A very brief list of hotfixes for patch 5.4.8 were introduced on Friday, brief enough that they likely escaped the attention of most players. However, if you are one of the players currently farming Bloody Coins on the Timeless Isle via the Censer of Eternal Agony, you may have noticed a few changes in the way the Censer works, and in the manner that Bloody Coins are farmed. The cooldown for the Censer of Eternal Agony has been increased from ten minutes to one hour.
In addition, Fire-Watcher's Oath now has a cooldown of ten minutes, down from the one hour mark it was set at previously. Its cost is now 100 Timeless Coins, rather than 50 Bloody Coins, and the transformation now allows both mount usage and druid shape-shifting. In addition to that, the internal cooldown on earning Bloody Coins has been significantly reduced.
Community Manager Lore hopped on the official forums to discuss the changes in detail.
When we were developing the Timeless Isle, we wanted to add some incentive for players to engage in world PvP independently of faction balance. To that end, we created the Censer of Eternal Agony and Bloody Coin mechanic. This created a "third faction" of sorts on the Isle, and brought an extra element of danger to players adventuring there.
We're happy with how that worked out when Patch 5.4 released, but as time has passed, the general atmosphere of the Timeless Isle has changed. The majority of players who venture there today are either gearing up alts, or chasing after rare drops. As a result, we feel that it's time to let the sun set on the Censer of Eternal Agony, and have increased its cooldown to 1 hour. Players who want to use it for its original purpose still can, but it will be a much larger setback when they're defeated in battle.
That said, we still want players to be able to collect Bloody Coins (and the rewards that come with them), so we're making some adjustments to the Fire-Watcher's Oath item, which can now be purchased from Speaker Gulan for 100 Timeless Coins. The Fire-Watcher's Oath allows the collection of Bloody Coins from PvP kills, doesn't change your faction, and it can be used anywhere – including Battlegrounds. We've reduced its cooldown to 10 minutes (which matches its duration), removed the mounting restrictions, and have dramatically increased the ability to earn coins from PvP kills while it's active. We want players interested in earning Bloody Coins to seek them out in a Battleground with use of the Fire-Watcher's Oath.
Overall, we feel that these changes will not only make the Timeless Isle more attractive to players interested in its rewards, but will also give players collecting Bloody Coins a better way to earn them. We're monitoring your feedback, and will continue to make adjustments as necessary.
Essentially, while the changes may represent a nerf to collecting Bloody Coins on the Timeless Isle, it's not really a nerf -- the ideal location for obtaining coins is just being shifted from the Isle over to battlegrounds. Fire-Watcher's Oath won't make you hostile to your own faction, but it will allow you to nab those coins anywhere. While Timeless Isle may have been a good source of world PvP fun at its launch, these days it's filled less with players actively seeking PvP, and more with players seeking to finish achievements and mount collection. The changes might look at little drastic at first, but the bump to acquisition speed on the coins should have players that hit the battlegrounds picking up enough coins for mounts, pets, and trinkets in no time.