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Diablo 4 Season of the Construct: Trapped in a Maze of Controversy

In the mystical realm of Diablo 4, a new season has dawned upon us—the Season of the Construct. However, the response to this fresh wave of content ha...

Fay Watson Jan 24, 2024
Diablo 4 Season of the Construct: Trapped in a Maze of Controversy

In the mystical realm of Diablo 4, a new season has dawned upon us—the Season of the Construct. However, the response to this fresh wave of content has been far from harmonious. Among the many points of criticism, one particular addition has left players feeling trapped, quite literally. Yes, my fellow adventurers, we are talking about traps—those devious contraptions that have ignited a firestorm of annoyance within the Diablo community.

Introducing the Vaults, a headline addition to Diablo 4's Season of the Construct. These treacherous dungeons promise bonus rewards, but at a cost. For within their depths lie an array of traps: spinning wheels of flame, fiery spots on the floor—classic video game dungeon hazards, you know the drill. It is possible to mitigate the damage inflicted by these traps, but here's the catch—keeping a particular ward on your character grants bonus loot, yet each trap you succumb to chips away at that precious ward. So, to maximize your rewards, you must master the art of agile movement, a skill that Diablo 4 has not truly demanded until this point.

"Is anyone sick to death of the trap BS already?" cries out a weary player on Reddit. "Sorry, but they're just a gigantic hindrance in clearing areas, making it slow and annoying. I watched the stream where they said they were adding more traps to dungeons, but this is wildly ridiculous, and I'm already about to quit."

"I don't understand their obsession with trying to waste our time," echoes another player in agreement. "Like, man, these empty trap rooms aren't hard, they're just annoying. I have to waste time running through them when it could have just been a normal room full of monsters to kill, which is the fun part of the game."

Such sentiments echo through the chorus of complaints. Diablo is a game about obliterating monsters with near mindless efficiency, so anything that hinders that process can be exasperating. Granted, a few players secretly confess their enjoyment of the traps, relishing the challenge they bring. But alas, their voices are drowned out by the roaring tide of discontent.

These traps have drawn unfavorable comparisons to the infamous Labyrinth in Path of Exile. Years ago, Path of Exile introduced similar traps, only to face vehement backlash from its community. As another player laments, "I can't believe the team at Blizzard thought adding trap rooms was a good idea. It doesn't belong in a Diablo game. There's a reason PoE made all the changes they did to the Labyrinth because people don't like doing that sort of thing."

"It's bizarre," concurs yet another player. "The Labyrinth and traps were something PoE did 10 years ago—a decade ago—and then they realized it was more frustrating than fun. They abandoned the concept. Now, Blizzard, a AAA studio, is revisiting that same mistake made by an indie developer. I genuinely don't understand Blizzard's mindset with Diablo 4."

Amidst this tempest of criticism, players contemplate the fate of Diablo 4's Season 3 companion. Will it be a savior, arriving in all its "horribly overpowered" glory, or will it merely fuel the flames of discontent? Only time will tell.

As the Season of the Construct unfolds, players find themselves trapped in a maze of controversy. The allure of bonus rewards is overshadowed by the frustration of navigating treacherous traps. Diablo 4, a realm of monster-slaying efficiency, now demands nimble footwork and patience, challenging its devotees in unexpected ways. Yet, within this storm of discontent, a glimmer of hope remains. Will Blizzard heed the cries of its community and navigate a path towards redemption? Or will the traps continue to ensnare the hearts of adventurers, leaving them yearning for the simpler joys of monster-filled rooms? Only time will reveal the fate of Diablo 4's Season of the Construct, as players grapple with the eternal question—should the journey be filled with traps, or should the path be clear for the thrill of the kill?