I posted a longer and more eloquent reply in the main thread, but for those who have not read that thread (or don’t want to even attempt the 262+ replies there), in summary:
I’ve been playing 8 months or so. Was in a mid-tier guild, around the 1500 mark in ranking. ONCE ever did we do some LTs, only managed 2-3 before the week was up. Universally decided it was NOT worth the work. And that was fine for me. Whatever.
That guild died about a month ago and I joined a new guild, this one in the 220ish range. Much closer to the top. I don’t know what makes a guild a ‘top guild’ but this is a lot closer. We crush a lot of the tasks. But come Friday night/Saturday morning, it stops. No more contributing. We finish the week with 2-4 tasks fully complete, the others sitting at 0 gold donated after completing the first 9-11 levels of them. So, short of LT’s by about 2.6-3mil gold, depending on the week. We COULD do it. We choose not to. Why?
Because come Monday morning my inbox explodes with loot. 2-3mil gold gets donated Monday morning.
The guild, as it stands, in the 220’s ranking, stops wasting gold on the diminishing returns, and doesn’t even bother to push for LTs. So they can save up and get a head start on next week.
Its been the same way all 4 weeks I’ve been in the guild.
This change will absolutely guarantee that I NEVER see an LT while in this guild. Ever.
And that means the only shot I have is crossing my fingers, dropping out of a good group of people, and joining a higher ranked guild in hopes that they have the wherewithal to grind out that kind of gold.
Whats this change mean for me? I resign myself to never seeing another LT reward, ever, or abandon a good guild thats been good to me, in hopes of stepping on the heads of others to climb into a higher guild.
As an aside, I saw a note from someone in the other thread who’s in a guild ranked in the 60’s who only does a few LTs a week. If a guild in the 60’s doesn’t have a chance to get LTs after this change (think about it - if they do say 10 a week… thats 10 million gold that just sinks into the new epic tasks, still not coming anywhere CLOSE to unlocking LTs), that means that there are only 2040 players in the entire game that can have a hope of getting an LT. Why 2040? If that guys guild is in the 60’s, lets assume rank 69… there are only 68 “better” guilds out there. 68 * 30 people = 2040 players.
Yes, my number is a bit facetious as you don’t need to be rank 68 or above to get LTs, but if a rank 60ish guild isn’t coming close, how many are pulling in the gold to actually achieve that on a regular basis? 20 maybe? 600 players total in the entire game?