Mmm...Sambrog gives at least 4 I thought, and only takes 5-6 minutes (if we're talking the same skill as would be required to run 20-minute LT reliably), so Sambrog still wins. And if LT rewarded 30 seals (not that I think that's necessarily a good number, was just throwing it out there) there would still be plenty of groups running Sambrog--people who couldn't beat LT, or people who don't have 20+ minutes to run an instance that isn't guaranteed not to wipe and take twice as long.
Originally Posted by EdalorTrailtamper
But I'm not saying that time needs to be the only variable in reward. Challenge, as well.
And LT is much more difficult than Sambrog. In Sambrog, you don't have to think about the difficulty of anything, or pay attention to when to take potions, or when to stand where and kill what.
So if instances that took longer AND were more difficult got a reward boost, we could see a good variety of things run.
And Turbine has both the means of gathering data on what is being run, and the ability to change rewards without a hotfix. So it would just be a matter of raising reward for stuff that isn't being run until stuff is being run.
But this isn't important to them, since players have shown since Moria that they're not at all affected by having a variety of things to do--whatever is most rewarding based on time and effort is what gets run, everything else will get run only if necessary. They don't need to make all these huge and expensive changes when they're already getting the desired response from players with minimal effort expended. It's the same reason why they're reluctant to put a lot of time and effort into new instances--they know we'll play 1 incessantly if it has the rewards. If they put all the best L95 rewards in the old BG 6-man and didn't make or scale a single new instance in HD, we'd see the same farming as Sambrog gets now. Because not enough people care to justify new group content development. Group players are not as profitable as solo players, and it's all about WB's bottom line anymore.
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