Part of the problem is that people quickly realize that they are better off letting other people collect map pieces while they go off and do other things. It takes only two high level gems to buy a compass. Collecting map pieces in the slayer area is just not a good use of one's own time. When enough people realize this it results in too few people collecting map parts while everyone waits for other people to collect them. I have to agree with the previous post that says that the cove should just be open all the time. Leave the slayer around for those that want it but let people enter the cove as much as they want anytime they want. We used to need 5000 map pieces to open the cove, now we only need 3000. It is time to lower that number again, this time to zero.