Hate the new Nightwave system as is. it should have been a supplement to the alerts system, not a replacement. Maybe I am just slow, but it takes me until Sunday to complete all of the tasks (averaging 2-3 hours played per day). Sometimes not getting one, like the Lua test one last week, which I tried to PUG and ended up just giving up. This means all of my playtime is doing stuff i don't really want to be doing, because I still need to finish the last levels of Cetus faction, Quills faction (need Eidolon shards), Fortuna faction, Vent Kids faction, and Vox Solaris faction (or whatever the second Fortuna faction is). Some of the rank rewards I get along the way are nice, but most are stuff I never would have really put in much work for prior. After about 6 ranks, i have about enough for some niatin, or some of the other "shop" items. So for me, after about 2 weeks, I can afford a shop item.In the early goings by changing the alerts over to this I have to get something going to get some Nitian. Overall I suspect it's a positive change but will likely need refinements like anything else would when they gauge lots of real world feedback.
In the old system, i would average about 1 Niatin alert per every other day (so roughly 3 per week). I could also jump on alerts for plastids, gallium, void traces, argon crystals, etc. when I was low on those items. When I was first starting, I also had nice people carry me on some of the alerts to get those items, since I was not far enough in the star chart. If I didn't want to do an alert, i just ignored it. The only alert item I ever had trouble with was Vauban neuroptics or systems, which were a pretty rare alert, but that still only took me about a month to have the alert occur during one of my play sessions. That doesn't even include the cosmetic helmets, which now require a conscious choice to pick over one of the other needed resources after a weeks' farming, whereas before if i saw one that interested me I just just jump in the alert and 5 minutes later i had the Blueprint.