Hi, People of Caspen and all of the GM who's hopefully reading my post which the main reason why I posted this topic or discussion so that we (players) or at least me as a player could share what I feel about our beloved server. Some disclaimer, in the beginning, this is pure me and some of my friends POV about the server and I hope it also could represent a bigger group of players. I'm not a donator, I played this server roughly 6-7 Months (since Mid / Late Oct) and I gain all of my fortunes in-game through hardship and grinding. Even though I'm not considered a newbie, and I certainly have enough money to almost afford anything on the server easily there might be some point/statement which I would position myself as a newbie who is new to the server. This is me speaking as a player with 0 background of running a server and I appreciate the effort of the GM team, I know it's hard to manage a server but I think this is a necessary discussion just to express some of my thoughts and like I said earlier hopefully this would represent a larger group of player thus helping GM team to provide some insights of what is the player's expectation towards the server.
1. Core Value of High Rate Server
As a high rate server, some ppl would expect a great content of PvP, bg, and WOE moving forward I called all those 3 as PVP Content (PvP, Bg, & WOE). In my personal opinion, the core content that would attract ppl to play High Rate Server is because more often High Rate server could provide intense PVP content that might not happen with a low rate server. And TBH we all know that the current condition of PVP content is kinda dead at this current state is only a few ppl do PVP, very few games of BG, and as Rad said in his post earlier WOE is kinda one-sided. Myself and a few of my friends have tried to ignite the competition in WOE by trying to oppose Feathers / Static / WalkingDead. I appreciate Rad decision to back off from the current WOE because the current WOE system is kinda "toxic" in my personal opinion as ppl looking to join guilds that provide W/L salary and tbh I can't blame them to do such a thing and I can't blame those ppl who's joining those guilds for the sake of salary, it's just purely business. but then this comes down to my concern as a player and from newbies POV, what is the purpose of sacrificing so much time to grind, getting well equipped but in the end, the PVP content is boring, only a few BG games and almost no competition in WOE. Not to discredit the GM team who came up with new PVE content such as Abyss ET, but what I felt here, the updates for PVE content and PVP content are just not balanced. As simple as the currently ongoing event which is Easter event, I know there's a reward for joining bg, but the rewards aren't rewarding enough to encourage ppl to join bg. 30/15 coins as supposed u could get cards, Dtoks, forging coupon from farming. I know there's a 2 hrs window time between each wave for farming easter eggs but then again the fact is BG IS STILL DEAD. From my POV, we need an update on PVP content as we have more than enough PVE content currently. Days are already packed with PVE Contents already, 2x STP in the morning then followed up by HHH, then DQ reset, few hours break in the evening that some ppl use for OGH and other instances, another STP at night, and lastly HHH even all of those PVE content we still have more PVE content such as ED and Abyss. My point is we have enough PVE content already and we're lacking update for the PVP content.
2. Newbies and Vets Gap
This server has run for ages thus, this creates a huge gap between veterans and Newbies. TBH I saw a lot of newbies whos coming to the server but then I never saw them again in the next few days and my thoughts abt this issue was there a too much gap and too much catchup these newbies have to go just to be geared. Newbies have to dedicate a ton of hours to grind just to get decent armor such as +8 Jugg or +8 Magne Armor and this was just the beginning. People need a minimum of 300-400B worth of equipment and this wasn't even the top-notch gear just so they could survive in BG or WOE and they still need to grind their elite ranks and kills just to get that 1 character on the highest tier. As newbies, ppl would then calculate how much time they need to sacrifice to at least be able to compete, and in my personal opinion, some newbies aren't willing to sacrifice 2-3 months worth of time grinding night and day just to get 1 char PVP ready because this is a high rate server. I know GM teams have provided us players and especially newbies events to provide easier ways to earning donation hg but then again donation hg only contribute 20-25% from the total gear. Even so, newbies are done gearing 1 of their characters for PVP ready they still need to grind their asses off to make PVE characters earn more money such as RG OGH and such and it's not cheap either. Even for some veterans another event just means another new costume nothings more because we have what we need already, therefore, event hg is just another costume for us without caring what stats does it gives because more often we have the hg who share the same effect already. Coming to the end, in my opinion, SOH during events could be a solution for newbies to encourage them to catch up with the veterans thus make them stay longer in the game. Somehow I understand the reason behind Haze removing SOH during events as it seems to benefit the veterans more than the newbies but I believe some adjustment such as limit 1 SOH per account per IP per event would benefit newbies and won't hurt the server as much as it used to be, because in the server there are tons of account-bound items as well.
I think that's it for now what I could think of, I'm really sorry if there's anyone or any group of ppl that getting offended by my post that was unintentional. I hope this would represent some of the players' thoughts towards the server and hopefully, this post could bring a much more positive impact in the future. Feel free to discuss if u agree or disagree in the comment section below, I hope we could discuss much more for better updates in the future.