Once of the features that many people have been looking forward to (myself included) is a group finder tool that will allow us to queue from anywhere instead of having to stand in one place yelling out looking for a group. I know many people are against this because it ruins the "social aspect" of the game - but personally, because I have a hard time finding groups that want to do the same thing as me, this is a huge bonus.
I mean - I don't want to spend 3 hours on the fleet looking for a Hard Mode flashpoint when I could be doing so many other things.
Things to Note:
- You can queue from anywhere
- You can queue for PvP at the same time
- No Gear Check for HMs or Ops (you could end up with anyone)
- You can group queue with a partial group
- The listed daily rewards are only given if you use the "default" settings - IE: take any flashpoint instead of picking a specific one
|Groupfinder in 1.3|
|Subpage in Group Finder|
|Normal Mode Ops||5 BH Coms|
|Hard Mode FP (Tier 2)||5 BH Coms|
|Hard Mode FP (Tier 1)||5 BH Coms|
|Normal Mode FP||5 Daily Coms|
Once you're happy with your selections you add yourself to the queue and wait for something to happen. At this point you can happily go do other things while the queue does the work for you. When it locates a group for you, you are presented with a "gather" screen where everyone basically has a ready check before the group is compiled.
From there it's up to the group - the little indicators showing who does what are present in the group frame, it's actually pretty cool, and sure handy when you don't know people's names.
In my first group someone ended up leaving pretty quickly after we started - now that isn't a big deal generally, I mean stuff happens and it's only on the test server. The tool indicated that we would be able to look for a replacement by re-queing as an "in progress" group. Neat. So I tried to do that, unfortunately it must have a bug currently because it kept telling me that my 1 tank 2 DPS composition was invalid and we couldn't re-queue. In the end we all left the group to re-queue on our own. This led to me having a lockout (which I guess is to prevent people from group hopping after they see the people in person).
After the lock out expired I was able to queue up and got in another group immediately. This time we actually completed the flasphoint and I eared the daily reward.
Overall - good experience. When it goes live I'm sure the bugs will be worked out and it'll be golden.