses of changing factions, including limits associated with amounts of gold, the character's new origin location, and restrictions of characters pending a name change or re-customization. Players can change their character's faction through the Account Management page; the interface also allows them to select a new race based on their class and new faction.

According to Blizzard, players will be charged immediately once the change is confirmed, and the process cannot be cancelled. Additionally, characters will not be able to revert back to their old faction after the change takes place. Blizzard also said that active mail and auction items will prevent a character from switching factions.

Unfortunately, players cannot use the new service to change a race of an existing faction. Blizzard states that a Race Change service will be available in the near future.

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    fargom , September 3, 2009 9:43 PM
    Here comes seven pages of "lols this company only wants ur money" posts.

    Can it, Blizzard is offering a new service, if you like the service buy it, if not who cares.

    Newsflash: American companies are about making money, Blizzard isn't a charity.
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    doomtomb , September 3, 2009 9:37 PM
    To Blizzard, it's all about the money
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  • 11 Hide
    doomtomb , September 3, 2009 9:37 PM
    To Blizzard, it's all about the money
  • 17 Hide
    fargom , September 3, 2009 9:43 PM
    Here comes seven pages of "lols this company only wants ur money" posts.

    Can it, Blizzard is offering a new service, if you like the service buy it, if not who cares.

    Newsflash: American companies are about making money, Blizzard isn't a charity.
  • 8 Hide
    wicko , September 3, 2009 9:48 PM
    Queue blizzard/wow fanboys defending Blizzard's money grab. Oops, looks like its already started!
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    Pei-chen , September 3, 2009 9:53 PM
    Change faction as in Horde to Alliance?
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    brett1042002 , September 3, 2009 9:55 PM
    Queue witty comments that are not witty. Oops, looks like it already started! HAR HAR...
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    dextermat , September 3, 2009 9:56 PM
    Lol all mmo are like that dude

    Lineage 2 is like that.... may even be worse than Wow
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    h83 , September 3, 2009 10:00 PM

    Man, Blizzard is milking their WoW players(idiots???) any way possible!!! I would expect that someone that pays a monthly fee to play a single game, would have some free goddies like free expansions, free factions changes, etc..., but no, they simply charge for everything!!!
    And people simply pay and continue to play, go figure...
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    Hellbound , September 3, 2009 10:03 PM
    Theres nothing wrong with charging for a service. Why do people always want a handout?...gees.

    Yes, I play MMo's to, so I know what its like.
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    nekatreven , September 3, 2009 10:08 PM
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    unlike most sex changes which can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars


    Just keep saving buddy, you'll get there. :) 
    j/k


    Anyway, this is a rather interesting development. I think you guys saying that they are just another company doing business are wrong, and I'll tell you why.

    You couldn't change your faction before because the designers/developers thought that was what would be best for the game. Just like how in some games you can't switch which server you play on, or your weapons class, and as far as I know they all try to prevent cheating. In fact most all of the ways in which MMORPG games and their rules work are (usually) in the interest of great, fair gameplay. It is so obvious of a concept it is hard to even explain. There was, quite simply, a reason that it was the way it was before.

    Now, tell me why it has changed. Name a reason other than the money.

    If they're going to change the standards of what their game should or should not be SOLELY based on whether or not they can find a new revenue stream out of it, then they have turned into one of those game studios. I wouldn't be surprised if they change their stance on selling gold and try to make money off of that too.

    It isn't evil, it isn't greedy...it is damn good business. (but they might as well just merge with EA and get it over with if that is the fortitude of their new "standards")
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    maigo , September 3, 2009 10:22 PM
    just make a new char? wtf?
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    Major7up , September 3, 2009 10:29 PM
    Makes me not want to be involved with any blizzard products. This amounts to nothing more than simple theft.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 3, 2009 10:29 PM
    Pei-chenChange faction as in Horde to Alliance?

    yes
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    Torment , September 3, 2009 10:33 PM
    It is greedy, and completely within their rights. Were I a WOW player, I'd not be happy about the ridiculously high charge after paying the monthly fees. Making a little extra money in the short term is not good business. It's *bad* business.
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    ssalim , September 3, 2009 11:07 PM
    So what does Tauren become...?
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    Shadow703793 , September 3, 2009 11:07 PM
    LOL! I can change my teams on any FPS CTF game fore free :p 
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 3, 2009 11:29 PM
    ssalimSo what does Tauren become...?

    They let you pick any race that can be played by your current class on the opposing faction.
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    vfighter , September 4, 2009 12:12 AM
    You can change again after 60, if you want to.
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    vfighter , September 4, 2009 12:19 AM
    *after 60 days*
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    fargom , September 4, 2009 12:25 AM
    demonhorde665are youa dumb ass ???i've played multiple mmo's as well as nwn 1 and 2 and changing factiosn has never been a "charged" service , it was always a part of teh game engine's mechanics something that costed teh developers NOTHING to implement in the engine. face it jack-o this is just an exampel of a greedy ass company cahrging ungodly ammoutns for soemthginthat should be much cheaper if not free.


    I think you should see if they have a English lesson service.

    Again, if you like the service use it, if not don't. If I don't like the new Ford F-150 I don't buy it, I don't act like a crybaby and call ford names.
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    davisorle , September 4, 2009 12:42 AM
    Im growing to hate Blizzard. Honestly they are not only greedy and careless about their consumers but they are irritating me recently ith EVERYTHING they do which isnt so good for such company..
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