I'm aware this post is likely going to be controversial off the bat cause IRE needs monies, but I'm doin it anyway.
So we all know the trek to 200 is nightmarish. There are few bold enough dream about it and even fewer to actually do it. With even just one person grinding to 200, it can devastate bashing areas unless you have a full knife set (artifacts with extremely limited accessibility) and even this only mitigates it so much.
For the past couple of weeks or so I've been finding it difficult to hunt, as there are 3 people shooting for 200 either intentionally, or unintentionally right now. Other filthy casuals be damned, the 3 of them clear areas hard enough. And there's nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately as it stands there is very much so a first come, first serve situation going on with these desirable areas to hunt. Unfortunately this is going to continue to be the case with no end in sight as long as someone is trying for it, and especially because of the amount of time it takes to get there.
This brings me to my next gripe - promo items. In particular, you get a bunch of chocolates (that decay) and fireworks ( that also decay) to help make this already ungodly tough slog that much more bearable. It's completely illogical to use up these chocolates when you know you'll barely get any value out of them when you have to compete with bigtime bashers. The only way to offset this is by mesh bags, which are again, an artifact with extremely limited availability.
With this promotion in particular, you end up with a LOT of chocolates. But that also makes me feel like people are spending a lot of real $$$ just for...a bunch of chocolate that's gonna decay?
I think the 2 simple solutions to this issue are the following:
1. Either make revert chocolates to not decay(lol) or remove the mesh bags from a relic and make them a readily accessible artifact you can buy.
2. All 90+ areas should be instanced. Period.
I wouldn't mind if there existed a non-instanced version of these places still with like higher gold/exp drops, but as it stands right now, you can barely get any real bang for your buck on what comes in these promo items.
In conclusion, promos that give out tons of chocolates, fireworks, and or other bashing-related things look like a giant scam and will continue to be until things change.
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