I had a break from the game for about 8/9 months. So my last rift participation was a new experience. But not a pleasant one once i finished it.
Before the break i had a score of 120-130 in about every rift event. I'm using a rare long sword ql 90 and a rare large iron shield ql 90. My fighting skill is over 90 so is my ls skill. Ofc i'm using the normal fightingstyle.
I know ls's are very defensive and they deal not a large amount of damage.
I also brought a rare medium maul ql 90 with me. My skill is in the 80's. It didnt do any dmg. So i changed back to ls.
Before the changes for rifts, people that where using 2h weapons and aggressive fighting had often scores from arround 160 for example. So a bit higher than guys and girls with 1h weapon normal fightingstyle.
My conclussion after this is that we are facing several unbalances in the new rift system. People that are prefered to use 1h weapons are now discouraged to join rifts because the system does not reward there tanking and less dmg dealing that comes with it. Priests on the other hand are getting a much better reward in participation. So anyone who did put a lot of time in levelling a 1h weapons for using it for rift partly is screwed (sorry for the language).
People that use the aggressive fightingstyle with a 2h weapon are facing big damage on their armor as noted above. I was using drake leather last rift. Jacket and legs are rare and both ql 86 (all pieces have 80+ aosp but this has minor effect). I repaired my jacket and legs once during the event. And after the event again. My jacket went down from ql 86 to 81, the legs from 86 to 83 and the ql 90 shield to ql 85. So compared with people that are using the aggressivestyle very less ql loss.
Finaly i think some people have a to much influence on the game and the changes in it. Look at Chaos to...battlepriest only territory and isnt it a bit abandoned atm? And what about Elevation? What i read and hear about is not realy possitive.
If someone puts a lot of efforts in certain skills and the developers change stuff and all the work of this player diminished or becomes obsolete than we are dealing with a large unbalance.