We think “the Exalted” is a really awesome title. With Cataclysm we added a bunch of new reps though, and we want the title to keep pace so that it’s always representative of someone that’s obtained a considerable number of exalted reputations throughout the life of the game, even as we add more.
We did consider offering multiple titles for the various tiers, but “the Exalted” fits so perfectly and we wanted to avoid a potentially infinite string of titles like “the Fairly Exalted”, “the Nigh Exalted”, “the Mostly Exalted”, etc. We also considered grandfathering in those who had already earned it but think that this title can be a unique testament to the continued efforts of reputation hunters and keep the same value as we introduce more reps and push the requirements up to match.
It’s different than every other rep in the way we’re raising it with a new bar to meet, and I do apologize that it wasn’t communicated clearly beforehand that it was going to be functioning this way.
It appears that a few people are upset that 45 reputations no longer awards you a title.
I get this. There’s nothing worse than working hard for something, spending days (and weeks) working towards whatever achievement you may aspire to that suddenly gets removed from you with little (or in this case) no warning. Some might say that the way this change was announced was less than optimal to boot. Frankly, it’s a bit of a PR disaster.
As you can see from my achievements tracker, I’ve already hit the 50 mark and have the title back. Getting exalted with the new Cataclysm reps is all that is needed to pull anyone with 45 reps up to the new level. Yes, this involves some extra effort but in fairness to Blizzard all of these can be garnered with Tabards only, there are no complicated faffs involved. It’s not a question of IF you can get them, it’s WHEN.
I reckon, had someone at Blizzard used some thought, it would have been better to implement this ‘change’ at the first major content patch after Cata, and not with this ‘mini-patch’ (however huge it might actually look) I would think that by then far more people will have managed to knock the five reputations needed to tick them over to 50, and this would have been FAR less of an issue than it actually is.
Suffice it to say, getting to 50 is a breeze. Anything AFTER 50, now that’s a completely different story, as I am currently discovering…