So I haven't played in months. Back when I was active, I often scored in the top 3, have quite a few T4s, I think a T5, and was at least slightly above average as far as KDR(just so you can get an idea of where I'm coming from).
I'm interested in returning, especially depending on tomorrow's big announcement, but I wanted to peruse the forums first before attempting to dive back in.
Back when I was active, the biggest issue aside from bugs was MM and stomps. I often found myself against squadded up SOS who could wipe the floor with my teams, and there was no amount of carrying i could do to prevent that. combined with a guaranteed loss against certain squads, the long wait times in between matches and long grinds when not using Elite made for a pretty boring and unenjoyable experience after a short while. It was demoralizing, because no matter how good I got, how much I sunk into Briefings and modules, I still couldn't grind very fast when my matchups were so severely skewed. It's also no fun having completely one-sided matches, where the scores don't even begin to approach a close match.
The grind however has never been a game-breaking issue for me, I've accomplished it with and without Elite, in various patches when the grind was better or worse. I'm more concerned with enjoyment now. The MM/Stomping issue however was a very real one, and I think the biggest thing holding DN back overall from becoming a successful title. Now I come back and see even Belial saying it's still an issue, and that scares me. I see less SOS posting, so that's a good sign, but if someone like belial is having poor matches, and openly admitting it? That gives me serious pause.
So just how bad is it? As a returning player I expect it's going to be rough adjusting, relearning controls, being thrown into more difficult matchups due to my higher KDR, higher-tier ships, etc. I'm prepared for that, but is it going to continue to be rough even when I knock the rust off? That's what I'm worried about. Would love to hear from veteran players and newbs alike on this one.
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