As you can find from Wowhead’s new guide to the 2011 Feast of the Winter Veil, a few things have changed in our beloved Christmas holiday Warcraft event.
The biggest change is to the former Abominable and beloved Metzen the Reindeer quests. Where in years past you had to fight like a dog to just get the claim on the Greench to get your Snowman suit, that is no longer the case. The once one time quest is now a daily quest and combined with the saving of Metzen. So head on out to Alterac Valley, but make sure you bring your friends. The changes to the Greench have made him much meaner.
He is now a level 85 elite with that hits fairly decently on a Protection Paladin. While soloable by a tank correctly using personal cooldowns, he is definitely no longer a pushover. Thankfully you do not actually have to be grouped up to kill him. Learning from early mistakes, Blizzard has seen fit to “drop” the item required to complete the daily quest on the ground near the “Christmas Cave” after he is dispatched.
You may be saying to yourself, why do the daily at all? In the past the quest was only there as a way to get the Snowman Kit in order to complete the Winter Veil meta-achievement. It still does that, but the quest actually rewards you with a Stolen Present for you to keep as well. The present can contain the new Lumpy (of coal) pet, anything sold in the Dalaran Toy Shop as well as any of the old yearly exclusive gifts. That’s right, if you do not have a BB gun, or a Clockwork Rocket Bot, or a Mini Zep Controller you can get them from the bag. The Clockwork Rocket Bot gives you the Feat of Strength for the 2007 pet, but the other exclusive gifts do not.
Good luck and go grab those achievements and that one Feat of Strength if you were like me and didn’t have it.