Ok so let me outline what I experienced so far.
-I play a 18.2k OP myself.
-I formed 17k IL groups at minimum with a good composition
-Average run duration 20 min (assuming group is looting the chests yadayada)
We can farm 45 of the Coins every day, 45 x 20 min = 15 hours.
45 x 7 days to grind = 275 maximum currency you can grind in the event.
We need 135 coins to get One tale of old, you need TWO tales to get one artifact, aka you need 270 out of 275 coins to get your artifact.
That also assumes 7 x 15 = 105 hours to grind.(assuming you don't need sleep, eat, work, kids, whatever)
Now the next problem, every group I had so far had someone that had to leave after the first run. This is seriously problematic as we are not able to ''request for reinforcements'' thus the party is forced to give up at this point.
Another problem, this stuff binds to character on pickup, so you can NOT farm this for an alt. It forces you to participate with your main, which most likely around 16k+ IL alrdy has top notch gear.
Who of you developers did the math behind all this?
Now here is what I am fearing MOST. Lets say this event is launched 4x a year (cant say cuz next one is not shown on the calender) Now after a YEAR you MIGHT be able to get the artifacts. Then mod X comes out, and some random mod artifact will outweigh this artifact statwise.
What guarantee is there that in the future there won't be a easy artifact coming out that makes this stuff obsolete? Can cryptic confirm they will boost the item similar to what happened to the MW III items? Or is it just crossing your fingers it wont happen?
The hype quickly turned into a sour mood in our alliance chat after we confirmed average run times, experiences and number crunching what we actually are expected to do to get these items. I don't mind grinding, but this is going beyond realistic.
Also don't come with the argument: This is an event that people should participate multiple times in to finish their item, cuz if that's the case you should let it occur more often then 1x every 3 months. (and indicate the next one on the calendar right away instead of letting us be in the dark, is this 1x 3 months? 6? yearly event? It still doesn't take away the unrealistic amount of hours required to unlock this stuff nor does it change the biggest fear of mine that I pointed out above.