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Mouse Spends 8,888 Doubloons Three Times (So You Don’t Have To)

Oh goodie.  Loot boxes.

If you can’t detect the sarcasm, let me just assure you it was dripping with it.  I am not a fan of the current gambling epidemic sweeping through online gaming and it annoys me to no end to see it here in World of Warships.  The bait being used this time is the possibility of scoring some premium Pan Asian ships, including the new premium Irian (review due out soon).  There’s also some cosmetic camouflages up for grabs along with the usual fillers of temporary camos, doubloons, free experience and premium time.

Lemme be stupidly clear:  I do NOT condone loot box gambling.  I’m doing this for three reasons.

  1. There’s no financial risk to me.  I spent no real-world moneys doing this. I used doubloons gifted to me by my readers of which I had 68,856 to begin with.  Spending 26,664 of that is no big deal.
  2. I needed access to Irian to complete my review.  Rather than wait on Wargaming to give me access to it at no cost to me (and they most likely would in another day or two), I jumped the gun to get a head start.
  3. The information I can provide my readers of this experience may be helpful.  Take my results as one person’s experiences.

But let’s repeat something so there’s no mistaking it’s import:

I spent no real-moneys doing this. I used doubloons gifted to me by my readers.

Got it?  The risk here for me was zero.  Absolutely zero.  This was effectively gambling with free chips and with my wallet left at home.   My intention was to spend 8,888 doubloons three times regardless of what RNG spat out in the crates.  I went into this with the expectation that Irian was going to cost me 26,664 doubloons and I would still buy all three bundles even if I won her out of my first crate.

Before we go any further, it’s important to understand the starting status of my account.  Wargaming has learned their lessons from the Hallowe’en 2017 pumpkin containers and appears to have limited the number of duplicates that can be awarded through loot boxes.  This may be applied here, but I’m not certain.  This is especially important to understand because it could affect the RNG of rewards.

  • As stated previously, I began with 68,856 doubloons.
  • I have a premium account. This shouldn’t matter, but who knows if it’s an influence?
  • I already have the premiums Anshan, Loyang and Huanghe on my account. My guess is that this eliminates them as options from dropping from loot containers, but I may be mistaken.
Let’s get stuck in, shall we? Here’s the first bundle available in the Arsenal and my starting doubloon total.

Lunar Year Bundle #1

I went from 68,856 doubloons down to 59,968 and ended up with 15 of the Premium Lunar Year 2019 containers.  I opened them right away and they contained the following:

  • 2x Temporary Camouflage “Mosaic” x3
  • 2x Temporary Camouflage “Spring Sky” x3
  • 2x Temporary Camouflage “Type 59” x6
  • 2x Temporary Camouflage Lunar Warrior x12
  • 1x 20,000 Free Experience
  • 1x 750 doubloons
  • 1x Eight Days Premium Time
  • 1x Lunar New Year – Loyang Permanent Camouflage
  • 1x Lunar New Year – Huanghe Permanent Camouflage
  • 1x Lunar New Year – Anshan Permanent Camouflage
  • 1x Lunar New Year – Irian Permanent Camouflage

So no ships but this brought me back up to 60,718 doubloons.  Receiving all of the permanent camos though would pay off with Lunar Bundle #2.

One down, two to go.

Lunar Year Bundle #2

I spent my next 8,888 doubloons, bringing me down to 51,830.  Upon purchasing this, I was immediately given back 5,000 doubloons from having already won the Irian permanent camouflage.  It also gave me another 9 Premium Lunar Year Containers which contained the following:

  • 1x Temporary Camouflage “Type 59” x6
  • 4x Temporary Camouflage Lunar Warrior x12
  • 2x 750 doubloons
  • 1x Eight Days Premium Time
  • 1x Tier VIII Premium Pan Asian Cruiser Irian + 10pt Commander and Port Slot

So with my winnings, I went from 51,830 doubloons up to 58,330 after purchasing this bundle.  More importantly, I had won Irian out of the first container.  This means that buying the third Lunar Year Bundle would actually earn me back doubloons the same way having the permanent camo did.

This one was a gimme, but I was curious to see what the ACTUAL doubloon equivalency was for the ship.

Lunar Year Bundle #3

I pulled the trigger, bringing me down to 49,442 and I was immediately given 11,500 doubloons for already having Irian.  The three boxes contained the following:

  • 1x Temporary Camouflage “Spring Sky” x3
  • 1x 20,000 Free Experience
  • 1x 750 doubloons

This brings my final doubloon total to 61,692.

Concludy-Bits

Buying Irian effectively cost me 7,164 doubloons, the equivalent of $32.55 USD.  This is a trap to think of it in these terms, though.  I spent 8,888 doubloons three times.  If you buy this optimally with one 25,000 doubloon purchase and a second 1,664 doubloon purchase, this will set you back $108.88 USD (versus $39.51 three times for 8,888 doubloon lots, saving you about $10).  There’s certainly a lot of goodies in Wargaming’s loot boxes — they haven’t gone the route of Electronic Arts, Bethesda or Activision-Blizzard, so the value is there if you need everything inside.

I stress the “if”.  Here’s my final tally form purchasing all three bundles, including the loot box contents.

  • 2x Temporary Camouflage “Mosaic” x3
  • 3x Temporary Camouflage “Spring Sky” x3
  • 3x Temporary Camouflage “Type 59” x6
  • 6x Temporary Camouflage Lunar Warrior x12
  • 2x 20,000 Free Experience
  • 4x 750 doubloons
  • 2x Eight Days Premium Time
  • 1x Lunar New Year – Loyang Permanent Camouflage
  • 1x Lunar New Year – Huanghe Permanent Camouflage
  • 1x Lunar New Year – Anshan Permanent Camouflage
  • 2x Lunar New Year – Irian Permanent Camouflage
  • 1x 10pt Pan Asian Commander
  • 1x Special Commander Quáng Róng with 10 Skill Points
  • 1x Irian Commemorative Flag
  • 1x Tier VIII Premium Pan Asian Cruiser Irian
  • 2x Port Slots

Was it worth it for me?  Yes.  But I remind you:  it effectively cost me nothing.  I’m going to get to work finishing up my Irian review now.  It’s time to put her new AA systems through the paces.


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1 thought on “Mouse Spends 8,888 Doubloons Three Times (So You Don’t Have To)

  1. Thank you Mouse for this. Based on this review, I sold off my Kaga and Saipan due CV rework (they were my port queens anyway. I bought all these Lunar Boxes. I got Irian from second box too. Effectively, I got 12,4K doubloons with 9€ investment. Its no brainer to buy few doubloons if you get Irian from 2nd box. It effectively gives you several thousand free doubloons and second 10P captain.

    Once again, thank you for your articles and hard work. I am waiting your Irian review but based on yesterday’s experiences, it seems Pan Asia finally has a decent cruiser.

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