I'm a follower of zone chat when I'm in zones and doing stuff. I've noticed the hunts, big heroic events, and even dungeons have dropped in calls for players. Barovia has seen a huge hit to its hunts from the loss. Chult has too, much harder to find fane runs, and no one is doing the weekly patrols anymore. The reason is a plain as day, its because there is no salvage anymore.
Why not just bring it back but at 15% or maybe 10% of what it was. I will take 600 AD over 300 RP any day!!! Getting RP through dragon's hoard was why you still did the Tyranny of Dragons campaign...now you don't need that really those any more.
Getting rid of salvage hasn't reduced prices on the auction yet? If that was Cryptic's goal it failed. I've killed 25 rotten sunbears and not gotten 1 paw, then I try for armor from Polaris hunt and get blue ring. Wow that makes farming seem worse than before....because now its only RP for the stupid blue ring.
In Chult & Barovia your doing hunts to get specific equipment. The AD you got from the salvage of lower stuff made it worth it. But now there is no point for others, and higher star hunts need a team, and they are designed for a team.
Cryptic needs to think carefully on this. They did this stuff in Champions and its dead, because someone refused to go back to something that works well. Neverwinter will be dead soon too if this continues. Look closely Blizzard is turning Diablo-3 into a phone app game because they lost all their players changing the game to a way they thought was better...but never worked out with each time they tried to fix it. Is that the future that neverwinter, champions, and star trek will become app games for phones??? Every gaming company that changed things that weren't broken and then broke them ended in failure. Neverwinter Nights 2, Diablo-3, numerous console games, etc.
Remember happy players spend real money!!!!