I’m a big fan of how the devs implemented the Artifact Weapon progression from Module 10 to 12. What they did is introduce the best-in-slot Relic Weapons first and then follow up with the inferior Ascended and Chult ones for alts or casuals. That allowed gearing characters depending on activity, wealth, and build or play style without missing out on the current progression. I really hope the devs will continue with this approach and transfer it to other areas as well. It’s so much more convenient to invest time into something knowing it’ll at least stick for a couple mods.
Relic Weapons Are Hard to Get Nowadays
That being said, there is definitely one distinct disadvantage to introduce best-in-slot early in the progression. With new released content, players obviously have more and more moved on from Storm Kings Thunder. That’s no shocker, but the missing population makes it hard to acquire the Relic Weapons nowadays. You are still able to farm almost everything solo, but that stops with the required reagents that only drop from Svardborg. Finding decent groups to run, let alone farm, the trial is hard. Plus it doesn’t help that the random epic trial queue is not too populated as well. Running other stuff for AD makes much more sense.
So getting the thirty legendary marks is incredibly hard. You might reason that you don’t absolutely need legendary, and purple quality only requires ten runs. That’s fine, but the only way you are currently going after Relics is if you want to strive for best-in-slot. And since the weapon damage plays such a significant role in overall DPS, “bis” means legendary. If you can’t bring the Relics to legendary, then it’s better to go with another set instead. The better set bonus doesn’t make up for it.
Is It Time to Unbind Svardborg Marks?
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It’s not unconditionally great however. Unbinding the marks would crash the market pretty soon. I’m sure the legendary ones could still sell for a decent amount, but blue and purple will go for pennies. It’s a tricky balancing act, because you don’t want Relic Weapons to suddenly become super easy to grab. They are better than Ascended and Chult, so they should be harder to farm. So you probably would either need to tweak the drop rates or only make legendary ones unbound.
In the end unbinding might not be the best way to tackle the problem of “bis” equipment in outdated content. Maybe a choice pack that let’s you pick the mark you want is already enough. Farming specific chests in Svardborg is a pain and it would help tremendously. But hey, that’s a discussion we’ve had ever since Underdark rings, and guess what… it never happened.
With the announcement that Module 13 will introduce a new tier of Artifact Weapons, a new important facet was added to this discussions. Because considering the grind, and knowing what’s next, it now makes even less sense to go for Relics. This illustrates why you need to make gear easier to obtain gradually. It already happend in other areas all the time, why not with the weapon sets?
Anyway, do you have other ideas of how to make Relic Weapons more obtainable without making them a complete walkover? Is unbinding the way to go? Share your thoughts in the comments below and visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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