Okay, we’re all pretty clear on what LotD currently provides e.g. more PVE content and some situational RVR. But does it seek to solve a greater underlying problem in tier 4 ORvR and city capture? Is it meant to provide a distraction and ultimately a splitting of your opponents forces?
If you look at the servers where one side is being constantly overwhelmed by the other, they’re fundamentally not getting a look in, when it comes to capturing their opponents capital and the loot opportunities that it intern gives. Plus it’s also a bit depressing to constantly have your ass spanked in ORvR.
If by winning access to LotD, your opponent is effectively leaving the back door open, then it gives the overwhelmed sides a chance to take the opponents capital and partake in those oh so fun PQs. Now if yours is the side which handing out the spanking, then whether your foe is in Tier 4 or LotD, it’s really a mote point, since they barely able to stop your multiple zergs anyway. It gives them somewhere else to potentially gear up. Of course if you are the kind of person, who likes one sided fights, then you will obviously be disappointed that your victims now have a viable escape route.
So by losing access to LotD, you could be distracting maybe 1/3 of your foe into LotD, where in you are now “only” being attacked by double your numbers, which at least has the potential to provide a more balanced fight, especially if your foe is used to winning by force of numbers only.
Heh, maybe I am attributing more cunning to the Mythic designers than they actually deserve.
Werit makes an interesting point in paragraphs 2 & 3, that a certain amount of disparity is required to allowed one side to make sufficient progress on evenly matched servers. Maybe access to LotD is that pendulum that creates enough of a disparity in forces, to implement the necessary regime changes. Who knows, maybe LotD could indirectly get things moving and my original opinion of it quietening things, was wrong.
It’s amazing the kind of things that can occur to you, while you wait for your 1st latte of the day.