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Venthyr Assault Loading Screens Are a Bit Much

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The Maw assault flipped over to Venthyr recently and while the assault was generally great in concept, one particular feature of it has players pretty annoyed.

The finale to the Venthyr Covenant assault is actually pretty cool and well thought out, with players aiming the light and popping around via the mirror network. However, it seems someone didn't quite think about the loading screens between each mirror on the final boss, as there are 8 of them!

"The Venthyr Assault experience"
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This is excessive even for players with fast load times, but for those without better PCs, or even god forbid without SSDs... it's a bit of a nightmare. As you'd expect the community reaction hasn't been great, despite most players agreeing it is a really cool concept! I have to say these few threads really made my day, as so much of the commentary on the game recently has been blindly negative, whereas here we see players commenting on a legitimately sub-par design feature, but also acknowledging the merits of the quest. I almost cried from joy.

While all the loading screens on that last boss felt tedious to sit thru, the concept of going thru the the mirrors to reflect light into them I thought was pretty cool. Would have been better if they had everything in the same zone so there wouldn’t be loading screens and the concept of the boss would mostly be the same. - Killgraft
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"Don't you guys have SSDs?" - minimaxir
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Using Revendreth mirrors is in flavor to the covenant, but having to go through a loading screen is jarring, and you go through it EIGHT times. - suaveh
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Was just telling someone that a good advantage of wow was a seamless world ._. - tnpcook1
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Fun fact: I'm pretty sure that added SSDs to the recommended system specs for the first time in an expansion with Shadowlands. I guess now we know why! - ophir147
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I have an SSD and the loading screens were quick but I still thought it took away from the experience.

I would have preferred just not having the mirror bit. I get it... Just didn't like it since it had to cut in loading screens. Kinda breaks up the immersive experience. - HonkyKong64
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I found the Venthyr assault really fun and creative - Shiinobu-
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even with a 500gb nvme it still sucks having to eat 8 loading screens. I get wanting to try something new, but at no point during testing did anyone say, "you know.. these loading screens suck. players won't like this". because I said it to myself after the 2nd loading screen when I realized I'd have to do it for 3 more portals. - eyloi

There's even a very helpful hint on how to avoid part of it!

You can use a glider to jump from one mirror to another saving you two loading screens. After next week when we get flying, you’ll only have to deal with two loading screens total. Go counter clockwise around the platform. - HabeQuiddum


So, some positivity in a disliked feature is quite the breath of fresh air, and the issues with the assault should be minimized next reset when flying arrives! A win-win! And 8 loading screens.

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The assault was just one big disappointment from a gameplay aspect, couldn't they just keep it like the Legion Assaults, plain and simple. Who's bright idea was it to make the last fight a loading screen festival....

 

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SSD is listed in system requirements now, not recommended.

This will be presented as a Bizzard problem, but they were clear about this when they made the change.

I have a basic WD SSD that I installed myself for under $80 and in under 2 minutes. The load screens on this boss took about .3 seconds each time. It's not Blizzard's fault you run their game on a toaster.

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I almost killed myself on one of those. I guess you can't take the portal while in combat but you can walk right through them. So watch out for the ones on the edges :)

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