With the end of double 8 deploy, NIA sending the message that not care about their players,
covid19 is still goin and still a big heath issue, by ending double 8 deploy
means more crowded group 😑
7s still,work well if just yourself and a buddy
I tend to assume good intentions on the part of Niantic, so I won't agree with the statement that that they don't care about their players, but I certainly agree that this is a misguided change. Double-deploy of 8s has been great for our community, and has allowed most of our agents to have a steady supply of gear without needing to engage in unsafe (and potentially illlegal) behavior to get gear.
With double-deploy of level 8 resonators, "lazy building" of level 8 portals has been possible - i.e., for agents to deploy alone at their own convenience without coordinating, and to still have high-level portals. And having level 8 portals means that agents have level 8 resonators to deploy on other portals. My fiancé and I are happy to deploy our 4 level 8 resonators on every portal in town if we can easily farm more. But we won't be nearly as generous if we can't.
It has also allowed for the fairly small number of active agents to coordinate in a socially-distanced way without inviting or creating a crowd. It is much easier for 4 agents to get together and maintain safe spacing than it is for 8 agents to do the same.
Level 7 portals are fine for getting bursters and most other gear, but are very stingy for providing level 8 resonators. In turn, without those level 8 resonators, it will be much harder to build even level 7 portals. Without level 7 portals, level 7 resonators will be harder to come by. Without level 7 resonators, it will be hard to build level 6 portals, and so on.
I really hope Niantic will re-consider this change.
There won't be as many level 8 portals. On the other hand, you won't be using up as many level 8 resonators. Personally I'll be deploying 8s everywhere I can.
One agent can still deploy 6 (87766554) and two agents can still deploy 7 (88777766) but only if everyone deploys max level resos.
I expect both factions here to start hunting down level 8 portals soon.
This is exactly what I'm seeing locally as well. It is simply not safe to do 8-person farms right now, and I believe this change is extremely ill-advised at this time.
Please reconsider the change to double deploys of 8s. We've been trying our best to avoid in-person contact for the purposes of Ingress, and having double 8s available has made socially distanced Ingress a lot more doable. In the past, getting 8 agents together at one point usually required some sort of get-together event (fracker farming, etc), which would still be a bad idea given the current pandemic situation.
Ito- and Ito+ in L7 portals will give a certain L8 stuff anyway, increase output... I've farmed in a L6 portal and my inventory has L7 gear enough to use and recycle.
Tbh if we can adapt in pandemic for anything non ingress related, why cant we for the game? 7s are still good
Yes, but I'm talking about FARMING!!!
you know when you get 8 agent to build a lvl8 portal to use frackers and VR items!
with this changes we need more people to build a farm
and with this pandemic going not safe to get a crowded farm .
The argument that eight players will be unable to maintain a safe distance is plausible but flawed. I find it condescending because underneath this well-meaning statement lies the suggestion that agents lack the agency and awareness to practice social distancing. If you truly care about your community, ask people to farm at different times of the day.
Three R7s is more than generous. Double R8s tipped the balance in areas where the faction ratio was 4:3. I'm glad this experiment of Niantic's is over.
I farm whatever is available to me. The Drone works well for standing P8s, with P6s and P7s for day to day play.
While it was good initially to have double R8s, it has been massively overdue to review it, double R7s means you can make a solo P6, while the gear isn't optimal, getting out or organising with others to buff portals on their daily walk around the block with social distancing will still yield fair usage gear.
exactly those that are against removal of double r8 make it sound that u are forced by niantic gather a group of 8 in a circle singing kumbayaa or? i dont get their arguments, plenty of ppl in TG chats i am in wanted this double r8 to go away and i guess niantic finally listened on our requests.
P8 actually do little to nothing in scoreboards on my cell. Rival faction always kept p8 all over the city (almost 2 million people), with the double deploy they made it up to a hundred, with clusters with 5 in range in many places. They actually performed a big operation in last cycle using a spine of 30 p8 in a row. And still lose it and couldn't maintain the fields for more than one checkpoint. Meanwhile my faction had zero p8, beating them with gears from p6 and 7, and teamwork.
Double r8 is for lazy players.