World of Warcraft changes how Conduits work and has a new type of weekly chest in Shadowlands

    
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The first version of the Conduit system in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands didn’t exactly go over well with players. No one was excited by the prospect of having to farm for various items to slot into soulbinds and then hope for a more powerful one to drop later. This is, thankfully, why the design has been changed. Conduits will now be added to a collection, with more powerful version upgrading the version in your collection; to balance this out, you’ll have a once-per-week opportunity to reset your soulbind, making it less destructive overall but locking you into choices slightly longer.

The current test has also yielded a new peek at the Grand Vault, which seems to replace the weekly chest from Mythoc+ runs; players will get more options the more successful raid bosses are downed, the more Mythoc dungeons are run, and the more Conquest Points are earned. It appears that power level will be tied to the content completed, but players will get more gear options rather than stronger gear based on how many are achieved. So you’ll have an easier way to collect gear without relying on drops, then.

Last but not least, WoW Classic has a new trailer for the war effort in Ahn’Qiraj, for those eager to go fight the heck out of some bugs.

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Ironwu

It looks like the are changing up all the core systems of the game, based on what they are seeing when folks play for extended periods.

This kind of leads me to believe that the people making the game and the decisions don’t actually play the game much at all. Certainly not long enough to realize that a final and permanent choice that could actually gimp a character forever might not actually be popular.

So, now just a few months from release, everything is being retooled. This is not a good sign, I am thinking.

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jealouspirate

Blizzard made a change during the beta based on player feedback, which is of course the whole point of the beta. Somehow that is spun as a negative…

And none of these choices were ever “final and permanent”, especially the conduits and soulbinds which this article is referring to.

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xpsync

Which is another good reason peeps should just ignore what isn’t set in stone.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, at least they’re doing something about it instead of just ignoring folks. That’s what basically happened with Azerite armor which folks really really didn’t like during the beta.

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xpsync

I look at my son and he loves retail, he sends me links to all the bis sites, and we talk it over and yeah, i’m so happy for him that he enjoys the game so much.

I admit i am now too. But not the way my son is enjoying it, i’m leveling alts like a crazy person atm lol, really no desire to continue the mythic climb. I mean i could not imagine being any more broken than i already am, one shot’ing mobs at times ffs on my main.

Still, it comes down to if you can find the fun, then have fun, the game is too big to make any sort of radical change for the bettter.

For me a mix of retail, classic and swg works, although atm i thought i was going to get into classic war effort, but…

already feel meh about it as i’m so focused on the 12 120 goal by SL goal (i’m pretty sure i’ve set for myself now) looking probable i like it, i’m having fun doing it so, here we go (most likely).

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Carebear

last months of expansion is all about alts… you level them now because you have nothing else to do but once shadowlands release they will be a “burden” a “distraction” from your main.

I was also an altoholic too, but now instead of having more characters in one MMO I have 1 character in every MMO and try to have him as “complete” as possible. This cured my altoholic behavior :P

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xpsync

tbh i’m a main player, EQ2 i had a bunch of alts, but my main was always taken care of first, and pretty much the same here. It’s always maxed out for sure. For me if you’re going to get into an mmo knowing all other classes is integral.

One bonus so far is my main is now another class which i found out i like more by playing different classes. Hope that doesn’t change again lol, getting a new main back up to the old main’s level is a lot of work.

I’m creating many 120’s atm as yes becasue “nothing else to do” is one factor but i’m immensely enjoying the class learning process as well. Trust me though, there are plenty i know I’ll never play again, even in Shadowlands, and getting some of them to 120 was no pleasure cruise but is a goal.

I had set the goal of having all 12 classes to 120 by SL but… i f’ed up, i thought i only had two left.

I look at my character list and yep there are two slots for a Warrior and a Death Knight with names reserved, roll down one lol, uugggg a shaman name reserved lol. So 3 left after the one i’m on. My main in classic is a shammy, so i dunno prolly got confused there.

Sooo, with pre-patch only 5 to 6 weeks out the goal is canceled. What led me to roll this alt was in Uldum which i’m working on getting the faction for a mount i thought while in Uldum do the Aqir mount quest even though i doubt i”ll ever use it, but while in Uldum right.

Well i get pet battled walled ffs. i have 3 25 pets but again was a i did it goal and have never pet battled again, so my son said that i need to level the shadowbarb hmmmm ok then… ALT :) TIME!!! lol lmao any excuse right :)

and go figure i’m enjoying pet battles and another reason i’m really taking my time with this current alt.

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Carebear

Fair enough! This is how i played wow for years as well until i started playing other MMOs too!

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jealouspirate

Honestly at this point if I was Blizzard I’d be tempted to just remove all forms of power choice entirely – not just Shadowlands stuff, remove the regular talent tree too. Just make one version of a Fire Mage, Resto Druid, and so on.

It would be so much easier to balance and players obviously don’t care. People SAY they care about these choices, but what they really mean is they are about making the right choice. Very few people think about this stuff – they just follow a guide based on sims. That’s exactly what people will do with conduits/soulbinds, etc.

I’m just so sick of this intense culture of following “the meta”. It feels like nobody is even talking about Shadowlands as a GAME, all the community discussion just surrounds the meta.

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Rahayan_Darkleaf

Well yeah, it’s the stuff that concerns the playerbase the most, and the ones that are most vocal about it are streamers and top end players, who care only about mythic raiding and high mythic +, where this stuff matters. That’s why you only hear about meta stuff.

Mind you, I wholeheartedly don’t agree with it, since I’m pretty casual and don’t care about optimization and all that.

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xpsync

Yep.

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xpsync

Talk about nailing it, damn dude! hang on a sec here, i mean wholly f did you ever nail it!!!

Blizz, they look at how off the charts popular classic is, they try and bring some choice, and decisions to the game make it a little more rpg like and OMG THE HORROR, the shear f’ing babies revolving around this, and yeah big names to sloot, preach wwaaaaa QQ omg. Well maybe not sloot so much for the record he can at least understand what the word choice means in the dictionary, but beyond the scope of how he actually plays, no clue.

Mainly why i avoid all that, i’m enjoying the game, and let the kindergarten kids have their tantrums, see you all at launch, into your brand new one size fits all mess you’ve created that you’ll al bitch about for the next 2 years cause it’s one size fits all.

Coming into retail from classic is an awaking at times in that i start to play it like i play classic, forget to fly, being strategic with mobs… and omg retail could be a off the charts amazing mmo”RPG”, then is quickly ruined by everyone on the speed train gotta do a million things in less than 5 minutes cause i don’t have time to play and i gotta feel like i did a weeks worth of stuff and rewarded like i played for a whole month in under 4 minutes cause uh i have a family and a job and auhhh duuuuuhhh well i don’t have time to play, omg then you know what, don’t fucking play, that’s what i did when i didn’t have time to play ffs, hmmm i don’t have time to play so ummm maybe don’t play omg problems solved it’s a f’ing miracle wow!

ahhh rant over lol :) omg lol

So i just play like everyone else, you have to , your forced too, pretty much. Not saying it’s the end of the world (of warcraft “you know i had too”) it’s just not a really rpg play style is all, ignore all that and have fun is all one can do.

It’s too bad cause retail could be f’ing epic RPG, but is railroaded by the the very visible vocal minority.

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Sarah Cushaway

So gut whatever is left of the “RPG” part of this MMORPG?

No thanks. It’s already garbage, but that would be the absolute nail in the coffin for what remains of a player base.

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Carebear

there is no “best choice” for everyone because not everyone can make a good use of each choice… some choices result to complex gameplay and while in theory they can result to better numbers, its not always the case for everyone. Some people can have better numbers with choices that are less complex and mostly passive.

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Bruno Brito

Honestly at this point if I was Blizzard I’d be tempted to just remove all forms of power choice entirely – not just Shadowlands stuff, remove the regular talent tree too. Just make one version of a Fire Mage, Resto Druid, and so on.

So…FF14?

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xpsync

Great another article to totally avoid reading :)

I mean peeps just figure it out when you get there ffs, talk about spoiling your Christmas day which only comes… every… 2 years.

Eliot – only half way through the Novel, but omg it is such a good and fun read actually, long weekend, maybe, just maybe, a hope, a chance.

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Rahayan_Darkleaf

Does it add a whole lot before Shadowlands? Really into the stories and all that, and been on the fence about buying this book.

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xpsync

My subjective answer, Get it!
My objective answer, largely skip-able.

Familiar lore characters, fun to read, and again i’m pretty much half way (so unsure thus far) but tbh nothing has happened, in that would make or break reading this which would have any bearing on going into SL… again so far.

Overall i’m enjoying the chit out of this read, I’m feeling so much more connected to the world and ESPECIALLY the lore characters, they are coming to life for me, that yeah, i personally would make this a priority read for any fan of World of Warcraft.

Debating on the other novels now tbh, feeling that might be a little late but the level this is drawing me into this world, i dunno feel it probably wouldn’t hurt.

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Rahayan_Darkleaf

My brother is pretty big into the lore, and he’d advise to get the World of Warcraft Chronicle volumes.

The older ones (Rise of the Horde, The Last Guardian, Day of the Dragon, War of the Ancients,…) are all written by different writers, and I felt reading those added little, and in some cases nothing (Night of the Dragon is a waste of money for example).

The volumes are a good read, and explain all the history with all the retcons included, and feels more connected and unified than the separate books :).