A Brutally Honest September Community Day Review

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Y’all.

I didn’t want to write this post.

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I put out the assignment to my writing team, but no one claimed it. That leaves me, your trusty editor-in-chief, the challenge of reviewing the most recent Community Day for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

I say challenge for three reasons.

  1. I had a black tie wedding on Saturday, so I only played the first hour of Community Day.
  2. I’m currently on vacation.
  3. My own opinions about the latest Community Day don’t necessarily represent player opinions, but I want to reflect the collective thoughts of witches and wizards worldwide.

So.

Let’s get started.

The third Wizards Unite Community Day was this past Saturday on September 21, 2019.

Community Day Positives

Since my husband and I were traveling for a wedding, we weren’t able to join other players for Community Day. However, we did find a convenient spot with several Inns and a (regular) Fortress.

I accomplished my only goal for Community Day: earn my first gold frame!

I also maxed out my Time-Turners, which was pretty exciting. Plus the XP gains with a Brain Elixir were nice. If I had played the full 3 hours, I would have leveled up!

Very few Time-Turners departed from me. That said, I did use a Strong Exstimulo Potion on every single one until I hit the max, and then I used a regular Exstimulo Potion on each Encounter. Their effects were boosted, and it was apparent since I returned most Time-Turners with ease.

I also greatly took advantage of the reduced brewing time. In addition to my regular cauldron, I also rented a 3-hour cauldron for the event. I burn through Exstimulo Potions quickly, so brewing a bunch of them quickly was nice.

Spell Energy on the ground wasn’t that helpful with Inns nearby. However, when my husband and I were at our hotel getting ready for the wedding, Spell Energy appeared on the Map more frequently. It’s possible that this was more likely to appear in areas without Inns; however, that’s just a theory of mine.

Finally, I found my first few Erumpent Horns in the wild! This was a nice surprise.

Community Day Negatives

Before I address the Erumpent in the room, I want to share a few of the usual complaints about Wizards Unite Community Day.

While increased spawns of Time-Turners and Mirrors of Erised were nice, this wasn’t a huge draw to the community. This is especially true for players who still need more Fortress-exclusive Fragments. Once you get your 15 Time-Turners and 8 Mirrors of Erised… you’re stuck.

As always, multiple players couldn’t participate in Community Day due to work or other obligations. This is especially frustrating for players with the same schedule every weekend since so far, each Community Day (and Day of the Dragons) has been at the same time on Saturday.

Some players reported Network Errors.

iOS players experienced bugs during the beginning of Community Day in Asia-Pacific.

You can see some responses on our Facebook page.

What did you think of Community Day?

Posted by Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Hub on Sunday, September 22, 2019

#Fortressversy

Community Day also featured an unannounced bonus: Double Challenge XP at sponsored Fortresses.

I’ve seen 3 primary reactions to this:

  1. Players with access to sponsored Fortresses are upset that they missed out on the bonus XP because they didn’t know about it.
  2. Players without access to sponsored Fortresses are upset that they missed out on the bonus XP because they don’t have access to it.
  3. Players without access to sponsored Fortresses think the secret bonus slightly balanced out the unfair advantage.

And “upset” is definitely a euphemism for much stronger feelings that involve language you wouldn’t use in front of Molly Weasley.

In my opinion, the HPWU team could have done a few things better.

  1. Add XP bonuses to all Fortresses, with a small additional boost to sponsored Fortresses.
  2. Announce the XP bonuses.

Then sponsors would be happy with extra traffic, and players would be happy with extra XP. Yes, players without sponsored Fortresses would still be at a disadvantage, but unfortunately, the game does need to keep players AND sponsors happy.

Additionally, the game needs to do something about the scarcity of Spell Books. An accelerated path to Spell Books is a huge advantage in Wizards Unite. Players without sponsored Fortresses are right to feel frustrated.

Rest assured, no matter your feelings on #Fortressversy, the HPWU team is very much aware of public opinion. I’m part of a small team who provides direct feedback to the HPWU team, and they have heard a LOT in the last few days.

Final Community Day Thoughts

September’s Community Day had the opportunity to be successful. The second Wizards Unite Community Day was pretty good, and Day of the Dragons was excellent. The HPWU team had the opportunity to learn from these positives: add bonuses to Wizarding Challenges and feature a rare Foundable.

Technically, that’s what happened during Community Day, but it clearly didn’t happen very well.

I do have high hopes for October’s Community Day!

What are your thoughts?

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