Earlier this week, developer Jam City added the Duelling Club back to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, with an improvement that was much-appreciated by fans. Unlike previous iterations of the in-game event, this time players were able to recharge tickets by waiting three hours, as opposed to having to buy more tickets with gems like before. While this was a smart change, this new version of the Duelling Club was not without its problems, and has many fans across the web accusing it of being “rigged.”
In the latest version of the Duelling Club in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, some players found it much more difficult to rack up wins. Duelling in Hogwarts Mystery is basically a game of rock, paper, scissors, so it could be down to just chance, but it seems that the AI-controlled opponents were simply designed to be much tougher to beat. The difficulty spike was so noticeable that it resulted in numerous Reddit posts about the issue, not to mention comments left on this site by unhappy fans.
Not only did Jam City seemingly make the Duelling Club much more difficult, but it also moved the goal posts. Past iterations of the event only required players to get 10 or less wins to unlock all of the items, but the latest version required 20. Combine this with the fact that the new version of Duelling Club only lasted two days, and it’s easy to see why some fans are upset. And, to make matters worse, some fans have reported that the event ended a full day earlier for them than it should have.
Another issue fans had with the latest version of Duelling Club is that only one ticket would recharge after three hours, and waiting additional hours wouldn’t recharge any more tickets. In other words, fans couldn’t wait nine hours and get back their full supply of tickets, meaning that they still had to spend gems if they wanted to participate in the Duelling Club enough to realistically obtain all of the rewards.
Gems, for the uninitiated, are the primary currency in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, and while they can be obtained through playing the game, players can only get a handful each day. The fastest way to get gems is by buying them with real money, and so some fans online are accusing Jam City of making the Duelling Club event much more harder as a way to get people to spend more on microtransactions.
It’s unclear at this point if Jam City did increase the difficulty of the Duelling Club or if this is just a coincidence. Fans will have to wait and see if the developer releases a statement on the matter. In the meantime, we have reached out to Jam City for more information and will update this story as needed.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out now for iOS and Android mobile devices.