Datamining by WOWHead has found a hippo mount.
This is the Vicious War Hippo. After posting this on Facebook, so many of you were "I MUST HAVE THIS MOUNT!" In talking with Minathelan, we know how you can get it. I hope you're sitting down.
Arena or Rated Battlegrounds
When the turn in to get the mount is a saddle, that's a clue this is not your run-of-the-mill mount. "Vicious" in the title is also a clue that it comes from PvP.
So, what do you need to do?
In order to get this you will have to win 40 rated battlegrounds or 100 Arena matches.
Yes, I hear your collective groan. Well, it's been the same since Mists of Pandaria, so Mina doesn't think it's going to change and WOWHead doesn't have requirements currently listed. We'll go with how you got current and Mists steeds.
We can do this but it's going to require dedication and commitment. If we want to try the rated BG route, we MUST have 10 people who will ALWAYS come (excepting real life stuff, of course) to RBG nights. If we have more than 10 people, great. We'll rotate people in and out so everyone gets a win.
If we want to go the Arena route, the most popular is 3v3. You don't NEED a healer for each team. In fact, we would not have hard teams. Everyone goes into the pot and we just pick teams based upon who shows up. A note on how we run PvP, for those of you who may have never done that with us. Your skill matters little to us. We are in this a) for a hippo, and b) for fun. You will never hear us berate, belittle, or complain about you. We don't do that.
The key here is "time committment". I am happy to put it on the schedule twice monthly. We can run it during the week as well as a weekend, for those who can't make week day events. But you HAVE to decide you are going to do this and you HAVE to commit to showing up AND to helping everyone who wants a hippo, get a hippo.
Also, if this is a thing we want to do, we will be starting as soon as the PvP season opens in Battle for Azeroth. We are not hardcore PvP'ers regardless of the guild joke. If we wait until we feel "comfortable", we will spend the entire expansion spinning our wheels. Arena and RBGs attract the kind of people who dedicate their time to that aspect of the game. They are hardcore. We're just in this to try to get a hippo.
Therefore, you need to think about this. How willing are you to dedicate the time and energy it's going to take to get this mount? You will be frustrated. You will want to quit. Some days, you just won't get a win in 90 minutes of trying. If you get your hippo and then say, "Well, that's it for me. You all have fun." I will demote you. This is a guild event and I expect people who want to participate will hang around to help their fellow guild members.
Right now, I am willing to devote two days per month to this. I want a hippo. He's got an Alliance emblem on his side. I am not a fan of Arena. I have done it, but it's not where I like to pvp. I will, however, run Arena to get a hippo.
I don't need a committment now. I need you to think about this; think hard and long. Are you willing to put in the time it's going to take to get this mount? Once we know more, it will help us plan, but, right now, it's going to be twice a month, beginning when the PvP season opens. Sign ups will be the first weekend in September.