If the team lacks the DPS/co-ordination to pull it off you find it out alot faster than with the other method. I've come to expect 1 in 3 fails minimum so I'd rather waste as little time as possible finding out.
ok anyone below VA 50 has no use for mk XII items anyway (can't use them)
by restricting that content to maxed out VA's we clear ALL three problems
1 "they don't have the powers" well all VA's have the powers
2 "they aren't skilled enough" well they aren't going to get any better are they
3 "VA's keep messing up the normals" well there they go into elites
opening the stfs up to captains allows the people who NEED to be learning them to learn them
its a better option
And if you don't like my suggestion come up with a better one (remembering that mine DOES solve the problems AND keep the elite mission clear of underpowered underskilled types)
It doesn't keep the low-spec VAs from entering Elite queues which is exactly the problem the entire 'serious' STF community is facing. The Elite maps are already restricted to Level 50 in case you haven't noticed.
Start thinking out of the box and as a game programmer and stop forcing your "WE MUST CHANGE EVERYTHING NOW" ideas down everyone's throats.
The solution to the underpowered ships is relatively simple in other MMOs but Cryptic has no such functionality right now to gear-gate / ship tier gate the public queues.
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