I think they are kind of fun and I am horrible at them and didn't finish either the clock tower or this one. I finally gave up this one when I realized I am just too slow. But I think challenges are great and don't have any patience for people who want everything handed to them.
The OP makes it seem like it is amazingly difficult to get WvW map completion. The only difficulty is if your server is horrible at WvW and you never have any of the keeps. I have 3 maps done and just one tower missing from the last borderland map (grrrrr...stupid tower that we never have) and barely had to fight anyone to get that. As long as you don't try to do it on a Friday or the weekend you can run around on the WvW maps and barely see anyone.
OP talks about people being entitled but sometimes there are legitimate gripes. I think if the ascended gear was included and this event had been amazingly fun and had gone off smoothly without tons of lag and a poorly executed one time event then people might have cut ANet a little slack.
But to include a new tier of gear AND have the event be a total disaster was just too much. Even fanboys have a breaking point.
I've seen a lot of flaws from the very beginning but I still have some fun when I need something mindless to do. But this is not the game I was excited about the past few years and with each new bit of bad news I lose interest. Even when I do log on I get burnt out quicker and quicker. I'm visiting my family for the holidays so can't play for two weeks and I feel like when I get back home I am not even sure if I will care about logging in.
I guess if they pull off a Christmas event that has some fun stuff the way Halloween did it might get me interested again and some others may come around too. But it probably won't last.
Meh. With iBerzerker now requiring LOS I don't see any reason to play my mesmer in WvW. Only thing fun about it is gone. I don't know about anyone else but I find it impossible to get LOS on players that are keep defending with other spells.