Shadowlands Systems UI - Room for Improvement
27.12.2020 um 16:00
Many players are enjoying Shadowlands and the plethora of activities associated with Covenants, The Maw, and Torghast. Unfortunately many more players aren't getting the most out of their Shadowlands experience and cee2027 tells us why on Reddit:
The Anima Conductor - now what?
For those not familiar with the 80-20-5 theory, it is a a breakdown of the player base in regards to engagement and goes like this:
80% of players will never go outside the game for information about what they are playing
20% will do some research online and read up on systems
5% actually post and communicate their discoveries and how things work in a given game system
For more information about 80-20-5, check out
There are many, many new systems in Shadowlands, both major and minor. Some of them are cohesive but others feel like they were created in a vacuum and are not necessarily ancillary to their fellow systems. Some are tailored to instruct a player in their use where others are a struggle to understand. The Ember Court, for example, has a wonderful introduction including a trial run, to show players what to do. On the other hand, the Anima Conductor system is a mystery box with a UI that lets you channel anima, and that's it. No explanation as to how it works, why you as a player want to do it, how far along your daily channel is, or when your reward is ready.
You and me against the end of reality ... we might need some help!
For the 20%, the 5% are here spending long hours testing and figuring out how things work and writing up guides. For the 80%, this expansion may be a joyous one of sublime discovery, or may be a frustrating experience while they figure out what they can in game. Sadly for them, some of the systems that have no catch up mechanisms, like Soul Ash as mentioned by cee2027, will set them forever behind their 20% fellows unless Blizzard implements a change.
Overall, Shadowlands is an enjoyable expansion. Just a little more polish would have pushed it to exceptional. Relying on third party content creators to explain their game to users is poor on Blizzard's part, but fortunately we are here for you.
If you are reading this, it is likely that you are a member of the 20%. Encourage your 80% friends to check out a guide or two:
Covenants The Great Vault The Maw The Anima Conductor Renown Soulbinds Conduits Legendaries The Maw Torghast
And while you are here, post something you've discovered in the comments!
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