For the Record: Regarding the KV-220 Event
Hello everyone, if you are following the various World of Tanks events and news, you already know that in September, we (EU), ASIA and Russian server (and of course presumably the US server as well, although that was not confirmed yet) will get a chance to recieve the KV-220 and Type 62 tanks “for free” – well, not exactly for free of course – in order to get it, you will have to perform series of gruelling missions, that – unless you are a very good player – do require you to play for some time. And that’s fine. You invest either money or time, that’s how it works and it gives a chance for players without money to get either of these tanks. Or both, if you apart from money lack also any social life. It’s a good thing (of course, considering it most likely originated on Russian server – it’s not like our own WG EU “specialists” would invent such a thing). In any case, there is one aspect that bothers me a bit about the entire event: the presence of the KV-220. Let me explain. As of now, the KV-220 is not an uncommon vehicle – not much played though, because it’s not very “noob friendly” – it’s a juggernaut when played right thanks to its massive hull armor, but the turret isn’t that good, the gun sucks and the mobility is poor, it’s generally not a very newbie-friendly tanks and many people (like me) are driven off by its sluggishness. In any case, there was however a time (last year) when there was no KV-220 on EU (or US) server, it was originally a RU server exclusive tank (there was some moaning on RU server connected to the fact the tank is given out to other servers, just like the EU/US moaned that the Russians can buy Panzer IV/V, beta Sherman or the M6A2E1 “Alien” in their shop – or at least they could until not so long ago). KV-220 was first introduced to US and EU server in late November 2013 (the post got amended on 3.12.2013, hence the later date), when an event called “Collector’s Edition” was announced – the event itself ran from 29.11. to 6.12. During this event, the players could buy the KV-220 as a part of “Collector’s Delight” for 49.99 Euro (it came with additional stuff you had to buy if you wanted it). The vehicle came introduced with following words: The list opens with an offer you simply cannot miss – the Collector’s Delight package! Why is it so special? Because this package contains a unique Premium tank which is rarely (if ever) seen on the EU battlefields – the Tier V Soviet heavy tank, KV-220! Originating as a gift tank on the RU server, the KV-220 made almost no appearances on other servers, which naturally makes it a very rare and valuable addition to anyone’s tank collection! If you go for this package, then besides this heavy metal gem you will also get a garage slot, a month of premium account and an impressive 10,500 Gold! Grab it while it lasts! As you can see, there is not a single word on exclusivity or that the vehicle is a one-time only offer (and yes, I checked, they didn’t backedit it). However, the tone of the text clearly implies this vehicle is indeed a “collector” special offer and I am sure that those, who spent 50 Euro for this “unique” tier 5 tank did not expect that a few months later, every Dick and Harry would have one. That’s how Wargaming justified the (steep) price anyway, rarity and all that. Anyway, months passed and we got the tank same tank in the shop again during the Wargaming Anniversary. This time, for practically half the price (29.99 Euro). Again, with some sort of “ballast” in the package, gold and whatnot. Players mumbled about the alleged exclusivity but okay, 30 Euro for a tier 5 tank is still pretty steep. At this point, the tank was relatively common. And now, only a month later, we are given the option to get this vehicle a free. I wonder how many people bought it for 30 Euro a month ago and are sorry they did that. Please note however that Wargaming never said (at least not to my knowledge) that this would be one-time offer. It was just…. implied that this tank would be very rare due to its steep price. The reality, as usual, turned to be quite different however. The same story went for all the “unique” lowtier gift tanks (Christmas gifts for example), that got sold some time later or given out for free repeatedly. So, what is the moral of this story? Never, ever buy an overpriced bundle, just because it offers an allegedly “exclusive” tank. You’ll get your chance to get it later for less or no money at all.