Improvements for WoW Dragonflight’s Solo Shuffle On the Way
Solo Shuffle is one of Dragonflight’s most popular features that players have been enjoying so far. What are the improvements made to make the game experience more enjoyable?
Solo Shuffle is one of the newest and most popular features of the latest World of Warcraft expansion. This PvP mode has allowed players to engage in Arena-type gameplay without queueing with a pre-made team. This content is a new efficient way to earn Conquest tokens since you cannot earn WoW gold in PvP. While Solo Shuffle has been plagued with various problems, improvements are being rolled out to make the Arena experience more enjoyable.
What is Solo Shuffle?
Solo Shuffle is a feature that allows players to solo queue into Arena fights wherein they are paired with random people. The matchmaker groups up one healer and two DPS to battle against another team with the same lineup. These two parties will fight it out in an area for six rounds. The Shuffle occurs in-game, wherein the groups are rearranged, so your previous allies will likely be your next opponents. The release of this feature has been viral among players as a source of Conquest tokens and for getting WoW Tier Set pieces from the Great Vault.
The popularity of Solo Shuffle has even prompted its own Esports Tournament. While the feature’s success is very apparent, the game mode still needs to be improved, with some issues detrimental to the players’ enjoyment. Resolving these problems has been one of Blizzard’s prime concerns.
The Problem in Rated Solo Shuffle
Like any new feature in the game, the famous Solo Shuffle has met some problems during its launch. The primary concern of players lies with participants leaving rated matches in the middle of the game. This situation forces unfair matchups due to the lack of numbers.
The next concerning problem is how leavers affect ratings in the match. Previously, when players left ranked Solo Shuffles, the remaining champions would no longer earn any ratings. This issue will effectively punish all six participants because players waste their time waiting and participating in competitive matches without compensation.
Improvements to Rated Solo Shuffle
This problem with rated Solo Shuffle will soon be addressed as devs will introduce some essential changes. The immediate solution is to discourage players from quitting competitive matches so that the game environment is not ruined. Devs will now introduce various penalties that will severely impact quitters’ ratings. In addition, repeat offenders will become subject to “account review and suspensions” because their actions violate the Terms of Services by being detrimental to other players’ experience.
Leaving rated matches will first provide a prompt to explain the potential penalties for continuing with this action. Players will still be awarded ratings per round if someone goes in the middle of the fight. This means that every match will still be rated, even with quitters.
A scoreboard will show how the rankings change to establish visibility on how the matchmaking system works. This tab will feature their matchmaking rating rather than their current one. Your points will vary depending on who you are teamed up with and whether you win. In this case, specific rounds yield more ratings if you triumph over foes.
Some other improvements to the Solo Shuffle will include a way to encourage more healers to queue up. Currently, matchmaking is filled with players signing up as DPS, so incentivizing more healers will improve queue timers. However, it needed to be specified what adjustments would be made to achieve this.
Other Improvements to the Game
Aside from the adjustments to the Solo Shuffle, other new things are being added to the game. As the months go by, tons of new features are slowly making their way into Azeroth. Based on Dragonflight’s 2023 Roadmap, significant updates will occur at least once per season. There will be an upcoming raid, new areas, Mythic+ Dungeon pools, quests, and more events.
In the meantime, players should enjoy all the upcoming content in Winter 2023. The Primalist Tomorrow will be available very soon, which might feature new ways to earn WoW gold. Make sure to stay updated for future details regarding changes in the game!