In this article we will do a hands-on preview over the Group Finder (LFG Tool) function that is currently available on the PTS Game Update 1.3 - Allies server.
This tool was one of the most requested features by the SWTOR community and we will present it to you in full details.
The function's button is located on the minimap where you will also find access to panels such as the Warzone queue and World Map panel.
After you access this panel, a set of related options become available:
On the upper-left side, you will see the Role Selection Area where you can choose what role(s) you want to have in the group. On the right side of the panel, you have the options to check what categories of Flashpoints/Operations/Daily Areas/ are you willing to attend to. Hitting the right side button of the panel which is located right above the daily reward information will pop a new filter window that lets you select the specific location you want to get to.
In the additional options area, you have a button that will select all the options available and the "Match With In-progress Groups" option means that the tool can find you groups that have already started the flashpoint and lost a player on the way. If you don't want that, uncheck it.
The following rewards are available for specific categories:
|Story Mode Operations (8 players)||5 Black Hole Commendations|
|Hard Mode Flashpoints (Tier 2)||5 Black Hole Commendations|
|Hard Mode Flashpoints (Tier 1)||5 Black Hole Commendations|
|Flashpoints (Normal mode)||5 Daily Commendations|
Important: The Tier 1 and Tier 2 hard mode flashpoints share the same reward. For example: if you finish Lost Island HM using the LFG tool, the reward that shows up in the Group Finder Panel will say "Daily reward already claimed" for both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 HM Flashpoints.
One more important thing is that: The Group Finder daily reward will only be available if you check ALL the Flashpoints/Operations from their respective category.
Now let's get to the fun part, joining the queue. While in the queue you can switch your Character's roles and after you do that, you will need to hit the "Update Roles" button.
After you joined the queue, and the group finder finds you a group that needs your character's role, it will pop a window that asks you if you are ready and shows the instance(FP/Ops/Daily) the names, classes and levels of the players you will be joining with.
When all the players from the group are ready, you will be prompted if you want to travel now or later.
Using the Travel Now function will teleport you to the specified location.
Inside the instance, if you have a player that is not fit to do that flashpoint or operation, perhaps because the lack of gear/skills or for other reasons that you and the other members agree upon, you can use the Vote-to-kick function.
For the player to get kicked it will need the votes of the other 3 players if you're in a Flashpoint. Currently, we do not know the number of votes that are needed to kick a player in an Operations Group.
If one player leaves the group while you are progressing through the flashpoint or operation, your group leader can requeue your group in the group finder to fill the open spot with another player.
If you queued for random flashpoints, upon finishing the flashpoint or operation, the daily reward window will pop and grant you the prize.