Now that Gnome-a-Palooza has been released and is working exactly as previewed I can’t help but wonder which direction Gems of War is planning to take. There’s obviously big changes incoming.
To recap my first 15 minute Gnome-a-Palooza run:
13k glory (equals 650 glory keys)
16 vault keys
2 epic vault keys
Tons of ingots
A pile of gems keys, event keys, jewels and gems
Enough verses to craft several follow-up Gnome-a-Palooza
Multiply by 50 for playing this a few hours each day this weekend. Once I turn in all the vault keys I should also gain several ten thousand gems, a few hundred major orbs and few truckloads of other goodies.
The in-game shop has become obsolete. Almost anything in there can now be farmed within a short time, whenever you want. Even Deathknight Armor is now nothing more but visual fluff, there’s no longer any point in going gold/soul farming.
Guild events have become obsolete, with the exception of Tower of Doom (for Forge scrolls) and possibly Guild Wars (for fun). Unlocking all reward tiers requires each guild member to spend hours playing, and they are insignificant compared to what you get from just running another of your infinite Gnome-a-Palooza.
Campaigns have become mostly obsolete. You get some temporary bonus stats, plus some troops/weapons a bit earlier in case you pay up. Spending the time required on Gnome-a-Palooza instead will net you several mythic troops (through glory converted to glory keys), plus a few dozen times of what the campaign considers rewards.
So, Gems of War moving from F2P to monthly subscription mode? Shop and sigil system removed, all content unlocked, play what you want with whatever team you want? That would at least make the most sense, now that the collection aspect has essentially been removed from the game and in-game purchases are no longer viable.
I have no idea, but several resources and collectibles remain virtually unattainable/unfarmable:
Scrolls, as you’ve mentioned
Campaign mythics and weapons
Deeds, books, writs
This might just be a one-off for players to catch up on F2P content before they hit the reset button and start transitioning to Puzzle Quest 3’s everything-premium model. I could imagine future kingdoms, delves and classes to be heavily moneygated (yes, yes, technically F2P ).
I don’t mind this event invalidating all other events. I’m sick to the face of ‘EXpLoRe wiTh ExtRA StePs’ aka. ‘World Events’ anyway.
The diamonds are actually still farmable because of the vault keys you can get. It may be a resource to get another resource, but it is still there. Even if only a byproduct of a resource that IS possible from the gnome-a-paloozas, it can still be farmed. Cosmetic pets don’t matter except for hardcore completionists so I don’t know why they were listed.
Also, fixed one of your pluralizations to be moderator-approved.