I'm a supporter of fractals, I enjoyed them immensly prior to the patch, as it seemed the only truly challenging pve content (L40 and above only).
However, the recent changes has left me dissappointed. Allow me to elaborate.
- Reseting levels due to a leaderboard. This is a bad idea simply based on the fact we have a "temporary" level cap. The people who enjoy fractals will be L50 in a week, if that.
- The Molten Boss fractal. It's horrific. I am pretty good at dodging, and I can avoid most of the shockwaves and agony. I'm one person. If the rest of my team isn't quite as good, we will fail. This particular fractal is also nigh impossible for people who do not have the required amount of AR to fully mitigate agony.
- Tied into #2, we have "Outflanked". Now I'm 100% sure this is bugged, and speaking to others they feel the same. As it is currently, outflanked is the sole reason to re-roll a fractal unless you want swamp. Outflanked (unless it gets fixed) is making the Molten Boss fractal nearly impossible. I'd say the Healing deficiency is mean too, but manageable in all but the Molten Boss fractal, where you need the most healing you can get.
- Reactor Story. Two points here. One, I'm sick of Scarlett. There was absolutely no need to have her in it at all. Two, I cannot believe Anet did not think to put a WP or a checkpoint in to the instance on release. Did not a single person think of this? Myself and 4 guildies muddled through it without one, it was not easy. No check/WP is nothing short of lazy testing/checking on Anet's part.
- New infusion method. It's another step right off the bat. That's not helpful. However, without any information about how high the new infusions can go (I've seen a link for a +30), and how much AR will be required at max level when the cap is raised, and whether ascended armor will have an infusion slot, how is anyone supposed to know how much to invest in? I've seen some calculations flying around estimating the cost of high level infusions as very very expensive.
Long story short, I'm disappointed at the implementation and testing of the new system. There is too much that could have been spotted by common sense and simple testing, and not enough information about the new infusions and future agony requirements to make any decisions.
Thoughts? How do you think the release and new system is faring?