So they have a brown hippogryph as a prize for the ARGENT (not Arena) Tournament.
What I want to know is . . . where's the PINK?
November '07, MMO-Champion found several different hippogryph mount skins. My sister-in-law was thrilled about the white one, but I was ravenous for the pink.
Husband said, "Well, at least this means they're still open to using the hippogryph skins."
And I said, "As long as they don't make it a raid achievement."
Because they just announced they were taking out two raid achievement mounts (just like the warbear) when Ulduar comes out in 3.1 (after giving us only, what, four months?! to finish the requisite raid achievements? My raid character isn't even 80 yet!!!): the black and plagued proto drakes. They are leaving in the red proto drake for the heroic dungeons (not raids) and adding two new mounts for the higher level raids.
Though the drake they're putting in for beating Ulduar on heroic (unconfirmed) is even cooler, I still maintain that Blizzard never gives slower raid guilds (or players) the time to finish mile-markers before ripping mounts out from under us. People say it makes them too "easy" but there's nothing easy about getting a 25-man together.
I'm also opposed to limited status pieces and I always have been. We pay enough for this game that everyone should be able to get what they want at their own speed and mounts and pets should not be available outside the game in limited supply. (I realize many people disagree. But I've noticed that the people who disagree have these mounts and pets. And most of the people I know who have everything are arrogant jerks who are no fun to be around and make me wish they got poo instead of nice things for their efforts.)
My last note: You want to keep people from farming stuff? Just make everything as discouraging as the Kael'thas fight. I've only been able to stomach trying to get a group together twice.
Disclaimer: I am hormonal. This happens 2 days a month. Do not attempt to be rational. Just nod, leave your cute pets on the ground, and smile as you back away slowly.