Ok so, the new gear is great.. really great, and this has in turn heightened the problem for the game, at least this is the case for my sever.. Let me explain.
We had Karasha, LV 40, this was great (still is if stsats/seals are right) and Kept players happy for a long while. - now?. its nothing but a good starter set, you can see this by the prices, really good stats are selling really cheap, the MARKET is really the only place to get top stat equipment these days. as lack of drops and RnG chances are way to low to Dungrun for them.
Then we Have Exhaled gear, this is a upgrade on Karasha, sure its good!, but even now the market has overpriced anything of good quality for "normal" players to obtain.. The ONLY place to get these (pre update) was Fracture, or Elders coin runs.. and again the chance of you actually rolling high enough to win said item, or if you do, the chances of it being to your liking is once again a moot point. as with always.. you head to the Market. and its just frightening. however these will come down in price soon now that asc gear is here.
And that leads me onto just that.. ASC gear.. Yes I get that its new, I get that its shiny. but, wow amazing!. really nice sets, you have an extra stat and the set bonus is great too, the problem is, that once again.. "normal" players are simply been put out of reach for them. and on market they are selling for absolute silly money. (5K gold per piece) and they are not even great stats) - sure again they are new. but some things drop in price and other thing stick.. This and Exhalted will stick.
Now lets talk about the longterm problem. - Nexon have now divided the game into Elitist rich kids vs the rest. - see, to get to the good stuff you must play on harder levels of dung.. for example L3 Tos+ and L3+ EB - Normal folks cant do this well, and good teams only will accept the better players because they dont have the time or patience to "fail" ok so nothing really new here, but watching the noticeboards the last week has been really evident of this, as for me? well Ims tuck in the middle between Karasha+Exhalted so I take care of my own game and can run with the bigboys and smaller lesser so teams.
But, when you are on a team and want to do well, your perhaps guild friends cant join because you know they will not cut the grade.. so all of a sudden it becomes a game of "whos better" then of course. you end up sitting there all day waiting for a team, but nothing happens as most dont/cant run L1 dungs by themselves.. as its crazy you need to run a emblem quest to run a dungeon to run a emblem quest.. and from what I have read in gen chat. most really cant be bothered, and will not pay 5 elluns for a hard dung that does not reap its rewards.
Ok we have the problem, so how do we fix it. well easy really.
Get rid of the Silly emblem quests.. ITS A GAME.. stop punishing people into NOT actually playing the game, LET them play it!.. let them do dungs as much as they want.. its hardly farming is it!.. in fact I wish it was farmable then we might see a decrease in market prices.
Let Ex drop in normal dungeons too. L2-5 Matron/FK this will motivate people to play the emblem quests to get to higher dungeons.. or help them gear up.
Give us somewhere to earn gold for goodness sake. - there really is nowhere apart from the same Tame/Seal and sell. - but that has really lots its flavour now.. with prices at an all time low for seals. as the game is simply not bringing in new players so much these days..
Just alter the loot tables everywhere, and actually do things correctly. - there is too much garbage around and not enough "oooh thats cool glad we did this dung" lets do another soon!.. situations.. you see? Help players enjoy the game, and in turn you will get to reap the rewards. the game has SO much potential but all this micro transaction ellun stealing things and not being able to play the game, or help others is getting a little thin and worn out now.
Anyway.. I hope this sorts itself out. as Im sick of seeing my friends get kicked because they dont make the grade of Elitsim...its only getting worse as time goes on!. this needs to STOP now. before it gets out of hand.