Essentially Winter Veil is over for another year. We have less than a week of Greench farming left and then that is it for another year…where we can expect the exact same thing. For all that Blizzard does with World of Warcraft, they don’t do enough to keep old things fresh. When they do, they call it an expansion.
It would be nice to have a living world in the sense that other games try to create, but I’m certainly not that demanding. But they sure could go the extra mile and freshen up some of the holiday events and none more so than Winter Veil. Log in, get the Greench quest if you’re high enough and farm him daily to get the single new item they’ve added to the loot table because even the level requirement hasn’t changed. Then grab gifts on Christmas Day.
I honestly love the developers putting actual gifts under the Winter Veil tree. I think it’s an incredibly nice gesture but it unfortunately holds zero value any more. Heck, I know players who didn’t even bother opening their gifts this year because they would end up deleting them. Can’t say as I necessarily blame them. There’s only so far a stack of Roast can go again.
Now obviously there’s some merit to the Greench aspect, since it was packed every time I flew out there (yup, for the pet). Many times, didn’t even need to fight him. Just collect and move on. So apparently the player base still has enough enjoyment in it I suppose. Even the gift opening was absolute chaos but that was thanks to Ironforge being a CRZ. Slow clap for that one.
Now I’m not going to sit and gripe without an idea of my own, no matter how unlikely it might be. You see, I think one simple change to the gift process would make it interesting again. First off, ditch said roast. It’s a waste to use at low level and there’s better food at high level. I know people like the Holly for the mount look. Also, don’t add one thing just for an achievement. Instead, keep the festive items at a reasonable drop rate (…wand included I suppose) and put in a slim chance that one gift is something else. In much the same idea as the Timeless Isle, make it gear for that class (or even a weapon). Whether it’s epic or not, and BoP, it’s something different. Include pets and mounts that are less common/drops as well. Just create that slim chance of a nice surprise showing up and I think it would make it exciting. Of course, you would be disappointed if you didn’t get something and knew plenty of others that did. To counter that, I was among those disappointed with what was under the tree this year.
Speaking of which, that brings me to the gift part. As a result of this year’s “excitement,” I have a few Snowman Kits and Red And Green Helpers respectively. I didn’t get a count of how many of each I now have, but I’m happy to give away my extras on a first come, first serve, basis. Just leave a comment below with which pet you need. I know many will have all three but I’m trying to do something with the extras I find myself with now. Hopefully it’s you. When you leave your comment, just give me a character name and server you’re on (US or Oceanic only) and I’ll make a character and mail it to you.