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Alliance Lock Ruining PvP for Many

  • Grianasteri
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    Casarion wrote: »
    The new alliance lock feature has hindered many players, myself included from being able to pvp with one another. It would be one thing if you could change factions for a fee of AP or gold, but instead I'm locked to red for a whole month while everyone who I ballgroup with is on yellow-Xbox. Some others I know made this mistake so we've lost several people already due to this new feature. Are other people disappointed in this feature? It's basically killed over half the game for me since I can't group or play with most of my friends for a month.

    Its a massive issue. Its the main reason I hardly play any PVP outside of Battlegrounds, even though I would like to.

    Half the time, a guild group I want to play with, or one that's asking for help, I cant, because I don't have a character in the correct alliance, that I want to play etc. Ideally, I should be able to take any of my characters and fight for any alliance within each campaign.

    One of the problems is, the game as originally conceived obviously had these 3 alliances and this was central and integral to the story progression and progress around the world, this is carried through into PVP... but with the way the game has evolved, this makes no sense, particularly after defeating Molag Baal etc.

    One solution could be to simply remove the alliance category of each character upon completion of the main quest. Then make it that when joining a campaign, you CHOOSE which alliance to fight for, then cannot change from that in the same way as applies now.
    Edited by Grianasteri on June 18, 2019 10:46AM
  • Rex-Umbra
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    Alliance lock seems very popular on the xbox crowd. Locked campaign always full with wait.
    Xbox GT: Rex Umbra IX
  • BigBragg
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    Casarion wrote: »
    The new alliance lock feature has hindered many players, myself included from being able to pvp with one another. It would be one thing if you could change factions for a fee of AP or gold, but instead I'm locked to red for a whole month while everyone who I ballgroup with is on yellow-Xbox. Some others I know made this mistake so we've lost several people already due to this new feature. Are other people disappointed in this feature? It's basically killed over half the game for me since I can't group or play with most of my friends for a month.

    Its a massive issue. Its the main reason I hardly play any PVP outside of Battlegrounds, even though I would like to.

    Half the time, a guild group I want to play with, or one that's asking for help, I cant, because I don't have a character in the correct alliance, that I want to play etc. Ideally, I should be able to take any of my characters and fight for any alliance within each campaign.

    One of the problems is, the game as originally conceived obviously had these 3 alliances and this was central and integral to the story progression and progress around the world, this is carried through into PVP... but with the way the game has evolved, this makes no sense, particularly after defeating Molag Baal etc.

    One solution could be to simply remove the alliance category of each character upon completion of the main quest. Then make it that when joining a campaign, you CHOOSE which alliance to fight for, then cannot change from that in the same way as applies now.

    But then they wouldn't be able to sell Any Race, Any Alliance, so that's never going to happen.
    Cadwell, I seem to have run out of forks to give.
  • Celas_Dranacea
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    People’s attention spans are too short these days. Just play on one faction for a month and then switch to your other characters on another. Glad I solved your problem!
    A Bosmer Nightblade Werewolf
  • Raammzzaa
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    Mr_Walker wrote: »

    Does this sentence [3] pertain to the entirety of the Xbox PvP population across all servers?

    Yes! Last night around 8pm AEST on XNA the grand total of the population on all servers was one bar red. That was the sum total across every campaign.

    Now do you see why I get p'd off at people suggesting I go pvp in 7cp?

    Lol! 😂 Australian EST! 😂

    Ok, so 5 am “tomorrow” for me... we had one bar. I’m in US Central and we had a queue of over 100 yesterday for a pop-locked Kaal at prime time. If you’re in Australia, perhaps try playing in the middle of the night when you can? I think you will find the campaigns much more populated.
  • msalvia
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    I love the INTENTION of faction-lock, but hate the RESULTS so far. This has been the most lop-sided campaign (PC, 30 day standard) I've seen since I started doing PvP in terms of population differences and scoring. I can't wait to see if it balances out next campaign (doubt it), or if we see even more people bail on DC and join EP (cuz who wants to fight against 10 to 1 odds all the time)?

    I sincerely hope this was a one-time imbalance, because I want faction lock to work. But if the result is the most populous faction just zerging to victory every time, it doesn't really reward skill anymore. I've been leveling my baby necros in the standard campaign and doing shockingly well, but 20 snipe spammers are still gonna get me eventually, and that's basically been the month.
  • msalvia
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    Beardimus wrote: »
    faction jumpers have ruined PvP for way more people

    Spot on, it's better immediately.

    And as a by product if ZOS have broken up 'ball groups' all the better. Less zerg, less lag.

    I like faction lock, but it has undoubtedly increased zerging. Maybe if you're standing in the zerg you don't see it or something.
  • Celas_Dranacea
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    msalvia wrote: »
    I love the INTENTION of faction-lock, but hate the RESULTS so far. This has been the most lop-sided campaign (PC, 30 day standard) I've seen since I started doing PvP in terms of population differences and scoring. I can't wait to see if it balances out next campaign (doubt it), or if we see even more people bail on DC and join EP (cuz who wants to fight against 10 to 1 odds all the time)?

    I sincerely hope this was a one-time imbalance, because I want faction lock to work. But if the result is the most populous faction just zerging to victory every time, it doesn't really reward skill anymore. I've been leveling my baby necros in the standard campaign and doing shockingly well, but 20 snipe spammers are still gonna get me eventually, and that's basically been the month.

    Honestly if more people want to be nerds and play for the overpopulated faction then let them, I don’t care. On NA PC it’s clearly EP that is overpopulated. There are certainly many good players / people in that faction, but I personally would find no fulfillment or honor in playing for the team that is steamrolling everything due to numbers. No offense.

    I will proudly fight for AD even if it’s 10v1. I know the situation is incrementally more difficult for blue - to DC I say fight on and respect to you.
    Edited by Celas_Dranacea on June 18, 2019 5:58PM
    A Bosmer Nightblade Werewolf
  • TequilaFire
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    EP was overpopulated on PC NA before faction locks.
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  • Goregrinder
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    First, figure out how many players are PVPing...then figure out how many out of THOSE people are complaining about PVP being ruined. THEN determine if that ratio is 51% or more, or if it is 50% or less....

    THEN create a post based on that data.
  • Thogard
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    Mayrael wrote: »
    Qbiken wrote: »
    Mayrael wrote: »
    Much less scroll scams, much less toxicity in chat, much less pug locking in useless fights, much less spying, much more balanced populations (because now most people can't hop on campaign where they are winning to ez play, they need to deal with what they find). In general I'm really happy with the lock.

    Nothing really prevents people from joining the winning faction. All I´ve to do is wait until the last few days right before the campaign is about to end, ask someone who plays on that specific campaign who´s winning, and assign all my characters of that faction to that campaign. And it´s even easier than before, since with faction locks implemented, the difference in score between the different factions are much bigger than pre-Elsweyr.

    Mhm but through almost whole campaign the rest of us don't have to deal with you (nothing personal, just an example) and the things I mentioned which ruined experience for far more people than the ones that are against the lock, and you won't get any meaningful rewards. Look at the forums, look in the game, more people is happy with the lock.
    First, figure out how many players are PVPing...then figure out how many out of THOSE people are complaining about PVP being ruined. THEN determine if that ratio is 51% or more, or if it is 50% or less....

    THEN create a post based on that data.

    The downside to the multi faction players (being locked out of many of their characters and blocked from playing a GAME with their friends) is not proportional to the upside of the faction loyalists (not having to worry as much about “traitors” in zone chat).
    PC NA - Thogard / Sir Thogalot / Thoggy Boi jr / Thogaine / El Thogardo

    twitch.tv/ThogardPvP
  • khajiitNPC
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    Look. I get how OP feels. Hopefully he’ll be able to decide what faction he wants to play on and his friends can coordinate with him. I really hope they can come together and decide what campaign they can play on.
  • sunshineflame
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    Heimpai wrote: »
    Soo can my characters that are no longer playable be swapped to EP? Considering i invested time and money into them the least you could do is allow me to put all my characters on one alliance

    You could have done that yourself. You can still play all of your characters in PvP. Thank you for your time.
  • SidraWillowsky
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    Mr_Walker wrote: »

    Does this sentence [3] pertain to the entirety of the Xbox PvP population across all servers?

    Yes! Last night around 8pm AEST on XNA the grand total of the population on all servers was one bar red. That was the sum total across every campaign.

    Now do you see why I get p'd off at people suggesting I go pvp in 7cp?

    I do indeed; you have my sympathy. I'm PC NA and our campaigns are generally plenty full (I have been close to the 200th position in line for the Vivec queue at peak hours) makes me less than sympathetic toward the supposed plight of the insincere faction-hoppers. What you're describing is a different beat entirely, where you're basically forced to PvDoor at off-hours in the unlocked campaigns.

    I wonder if it's at all possible to "lock" the rewards and leaderboards for one faction but allow characters from other factions to play any campaign- so, for example, you choose the 30-day CP campaign as the one your AD toons play for scores BUT your DC/EP toons can still enter the campaign but not score. To address the issue of shady behavior with regards to handling of the scrolls, "locked out" toons could be prevented from picking up scrolls. It may open things up to spying, but... I don't think that was the issue faction lock was meant to address; it'll happen regardless if people want it badly enough.

    That might be a logistical nightmare, but if not, something for ZoS to consider. I just came up with the idea so I've not yet thought it through enough to ensure that people can't poke holes in it- just tossing stuff out there.
  • Blinkin8r
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    AD Zone chat on xbox one has been so much less toxic because of the alliance lock. You always have the occasional troll who just spews filth every once in a while but overall much better. Also a lot less EP picking up our scrolls on their AD toons and running them up north. Of course it'd be better if people who do that crap just cease to exist and we could get rid of faction lock.
    II Blinkin II
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    "A man without the sauce is lost, but the same man can become lost in the sauce."
  • JumpmanLane
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    I just don’t get the necessity of faction locks lol.

    I only play one faction because I’m too lazy to train up my horse so I don’t really care. The only people on my ignore list are IN my faction and spend all day long talking about REALLY stupid stuff.

    Many of these same dummies are on my kill on sight list even though I KNOW they don’t play other factions.

    I don’t care about the map. I’m not loyal to them fools in my faction. Whatever ZOS’s idea for Cyro was I just go there and kill people.
    Edited by JumpmanLane on June 18, 2019 9:06PM
    Witch up, lil' witches!
  • Daedric_NB_187
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    I play on Xbox NA and I'm glad the faction lockis there. It was stupid that people would jump off their EP mains to go to AD or DC to prevent people from crowning emp. Plus the team Green faction hopping was stupid.

    I feel sorry for the people who actually used it to play with their friends or to even out the factions to make it more fair. But the goofballs screwed it up for y'all. Faction lock needs to stay.
  • Goregrinder
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    Thogard wrote: »
    Mayrael wrote: »
    Qbiken wrote: »
    Mayrael wrote: »
    Much less scroll scams, much less toxicity in chat, much less pug locking in useless fights, much less spying, much more balanced populations (because now most people can't hop on campaign where they are winning to ez play, they need to deal with what they find). In general I'm really happy with the lock.

    Nothing really prevents people from joining the winning faction. All I´ve to do is wait until the last few days right before the campaign is about to end, ask someone who plays on that specific campaign who´s winning, and assign all my characters of that faction to that campaign. And it´s even easier than before, since with faction locks implemented, the difference in score between the different factions are much bigger than pre-Elsweyr.

    Mhm but through almost whole campaign the rest of us don't have to deal with you (nothing personal, just an example) and the things I mentioned which ruined experience for far more people than the ones that are against the lock, and you won't get any meaningful rewards. Look at the forums, look in the game, more people is happy with the lock.
    First, figure out how many players are PVPing...then figure out how many out of THOSE people are complaining about PVP being ruined. THEN determine if that ratio is 51% or more, or if it is 50% or less....

    THEN create a post based on that data.

    The downside to the multi faction players (being locked out of many of their characters and blocked from playing a GAME with their friends) is not proportional to the upside of the faction loyalists (not having to worry as much about “traitors” in zone chat).

    The needs of the many outweigh the demands of the few.
  • Thogard
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    Thogard wrote: »
    Mayrael wrote: »
    Qbiken wrote: »
    Mayrael wrote: »
    Much less scroll scams, much less toxicity in chat, much less pug locking in useless fights, much less spying, much more balanced populations (because now most people can't hop on campaign where they are winning to ez play, they need to deal with what they find). In general I'm really happy with the lock.

    Nothing really prevents people from joining the winning faction. All I´ve to do is wait until the last few days right before the campaign is about to end, ask someone who plays on that specific campaign who´s winning, and assign all my characters of that faction to that campaign. And it´s even easier than before, since with faction locks implemented, the difference in score between the different factions are much bigger than pre-Elsweyr.

    Mhm but through almost whole campaign the rest of us don't have to deal with you (nothing personal, just an example) and the things I mentioned which ruined experience for far more people than the ones that are against the lock, and you won't get any meaningful rewards. Look at the forums, look in the game, more people is happy with the lock.
    First, figure out how many players are PVPing...then figure out how many out of THOSE people are complaining about PVP being ruined. THEN determine if that ratio is 51% or more, or if it is 50% or less....

    THEN create a post based on that data.

    The downside to the multi faction players (being locked out of many of their characters and blocked from playing a GAME with their friends) is not proportional to the upside of the faction loyalists (not having to worry as much about “traitors” in zone chat).

    The needs of the many outweigh the demands of the few.

    Playing my characters and playing with friends are needs.

    The comfort of worrying slightly less about zone trolls is not a need.

    To imply that the positive and negative for each side of this argument is equivalent is absurd. They aren’t equivalent at all.

    Not to mention the fact that using “collective punishment” to lock everyone out of characters in order to prevent zone trolls is morally and logically flawed for the same reason collective punishment EVERYWHERE is flawed.

    And before someone says to go play the 7 day, we should make that the faction locked campaign and see if anyone goes. Until we can test it both ways, the “go play 7 day” is a moot argument.

    PC NA - Thogard / Sir Thogalot / Thoggy Boi jr / Thogaine / El Thogardo

    twitch.tv/ThogardPvP
  • Mr_Walker
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    Rex-Umbra wrote: »
    Alliance lock seems very popular on the xbox crowd. Locked campaign always full with wait.

    It's always been that way in prime time.
  • Mr_Walker
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    Raammzzaa wrote: »
    Mr_Walker wrote: »

    Does this sentence [3] pertain to the entirety of the Xbox PvP population across all servers?

    Yes! Last night around 8pm AEST on XNA the grand total of the population on all servers was one bar red. That was the sum total across every campaign.

    Now do you see why I get p'd off at people suggesting I go pvp in 7cp?

    Lol! 😂 Australian EST! 😂

    Ok, so 5 am “tomorrow” for me... we had one bar. I’m in US Central and we had a queue of over 100 yesterday for a pop-locked Kaal at prime time. If you’re in Australia, perhaps try playing in the middle of the night when you can? I think you will find the campaigns much more populated.

    Quality idea, I'll just play video games at 3 in the morning, because I don't have a job....



    People just don't seem to get the fact that if they and their group took like, a single week, and started populating Shor more-nights-than-not, others would also populate Shor, and then more would come - and it would be its own full game within a week or two - continually populated, never stopping, just like the other.

    Its a fun social experiment I've done multiple times over the years in MMOs - "Go sit somewhere , say hello to people, and wait.." pretty soon more and more people come and join you. Do it on the regular - people start regularly coming by and hanging out. Works every time.

    It would just take a bit of commitment during their prime time play hours for like a week - and Shor would forever be populated.

    No, it wouldn't be. Read the whole freaking thread.
  • Mr_Walker
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    Mr_Walker wrote: »

    Does this sentence [3] pertain to the entirety of the Xbox PvP population across all servers?

    Yes! Last night around 8pm AEST on XNA the grand total of the population on all servers was one bar red. That was the sum total across every campaign.

    Now do you see why I get p'd off at people suggesting I go pvp in 7cp?

    I do indeed; you have my sympathy. I'm PC NA and our campaigns are generally plenty full (I have been close to the 200th position in line for the Vivec queue at peak hours) makes me less than sympathetic toward the supposed plight of the insincere faction-hoppers. What you're describing is a different beat entirely, where you're basically forced to PvDoor at off-hours in the unlocked campaigns.

    I wonder if it's at all possible to "lock" the rewards and leaderboards for one faction but allow characters from other factions to play any campaign- so, for example, you choose the 30-day CP campaign as the one your AD toons play for scores BUT your DC/EP toons can still enter the campaign but not score. To address the issue of shady behavior with regards to handling of the scrolls, "locked out" toons could be prevented from picking up scrolls. It may open things up to spying, but... I don't think that was the issue faction lock was meant to address; it'll happen regardless if people want it badly enough.

    That might be a logistical nightmare, but if not, something for ZoS to consider. I just came up with the idea so I've not yet thought it through enough to ensure that people can't poke holes in it- just tossing stuff out there.

    My idea is to hand out unbound vMA or Masters weapons at the end of each campaign to the top 5% of people in each faction, with the proviso that any faction swap means you collect NO end of campaign rewards on any character for that campaign.

    This has a number of benefits. It encourages PvP players to play a little more to get the goodies at the end of the campaign, they are sellable (and PvPers are often scratching for gold), and it encourages faction loyalty without preventing those who just like to have a fight from swapping factions to find them, but also disincentivises those who just want to flip flop to be on the "winning side".
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