The other day I noticed after respawning that I apparently was no longer on the team during the Donatra fight in KA Elite.
I couldn't see anybody else for a moment, because I was so far away, it almost made me leave since finishing alone would have been impossible.
Thankfully I wasn't alone, but the entire team had been dismantled.
I could invite them back into the team, except the 2 Klingons who were on there own for the rest of the mission).
A day later I heard someone complain about teh same thing in zone chat which makes it clear to me, this is a KA specific bug, that needs to be looked into.
Not only is it more difficult to complete if the players are not teamed, someone actually hitting teh leave button when tehy are in the same situation as me will suffer the ban and screw the mission for the remaining players unintentionally.
the bug is not just happening in KA Space...its happening in all STF's, I've had it happen in KA ground, Cure Ground, Infected Space. the STF's are getting buggier and buggier with every patch. You have the ground combat bug where you can use any weapons or powers without logging, the no loot for optional completion bug, and now the team dropping bug.
I wouldn't say it tends to happen if you take too long to do the mission. Almost every STF I do we are in the process of doing the optional and the team gets booted before the optional timer even thinks about ending. Prime example is KA ground, getting booted with 4-6 mins to spare on the optional and it locks the bonus loot to just 1 of the members of the mission.
I can handle a team boot but when you start messing with drops, that's when it gets frustrating.
This is happening at a good rate on Cure Ground for me and I've seen it in others. It is really damn annoying since I'm usually the only KDF player in the team. The Fed side can potentially team back up but I cannot which impairs my ability to know who's injured and heal accordingly.
I would like to add that this has just happened to me twice in a row doing The Cure (ground) both times, and both times it made it impossible to continue due to multi-faction team members, team members who don't understand what's going on and abort immediately leaving the rest of us to handle the STF, and then there's the end-of-mission reward that doesn't hand out to the whole team because of this.
I've put it in a bug report as ticket ID #1,267,268
If this is going to be touted as the biggest thing to do for endgame and the only way to get our shiny gear either through the EDC's or other drops, this *needs* to be fixed ASAP. It's already hard enough (and strenuous even) to work for MK XI/XII MACO and etc gear, we don't need to be kicked out of the queue-formed team and have the end rewards not properly distribute because of it as well.