The Midsummer Fire Festival is a huge disappointment. I wrote earlier about why players should be excited to light their faction’s fires, extinguish the enemy’s fires, and more. However, this event has not lived up to expectations.
First off, the Summer Scorchling is not available this year. Blizzard has not indicated if this was intentional or not. Instead, we got the Frigid Frostling. I suppose its more of an appropriate drop from Ahune and his Satchel of Chilled Goods than a fire elemental, but this is the first year that players can easily and efficiently farm for his drops with the Dungeon Finder. Incidentally, the droprate for the pet is 5%. If you kill Ahune every day during the Fire Festival, you have a 1-(.95)^15=53.7% to obtain the pet. A coin flip is a pretty good distribution rate for players who put in the effort. The Summer Scorchling had a lower drop rate and was harder to get for organizational reasons. I’m happy I was able to secure my ice elemental this year, in case he takes next year off.
Another loss in this year’s festival is the reputation gains from the fire quests. In previous years, there was tens of thousands of reputation to be had with major cities. With the Argent Tournament, this reputation is more relevant than ever. Unfortunately, you’ll have to keep grinding the Tournament or Runecloth to get your home city rep if you are still working on it.
All and all, there seems like there is less this year aside from the new queueing system. The loot table is smaller (though more relevant), less rewards from doing the fire quests, and there are no new Cataclysm-related (or otherwise) quests or achievements.
I’ll keep grinding to get my capes and Frost Emblems on my alts, but overall, I am not at all impressed by this year’s Fire Festival.