I can’t articulate it without writing a whole page but orbs and Zuul’goth make me mad.
Dawnbringer didn’t care how I went about getting the souls. I could buy 1.3m souls with dollars. Or I could farm them. I could spend 30 minutes per day or 6 hours per day. I saw a clear path to Dawnbringer, I could measure my progress, and I could tell how any choice I made got me closer to it.
Zuul’goth may as well be a 1/255 chance from VIP keys. I can work all week to help my guild reach the last tier of an event, and I’m only 10% likely (I think) to see an ascension orb. This means I can only track my progress via probability with huge error bars. It might take me a month or it might take me ten years. Nothing I can do makes it faster… unless I want to do a leaderboard run.
That’s problematic too. Less than 5 people per week get an orb of power from the leaderboard. They have to put in more effort, sometimes in one day, than I tend to even have available for gaming in a week. It’s a club I can never join, so I strongly resent it’s also the ONLY way to make predictable progress towards ZG.
Smart people can ignore ZG, but then smart people don’t have any carrots to chase. It’s a mess.