WoW: Dragonflight's New Upgrade System Confuses Some Players2023-05-09 00:00:00
of Warcraft: Dragonflight's Embers of Neltharion update introduces a new, more
general gear upgrade system that Blizzard hopes will make gearing in the MMORPG
simpler. While the new system certainly has its benefits over the old one, it
also confuses some players, only to consult some complicated-looking diagrams
to get the hang of it. Need more cheap WOW gold? You can find all you need at U7buy!
new system allows PvE gear obtained from raids, open worlds, and Mythic+
dungeons to be upgraded using currencies called Flightstones and Shadowflame
Crests, replacing single-function systems like the old Valor system dedicated
to upgrading Mythic+ gear. The idea sounds great, and for those more focused on
open-world content or raids, it's definitely a great way to continue elevating
the character by playing more content. In an FAQ, Blizzard said the goal of the
system is to keep the base players' game experience simple.
simplicity seems debatable. While Flightstones are obtainable from almost any
endgame event and are fairly straightforward, the real confusion surrounding
the new system stems from the many different types of crests, crest fragments,
and gear subdivisions that determine how powerful specific gear becomes.
Depending on the difficulty of obtaining the gear, different types of badges
are required for upgrading. This confuses players who try to help their gaming
buddies make sense of it all in the form of various flowcharts and "cheat
sheets" that look like the PPT on your business meeting.
this point, it's too early to tell whether the new system is a success or
failure. Some players seem to be okay with the system, saying it's not that
complicated. Others seem to find it more confusing than before. For its part,
Blizzard appears to be open to feedback. In a blog post, Blizzard says that the
system is still in development and it's designed specifically for Dragonflight
Season 2. Throughout the season, the system will be evaluated and teams will
decide whether to continue using it. What happens to the system "depends
on how players interact with and react to the system," Blizzard said.
Dragonflight Season 2 introduces a new Mythic+ Dungeon rotation along with new
raids, and PvP season, starting May 9th. The game's 10.1 updates arrived on May
2, introducing a new underground area for dragon riding, additional story
content, and the long-awaited ability to create guilds across factions.
While Dragonflight hasn't sold as well as some of the MMO's previous expansions, Activision-Blizzard did say in a recent earnings report that player retention in the West is much higher compared to previous expansions, partly due to Blizzard's "More content available faster than ever." But we already know what happened to the players in the East. WoW: Dragonflight's 10.1 update is the first of two major updates planned for 2023.