Concerns of Current State of TERA NA
First of all I would like to introduce myself. I am a well-known player in the end-game community. I love this game and I have been playing this game since beta and when it went f2p. I have invested a lot of my time over the years to progress to where I am now on TERA.
We cannot deny that TERA is dying, it's sad to see the direction TERA is going and not enough effort is put in to deal with these problems. We can blame BHS for a lot of this because of the content/systems they come up with, but there are still certain things EME can do help fix it. These are issues I've talked to many people and reasons why a lot more people have stopped playing this patch.
Buff AQ loot - by a lot, and permanently and not through events. This is our current "end-game" dungeon which uses a lot of coins and barely drops anything with maybe a 5% or less chance of dropping a gold item (which is then rng'd into the piece you need for you to be able to even roll on it). The "double drop" we had a few weeks ago was pathetic, many argued it was not even double drop as we did not see double the amount of scrolls dropped every run. Add loot that's not in the table now: Diamonds, Right Half maps, Relics/Halidoms, Dark Shard Weapon/Armor feedstock. Make it a higher chance of gold gear dropping, higher chance of Improved Armor/Weapon feedstock dropping, and add item XP to AQ vanguard.
More sources for Annihilation and Dark Light gear - As many of you may know, KTERA announced Mythical gear which is an upgrade to Annihilation/Dark Light gear, it keeps any enchanment level or any extra rolls that is from Annhiliation/Dark Light. Not only that it is super hard to obtain a piece of gold gear right now, its EXTREMELY hard to find ones with the right rolls. There are too many layers of rng to ever get the items you want for the end-game. I checked on TERA EU's trade broker yesterday, there were a lot of stuff listed on the broker and with all types because TERA EU has other content such as Wolderholme which drops gold gear more often. We can solve the same problem on NA by buffing loot in AQ and any future dungeons. It honestly wouldn't hurt EME or the players by having more gold gear in the game, more people would find items they would want on the broker. For example, currently there are 0 Annhilation Lances at all for sale on both servers. I understand that Gold gear is a luxury and should not be given out like candy, but at the same time it should not be this hard.
To sum this point up, more gold gear in game = more trading, higher motive to do content, higher motive to farm more gold to get better gear that's on the market, more enchanting aka more swiping for EME = more alive game.
Make masks and belt more available - This was suppose to be easy with the world boss Maknakh, getting the last hit of this boss would have guaranteed you a Annhilation/Dark Light Mask or Belt. Since this world boss was removed on KTERA due to server crashes, we unfortunately did not get it also with our patch. The only source right now is through Azart Force Signs and Azart Tokens. EME has tried to resolve this issue through login events and starlyn events, but to be honest we need a permanent solution and not just from events, people who miss these events will feel like they can never obtain it unless they pay a ridiculous amount to buy it. My solution would be buffing the drop rates of Azart Force Signs and Azart Tokens from mobs/bams all over Exodor again. With the extremely low drop rates, the event where we had 2x the drop rate wasn't enough, it should be at least 3-4x.
Lack of materials needed for this patch - Mainly etching stuff, no source of Superior Etching Boxes, which is needed for all this new gear. Prices have went from 3k to 15k per box, and will keep going up until a new source is added. Need more Titan's Storm/Earths for accessory etchings, currently barely anything on the broker, dungeons no longer drop Tier 3 etchings as they used to, need plenty for Tier 4 etching. Only source right now is from people hoarding from patches ago.
Promote PVP - Basically most of the PvP'ers I know in this game has quit or only PvE now because the PvP scene is dead. I know there are battleground spotlights but to be honest they haven't not been working too well, at most a few games pop a day then it dies very early. Battleground Shop needs to be updated into more newer and relevant materials. Add battleground jackpots back, or anything that makes it more exciting. I know this part is out of EME's control and up to BHS but, bring back Fraywind Canyon.
I'm usually not the type to make long posts voicing my concerns, and I know many people have done this in the past and was ignored, but I feel like this is the last straw of hope for me for this game. TERA's still a great game and has potential to be in a better state than it currently is. All we need is for EME to listen and make some minor changes that would greatly improve our gameplay experience.