Patch 5.2 reputation changes are now live on the PTR, allowing us to finally see just how these new reputation gain ideas will work out.
First up is the Tillers. It was initially expected that players would have to buy the farm from Farmer Yoon at Sunsong Ranch, but a blue post recently clarified that that was not the case:
In order to use the Work Orders in Sunsong Ranch, you need to be exalted with The Tiillers and all plots unlocked, but it’s not required to own Sunsong. Work orders will be available for most 5.0/5.1 factions, but it will most likely not include Black Prince.
So, while you at least don’t have to buy the farm, you do still need to have maxed out Tiller reputation to be able to gain reputation for any of the other factions. The new factions are not present in the work orders section, as it would be a little bizarre for brand new factions to have their reputation obtainable via farming. The quests are available over on Wowhead, and most of the quests revolve around the specific factions’ needs for vegetables, which, fortunately, can be grown on your farm! The quests, like early Tillers ones, are in two parts, one asking that you plant eight seeds, and the latter asking that you harvest eight ripe plants, resulting in forty vegetables. Different factions require different vegetables, so, as I say in the video, the Golden Lotus are after White Turnips, and nothing else.
The reputation gain awarded is not that highThe reputation gain awarded for eight vegetable plants is not that high at 300, particularly considering that you would have to dedicate half of your farm to earning this small amount of reputation. It’s not completely clear at the moment whether all the faction quests are available all the time, per the screenshot shown in the video, or whether they will be a little more irregular. Of course, farming land availability means that only two quests will be completable per day.
Not a tabard, but getting closer
Also coming in the patch 5.2 reputation changes is Blizzard’s compromise between the current reputation system and the one players may remember from Cataclysm. There is not a reputation tabard being introduced, instead a system is now on the PTR that allows players to “champion” a faction for a dungeon and a scenario per day. The system allows players to go into the Dungeon Finder, and pick whichever faction they wish to gain reputation for, no tabard, so nothing to equip, just a drop-down menu. The same applies for scenarios.
Again, the reputation awarded is not high, currently 750 for your first heroic and 325 for your first scenario, but considerably more than is awarded by the tillers!
What’s your take on these new reputation systems? Do they go far enough? And will you be taking advantage of both of them?