The Finnish Phoenix
The discontinuation of QoM's saga due to its plot being too bad written and 7DD being a substitute for it.
There's a common conception here of the QoM saga being "scrapped" or "discontinued". There's nothing to suggest this as far as I'm aware. The 7 Deadly Dragons arc, like the Throne of Darkness arc before it, is not a replacement for the QoM. The Throne of Darkness in fact had a direct tie-in to the QoM saga, and it's fairly likely we'll have another tie-in with the next anniversary and/or with the end of the 7 Deadly Dragons arc. And no, I'm not buying your spiel that the game isn't 10% of what it was last year because ToD was so much better than 7DD, nor was the 13 Lords saga so much better than the QoM.
Now, I just feel that staff is going to kill the game by a week after other. And stay seeing this being killed and doing nothing to it. Man, 2017 isn't even 10% as good as 2016, and we got Void HighLord, LightCaster and SSoT/SWoT this year...
I'm not saying that we need a bunch of classes. We just need better quality stuff. And please, don't repeat what has been done with Nulgath's Birthday... all that hype for... at the end, only seeing a class and katanas. If it wasn't Zee, Nulgath's Birthday would be a complete failure.
This year only the Dage's Birthday was good.
"we got Void HighLord, LightCaster and SSoT/SWoT this year..."
"I'm not saying that we need a bunch of classes. We just need better quality stuff."
We got quality classes.
This is already the best year for Nulgath Nation ever IMO. To me it was Legion that got the short end what with no new classes and Dage being so involved in AQ3D.
This isn't even being 10% of what it was in 2016. It's sad to say, but it's exactly how I'm feeling. I'm just losing the motivation to play.
Like in 2014? Was 2014 also less than 10% as good as 2016? If things aren't moving along as you'd like them to you can always take a break, the game will still be around to come back to later, and by then we'll more than probably have more DoomKnight/Deathknight/Dage/Nulgath stuff.
Personally I much prefer 2017 to 2016 already.
2016 was not kind to farmers. The heaviest grind of the year was AFDL, for which the process of acquisition was ill-conceived at best. First off, an exact replica of the armor was made available for a $5. Then there's the quest line...and hoo boy. A required quest item was made into a crapshoot at the end of a 10+ hour quest in Nulgath Demands Work. Two people could farm for AFDL the same way, but one could take many, many tens of hours longer because of where the RNG was emphasized. 2016 had horrible bugs in the testing servers that made it possible to deal billions of damage and for multiple brief windows applied a 100% drop rate to every drop in the game, meaning any time spent wrestling with drop rates (for say, Unidentified 35) was rendered completely meaningless, including retroactively for quests like Hardcore Paragon Pet's which could take hundreds of hours of willpower to acquire, willpower rendered pointless because someone thought it'd be a good idea for drops on seriously unstable servers to carry over.
2016 did offer many new classes including some good ones that broke new ground in StoneCrusher, Abyssal Angel, Great Thief, and ArchPaladin, but so has 2017 in spite of the necessary hold on classes due to the nearby rewrite.
2016 saw the re-release of PvP Medals during the Lorelympics, and I was pretty disappointed with the missed opportunity to release new medals, but the not only was there nothing new to correspond with new, more powerful classes, but there was the same prohibitive amulet disparity for free players that was prohibitive to their success in PvP. (a +3000 Amulet for Legends and nothing better than +1500 for free players.) This was completely fixed in 2017 with the release of Diamond and Platinum amulets.
2016 saw no level cap progression. 2017 gave us 20 levels and fully updated enhancements in accordance with the new cap.
The Throne of Darkness saga was generally considered a refreshing improvement in the game's typical writing quality, it wasn't the norm in the years beforehand. Not that it didn't flag at moments too (looking at you, BaconCats). The 7DD saga is no worse than most of the arcs we've had in previous years including any number of plugs (Kimberly, George Lowe, CTRL+ALT+DEL, TMBG, Voltaire, etc).
If I can still play in 2017 and not be totally disillusioned with the game I've played for years, wouldn't you want to too?