Helped Yard run through DARPA. It's a lot easier than it used to do. Though I cheezed it with an Attack Drone/Turret Skill build. It was nowhere near as hard before they nerfed it when Jim and I played it on Challenging and even when Brian and I did it on Hard. Not to mention when I soloed it on Hard and failed. I'm sure even if I didn't use a skill build it wouldn't have been that difficult though. I also played a little bit with my Tier 5 and Level 30 (no Tier) and shuffled some gear around. They both feel pretty good strength-wise since the Level 30 has Tier 4-5 gear. It also has my maxed out Level 30 Nemesis which is way OP. It's doing 300K DMG when most other marksman rifles aren't even 40 dmg. The Level 30 map is a bit boring since there are no CP's to capture and the map hasn't been invaded yet. One thing I've noticed is that gear really sucks in the open world. Your best bet is hand be downs from Missions on Challenging or Heroic or Field Proficiency caches. Or if you have a Tier 4-5 and use that character to farm for your lower one. Level 30 gear from Tier 5 works with no problems on a lower character. Another thing to remember is that Utility Mods can now be used across the board. So you can use Level 40 utility mods on a Level 30 character. This only works for utility mods though. I also found it annoying that you can't change the Global Difficulty while below Level 40. You can't reset CP's either. They really want you to move on to Level 40. For most people though, if you have WONY, it's not worth it to go up to tier 5 in DC. You're better off going to NYC, bypassing the tiers and going to Level 40.