The mid-module update “Swords of Chult” will bring a substantial upgrade to the existing refining system. Granted, the overall approach of farming certain refining stones and feed them into artifacts, gear and enchantments doesn’t change. But pretty much everything else in terms of usability gets a boost. In this article we are going over the UI and systematic changes of refining and explain how players will benefit from them.
The Old Flaws
The old system had two pretty distinct flaws. First of all it was build around refining stones that only granted their full RP to specific items. Most content features refining pieces that are great in one area, but much less useful in all others. It seems like an earlier idea of the design was to keep old campaigns and areas viable as long as possible. Players had to go back to specific content depending on what they wanted to upgrade. Sharandar has Thaumaturgic for enchantments, Dread Ring stuff for artifacts, and Tyranny of Dragons Resonance for gear. Storm Kings Thunder then even introduced a completely new line of refining stones and marks.
This specialization combined with different bind formats led to over a hundred types of refining stones and led to what players widely refer to as “bag space issue” of the system. Having tons of different stones isn’t an issue alone though as long as you can instantly use them. But in comes the Double Refining weekend, which got such an integral part of the progression that players saved all their RP until they could spend them during the event. Not only did their bags fill up over time, they also risked to lose months of progression in case they couldn’t participate in the x2. It was truly a “can’t miss”.
Matching Bonuses are Gone
Both of these issues are being dealt with under the new system. Refining Points are now a character currency and you can convert all refining stones into it. That currency is then used to feed all refining items. So a Thaumaturgic no longer produces way more RPs for enchantments, but the same amount for everything. Please note by the way that all RPs have been divided by 10 across the board. So a Black Opal holding 1,000 RP hasn’t been nerfed. That’s equal to the 10,000 it had under the old system. Also most stones now grant refining points based on their old matching values. That’s why Resonance Stones now give 250 RP for example.
Most of the specific refining stones are replaced anyway. Leadership and celestial boxes now drop basic gems like Peridots, Black Pearls or Emeralds. The same applies to campaign quests and utility enchantment procs. Not that it would matter too much now that you can instantly convert RPs, but in case players still want to hoard, they have to deal with much less variety. The upgrade process itself is getting streamlined as well. The only reagents needed are Mark of Potencys and new Enchanting Stones, a consolidated version of the old Mark of Power/Union/Stability that drop from the same locations. Additionally players no longer need the same enchantment as reagent for some levels.
Double Refining Replaced
With the change of the approach the Double Refining weekend also gets replaced with a new event that grants additional refining points on killing mobs. The devs want you to spend your refining points whenever you want for whatever you want. The x2 completely works against this purpose and therefore had to go.
Obviously such an integral change warrants some new UI elements. As previewed in our inventory article, you are now able to mass convert refining points using the new inventory options. The conversion window allows to quickly add items of one specific category or manually select or drag and drop them. You can also convert single refining items by using their right-click context menu.
Discarding works differently under the new system as well. First of all, you can no longer discard refining items. They will be converted to RP instead. Also all higher ranked enchantments, gear and artifacts need a special confirmation to be destroyed to prevent any costly mistakes.
It’s really a great tool and the only flaw is that you can’t filter different bind versions. In some cases you might want to quickly convert all character bound stones, but keep everything else to possibly move it to an alt. This still has to be done largely manually. Other than that, it’s really convenient and all you have to do is click “convert all”.
New Relevance to Trash Greens
Speaking about the UI changes, another interesting effect is that basic green level 70 gear suddenly becomes a useful pickup. These items grant 50 RPs (a Peridot) and can now be identified and refined in bulk. So players can start hoarding those Scrolls of Identification again. It might not sound like much, but a VIP getting 25 free scrolls per day can generate 1250 RPs, more than a Black Opal.
The overhaul of refining is a great quality of life change that gets rid of the most glaring flaws of the system. It make managing so much easier, should free up bag space, and let’s players progress continuously as they play the game. It’s a great change that everyone should be looking forward to.
That was our preview of the new refining system. In the next days we will be going through all areas of the refining progression and see what this change means for these specifically. Until then, make sure to post your opinion or questions in the comments below and visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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