Anyone else having more trouble lately in finding CM groups when you play non-meta classes?
In my case I am running a daredevil in zerker as dps(what else would you use a daredevil for?) and maintain an average dps in 100-200 ess requirement groups as per arcdps. I've noticed a move away from listing "dps" on lfgs and towards listing specific classes which means that if I want to do CMs I often have to create my own group just because I play a thief. Those times I do join an LFG looking for "dps" I often get comments ranging from "oh thief isn't a good dps" to "kick thief, thiefs suck". If I make it into the fractal I still regularly get "we got low dps, thief sucks, kick" in low ess requirement groups(20-60 ess) even when I have the highest dps and can get kicked at the last boss despite carrying a group of noobs, providing ascended food and remaining respectful towards players who are failing mechanics. I try to avoid those situations by just joining higher ess requirement groups but again, most are now requiring specific classes. Trying to list an lfg for CMs/Dailies as thief tends to lead to wait times in excess of an hour even at reset.
I get that an LFGs can have whatever requirements they want but it's gotten to the point where people are elitist for the sake of being elitist and well beyond their own skill level. I was kicked from a 50ess group for joining, saying "dps lnhb+infusion" then loading into the instance to an immediate "thief didn't link kp, kick" followed by a kick before I can even react. Sure, they may not have known that a celestial infusion cost 90 ess but I had a similar issue with a 100ess group saying "celestial infusion not real kp, you might of gotten it as drop" despite also having LNHB and an extra 20ess at the time. I've since resorted to pasted codes instead of having to debate the legitimacy of celestial infusions as kp every kitten time but that defeats the entire purpose of having ess requirements. I regret ever having bought the infusion.
I've noticed a few other classes being treated the same way and it's seriously affecting lfg fill times. There may be 3+ CM groups waiting for the same specific class (hb/bs/alacren) and all 3 groups will stubbornly stay in lfg for half an hour instead of merging (one group requires 100 ess, other group 150ess for example) or accepting a different class because a non-meta group might take 2min longer to clear. The worst is when 200ess groups are waiting on a healer for half an hour instead of just taking another dps and clearing faster. If you have 200 ess, you should know mechanics well enough to not need a healer especially considering that higher dps leads to even less mechanics.
I've been denied entry into a fractal guild because I enjoy playing a thief and got a long explanation as to why thief are apparently useless. I've joined guilds that had daily fractal runs but they've since moved away from fractals due to the toxic state of the fractal community. One guild that I used to fractal with died as most players quit the game.
I used to run raids but my schedule wasn't conducive to raid guilds and PUGs for raids are more toxic and elitist than PUGs for fractals. Dungeons are... dead. Fractals represent an important chunk of end-game content for the "less casual" players and elitism in LFG is taking that away from players who don't have much else keeping them in GW2. I wish Anet would make more agressive balance changes to PvE to force the META to reset or somehow revamp the LFG to include some achievement based filters so that people can find groups based on their abilities to compete rather than meta copypasta LFGs.
I just want to be able to do my kitten fractals.