It’s a tough thing. Changing mains that is. While I have always had alts in WoW, some I played a lot, I always came back to the class that started it all for me, my Paladin. When Cataclysm was winding down and I was considering whether or not I would still be playing WoW in Mists, I had thought maybe my interest would be kickstarted by switching to another character, give my focus a fresh face. I am still trying to come to terms with this possible change, and it is coming with mixed results. However I am enjoying playing my Priest more often than not, and it is still possible this may bring about a long-term change in my play. However my circumstances shake out with regards to continued play, Mists of Pandaria has made things easier than ever when you want to change who your main character is. I wanted to go over some of the key elements that make this so easy, some functional, some ease of life, but all adding to a better time for you if you’re sick of that character.
1. Sharing of Achievements and titles: With Mists of Pandaria, came a new way that WoW keeps track of achievement points. Instead of it being stored on a character level, it is now stored on the account-wide level. This removed a major barrier for people changing mains. Once put into the game, achievements became just as big a marker of player ability as gear.
The mains are the ones who got all the best achievements. Metas, holidays, Loremaster, all done on the main character, and why would it not be? Once someone got sick of that class however, they were forced to make a choice; either stay on the main and hope the interest is re-kindled, or switch to one of the alts and look at now your now gimped achievement point total for your new raiding career.
Luckily this is no longer the case. All those points are there on everyone. All those titles too. That level 1 alt can now proudly proclaim that you took the time out to become a Loremaster, or put in the time to be a Bloodsail Admiral. These two changes may seem simple and inconsequential, but it removed a large mental barrier to changing your main.
2. Mounts and Pets: The mount thing is like the first two points, mostly mental. Some class-only mounts are not account wide, but it’s nice that all my characters can get on my Flying Nimbus disc. The pets being there for all the characters is actually the more important thing, because of pet battling. Since the pet catalog is now stored on the account level, you can engage in pet battles no matter which character you’re on, making it a perfect diversion for when you’re waiting for a queue pop; or making sure you have something to do on the right character while riding the raid bench. It’s nice, and makes sense.
3. Grand Commendations: These things are awesome. Patch 5.1 gave us the option of buying these one-use items from a Pandarian faction once we hit revered with them. Once you use it, every character on your account gets a 100% rep bonus with that faction. This includes daily, and non-daily quests, as well as the quests done on the original character; easing the grind from revered to exalted.
This is easily the most important change that allows expedient change of your main character. Rep gear is a big deal in Mists, at least in this tier. Anything that eases that long, often soul-crushing grind is a welcome change, and is a good compromise to bringing back tabard rep.
There is only one thing I would like to see Blizzard do to help along to process of cultivating a new character to take over main raiding and playing duties. Allow alts to get access to Pandaria flying right away, much like what was eventually done in Wrath of the Lich King. Other than this, I cannot see anything that would be possibly available to ease any transition. At least anything reasonable. They could make rep account wide if they wanted, but that would be nuts. Yes. Nuts.