I dislike the all or nothing drop system we have in this game. You have no idea if you’re going to get your desired com/whatever in the next 10 runs or the next 10000. The worst part of all is that gearbox has shown it’s possible that we are going to get regular level cap increases once every a few months, similar to seasons in other games.
So I come up with this suggestion:
Allow us to reroll a set of stats on com or artifact, meaning we should be able to reroll all of the secondary stats or all of the primary stats on artifacts. On coms, we should be able to reroll all skill bonuses or all secondary stats the com provides. This way, drops are still valuable if they have a good stat set. You could take this even further and allow players to only reroll the set of stats that they have rerolled the first time, so we wouldn’t be able to reroll everything on a com/artifact (e.g. if you reroll skills on a com, allow only skill rerolls in the future and ‘lock’ the secondary stats).
Allow us to reroll a single part or the anointment on a gun, shield or grenade. Similarly, you could lock the anointment and all parts except the one you’re rerolling or lock the parts if you’re rerolling the anointment.
You can take this even further and allow players to reroll only purple guns, shields and grenades, since obtaining legendary ones is not that difficult compared to getting a perfect purple of those categories (e.g. protuberances, one shot shields with good anointments are extremely rare).
I believe those suggestions would keep players interested through incremental upgrades for their gear. We shouldn’t rely on trading for getting our desired gear for two different reasons.
- It is probably duped from the original item and the market gets flooded with it, which lowers the intrinsic value of having such an item yourself.
- It is probably created in an editor.
When I realized I had to farm again a protuberance with the right parts and anointments after they raised the level cap, I pretty much gave up on it, considering it took me since the release of the game to get a good one and even then I traded for it rather than obtaining it myself. The level 50 one is good enough for now, but after a few more level cap raises, it will become useless.
Edit: A drop rate increase would also be ok if it was done properly. Meaning buff only gear that is extremely hard to obtain such as alien barrel guns.