Dunno about the rest of you, but here in Australia PvP on PC is basically dead. I mean, you can make any argument you want against allowing progress on challenges from private matches, but that’s all a bit moot when private matches are the only option.
Note: By challenges, I mostly mean Lore Challenges, but I’d consider normal challenges to be fair game too.
What I suggest is a way to gain challenge progress from Private PvP matches without being too cheesable. Below are some limiting factors that would help prevent this from being exploitable.
Factor 1: Challenge progress requires even teams. Removing some of the enemies immediately blocks any potential progress. Similarly, entering with a smaller team would block progress (so you can’t reduce competition for kills etc)
Factor 2: Challenge progress requires the match to be fully completed, and (possibly) only on a victory. This prevents people from skimming into a match, focusing their one challenge and bailing. Requiring a victory ensures that a player doesn’t just throw the match in order to focus their challenge, and they have to play legitimately.
Factor 3: Players cannot get progress against enemy players in private matches, to prevent people feeding free kills. I’d personally say only matches versus a full team of 5 bots would count.
I feel that with some safeguards in place, players anywhere at any time can at least ATTEMPT to work towards some of the challenges. The fact that so many challenges are entirely dependent on the choices of your enemies and allies makes the game feel unsatisfying, and you feel pressured to pick characters to get lore progress in PvP just so you can unlock their legendary gear. The game is ultimately here for the players enjoyment, and a great deal of people prefer the option of grinding out things alone, or in PvE (which bot matches effectively are).
The bots in this game are actually kinda challenging, and I feel that it would be a fair way to eliminate the issue people have with most of the challenges.
If you have any ideas for more safeguard factors, or any constructive ideas, let me know =)