After further discussion, we decided not to remove the rusted and ironbound proto-drake rewards for the normal and heroic Glory of the Ulduar Raider meta achievements when patch 3.2, Call of the Crusade, launches, and currently have no plans to remove them in the foreseeable future. However, we will continue to evaluate the situation and if a decision is made to remove these rewards at any point in the future, we’ll provide a one month warning so players will have time to make some final attempts.
I am really excited about this change. I would very much like to be able to get these for our 25 man raid team, but we just aren’t fast enough with the hard mode kills to have it done before 3.2. We generally get things done, but tend to do it on Monolith’s schedule, which often means we are a bit slower to get things done than many progression push guilds. So I am very happy with the change, and hope that even after 3.2 people will still be motivated enough to keep going back into Ulduar to knock it out while we are waiting for Ice Crown. Although…I think Blizzard’s intent is for people to continue Ulduar while working on the coliseum anyhow.
This also makes me wonder if 3.2 isn’t going to be on our doorsteps faster than I anticipated it arriving. They are still testing the collesium bosses, and I don’t know that I’ve seen much scheduling specifically for the new PvP zone, but they’ve certainly released untested content in the past. So, I suppose only time will tell.
It does, however, take a little bit of the “omg we aren’t going to get it done” pressure off of me. Fewer things to stress about is always good!