We hope you didn’t just plan to casually carve out some pumpkins during this year’s Masquerade of Liars in the Protector’s Enclave! Because the devs added a brand-new competitive game mode to the yearly Halloween event that might require a little bit more attention. All we have is the official dev blog for now, but it seems that players compete within three different factions for glory, and a free reward!
By completing dailies, players add to their team’s stockpile of treats. After the event, the winning party gets a permanent illusion mask item for free. Other players can still buy it, but have to spend campaign currency or even Astral Diamonds. An additional twist: The item from the winning faction will not re-appear in future reincarnations of the event. So you get it this year or never.
Next to the mask items, players can also earn a new Broom Mount and Splinter Companion. The Masquerade probably adds to the events that hands out a purple mount just for showing up each day, which is great. Plus it has a nice equip bonus of +2,000 Power. The new upgraded “empowered” Illusionist’s Mask also looks promising. With Power, Recovery and Action Point Gain it should make many loadouts as secondary Artifact. The dev blog has pictures of all the new shiny stuff!
Yearly Rewards Originally an Unblogged Idea
It’s great to see some older events getting an update and some competition never hurts. We’ll see whether some of the bigger alliances will indeed treat this seriously and try to get all their members into the same faction. The rewards do look worth going for. That should help, because the Masquerade of Liars had lost traction over the years and not a lot of people were farming treats for the outdated stuff in the event store.
The idea of introducing yearly rewards to make single installments of events more meaningful by the way originated from Unblogged. We’re glad that the devs decided to add the feature to the Masquerade and will see whether they plan to do it with other events as well. Unique rewards are an easy way to add some swag, especially for longtime players. Remember when the Angel of Protection was the reward to get, because it took a full year to farm it? Now it’s no longer a trophy but a companion that’s hardly worth spending the Celestial Coins on. In five years, if the game is still around and you own the discontinued Halloween mask of 2018, it at least means you’ve been around for a while.
Jubilee Thrones Another Opportunity?
Another great opportunity to do this would be the Jubilee thrones by the way. As more are added each year it obviously gets harder to farm them all during one event, but owning a specific one doesn’t come with this little extra amount of pride and sense of achievement. Anyway, back to the Masquerade! The event starts tomorrow and we’ll make sure to update our guide as soon as possible with all the information about the “Contest of Liars”.
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