I think this content fits in very well with the side stories content type and if this had been a side stories release, I would have probably liked and been satisfied with the depth and quantity of content provided.
Unfortunately, as it stands, this has replaced actual living world which is very disappointing. Side stories were meant to be sporadic fillers in between episodes. Content on the same level as that cannot fill the void of proper map and meta releases.
I hope anet listens to feedback and provides a proper map for the icebrood saga finale, while continuing to drop small releases like champions to support the saga, but I honestly cant see it happening.