I just wish we could repair other people's gear, like we could in 1.0
I still find the reasoning that we can't a bit silly, but that falls in line with a lot of "we won't do x because (silly reason)" excuses. Essentially since the content isn't "on the servers" I believe is what it got localized to, a lot of systems (excluding battle system) isn't incorporated into the content server, so even if you could repair other people's stuff, it's just more data they'd have to shovel to us. It's why trading and other certain functions are disabled, since the only thing that happens when we move to content servers is it copies all of our data, which is why we could never queue with a chocobo out until they finally changed it a bit.
But since they seem to be bringing back more 1.0 stuff, won't be surprised if they introduce a way to do that, like the exampled 'repair npc in dungeons even though it wouldn't make sense", they need some way to get that system functioning on instance servers.
Soar may be the first step, but my group found tethers to be conceptually easy, but more difficult in practice. A voice chat program helps a lot to coordinate..
What we do on the JP DC I play on with my main (at least from what I've seen PUG wise) is Tank and his/her partner will always go left (his left) so generally "towards C" while an opposite element pair will follow slightly and the other 2 pairs separate since you don't need to be clustered after the southern cross, even without a voice chat program, someone generally can bait their partner a direction and hopefully they're paying attention.
My content static spent maybe three or four nights working on this... we didn't beat it, but we did make it to the tethers phase.
Yes, definitely get familiar with soar... however, the real challenge is finding seven other people who'll all be on the same page and won't get frustrated after a few consecutive failures, which is virtually guaranteed to happen.
I was up at 4am on patch day. At 4:30 I was entering learning parties for Zurvan EX. Very first party I was in: one wipe -> someone leaves.
I'd say I was surprised except I really shouldn't be.
This is one of the biggest reasons I hate keeping up with my Aether alt and why a lot of people I noticed want to "skip soar" because it removes a (fairly easy) mechanic from the equation, Since when zurvan ex came out, most people were already overgeared for it to the point you'd inadvertently skip mechanics anyway, for example it's virtually impossible to hit phase 2 wavecannon as that requires being at 90.5-100% when the platform breaks. Even doing it Item sync'd for example you're almost always going to skip that mechanic no matter what so if you're hitting that mechanic ontop of 2-3x soars in 2nd phase, it's going to ruffle some feathers lol.