Gond, the lord of all smiths, returned to Neverwinter on Easter with a new creation and as always we look back at the event and judge its rewards, structure and fun factor.
I have to say I’m not a huge fan of Wonders of Gond. I never have been and will never grow into one unless there’s going to be a huge change of the overall reward structure. Bottom line: You can’t possible grind out your mount. It’s nice they upgraded the Creations of Wonders pack with a brand new colored Apparatus and Insignias, but the issue is getting to the Doohickey in the first place (while they were at it btw. they should have updated the Doohickey as well, because it has lost any usefulness as damage source).
Let’s talk math to illustrate it: A Doohickey is 24,760 RP, or 4,952 Grommets, not including any possible upgrade failures that have to be compensated with additional RP or Preservation Wards. I unfortunately only had limited playing time this weekend, but from earlier editions I know that a normal game session rewards not more than 100. This means gathering enough Grommets to fully refine your way up to a Doohickey would take approximately fifty days.
Even grinding for the Grommets you are not getting anywhere in reasonable time. And of course this completely takes you away from your daily routine, so you have to invest additional hours. Crafting Sprockets and Gadgets helps to a minor degree, but is highly inefficient. As one of our users in the comments rightfully notes though, professions can land you multiple Doohickey throughout the event if done excessively.
Overall the consumables are more available, most players however won’t event reach the fashion set at 5,900 RP, which is the first permanent and appealing reward. After all I do not mind as much that the new mount is bound, because players can choose between the original Apparatus to make some cash or the new one to use for themselves.
Which brings us to the Blueprints that are available on the ZEN market and offer a massive 4,000 RP for Gond items. The whole event feels too much like a bait to buy into the refining process once you realize you’re not getting anywhere with the Grommets that drop. That said, it’s cheaper (10-14 AD per RP) to buy stacks of Grommets from bots than using the Blueprint shortcut (~29 AD per RP). One way or another, you need to pay for the top rewards, which is not how an event should work in my eyes.
Ironically the amount of RPs you need vs. the amount of RPs you can get on a weekend would likely fit CtAs, for which I’ve already proposed a long-term goal to add more incentive to the nowadays quite trivial event. But for Gond, which runs twice a year at best, the rewards are completely out of reach for everyone not willing to invest ADs, even through multiple editions.
What’s your opinion on the Wonders of Gond event? Share it in the comments or post to our forum!