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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 5
11-17-2011, 07:25 PM
It's to keep people from just piling into the one STF that's marginally faster and leaving the other five vacant. It doesn't slow down the grind so much as it forces people to spread out and do all (or at least more) of them so there's less chance of a queue wall keeping people from getting into the particular STF they want for an accolade or such.

Other MMOs do similar things with equivalent content, like WoW's lockouts on 5 man heroic dungeons. You can do STFs back to back just like you can do dungeons back to back in WoW, but you can't do the same one over and over because for whichever reason it's slightly faster for token farming.