SoftFootpaws.9134 Posted July 13, 2022 Share Posted July 13, 2022 (edited) This is something I've been wanting to talk about for a long time, and there's numerous posts on the subject disorganised into various threads regarding stuff like instanced content, but hopefully I can provide something a bit more concrete in this thread. Basically, the LFG system is bad, completely bad, and is a large part of why multiplayer content in this game is so frustrating. At times, it feels like playing the UI more than the game. First of all, the biggest problem is organisation. The devs seem to think that players will use all these various empty categories that are not used, have not been used and never will be used. On top of this, there's way too much distribution of the listings which makes finding something to do time consuming when it should be nearly instant and easily accessible. Examples: - All the unused categories such as Story Journal (players use the associated map category instead), Festivals (for Halloween and the like players use Central Tyria-Squads), Achivements (players use the associated map/dungeon categories instead), Guild Recruitment (players recruit primarily through map chat), and Mentoring (never seen it used whatsoever). There's others, but these are the most obvious ones that are basically just there to take up space and make finding the category you want more time consuming than it should be. - Player Vs Player and World Vs World categories are useful in theory, but in practice aren't ever used because PvP uses an automatic matchmaking system (which PvE should have!) and in WvW you just join whatever tag you see on the map or ask whats going on in Team chat. - Excessive splitting of categories like Living World, which could all be consolidated. LWS3, 4 and IBS have so few listings that they could all be in just one category per season, which would make those listings much easier to find. Dungeons have the same problem, they could easily all just be in one category like Raids and Strike Missions are. The only time this splitting really works is for Fractals due to the Tier system. All in all, the LFG tool should be drastically scaled down with data recorded about which categories actually get used and how often. Players should be able to bring up the LFG tool, click a category, and already see multiple listings without having to click on all of them one by one searching for something. Which brings us to: The second biggest problem, which is lack of a watch/notification system. This is one of the biggest roadblocks to players getting into raids, because raid listings (especially training), are so rare that players have to sit with the LFG tool open for up to several hours waiting for a listing. Instead, they should be able to click an eye icon (like you do with daily achivements, etc.) to watch the category, and be notified of when a listing is available with a message in their chat window and a link to open the LFG tool automatically. Because of this, players often miss listings that they would normally join in on, just because they weren't camping the LFG tool and were instead playing the game itself. And the final, and potentially most severe problem, is no way to specify your role. This makes it difficult for players to join modern group content which has very strict role requirements, and becomes a hodgepodge of joining the squad (taking up a slot, and potentially causing it to delist if its full), stating your role, working out what other players roles are via chat, and trying to get all your builds sorted out which is okay for content like Fractals, but for content like Strike Missions can sometimes take even longer than the encounters themselves. The lack of ability to state your role, and have this role displayed somewhere like next to your squad icon, hurts uptake. A system where players can just join in would benefit everyone. Furthermore, the additional of a role system would pave the way for automatic matchmaking in PvE in the future. There's probably more points that can be made, but these are the worst ones I've seen in my years playing the game. It seems to me like the LFG system was designed by someone who has never played the game. Edited July 13, 2022 by Mariyuuna.6508 26 4 1 9 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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