It’s from the 2016 Winter Event, so that makes sense.
- 2016 Winter Wonderland gets you the 2017 hat.
- 2017 Winter Wonderland gets you 2018 hat.
- This year’s Winter Wonderland gets you the 2019 hat.
Lootbox duplicates weren’t changed until mid 2017…
Because the item was gated behind RNG before the lootbox duplicate changes.
Meaning that Blizzard KNOWINGLY created a limited time event item, LOCKED it behind RNG, and then VAULTED said item despite a sizable population having participated in the event.
It’s an event reward. People that participated in the event never got it. And then it was removed, despite the devs calming everyone’s concerns about items re-appearing in future events.
If it’s an event reward, it should have been a login reward. Not locked behind RNG.
And even if you like the exclusivity of it, under no circumstances should during any item be advertised as a reward in a loot boxes, and then unannouncedly/unknowingly to everyone in the playerbase removed from the loot pool from future events, especially when all other items stayed in.
If it’s a limited time item locked behind RNG that will be vaulted, that needs to be crystal clear.