Weaves would need to be way more popular and the game would need more than twice as many average players to get them to a level where they can be quickplayed into.
Even if you randomized weave spawns and order with greater variety and made quickplay weaves the only part of weaves, that’d still be 5+ separate matchmaking queues.
I’ve had some fun with them during the short windows of time since WoM’s release when I actually had people to run them with, but matching with random strangers was dead within the second week after release.
If there were enough players I could do Quickplay Weaves at least, but for what? Variety maybe, but other than one frame per season there’s not much in terms of rewards. I already gained all the essence I’ll ever need by NOT playing weaves, ironically. Bots are mostly useless thanks to Wind modifiers, as well. And there are no bots or late joining in ranked weaves, either.
A major rework of the whole “fixed spawns, set order of weaves, leaderboards” concept is probably not on the cards this late into the game’s lifetime and with a different expansion on the horizon. Maybe they’ll add some way to acquire the weave weapon skins outside of weaves, okay. That would be nice but doesn’t solve the issue that you need people to actually PLAY weaves, and once the initial rush for those skins is over you can guess what will happen…
So due to various circumstances, leaderboard-driven weaves are a failed concept aimed at too few players and the chance to fix them has, realistically, long passed.
Admittedly, there were two very good ideas stuck between the aforementioned problems:
- The gameplay and visual variety brought on by weaves, meaning running through slightly different levels with some crazy modifiers that shake up gameplay.
- The Athanor’s concept of being able to progressively upgrade and switch builds around relatively quickly and with more freedom to combine stats than the base game
The actual execution didn’t really work out that way, but I want to point out the merit of these two parts. Keep this in mind for Chaos Wastes, which from the rough description in the anniversary stream could pick these ideas up.