I’ve mentioned it before in leveling and I’m now running into an even bigger result of this problem. There just isn’t a good reason to group up. Whether your leveling or now you are running Warfronts for your Favor and Prestige, a group holds you back.
As I have been 50 now for roughly a week (maybe a little less), our constant smashing through Expert Dungeons has been … rough. We can get through them, but what’s the point? Hours on hours of wiping and bitching at each other, for some mediocre drops and for each boss to drop this currency that you have to save a lifetime for? Yeah … not my cup of tea.
In the early days of WAR and with the expansion came the Tomb of Vulture Lord. A horribly bugged and massively frustratingly difficult dungeon. But it did have one thing right. Despite that most of us took months to get by the 5th boss, the Dungeon atleast had a 2nd stage boss that gave rewards for lots of gold. It wasn’t hard to get people to go in there, after all, anyone can get to the 2nd boss.
But in RIFT, it’s a damn nightmare. The mobs are more likely to clean your clock than a boss. 1 wipe, 2 wipe, 3 wipe, Potato! You’re likely to spend a mere fortune on Soul Resurrections. To the point that my wallet can’t seem to stay above 10 Platinum anymore. So much for a 110% mount. So why do these dungeons?
There is no reason so far. The trade-off is this: 4 Hours of Expert Dungeon for some crap blues and 5 special currencies; or do 4 hours of Warfronts and get lots of Favor and Prestige. Hmmmmm … I think I’ll choose the one that gives me better gear and is also made for PVP. Yeah, not a hard choice.
Which then brings me to the real underlining issue: Queue times for groups. They are horrendous. Sit and wait for 10 minute queue pops or solo queue and get them instantly. Once again, I find myself being held back by my groups. I need Prestige Rank 4 dammit, don’t they understand?
I find myself needing to take fake breaks, so that I can leave group and they forget about me. All so I can solo queue. Which is terrible. “Oh, I gotta go AFK guys”
10 minutes later …
“Why the hell are you in Black Garden?!?”
“ummmm … Macro.”
“How did you answer me then?”
“Also a Macro. Also this was a Macro.”
I’m horrible. But I’ll be better when I’m P6. Until then, sorry, I need progression at ridiculous speeds.
Oh, also, for you group queuers. Something’s bugged about group queueing. My assumption is that when a group queues, it uses a unique Warfront selection method. For which, it seems likely to bug. If you and your group have been queued well over the minutes its showing for average queue times, then leave your queues and re-join them to reset the mechanic. As well, we have had luck changing the lead hat and re-queueing.