I must admit, I thought I jumped forward in time quite a bit until I re-read the Season 7 bit.
Nice job art team on the updated graphics! That fiend looks beautiful. Like a moth to a flame we go. And a further thanks to the dev team for their community consultation on tuning it, as well as hosting a fun test event a while back!
I, like a lot of people, wasn't terribly fond of the crystal entity before, but these changes sound like they'll make it much more fun without making it TOO easy. Plus, it seems like I'll have a reason to use my jem heavy escort carrier over my fleet defiant, since the jemmy has better non-tactical abilties which sound like they'll be more important.
Depending on how well this works out, will this mean we might see more content in the future which makes non-tactical abilities worthwhile again? That might go some way to balancing escorts without just plain nerfing them.
Honestly, while I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy that massive dil reward, I already have 60000 I can't even refine, so more ore isn't really doing much for me.
I really like the idea of the event reputation and encourage people to play a given event but not feel restricted to a given hour so I really hope Cryptic expands on this.
The only question mark I have about the whole thing is the contribution threshold; 14/21 to some might be a bit too much. Perhaps 50% of the event would be better than 66% but that's just me I. Some may not necessarily have premade/private teams to rely upon.