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So the warm and fuzzy community feeling of doing DEs with a bunch of other soloing starngers in the area seems to have gone already.
The focus now is so much in trying to make gold that DE's are now ultra-competitive AOE fests dominated by the classes with the best and quickest AOEs. I see many people who never stop to rezz anyone and some--those who have re-done a particular event 20 times already--going out closer to the mob spawn points and farming them there before others have a chance to "tag" them.
Nice idea--getting a bunch of solo MMOers working together and helping each other in unofficial raids... too bad they didn't account for human nature
It wouldn't surprise me in the least to see some significant change sometime soon that eliminates DE-generated mob drops altogether and replaces them with some abstracted rewards based on some measure of player activity in the DE area.