So I thought of reasons why I personally don’t care about strike missions, or don’t want to invest as much time as I raid or do fractals or anything else in the game. And that is the rewards strike missions give.
I know people will say oh no not another reward post about strikes. However we all know rewards with strikes are the reason why veterans and new people won’t invest much time into strikes.
For example we know Mike Z states strikes as “stepping stone” to raids. So let’s begin here. When you step into raids are 32 slot bags something you need to go into raids? No. When you step into raids as a first time do you need skins to look pretty to go into a raid? No. The goal is to get the correct gear that you want to max out the most stats you can possibly get with your character into the highest endgame of content.
Worrying about skins is already teaching the community to care about how you look rather than doing what it takes to beat the strike/raid. After all the start of getting into a strike or raid is having correct gear and build for your class/elite specialization.
And I believe that is the reason why most people do not care because people want to get ready for a raid with strikes but can’t since it doesn’t provide anything valuable for a raid.
So here are my thoughts on what strikes can provide on the side of skins.
A new gear stat that is in between ascended and exotic. Since fractals provide ascended and raids provide ascended it’s easy to justify that another gear stat that is right below ascended to start raids is great for new players, or players starting to raid that don’t have ascended yet.
Ascended material drops to craft ascended pieces. For example elonian leather. if not those, mats to create grand master marks. Or grandmaster marks in itself so you purchase from the fractal lobby.
A strike mission currency to purchase the new gear stat that is in between ascended and exotic.
Ascended trinket drops. Since you can clearly get an ascended armor piece in t2 fractals. Maybe even t1. It’s easy to say the chance of getting an ascended trinket would be nice for new players.
A collection that will get you ether a full set of the new stat I already talked about or a ascended set. However the collection would evolve somewhat close to the envoy collection involving you to complete strike achievements for you to obtain the armor set.
I think if arenanet added one of these suggestions new players and veterans will put more time into strike missions. However the rewards now that you get with strikes, A lot of people don’t care to do the strike missions at all. I care as much as strike missions as dungeons, actually scratch that, I care about dungeons more since dungeons have runes that can only be obtained in a specific dungeon.