Lately my ET connection to the HC server has been VERY slow. So slow, that I would miss warmup. Sometimes It would connect to the next map and the screen would be distorted, much like a pk3 error. I would have to /reconnect to fix that, and still it took far too long to connect.
Normally it takes about 5 seconds to connect for me. Now it's taking 20-30 seconds before the game is loaded . It will show the connection screen (Awaiting gamestate), but no map loading. After this long time, I see the map loading screen, then it connects as normal. This problem is ONLY on Hardcore. I can connect to Silent1 Normally with no problems.
I have run the PK3 cleaner - No change.
I have removed all older, and newer versions of Silent- No change.
I then removed my silent folder completely - No change.
I reinstalled ET - No change.
I have regular lag spikes on my lagometer. Red lines are always visible now. Normally for my connection I have some lag spikes, but this is 10x worse than normal, so I decided to run WinMTR.
Total run time was 15 minutes, and the WinMTR result: