I knew this was gonna happen. The moment they announced there was no hero reward for the new year I had that gut feeling. But now we got confirmation of it now that we have ANOTHER $80 Mega Bundle with a hero skin locked to it.
None of these are available elsewhere, and now it's clear it's going to continue. We said no to paywalled heroes when they were first announced back in 2015. We didn't buy the $10 heroes, so we got free heroes instead as rewards for doing something, and everyone loved them. But now, the only way we can get hero skins now is by forking over $80 for these preorders. What used to be free rewards we all loved, is now another money grubbing tactic used by Activision.
I wont be ordering this time. I will have 10k gold and about 10k dust. I have bought pre release deals in the past so I am not against spending money. Cosmetics dont make me want to spend real money when I have enough resources. That being said if they had a $20 deal with the card back or the free legendary I might have bought that.
Free to play players are usually playing casually and don't really need cosmetic skins or golden cards. Hard core players who expect this kind of bonus would buy the mega bundle anyway. I'm a f2p and I couldn't care less about which hero I play as, it doesn't impact gameplay or my game experience at all.
This thread really proofs how so many players are Blizzard apologists and the company won't ever need to stop charging players for something that should be earnable in-game, since the players will keep paying for it.