Re-Ascend: The Top Reasons You Should Give Rift Another Try
has been the first AAA title in the post-WoW era to sustain measurable
growth, it has had its fair share of attrition. The team at Trion
certainly hasnÂt rested on their laurels as they have cranked out a
staggering amount of new content and upgrades in the past 8
months. There are certainly a percentage of players who will simply
never return to the game no matter what develops in Telara, but I
suspect many of those who stopped logging in would be pleasantly
surprised if they chose to re-ascend.
I put together a list of some of the major elements that have been added since launch that I feel would be most intriguing to the expats. While it is by no means a complete list, I feel it highlights something for just about every type of player. Along with these additions there have also been tons of refinements, tweaks, upgrades and fixes throughout the game that have improved the player experience. Even the things that worried the players the most: cross server LFG and free server transfers have worked out amazingly well Â a testament to the strength of the Rift community.
One of the more highly contested decisions made towards the end of Rift beta was that of 20 player raids. Many in the community were in favor of having 10 player raids or the ability to switch between 10 and 20 player versions. Even though that faction may have lost the early battle they were able to gain a victory with the addition of Slivers, a 10 player raid instance mechanic fueled by a new planar ability. Slivers are described as bends in the timestream that can only been viewed through the use of Quantum Sight (Defiant) or Omen Sight (Guardian). They are on a one week lockout cycle and award raid level items and currency. The bosses are fun and challenging and offer great rewards for a smaller guild or a skilled pickup group.
Using the same tears that standard rifts spawn from, crafting rifts offer a unique and rewarding experience for the artisans of Telara. Players who have achieved the highest level of professional aptitude can gain a crafting lure once per week via a special crafting quest. The rewards from successfully closing the rift will be unique to the trade of the player who opened it, and will match the level of the tear. Many players now form parties of multiple crafters and set out on ÂcriftingÂ adventures to maximize their weekly gains by banding together for bigger rewards.
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PvP has been further refined with cross-shard warfront queues, a new warfront and weekend based escalations which highlight one warfront and grant double rewards. The new warfront; Library of the Runemasters, was originally patched in as weekend only zone, but due to its popularity it eventually became a permanent fixture.