LFG Group Finder World Questing is Much Harder Due to Phasing Changes in Shadowlands
Blizzard has changed the way phasing works in the Shadowlands, forcing players to return to a Sanctuary before the game will update their phase to join a party member. Pugging World Quests using the LFG Group Finder to pug is now much much harder, as you'll have to head to a Sanctuary before you can join the correct phase of your party!
What was Phasing Used for?
Throughout Battle for Azeroth, there were many times when people wanted to Phase to another version of their zone for any reason including:
Too many Alliance or Horde in War Mode.
Group with their friends on the same quest.
Find party members to complete World Quests.
Join a phase where a rare mob had spawned.
Join a phase where there's less players or competition for spawns.
Often times you would see a friend and/or guildy ask for a Phase hop, or join random LFG groups in order to phase zones.
Change to Phasing in Shadowlands
However, it seems that Blizzard has changed how players can phase themselves in the Shadowlands, making it so that you will only join a party member's whenever you
enter a sanctuary
. Sanctuaries include Oribos, and the major hubs in each zone.
You can't see this player because they are in a different phase. They can join your phase by visiting a sanctuary such as Oribos.
For example, if me and my friend are in Ardenweald in different phases and we're both waiting for Mothbane for a quest (hypothetically of course):
If I invite my friend to join my party, my friend will NOT immediately join my phase.
My friend will need to return to Oribos, or the nearest Sanctuary in Ardenweald to trigger a change in Phase and then return to the location of Mothbane to join me.
This will apply to all groups no matter what they're doing. As of right now, this will affect World Quests and Questing the most as this increases the travel time required for players to join an LFG World Quest group by ~5 minutes.
Impact on Group Finder World Questing
In Battle for Azeroth, you could:
Head to a World Quest
Join a LFG Group for it.
Immediately phase to join your party.
Complete the World Quest in a group!
no longer work
unless you happen to be lucky enough to start in the same phase as your party members. Now, you'll basically have to join a World Quest group in a Sanctuary and travel to the zone after you join the group.
You might want to find a World Quest group that does all the World Quests in order so that you don't need to worry about phasing now.
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