Tried to read half of it. Couldnt bother reading more. Anyway;
4-8 player raids:
The playerbase is not ready for 8 man parties. Balor will come soon so we will have an 8 raid party meaning again.
If the playerbase is bigger, then I might agree. For now, its a 'fitting'solution.
Sure, why not. In BDO there are alot of passive buffs aswell where people just join a guild for that, without really interfering with the other memebers.
Playing together buffs, sure.
Biggest problem atm is the amount of 200 channels. People are hiding, people that login think that there are barely people.
If we move to 5-10 channels, people can go to other cities if they want to avoid lag/have privacy.
This wont 'increase' the player base, but atleast makes it look more 'active' for starters.
Back in XE, you had the combo bonus. The better you 'dodge' the more damage you do. This actually forced people to 'dodge' to push more damage.
Personal, I facetank whatever I can, because aslong I dont die, it doesnt really matter.