You don't really have to whale for the 100 coupon outfit. The boxes are here till like February, so if you just allocate a little money each month you can save up enough coupons to buy it, or just stop buying boxes should you get it.
Juny did a stream of the whip last night in the main server.
From what I remember some things about the mechanics of the whip were changed:
-Normal attacks all come from left click now I believe
-There's at least one new active skill that does some sort of spin thing
-Apparently most of the bugs and the sound issues have been addressed
He said more tests have to be done on the weapon, but it's more polished than on the test server.