I mostly agree with the OP, the event was great with enough challenge to keep vet players entertained. It is much healthier for the game to have challenge all the way through to keep things interesting.
I cant help but wonder of those that complain of luck to clear curses are just not prepared to admit that their level of skill for this event was not as good as it could be.
I personally would want two small improvements next time.
- make it longer with a 2 day refresh on flags, more flexibility on use.
- completion reward. It sucked to finish and get so the same as many who didn’t get close. I suspect more completed than SG imagined. This could be solved by a floor level for completion which is distinctly better thanxl the tiers below.