World of Warcraft’s patch 9.0.5 adds Stygia crafting but will not allow upgrading old M+ items

    
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This has not gone according to plan

So the next patch for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is bringing back Valor points… after a fashion. But there are actually some new things available currently on the first build on the game’s test server with the mysterious new Stygia Crafting, allowing players who access a rather tucked-away forge in the Maw the option to craft new items for heretofore unknown purposes. It looks like this may be a path to a new mount usable in the Maw, but at this point it’s simply a mysterious new feature.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the return of Valor points just to upgrade gear you got from M+ will not actually help you upgrade your existing M+ gear. No, really. Any older items will not be eligible for upgrades with the points, meaning that whatever you’re wearing now is completely ineligible and you have to pray for a totally new drop that you want to upgrade. That should solve those gearing issues nicely.

Source: Wowhead (1, 2), Official Site
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IronSalamander8 .

Gee, I wonder if they want people stuck on a treadmill for months after making the stuff they’ve already farmed obsolete? So glad I uninstalled this thing.

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Bruno Brito

Blizzard, you really don’t need to go so far to get us to hate you.

I hate you a lot already.

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Utakata

“Any older items will not be eligible for upgrades with the points, meaning that whatever you’re wearing now is completely ineligible and you have to pray for a totally new drop that you want to upgrade. That should solve those gearing issues nicely.”

…welp, because they clearly don’t get it. /sigh

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Lucky Jinx

Blizz hasn’t recognized the actual problems within their own game for quite a long while now. Ever since Cataclysm, the game has been like a train with critical brake failure. Drastic measures occasionally prevent complete and devastating derailment, but despite avoiding death, the ride is bumpy, umcomfortable and unpredictable. I absolutely hate to love this game.

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Utakata

Most aspects out of their game currently is fairly enjoyable and well thought out. So for me it’s still very playable. But I don’t really venture further into their endgame stuff that requires other players. As it’s here where the game starts to fall off the edge, IMO.

…so it’s too bad that this still seems the main narrow focus or gear and stat progression that’s clearly designed for the few. And the devs can’t seem to think beyond that.

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Richard de Leon III

Since I’ve finished the story on one character for now, Im strongly leaning towards unsubbing for a few months til new actual content becomes available. My power progression is pretty much stifled even if i tried to raid higher difficulties with arcane mages being benched in both raiding and mythic runs. I rediscovered the joy of solo mmo play in SWTOR and some backlogged srpgs like fallout 4.

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jimthomasUS

Arcane Mage is so pointless! I unsubbed a month ago and promptly finished Wasteland 3 and now going all the way back to the Dragon Age series. The best part about playing a mmorpg for years is there’s no shortage of great games waiting for you when you leave.

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Ironwu

I think SWTOR is the king of MMO solo opportunities due to most of its dungeons being available for solo. Its a great design for an older MMO where most of the population is much further along in the game. :)

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Vanquesse V

the endgame is also all about showing you a giant list of stuff to do and tells you “go do what you feel like, and we’ll reward you whatever you pick”

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Hurbster

It’s my game of choice for now. Working on the Legendary title.

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Raap

It isn’t any better in rated PvP either for Arcane. I’ve mained Arcane since WotLK days, I always made it work in every expansion (peaking with it during WoD), but in SL it got hit by a very poorly executed ‘rework’ that left it in a broken-feeling state, alongside borrowed power systems like legendary items and covenants that make re-specing impossibly difficult.

SL has a lot of content design issues, but I do honestly think the state of Arcane is what broke it for me (along with Blizzard’s lack of care about class design issues).

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jimthomasUS

lol

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Ironwu

Stunning in the tone deaf ‘fix’ implementation of an already flawed design.