World of Warcraft's upcoming power system risks trivialising the work put into legendary gear

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World of Warcraft's upcoming power system risks trivialising the work put into legendary gear

World of Warcraft's upcoming power system risks trivialising the work put into legendary gear

When Shadowlands launched back in November, the challenges of an initially overtuned Castle Nathria raid, seemingly endless Torghast runs, and the introduction of the Covenant system were enough to keep us all busy. But as the months progressed and we've settled into the expansion, there hasn't been much to do in the afterlife. It's a post-expansion cycle that most of us are familiar with—one that the release of new content usually resolves.To get more news about Buy WoW WLK Items, you can visit official website.

Except the Shadowlands 9.1 Chains of Domination update(opens in new tab) is almost here—and for the first time, I'm finding it hard to be excited about a major World of Warcraft patch.

The 9.1 update brings us the new Sanctum of Domination raid, a new mega-dungeon, and Torghast challenges. But on top of the usual stuff you'd expect to see with a mid-expansion patch, we'll also have to get to grips with yet another new power system. And while it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, the initial complexity of the system and how it integrates itself—or just doesn't—with what's already in place makes it feel like it's been added as an afterthought.
Here's how the Shards of Domination(opens in new tab) system works: Shards can be inserted into specific pieces of raid gear with Domination sockets which will then give you a passive effect, along with a more substantial bonus if you socket three Shards of the same type. But as we've all been crafting our legendaries into whichever gear slots we feel are best up to this point, there's a good chance you're going to need to recraft one or more into a new slot. This new Shards system seems kind of similar to the old tier set bonuses. But its implementation seems far more complicated thanks to legendary items and the fact that socketed gear slots will vary, depending on your armour type.
I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with the system itself, but it just feels tacked on, especially when it clashes so heavily with our legendary gear. We already have numerous other power systems in place, such as Covenant abilities, Soulbinds, Conduits, and the legendaries themselves, and I'm just baffled trying to figure out why we need another, especially as it appears to be such a bad fit.

What's most frustrating is that preparing for this system will hit some players harder than others. The whole expansion so far has seemed to unfairly favour certain classes, especially when it comes to legendary choices or Torghast abilities. And the thing is, I don't even think it's a deliberate thing—it feels more like the result of having far too much stuff in place that's impossible to balance. The result is that the systems react badly as classes and specs receive individual balance changes over time.

For example, I initially decided to stick with my shadow priest for Shadowlands—it's been my 'main' for the last seven years, though I'll occasionally play something else for a tier or two. At first, only one of the available legendaries was viable, and that was fine—especially as I had such a hard time clearing Torghast(opens in new tab), which still remains the only reliable source for the Soul Ash needed to craft them. But that quickly changed as more legendaries were re-balanced, and if I'd wanted to be optimal for every given situation, I'd have needed at least four of them—unless I'd also been willing to switch Covenants, which I wasn't. So I rerolled to a different class, mid-tier—one that is far more forgiving as far as legendaries go.