Changes to the Labyrinth

While I consider the lab the worst part of the game by a wide margin (trap-dodging in the dark is the opposite of the rest of the game) I do think the ascendancies should be gated behind something and I'm fine with doing it on one or two characters per league. The lab is not hard, it's just a boring chore that has to be done ovver and over during the league.

My solution is to put the ascendancy tablet in the same room as the Waypoint and defeating Izaro on each difficulty unlocks those points for your account.
This way you still have to do the labyrinth but at least you can make your league-starter a good labrunner if you want or simply wait til high level to clear them.

Maybe Eternal lab should still have to be done once per character but then again, why? Increase the rewards from running it so that the people who do enjoy the place can farm it while the rest of us can beat it once and just leave it behind.
My 2c... In some ways I like that the Labs are longer, especially for character progression (Ascendencies). Character progression should take longer and take some effort. Instead of always making it shorter, how about an option to keep it long to receive Ascendencies, but have the option to run it shorter for chests and enchantments. A simple checkbox on the Lab selection dialog could drive it.
really excited
Let's all play without Ascendencies !
I HATE Labs!! There, I said it!
If I wanted to play a puzzle game, I'd play a puzzle game. I play PoE to kill monsters! If all the Labs consisted solely of fighting mobs I'd love them! But I can't stand the traps and switches and puzzles!! I avoid Labs until I'm WAYYYY over leveled and the whole thing just drains all the fun out of the game for me. I've actually logged out rather than face a Lab...

If Labs are going to be around, please just get rid of the traps, switches (especially TIMED switches), and puzzles. Just fill the Lab maps with hard mobs and maybe have several mini-bosses that must be killed in order to progress to the next zone? Anything would be better than dying, AGAIN, to a stupid spinning, zig-zagging, spiky, blade covered log thingy!!!

Lax

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