Obsidian Nightwing Replacing X-53 Touring Rocket As Recruit-a-Friend Reward

I got an email from Blizzard today notifying me that they are removing the X-53 Touring Rocket as a reward for the Recruit-a-Friend program. Read on past the jump for the new mount and more.
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No this was not a spam email even though you would be right to be suspicious. I did have an unclaimed reward and have since claimed it. If you get a similar email be sure not to click on any links in it but rather log into your account seperately. You can never be too careful.

Here is the relevant text from the email. 

Beginning 2012-17-07, we will be offering a new in-game reward, Obsidian Nightwing, to veteran World of Warcraft players who fulfill the requirements of the Recruit a Friend program. According to our records, you have earned the current reward, the X-53 Touring Rocket, but have not yet claimed it.
Your reward will only be available for 5 more days, so we encourage you to claim it now. It will no longer be possible to claim the X-53 Touring Rocket as of 2012-17-07.

Now what wasn't made as clear to me was whether my X-53 Touring Rocket reward would turn into a Obsidian Nightwing or whether I would simply lose the reward altogether. (They do convert. See Update below.)

Thinking back I might have been better to risk it to see if my X-53 Touring Rocket would turn into an Obsidian Nightwing but it's too late for that now.

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So what is the Obsidian Nightwing? Well I did a little digging and found this Obsidian Nightwing page on the MoP Beta version of WoWhead.

Here is the flavor text for the mount:

Transforms you into an Obsidian Nightwing, allowing you to fly very fast and carry an ally on your back.  This is a flying mount.

Doing a bit more digging I came across this post on the MMO Champion forums with a possible image of the Obsidian Nightwing which looks like it might be a cross between the new Mists of Pandaria Jewelcrafting mount the Jeweled Onyx Panther and the Winged Guardian Blizzard Store mount. Pretty cool!

Image Source: Kluddesu via MMO-Champion Forums 

Limited Time Offer!

I'm not sure this change will have any effect on the in-game economy but if you're a mount collector and have been wanting the X-53 Touring Rocket you have around 5 days to do the Recruit-a-Friend and have them attach a 60-day Game Time card onto the account so you can claim the mount ASAP.

UPDATE 1: I read in a blue post last night that unclaimed Rockets will turn into the new Obsidian Nightwings as long as they are not claimed before the Nightwings become available.

UPDATE 2: I received an "updated" email today with more clarification about the mount changing into the cat mount if not claimed. I'm calling Blizzard tech support now to try to get my mount switched to "unclaimed" due to the bad wording of the first email. I'd much rather have the Obsidian Nightwing than a second Rocket.

Second email below. (Emphasis added.)

Unfortunately the previous version of this mail was sent out with some errors and for that we deeply apologize. Please disregard that mail and continue reading for information regarding the upcoming changes to our Recruit A Friend service.
Beginning July 16, 2012, we will be offering a new in-game reward, Obsidian Nightwing, to veteran World of Warcraft players who fulfill the requirements of the Recruit a Friend program. According to our records, you have earned the current reward, the X-53 Touring Rocket, but have not yet claimed it.
The X-53 Touring Rocket will only be available for 4 more days, so we encourage you to claim it now if you desire to do so. After July 16, 2012, claiming a Recruit-a-Friend reward will instead give you the Obsidian Nightwing mount.

UPDATE 3: I called Blizzard customer support and explained my situation (first email said I'd lose the mount, claimed it even though I had it already). The customer support representative let me know that they had no way of "unclaiming"/reverting my RAF reward but that what I might try is to wait until after the new mount is out and put in an in-game ticket explaining my situation and see if they can switch my Rocket mount (which is sitting in my Hunter's bank) out for the new Obsidian Nightwing.

They also said that they added a note to my account that I had called and explained the situation to them before the mount had went live just to be sure it didn't look like I was trying to "pull one over" on them.

I guess that is what I'll do. After July 16 I'll put in an in-game ticket and try to have my (2nd) Rocket mount exchanged for a Obsidian Nightwing (which is what I really want any way).

*fingers crossed*

UPDATE 4: This story has a happy ending. The in-game GMs added my name to a list and GMs eventually removed my Rocket item and mailed me an Obsidian Nightwing! Yay for great customer support!

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  1. I don't think it's a scam e-mail, either, but I do find it interesting that the database they're using must be at least a few weeks old, as that was when I finally redeemed my rocket.

  2. Saw my email and saw at the bottom it said or check out a guide on how to claim it at well i'm not on a US server.. but you'know i checked my account and there it was.. my rocket. Not a scam, doesn't hurt to ceck your account, just dont click on links :)

  3. Well damnation---I saw the post saying the touring rocket would be going away soon so I set up an RAF account to get it. The 60 days hasn't run yet, though, so I will get the Obsidian Nightwing instead of the rocket that I signed up for? That sucks. I suppose I could still get it by buying a 60-days prepaid within the next 4 days.

    1. Yes this is correct as far as I know. Every time I've used a game time card the mount has been immediate.

  4. Hmmm I'm pretty sure I have an unclaimed rocket sitting around. I did two RaF and I never wanted the rocket to begin with so I claimed my first on my mount collector and ignored the second!

    1. Nice. If you got the same email I did today just let it sit and there's a good chance you'll be able to claim an Obsidian Nightwing instead after July 16.

  5. Yep checked my e-mail I have the original one and the follow up one with the corrections. I'll leave that be then, I never saw the point in getting a second rocket. I only collect mounts on my priest. Fantastic if this changes into a cat, thanks so much for the heads up!

  6. Just claimed my rocket, never did because I didn't care about it and have another one to claim still. Fingers crossed for the new mount.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    1. The hell wasn't I logged in for that last comment? Grrr!

  7. Best of luck, Jim :) the new RAF reward is a beauty among mounts for sure...

    1. My in-game ticket was answered and I was apparently put on "a list" and might have my mount swapped out in the future. Hope it happens. DO WANT!