Following up to the nice video Octavian did about clarity vs. obscurity and tidyness vs. convoluted, I thought about the fact that come a few eeks time Bestiary will probably sigh go to standard.
I liked the Beastiality League in it’s final itteration, but it is far from the best league we ever had. Most of this, imho, stems from the fact that it had really convoluted mechanics, layers of RNG and rulesets, and as a casual you couldn’t really profit from it because you had to dive in skindeep to get how to sell the beasts and how to buy them.
So here are my suggestions, maybe not for now because it is too late, but maybe to be considered for later:
Get rid of the nets
We get the button, fixed, it appears as soon as you meet Einhar in the second act on some waypoint, and from then on you find and can catpture beasts. Even dead ones. Only difference: Dead beasts don’t give loot,” alive” ones do. Simple solution for showing the player: You should catch them alive!
When you catch a beast, the net transforms into a beast-orb. You pick that up, and it is stored in the stash. No book in an extra tab, clutter.
Get rid of the menagerie
Yes, that is sad, but it is completely superfluous. Instead, Einhar can be invited to your hideout, and the higher he levels (and he levels without dailies, but just by capturing beasts, and it is more exp the higher you get, and more exp if they are alive), the more recipies you get (but PLEASE, no more than 150 or some, but keep the one for Horizon Orbs)
Get rid of the Blood Altar
You beastcraft by selling the orbs to Einhar. You can even keep the UI we had until now, just change the mechanic. No stupid fights, no extra clutter. Basically Einhar works like the prophecy lady for trading in div cards.
Use the tileset created for the menagerie as hideout for Einhar. I’d love to see another outdoors HO.
By doing all that, the systems of beastcrafting get a lot clearer, it is way easier to understand how to trade the beasts and you can even sell another stash tab just for those orbs.
I think it is inevitable that Bestiary will be incorporated into standard. It has way too much stuff to just be thrown away. But maybe delay until next expansion, and work it over until it is uncluttered enough to not make PoE into a nightmare for new players. And we need a constant stream of new players and returning players to keep any game alive. Do you want to poe buy items? If you do, you can visit U4GM to have more guides and methods about this.