If Blizzard has made modifications to it, it's never told the community. In fact, the in-game voice chat has never come up in my conversations with Blizzard people, which now strikes me as kind of odd.
My guess is that it's not used in the western world very much, but that it might be used more overseas. Remember that just because the 4 million or so North American players don't use it (and even adding another 2 million English-speaking EU players, or whatever the number is), that's still only half the WoW playerbase. There's another huge part we don't really know about, so I think it's illogical to say no one uses it. (Sorry, MattKrotzer -- you're still awesome!)
My real life has kicked my raiding options square in the pants -- without raiding with my guildies, what is the best way to raise guild rep? The ~35 rep per daily turn in is going to make the grind from revered to exalted take forever...
Yes, it is going to take a lot longer without raiding. My recommendation would be to get a guild tabard, try to do as many dailies as possible, and run as many guild heroics as you can.
So my husband was running a dungeon after answering the healer call to arms. He sucessfully finished the dungeon but did not get his sachel. After putting in a ticket they told him it is a known bug that if you join a group, and then a player leaves and you have to re-queue then you no longer are considered as queuing solo and forfit your sachel. I've never seen this mentioned on WoW Insider, granted I don't read every word in every blog post, but is this something that is widely known and I just missed it, or is it something that should be made more public knowledge? But seriously that is a pretty nasty bug, cause how many times do you loose/kick someone in your group, and if that happens you might as well leave too and re-queue, if you are doing it just for the sachel.
Wow. I had no idea that's a bug, but it makes sense that it exists (in a buggy way). After researching, I've found a fair number of other reports of this. I bet it doesn't happen to everyone, though. Either way, now people will know about it!
TL;DR version: If you queue to get a satchel via the Call to Arms and someone leaves your group, you might not get a satchel if you requeue because you're queuing as a group and not as an individual player.
Disclaimer: This hasn't been noted as an official bug, so take it with a grain of salt.
Do you play Rift?
I've played it, got to about level 25 or so, then stopped. It really just felt like WoW 2.0 to me -- so instead, I went and leveled a goblin warlock and actually played WoW 2.0.
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