There are a lot of cool new legendary items coming in Patch 2.2.0, and one thing we’ve noticed while testing them on the PTR is… many of them have a buff icon that shows over the belt interface. Such buff icons are a useful visual clue, but 1) they’re really small to derive info from out of the corner of your eye, and 2) not enough can show at once.
Buff Icons and Interface Issues:The “too-small to see clearly” issue is coming up with the Blizzcon Elemental Ring, since its belt icon shows which element is currently getting the ~200% buff, and that’s something a player needs to know so they can synchronize the appropriate elemental attack. It looks clear in the thumbnail there, but when it’s just another tiny box near your belt and game visuals are flying…
Tyvalir: I really like that this points out a case where, simply because of how the user interface is set up, the icon can become more of a hindrance than a help, or ends up pulling you out of your gameplay too frequently (i.e. beyond just checking it really quickly). Definitely passing this on. Great feedback, Phaelanx!
The other issue is inadequate display space for all the buffs your character is enjoying, and that’s a complaint that’s heard more and more often. It was an issue back in 2012 when only five icons could show, but thankfully the space/number was increased before Reaper of Souls. It’s become inadequate again as more and more cool legendary items add their own buff icons.
Tyvalir: There are a lot of items or skills right now that have buff or cooldown icons. When players have lots of different icons stacking up or disappearing from the bottom of the screen, it can result in visual clutter that may make it more difficult to interpret what you’re seeing at a glance.
That said, we’re currently reviewing how we display buffs and cooldowns, and looking for ways to ensure this information remains easy to access and interpret quickly, so you can stay focused on the game.
In the case of Inna’s or other full time buffs from your own character’s gear, there’s no need to show them on the belt. I know what my own equipment is giving me. What I need to see on the belt interface are the short term buffs and debuffs, so I know what’s impacting me for the next 3 or 5 seconds. It’s worse in multiplayer games with shared buffs, and not uncommonly players literally do not know what Shrine or Pylon effect they just gained, since there’s nowhere for the icon to display.