Ion Hazzikostas on Legendaries in Patch 9.1 - Catch-Up and the Possibility of Legendary Refunds
Ion Hazzikostas revealed more information about Legendaries in Patch 9.1 in an interview, discussing catch-up and the possibility of changing stats or refunding Legendaries.
This interview was released on
with Raider.io Chinese Community Liaison and
Douyu streamer LingHunFuSu
(aka Neo), interviewing Ion Hazzikostas before the PTR started. As such, some of his answers may have changed since then.
Full Interview on Douyo
There are no current plans to allow players to refund or disenchant Legendaries.
However, they can look at a way to change your secondary stats or getting a partial refund but want to avoid a world where players don't feel like they need to build a collection.
There will be a lot of catchup mechanism in Patch 9.1 for new players and alts, as it's important to be able to get a legendary without having to wait weeks to get it.
Specific Questions about Legendaries in Patch 9.1
In Shadowlands, for a variety of reasons, many players build the wrong legendary or simply choose the wrong secondary stats, will there possibly be a refund or disenchant system for Legendary items to reduce the cost of replacing one?
That's an interesting question. We don't have any current plans along those lines right now, but it's something that we can look at, providing some way of either changing your secondary stats or getting a partial refund. The thing we'd want to be careful to avoid is a world where it feels too easy to make one legendary for one situation (PvE), then disenchant or change it to a different one to go PvP, and you don't really feel like you ever need to build a collection. But I agree that making a mistake there feels like it could be frustrating, and we should do more.
It is hard to not notice that the current gameplay of an alt character is not that “friendly” to have. Players have to go through repeated covenant quests, farming anima, doing the dangerous Maw quests, and not even mentioning it takes at least 5 weeks for an alt character to upgrade their legendary from level one to five. So will there be more alt-friendly system in the 9.1 Chain of Domination?
Yes. Chains of Domination will definitely add a lot of catchup mechanisms, both for alts, but also for returning players, for new players who are joining Shadowlands and hitting level 60 for the first time. It's going to be much more important for you to be able to get into the new content, to get a legendary without having to wait weeks for it, so that you can play with your friends and experience what everyone else is doing. So that will benefit both new and returning players, and alts.
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