World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands growth has been out for just a little over a month, and its endgame is in full swing. In earlier expansions, it felt like gamers’ endgame time was dragged in a dozen completely different instructions, with no clear indication the place their time could be greatest spent. However due to Shadowlands’ new Nice Vault system, all the pieces within the endgame—from raids, to Mythic Plus, to PVP—matches collectively and feels vital.
The Nice Vault offers gamers loot firstly of every week based mostly on the content material they accomplished the earlier week. In contrast to the weekly caches from previous expansions, which solely gave you loot for finishing Mythic Plus dungeons, the Vault offers you a reward possibility for each type of content material you do and affords extra choices for loot the extra content material you do.
In the event you do one Mythic Plus dungeon, as an illustration, you’ll solely get one reward, however for those who do 4, you’ll be capable of select from two loot choices. Similar goes for PVP and Raid content material. The extra you do, the extra loot choices you’ll get from the Nice Vault.
The Nice Vault doesn’t essentially inform you what sort of content material you must do, nevertheless it’s a pleasant arrow to level you in the precise path. By bringing collectively all of the several types of rewards into one place, it makes all the pieces you do every week really feel prefer it’s going in direction of one particular objective.
The system acts as a handy guidelines of all of the weekly feats it’s best to accomplish. One week, I logged in on Monday night time — the night time earlier than World of Warcraft’s weekly reset — and checked my vault solely to note that I used to be one dungeon wanting the 10 dungeon reward. So, I grabbed just a few buddies and hopped into a fast late-night dungeon to ensure I’d get up to the absolute best rewards the following morning.
All the additional choices that the Nice Vault affords additionally give gamers extra company within the gearing course of than WoW’s ever allowed for prior to now. Once I checked on my rewards the morning after my tenth dungeon, I had six items of loot to select from. Whereas previous expansions would have given me my loot at random, this time I bought to choose. I grabbed a model new weapon at a a lot larger merchandise stage than the one I had been utilizing (a foul 184 item-level Lakali’s Spire of Data). It wasn’t the highest-level piece of substances in my Vault, nevertheless it was the one which benefited me most, which made it really feel like a manner greater and extra private improve than some new helmet I didn’t even need.
Maybe essentially the most spectacular feat of the Nice Vault is how successfully it covers up a number of the different weaknesses of Shadowlands. As an example, due to the brand new drop charge change that Blizzard has carried out, Mythic Plus dungeons give much less loot general. Shadowlands’ most difficult content material in the intervening time, the Mythic Fortress Nathria raid, drops simply three items of loot per boss to separate between 20 gamers. Whereas these modifications may simply have let gearing within the endgame slip right into a full-blown disaster, the Nice Vault’s weekly providing of rewards retains gamers from rising too pissed off.
In previous expansions, gearing in WoW’s endgame could possibly be a listless course of. It was all the time clear that you simply wanted to do content material to get gear and that the tougher content material would give higher gear, nevertheless it was tough to know the place to spend your time, and each exercise felt disconnected from each other. In Shadowlands, nevertheless, the Nice Vault serves as a handy roadmap to your weekly objectives and makes all the pieces you do really feel like it really works in direction of granting you that one extra-special piece of loot every week. The added readability and path make it a wonderful bridge right into a barely extra streamlined future for World of Warcraft’s endgame.