There doesnt seem to be lol. I still see people converting to blue and able to get in despite it being “full” on mushin. And even if it is capped, its too high of a cap. Nothing is stopping armies of blues to essentially hog all of the channels in misty all day long and get all the spoils lol. What is the point of “factions” if the only way to win is to pick the side that is up 10:1.
The comparisons to other mmo with limiting channels to force even faction numbers sounds like a great idea to Buy BNS Gold. A better idea i think should be having some channels locked to certain factions at places like misty so at least reds & blues can organize and get things done without being screwed over. It just seems silly that you get punished for going with the faction you want because there are no procedures or barriers to prevent complete & utter dominance. I Know in the real world thats how it works, numbers = win, but this is a game and faction things like bw & ogres etc are kind of essential if you dont want to take the slow road.
I don’t see NCSOFT being as actively engaged as the guys from Arenanet when it comes to these things. Common sense would tell you to place a lower cap so people couldn’t jump into the dominating faction if the population difference is too great and more incentives in joining the opposing underdog faction. An example would be more rewards (soulstones) or increased exp/prestige pts reward for the underdogs. Also, allowing guilds to switch over to the weaker faction without losing level would help.
The biggest deterrent at this point is rewards from R4PG BNS Gold Store. One faction is dominating so much that it’s impossible for the other to even complete tasks like killing BW or Ogres.
See the stacks of 50+ Misty Woods Keys? You can thank the Chinese Summoner Brigade for it. There are hundreds of them. They farm ogres all day every day. If ogres spawn in your channel, you can bet 100% that Chinese Summoner Brigade will be there to kill them soon, if they’re not already. They kill the ogres on timers. Sometimes they even do BW (also on a timer, they always show up like 2 minutes before these things spawn).
Since day 1, Poharan’s Cerulean side has been “full”. Literally every single channel in Misty is dominated by Ceruleans. Whenever Crimsons are found in a channel farming tokens Blade & Soul Gold, they’re all quickly killed in a short war where blue is always victorious. I saw Crimsons attempting BW for the first time last night but they were taken over by blues, as expected. I’ve never seen Crimsons attempt ogres or anything like that.