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Dear Devcat: Pleasssse give us Hard Mode back.
So way late last night I logged into Vindi for a while; and Defeated this beasty, Irukul. He is the only Mob on his level, that's it just him. He was also the first thing in the game I've found reasonably challenging my first try I was just spamming Heals; my 2nd try I was buffed with some extra defense and took him down in about 90 seconds. It's such a shame this used to be a much more challenging game. Now I understand to some extent that the leveling process is considered a tutorial; that makes sense in like GW1 where there are only 20 levels; but If a player is grinding out 80-90 Levels; at some point you have to let go of their hand and expect them to stand on their own.
Certainly by Level 50 I should have a baseline understanding of the basics of the game, reasonably decent gear and have at least graduated from primary to Middle School? No, don't you think so.
And I know there is the thought well we nerfed the game for Casuals; well as a filthy casual with a full time job and only a few hours a week for play; I can tell you Casual is not Catatonic. Please Don't base your opinion of casual players on the opinions of Elites who divide the world into Elites and Useless; thats not how the world works. In any endeavor involving any degree of skill you have a bell curve. A tiny population of Elites, a much larger population of reasonably competent people, and a tiny population of folks with no talent in a given area. Myself after 7+ years in MMOs I am competent. I like a challenge, I don't want to take candy from babies, thats no-one's idea of fun really.
If you want to engage, and retain your player base, I strongly suggest to you to please stop under estimating us and give us back the more challenging content that was nerfed with Rise. I know its hard to admit a mistake but I know my post in one of many trying to inform you Rise was a huge mistake.
This moment is a huge opportunity for you. Literally millions of people are locked down. Many of them returning to MMOs for something to fill up their day. Give them something worthy of their time to return to, and I have no doubt you will be rewarded handsomely for your efforts.
Nuff said. BB.