This weekends bonus event is the arena skirmish event where you need to win 10 arena skirmish matches for 500 conquest points and you get double honor from each skirmish you do. Being I do not PvP often this is basically a non event. It is a non event I am extremely happy to see. I am actually happier to see this weekends arena event than I would be to see an event I would actually participate in.
At first I, like many others, did not like the idea that there would be weekends where there would be nothing for us. PvPers did not like the PvE stuff, nor did they have a use for it. PvEers did not like the PvP stuff, nor did they have a use for it. And anyone that does not pet battle, or in the case of a guild mate already has every pet in the game at max level, the pet battle weekend event is useless. So the people that liked whatever it is they like did not like the idea they were being left out some weekends.
It wasn't until I actually participated in a weekend event, like I did last week and the week before, that I realized I do not actually like these events. If anything they got in the way of other things I had wanted to do.
Sure it was fun doing some throwback time walking BC dungeons the first few times, but as you approached 10, 15 or even 20 dungeons, it started to get more annoying more than fun. Even more so if you were a DPS and did not have a guild group, having to wait in queue for these things was no short event, it was a long and drawn out thing.
The apexis crystal one did not bother me as much because I was there anyway as it was new content and I was bringing new characters in there anyway, so bonus apexis crystals, yes please. But even while getting my bonus crystals I thought, this is going to suck in a few weeks when I am done with this place and feel as if I have to come back just to grind crystals on a specific weekend.
It is nice to have options, sure, we all love that and the game needs more of them but these bonus weekends are not options always options. Not if they fit in your wheelhouse of the thing you wish to do.
At this moment if you are a raider you "need" to get that 4th coin for the week. If you are gearing up through apexis gear and want to do it as best and as fast as you can you "need" to grind on T2 during the apexis event. How exactly is that an option?
For me this weekends event is an option. It is something I could do, if I wanted to, but being it does not benefit me in any way it is completely optional. With that said, I shall be opting out of this weekends bonus event and I am so very glad that this weekend it is an option for me to do so.
In time the "need' will go away and even the ones we might feel like we "need" to do them will also become optional, they just aren't right at the moment for some.
I'll end up sitting on 10 coins at some point in the future and will not feel the "need" to do the time walking dungeons to get my 4th extra roll for the week. The people gearing up with apexis gear will eventually get every slot done and no longer feel the "need" to grind like a mofo during the bonus event. The pet battler that wants to level pets will eventually get all the pets they want leveled so they won't feel the "need" to take advantage of the pet bonus event.
At the moment however, for me, any time walker event or dungeon event that pops up that will allow me to get an extra roll feels mandatory on any character I intend to raid with. I might even go so far as to say I would be more inclined to grind for crystals while the apexis bonus event is going on now that the fragments to upgrade the gear is BoA.
So I am welcoming a weekend where there is nothing I feel I "need" to do. I am really liking that it is an arena event. The idea that I would get conquest from completing the quest and bonus honor from participating in each skirmish means nothing to me. Sure it is bait, bait to try to get people to PvP, but it is not working on me. My free time is more important to me and I am really glad to not have an event I feel I "need" to participate in.
For those PvPers out there, have fun with the event. I hope for you and what you are aiming for it is less "needed" than getting a 4th coin is for me so that you can only do it if you really want to where I felt I had no option. But for me, I am very happy to see this bonus event because this bonus event means I have no bonus event telling me what to do this weekend and I am free to do whatever it is that I want.
Was it their intention that I feel happier when the bonus weekend event is something I do not want to do than I do when it is something I want to do? I am sure that is not working as intend.