So, official news from gearbox on the cartel event is as follows:
"Mayhem 2.0 is scheduled to launch alongside Revenge of the Cartels in April, a new six-week seasonal event affecting the entire galaxy of Borderlands 3. Your kindly Saurian pal Maurice has gotten himself in trouble with a shady character named Joey Ultraviolet, and now Joey’s coming to collect on some debts. You need to help Maurice wipe his slate clean by taking care of different thugs hiding out across the solar system including areas added in campaign add-ons; you’ll recognize them by their flashy neon attire. Once you’ve eliminated enough of these operatives, Maurice will use his handy portal device on Sanctuary III to whisk you away to The Mansion, a swanky new map where Joey Ultraviolet and his goons are hiding out.
Your encounters in The Mansion will change depending on which of three distinct gangs currently reigns over the Cartel. You won’t know what kind of enemies to expect until you’re in the thick of battle, beyond the fact that you’ll never fight the same faction twice in a row. Better yet, each gang has some unique loot drops and Anointed parts, so repeat runs are highly encouraged. An added suite of Cartel-themed Challenges will let you unlock Revenge of the Cartels gear, including some ‘80s-tastic Vault Hunter cosmetics. And of course, you’ll have the option to turn Revenge of the Cartels on or off as you choose for the duration of the event."
While I’m loving most of this, the line “Once you’ve eliminated enough of these operatives, Maurice will use his handy portal device” has me troubled. One of the biggest complaints about the Bloody Harvest event was having to repeat the quest over and over, rather than gathering some kind of currency via the quest (killing ghosts or operatives) and being able to then repeat the zone (Heck or the Mansion) multiple times without having to go off and do the quest again.
The Maurice’s Hunt events need to be done differently, IMO. Maurice needs to run a quest that can be repeated and rewards you a token or mail you a token every X number of designated enemies hunted. The portal should be active throughout the event and accept a single token to grant you access to the current seasonal area.
But that’s my view. What is everyone’s reaction to this and your views? =]