Private ques are down, anything worth using in pvp can only be earned via pve.
pve stf's lost dilithium, then after an outrage got dilithium back. thats a nice finger to the pvp community that has been begging for fleet marks to be added to pvp in some way.
the romulan embassy costs only half as much as a starbase but because everyhting now costs a ton of dilithium the romulan embassy will still take just as long as the starbase.
no word from our "pvp dev." since he was first mentioned when the guy named gozer left.
why has this games pvp been neglected so badly?
-updates will be added as needed-
Did you notice you can get an exchange terminal in the embassy ? Funny how you CAN't get one on your fleet starbase but they let you buy a shuttle that'll run routes between the embassy and your fleet starbase.
Our fleet still hasn't determined if the embassy is a total waste of time, or just partial.
I don't know that neglected is the right word. We've gone through several Devs that have worked on PvP over the years and each of them has left Cryptic within a few months (or weeks) of starting work on PvP.
Maybe their work was getting put on the back-burner to often, maybe they got depressed when they started listening to what quality players had to say about the game, I don't know and we'll never really know.
EDIT: Cryptic may have finally done it to themselves, if you look at the other sub-forums people are not doing the normal thanking of Cryptic with new Season releases, even for the Vesta. Only time will tell though...
MOST of the changes were already talked about in the run-up as people ventured to Tribble or Redshirt to see what was new, then came back and commented, while others were clear in Dev Blog material (the changes to the borg set and loss of the usefulness of switching out said borg-set shield was already addressed last month...)
as for the REputation powers-nobody's cleared far enough to SEE those yet. at the projected cost, it's unlikely we'll have a representative sampling who can discuss it with any real knowledge until sometime late DEcember at earliest.