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Rift - Why Queues Take So Long as DPS

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In Rift, one of the biggest complaints people have about joining dungeon queues is that they take forever as a DPS. While this is true, I think an understanding as to why this is, and how you can fix it would help immensely when it comes to solving the problem. If you are one of the people that is caught up in this mind set and have no idea what to do about it, this article is for you!

Role Make Up

First off, we need to understand what roles make up dungeon groups in Rift. This includes the following:

  • Tank
  • Healer
  • Support
  • DPS
  • DPS

As you will see, DPS make up 40%, or almost half of the entire group. Now take in to consideration that most people who play Rift have a DPS role, and a lot have no other types, and you may be seeing the issue. Pretty much everyone can fit the role of DPS, but support, healer and tank are more rare. In other words, if you are joining the queue solely as a DPS, you are significantly decreasing your chances of jumping spots in the line, whereas the more roles you can fulfill, the more desired you are and the faster you are going to find a group (in most cases).

Support – The Hidden Truth

In most groups, regardless of the dungeon, support is not needed. In the few cases that it is, someone can usually fulfill that role temporarily for the boss or mobs you need to take down, but for the most part it is just a group requirement set by the game. Now here is the trick: you can have more than one role. Wait, what is that? Yes. You can queue up with support as well, but play a DPS in the dungeon!

Too many people seem to not be aware of this. Just because you queue up as a support does not mean you have to be support. In most groups, the tank or healer will ask that you switch over to DPS regardless. So now, instead of fitting the roles of 40% of the group, you match up with 60%! This increases your chances of getting in to a party by 50%, and increases the actual speed by a significant amount as well.

Tanks and Healers

Tanks and healers are pretty rare, both in and out of the dungeons. People just do not like dealing with pick up groups because if there is a bad player, it causes issues. And healers do not like healing random tanks, and tanks do not like random healers. This is a problem we have seen since the beginning. While some of us are more than willing to join up with random people with either of these roles, many are not.

It is somewhat important to note that swapping to a tank or healer role does not mean you will get instant groups, especially at lower levels. There are a lot of dungeons before you get to end game that are searching for DPS. So really it is a bit hit and miss. But, generally speaking, if you are playing a tank or healer you should get groups faster; especially if you also have DPS roles marked.

The Fastest Groups

If you truly want to get in to a group as fast as possible, instead of sitting at a queue screen, what you can do is queue up for all roles (if you are a Cleric) or all roles that you can fulfill for other classes. But only do this if you know how to tank or heal; if you do not, you are only going to be holding back your group and while you will get parties faster, they will fail. You really do not want to do this.

The more roles you can fulfill, though, the faster you are going to find groups in any situation because it increases your desirability. For example, as a Cleric that can tank, heal, support and DPS, you can take any role within a group. Then it does not even matter what anyone is looking for, because you can do it!

Learning to Tank and Heal

Before you jump in to a queue as a tank or healer, you should know what you are doing and how things work. The best way to learn these is actually outside of the dungeons. You can learn to tank simply by doing things like rifts with other players, or learning your rotation while out and about questing or farming. While you can not technically get a solid grasp on how the bosses will react to your rotation and setup, you can learn what you are doing a bit first. Once you have it down, you can jump in to a dungeon through the queue and alter your strategy a little based on what you learn from your first couple of pulls. Keep in mind that everyone started out as a complete newbie at some point. You just do not want to jump in to a dungeon with no clue what you are supposed to do or how anything works.

Starting out as a healer is a bit tougher. For this, I have found that the best plan is to get a DPS and HPS meter and hit up the main cities. Here you can find healing dummies that you can practice your heals on. What you are going to be looking for is a setup and rotation that gives you the best HPS values you can squeeze out. Unlike tanking, which deals with other mobs, you are simply dealing with other players. As such, even if all you are using is the training dummy for your testing, you are good to go; it basically represents a player!

Also, keep in mind that with both of these roles, they are always a learning experience. Different players react different in situations, and each dungeon and raid is different from the last. Even running the same dungeon with different players can yield very different results, despite you using the same strategy as always. This is just part of the game, and learning how to adapt and learn is of great importance when it comes to being successful.

Skipping the Queues

Many players are willing to form up groups outside of the queue system. There are a lot of players that simply do not like queues because they lead to what, in some cases, ends up being lower quality players. Being able to pick and choose who you are going in to a dungeon with can help ensure that you are successful. This actually has a couple of great benefits for players that are only playing as a DPS, as well.

  • You can make the group yourself: this ensures that you are one of the two DPS that are chosen to enter. Simple enough in terms of the concept, but it can take a while to get a group rolling
  • You can take 3 DPS, a healer, and a tank, instead of 2 DPS, a support, healer and tank. Most dungeons do not need any support at all, as long as the healer is good enough at what they do. As such, being able to skip the support and take a healer is an awesome deal. Not to mention it helps clear the dungeon even faster!

It is worth noting that if you skip the queues, you do not get any of the extra loot, experience and gold bonuses you would otherwise earn from using the random matcher. This is a little bit of a trade off. On one hand you are getting a group faster (presumably), on the other you are earning less as a result of it. You will really have to decide where the value lies in with you.

Waiting it Out

If you join a queue and are worried about how long it is going to take before it pops, simply do something else while you wait. Even though sometimes it can take a couple hours for me, I have always been able to tie up that time with other stuff. In the game there are tons of things to do, like rifts, farming, crafting, PvP, etc. to take up time. And if you want to do things out of the game, that is fine as well. When a dungeon queue pops and Rift is not the main window on your screen (like if you are in another game or have a browser up or something), it will flash in the task bar to notify you. This makes it extremely easy to see that you got in to a group, and then swap over and accept the queue. In essence, you can do anything you want while you are sitting in the queue, without having to worry about missing it. If you leave the room, though, ensure that your volume on your speakers is up and that the game is maximized, so that when the queue pops you can hear the notification sound. It is pretty easy to miss, but if your speakers are loud enough you should be able to hear it.

Conclusion

While playing as a DPS can get annoying, it is not something you are locked in to. You can learn to play other roles, or queue up as support even if you just want to DPS. The more you are able to do in a group, the more priority you are going to have. As such, if you find that you want to do dungeons a lot and you are tired of having long queues, learn the other roles. Practice them out on your own first on mobs in the open world, or in PvP, and then use the dungeons to hone in on your new skills and make new friends!

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