I see this as "mostly good intentions", but with a horribly fatal flaw.I'll gladly trade the RNG roller coaster for guaranteed and visible progress.I'll definitely miss the delight of the "hot streaks", but I think the disappointments are emotionally harder and longer lasting than the 'wins'.Ditto for being able to earn shards in other ways, which continues to help the "targeted progress".Where I believe that this will be IMMENSELY frustrating, is when players change their mind on who to favorite.Because when doing so, you reset the progress to zero again.And I've done that numerous times in MPQ.Here's the best way I can think of to describe the problem.If you know in advance which character is going to be the most important character to have two months from now, then the whole system is great.But that absolutely is NOT the case. We don't know who's going to be in SHIELD training. We don't know who the "next great character" is going to be, or when it will show up. There's absolutely no way that we can set these favorites, and expect that this will still be the most desirable character by the time the shard progress is finished.And that is going to lead to TONS of regret, and wasted shards. This is the part that is going to cripple progress at a time where it needs to be improved.Keep in mind, the BH rates were set at a time when there were FAR fewer characters. The effectiveness has deteriorated as a result, because they have to be spread over a larger number of goals. In order to address that dilution, we needed a system that offered greater chances, not "statistically similar" to a rate that was already inadequate. And then further diluted from there due to ever changing priorities, and having to halt progress and start over.
Can we opt out? Leave the bonus hero icon there and if you have bonus heroes selected you don't earn shards for that tier. Being able to guarantee a colorless cover doesn't help me if I can just save the cover and eventually apply it as a champ level anyway. Instead of spending 60 hp on 10 shards (2400 hp for a cover) I'd rather buy 16 heroics for 1600 hp to get a 4*...and 15 other 3*s too.I don't understand why you can't just release a replacement system that is objectively without a doubt better than the current system. You should never have a details post about a new feature that was teased for weeks only to have your most dedicated players thinking "yeah, is it possible for me to opt out of this new system?"And why are you constantly trying to fix problems that have already been solved? "Colorless covers" was basically granted with the ability to save covers. Sure it sucks to to have a 0/5/0 with 10 saved covers, but eventually those saved covers get applied as champ levels and so there is never any waste. It's no longer the same pain point as selling covers used to be. We don't need this. We'd have been better off if you had someone working on a new sparkly victory banner instead of this.
This also is just in regards to pulls. As stated towards the end, the Shards will be rolled out elsewhere in the game. So you won't just be gaining Shards from pulls, you'll get them from progressions, or placements, or Champ Rewards, or whatever, which, if you're looking for 5s currently is not the case.