I think fractals have been getting worse by a large degree the past few. I used to do them all the time but since the awakened one they added in PoF its like what makes a "good" fractal to the devs is making it take forever and having a ton of messy overlapping attacks you cant avoid to make it feel like its more exciting when actually it just makes it feel low skill since you dont do anything but eat the damage and just need the right builds. I quit doing fractals a few months ago when they added the mountain one. its fun at first but then when you get to the final boss its like the devs didnt censor themselves at all. it takes forever and it still to this day since its release bugs all the time in the wind fight. im not sure if i think its more awful then the awakened one(probably honestly), but its for sure a lot buggier and one of the biggest waste of times in the game in my opinion. Fractals were meant to be fun mini dungeons you can chain. I dont want to get bored in the middle of a fight because its to long and need to do it over and over cause it keeps bugging.
So do you think its just that fractals have been getting worse and worse or maybe its just the fact strikes exist where the community that does them seems to be shrinking? I say that mostly based on how 1 out of the 30+ people i used to know who liked fractals still bothers with them.