When World of Warcraft Mission Spawn Rates Go Out Of Control

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Left Sharks are rewards for one of the rare Garrison Shipyard missions that you send your followers out on. It’s a rare mission, so you shouldn’t see it much and for months, that was the case.

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People however complained that these rare missions just won’t appear and they can’t even try to collect all the rare goodies. So Blizzard hotfixed the Shipyard back in November, fixing a bunch of things, and this tiny issue as well.

But now it’s the exact opposite. For most players, this particular rare mission rewarding a Left Shark (yeah, the name is a reference to that Katy Perry performance at the Super Bowl) pet is available all the time! Just checked in to see if it’s there, and yup, even its spawning spot is the same. The trick might be to leave that spot alone when the Left Shark is not spawned and do only the top missions on the map, hoping for other rares. But if you have multiple alts with a Shipyard, good luck getting rid of the Left Shark in the first place.

It took a few weeks for people to realize something’s not OK with the spawn rate. And the results were pretty funny when some of them, like Aryssal, started sharing their Left Shark collections:

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These pets are tradeable, so at least people can make some gold by selling them, right?

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Well, not really. Other blue pets might sell for thousands of gold on the Auction House, but not the Left Shark!

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This isn’t a game breaking thing, maybe a bit annoying for those who want to collect the other rares (see the achievement above). But it’s certainly a funny one.

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DISCUSSION

So, people want a rare thing, because it’s rare. But they’re upset that it’s rare, because it’s hard to get. So they asked that the rare thing be made less rare so that they could get the rare thing. Now the rare thing is common, so common in fact that there’s a glut on the market and they’re not worth much anymore.

The root problem being people wanting a rare thing to be common but still be rare...