For the past several weeks, I've noticed increased lag in the xbox servers. I mainly noticed this lag in a workshop with several artisans (all loading in walking down the stairs...at the same time...kinda like I interrupted a cult meeting or something) or when during high-activity Mauraders (which has always had some amount of lag). This generally resolves itself within a few seconds, however I'm unable to open the delivery box or any other interaction station in the workshop (the icon doesn't load above for several seconds).
For the 2x Guild Marks/20% Guild Mark discount event, one of our alliance leaders purchased 30 bells. The hope was to have a massive marathon at noon EST on 3/16/19. I know some of our leaders purchased strongbox keys in advance as well for those of us willing to donate strongbox contents to their coffers. All-in-all, I know a bit of money was paid and we promoted the heck out of the event.
I know 40 people is a lot for a stronghold, and I know we had more trying to get in, but couldn't due to the map's cap. However, after about 4 bells, the event had to be cancelled. Everyone loading into strongholds was causing severe rubber banding. I teleported backward from 1/2 way to black dragon back to the fountain. Several "Server not responding" issues popped up. I was not alone. This lag wouldn't cease. The first dragonflight, green dragon had almost died before the black dragon had loaded in (we had groups at all 4 to kill quickly). It was 9:25 left on the timer before we could start hitting black dragon. Several powers would not fire off, and to be honest I'm not sure how we did much of anything. There were few dragon animations, and they were behind the damage registering, so some were dying to unavoidable damage (since the red showed up after the attack went off).
Everyone involved was complaining of the lag. The last one we ran, despite having the power at each dragon to kill them, we only got 2 dragons because powers were not firing and the lag prevented them from killing.
All in all, 30 bells, I don't know how many strongbox keys, and a lot of hype was unable to live up to its potential. Several guilds hoping for donations are somewhat setback, and those of us hoping for more guild marks are disappointed. I know I've participated in these events in the past without this much lag (Beyond loading in). Can a few minutes please be taken to find the source of this and have it corrected? Our guild and alliance loves the dragonflight event, and it was soul crushing for this event to cancel itself without ever really getting going.
PS. Reproduction steps...since I read bug submission after posting
1) Fill a stronghold map with players, tell another 10-20ish people to load a second instance and complain somewhat about "missing it" because you couldn't load in.
2) Attempt to send all 40 people in the main instance to the 4 dragon drop locations
3) Summon a dragon flight
4) Attempt to have many and multiple high-level characters demolish dragons...probably include dragon slaying potions, overload enchants, and other items as well to maximize the amount of math going off.
5) Lag a lot
6) Switch stronghold and try again (this will show a TON of lag and rubber banding for anyone going anywhere).