So, it seems that Rocket Leader battles (rocket battles with Cliff, Arlo, and Sienna) are now a thing provided that you live in or near London UK, Austin TX, San Francisco CA, or Atlanta, GA. Some questions:
To the trainers in those cities: how are they working out? Do you like them? Are the mechanics hard? Are the battles fair, or is it frustrating to go up against Cliff’s Meowth with a CP around 5000? (I don’t know the CP, just guessed at that number.) Do you get components every time you beat a rocket grunt, or only sometimes? Is the selection of Execs reasonable, or are you stuck with just a few in the area? Do the Exec hideouts appear at pokestops, gyms, or at some other places? I assume the fights are like grunt battles, but with the enemy using shields, and trainers having to heal/revive pokemon afterwards.
Have more cities been added to the list? I would have thought a city in Japan would be a no-brainer; Hong Kong would probably overwhelm all the pokemon go servers in the world. How about Europe? Australia? And do we expect this to go live city by city and region by region, or will they just throw the global switch once everything is working properly (wouldn’t that be a pleasant surprise, for a new feature to work right from startup)?
To other trainers: are you annoyed that your hometown wasn’t chosen? Any thoughts on how long this will take to roll out in full? Is this an extended Beta test, or is it a staggered rollout? I would have thought that they would have rolled it out like friends and trading and some other features - first level 40 players, then marching down in level to spread out the load.
Personally, I had a good selection of the Regis already, including a perfect Registeel, I caught enough Darkrai, and Cobalion doesn’t really excite me (although I’m sure I’ll catch 5-10 in the next few weeks). So right now I’m kind of bored in the game, nothing pressing to power up, several lucky trades (9) ready to make but not a high priority, etc. I do PvP, as well as a good number of rocket battles, so I’ve been waiting for this for some time, and am now feeling some frustration (which will pass once it goes live here).