Lets face it, tanks players are looking for one of three things when it comes to their WoT (or WoWp these days) specials:
1) x3 or x5 first win bonuses. There is something about having a nice match and jumping 8-10k XP that just feels insanely good. And no matter how terrible the weekend is, just one good first win can make up for all of it.
2) Premium discounts. We all covet many of the premium tanks – and in an online world that charges $10 for a mount, charting $50 is pretty steep. We can’t afford as many of those, so its nice that we can save up some money and buy one on sale every now and then.
3) Equipment sales. Gear for the tanks is expensive, and its not practical to just move gear from tank to tank for most items. So we are always looking to save some cash so that we can continue to buy the fun new shiny in the form of new tanks. I’ve said before (and I think most WoT players would agree) that silver/credits is the single most limiting factor to advancement in the game. It takes the longest to farm and gets spent the fastest when the price for tanks is in the millions. So we want to save those creds for buying new tanks, not a 10% loading bonus for a tank we already had.
Wargaming, somehow, after six months of running their mouth about how awesome this sale and special was going to be, have managed to give their player base none of the above. They did offer a few of the rare premiums, like the KV-5 and German-captured Char B1s, but they bundled them in multi-tank packages available only through the Gift Shop and charged *even more* for them. Been waiting for that Char, which is a tier 4 premium? $90. Ninety. Nine-oh. Yes, you get another tier 8 premium, some premium time, some credits, and so on and so forth…but who wants to spend $90? And the KV-5, which I bought straight up for $34 I think it was the last time it was on sale? Now its $55 with all the stuff they have added into the bundle.
Of course, I could be biased. I was hoping for at least a small discount on the SU-122-44 that I wanted, so maybe its just my personal disappointment peaking through. But I can’t help thinking that maybe the $30 I was saving up for that SU will now get spent elsewhere. Because the other great thing about the big sales is that *everything* usually goes on sale. Without that fourth important component to match with the ones above, I have no way of knowing when I will get my shot at the tank. So I might as well carry on in another game and adopt a “wait and see” approach.