The Feast of Winter Veil has been and gone, and despite an initial enthusiasm for a new title, I’ve ended up not completing all the achievements to call myself “Merrymaker”.
I did most of them, including shelling out the gold for an epic flying mount, having discovered that I needed one to complete the Ogrila achievement. However, it was the requirement for a PvP achievment that was the show stopper for me. I don’t like PvP. I forced myself into two Battlegrounds to get my “Spirit of Competition” pet. I ran two or three to complete my “The Hallowed” title. But 50 honor kills in a gnome costume? When being a gnome seems to make you the number one target to the opposition? And you lose the effect on death and either have to AFK out and twiddle your thumbs for 15 minutes before trying again, or have to complete the battleground without it counting towards your achievement at all. It’s a waste of my time. And it’s not fun. So I didn’t do it.
I also never got the Santa hat, so missed out on another achievement there. I’ve had no time to run any instances recently anyway, and I didn’t want to bug my Guild to run The Nexus for me to get the hat. I’d rather do stuff I can achieve on my own, without having to ask for help.
I also never dressed as a snowman and danced in Dalaran. But I do have my disguise kit, as does my husband, so I could get that one any time I wanted.
Renata on the World of Warcast podcast came up with a great idea. She suggested the seasonal achievements should grant the title if you gain a subset of the required achievements. So, if for example there are 15 achievements in total for Winter’s Veil, completing any 13 should give you the title. I think this is a great idea. It means if you really don’t want to PvP, or don’t satisfy the requirements for a couple of the achievements, you can still gain yourself the title. I’d really like to see that implemented, because it looks like Blizzard have put a PvP requirement in all the seasonal collections, and they don’t seem to get any easier.