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World of Tanks – Holiday Ops

by on December 29, 2016
 

What’s this special all about?

Holiday Ops is Wargaming’s annual Christmas/New Year special that brought an undecorated tree and a ‘Snowitzer’ tank to players garages. The point of this event is for each of us decorate their props best they can. Reaping some hefty rewards on the way. Holiday Ops started on 16th December and last exactly 1 full month.

Did someone say ‘Hefty rewards’?!

Holiday Ops

Current shape of my festive tree

Every festive decoration is grouped into tiers, 1st being the lowest and 5th being the top one. Every tier is worth the 1 point (tier 1 = 1 point; tier 5 = 5 points). Decorations are earned trough playing the game and completing some of 12 special missions. Every mission you complete will give you a present in which you’ll find 3 decorations whose tiers are the same as the tier of the present you’re opening. When you collect 5 of the same tier decorations which you’re not gonna be using, you can then craft/merge those 5 decoration into 1 which is 1 tier higher. So if you have 5 spare tier 1 props you can merge them into 1 tier 2 prop. However, if you do this to tier 5 decoration you’ll only effectively lose 4 tier 5’s.
The reward system is divided into 10 presents. Every present is earned when your number of points (which is equal to sum of tier of all your decoration) reaches certain point. Max present is the level 10 one but there is one more level after that which gives you one extra crew member. For that you need to be in top 5 by exp earned in both teams, 5 times.

Holiday Ops

Derp with ‘Serb’ sign on it equals true power

The rewards list:

1st present:
L-60 gift tank
Garage slot
2nd present:
100% credit discount on the Pvlvv fm/42
3rd present:
100% credit discount on the Ikv 72
Swedish female crew member (radio operator) with the “Sisterhood of Steel” Perk
3x Large Repair Kits
3x Large First Aid Kits
3x Extra Combat Rations (Swedish)
4th present:
100% credit discount on the Sav m/43
3 Personal Reserves: Additional Crew Experience per Battle (+100% for 2 hours)
3x Large Repair Kits
3x Large First Aid Kits
3x Extra Combat Rations (Swedish)
5th present:
100% credit discount on the Ikv 103
Swedish female crew member (Driver) with the “Sisterhood of Steel” Perk
3x Large Repair Kits
3x Large First Aid Kits
Extra Combat Rations (Swedish)
6st present:
80% credit discount on the Ikv 65 Alt II
Garage slot
3x Large Repair Kits
3x Large First Aid Kits
3x Extra Combat Rations (Swedish)
7th present:
60% credit discount on the Ikv 90 Typ B
3 Personal Reserves: Additional Experience per Battle (+50% for 2 hours)
3x Large Repair Kits
3x Large First Aid Kits
3x Extra Combat Rations (Swedish)
8th present:
50% credit discount on the UDES 03
Swedish female crew member (Loader) with the “Sisterhood of Steel” Perk
4 Large Repair Kits
4 Large First Aid Kits
4 Extra Combat Rations (Swedish)
9th present:
40% credit discount on the Strv 103-0
Swedish female crew member (Commander) with the “Sisterhood of Steel” Perk
5x Large Repair Kits
5x Large First Aid Kits
5x Extra Combat Rations (Swedish)
10th present:
30% credit discount on the Strv 103B
3 Personal Reserves: Additional Experience per Battle (+100% for 4 hours)
5x Large Repair Kits
5x Large First Aid Kits
5x Extra Combat Rations (Swedish
Additional reward:
Swedish female crew member (Gunner)
with the “Sisterhood of Steel” Perk
5 Personal Reserves: Additional Crew Experience +200% for each battle for 2 hours

My thoughts

All in all this is one of the best, if not the best, events ever held. The pure amount of rewards is amazing and reaching all the presents isn’t difficult at all, which I really didn’t expect from a grindy game like World of Tanks. However, the steepest curve is the one from level 9 to level 10 as it requires all of your decorations to be tier 5 (80 point in total). Reaching this level can be tricky and annoying as you never know which decoration you’re going to get/craft. But there is an alternative route for all the impatient ones, it unfortunately involves spending real life money.

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