I know some servers probably have real competitions etc. But skimming through a bunch of servers, I found many (if not most) of them similar to mine ( Fenris)
My server. there are about 3-4 times for each dungeon that is gold.. usually all of them are from the same team, and most of the ´team´members are not even from my server. In many cases, only a single player from my server is responsible for all the gold times for a dungeon, the other members all from a different server. The really disturbing part is the lack of silver times backing it up.. in some cases, only a few silver times also.
We keep hearing that Challenge modes will ´pick up´ near the end of a tier, when people start running out of things to do.. but that just isn´t happening.. mostly the same times have been there for months.
I like the theory behind challenge modes, but I think without real rewards it takes a lot of extra effort to do them. I honestly don´t think they will ever pick up, which is fine in a way because they probably weren´t very difficult to implement.
I just would like opinions on this. What happens if they just did challenge modes with regular heroics, were you could outgear the crap out of them and the game just kept score of how fast you did it. Yeah, your time would constantly be getting beat as others get more gear... but at the end, it would be interesting to see ´group x did heroic stormstout brewery in 2m 31 seconds.... rather than what I think most realms are going to see, and that is 4 teams with gold medals, and half the team being from a different realm and times not really moving. I don´t think my idea would be called challenge modes, but something else like lightning dungeons..