You know I think it' great that they recognized that the Mabar event is so laggy that if you fail you don't lose a key. However what do I get for my wasted time? I'm not just talking about zoning in to the Alars, waiting 10 minutes and standing around then lagging for about 5 minutes straight, failing and getting booted. I'm talking all the wasted time gathering 10k motes.
I don't really need/want anything except the +5 tome per character. So I waste a fair amount of time helping to open the door then lagging out. Yesterday was particularly outrageous. There was a ton of lag in the wilderness area freezing people for a minute or two at a time. Then when the counter came down to about 200 motes and everyone was waiting outside the door we all froze. So we're all just standing there and the good old red latency icon pops up. Luckily no one DC'd, but it lasted about 4 minutes.
Then we jump in and no lag while altars are prepped, areas assigned and all that fun stuff. Timer counts down and right when the dragon enters everyone freezes. I didn't even get time to pull a lever once. We just all froze and it stayed that way. Most of us died and of course the altar failed. All without being to move for even one second while in the instance.
Now tell me that isn't a waste of my time? I even sent in a ticket and you know what I got? Some canned response saying the engineers are working on figuring out lag, but that can't fix all instances of lag at all times because there are so many different times it can happen. I.e. a generic response as if I was talking about running through the market with lag on any random day even though I was talking about a specific incident.
So my suggestion? I'm thinking one of two things:
1) Anyone who fails a dragon run due to lag send a ticket. Upon receipt of the ticket they quickly review to make sure you were in an instance with the dragon. I doubt they confirm the lag. Then send a spectral scale and a Signet to the character's mailbox. There now my time is compensated for. I mean who at lvls 20+ are failing a dragon run without lag? It's not happening. I'd even give lower level groups the benefit of the doubt.
2) Bring back the good old birthday cake, rebrand it an apology cake and have one given out per account (I think per character would be too much) and give a choice of one of the +5 tomes or Augments. It woudl at least be something.
I'm just tired of wasting my time and being disappointed with nothing to show for it. It woudl be one thing if it was a challenge with no lag and we failed because of poor tactics, builds, gear, whatever. Then you can at least strive to be better. But no one can build or prepare against lag. Not being able to move at all is just annoying and a waste.