So I left the game around end of 2016. Back then cap level was 290. I was in one of the few parties that actually could clear ES. I stopped playing just because my party finally finished our lolo set, then we kind lost goal and took a “short” break.
Came back a month ago because bless online and MS2 did not live up to my expectation. Yea, I actually like tos more. So here are some of my thoughts after one month play.
Game UI and optimization is SOOOOOOOOOO much better now compare the old time. It still lags but the improvement is so obvious. 30 PPL on the same map killing WB and I still have 15 FPS? That is freaking amazing.
Condensed cubes are freaking savior. You have no idea how much crap you had to put up to run ET every day for at least 2 hours aside from all the saalus runs if you have multiple characters.
Leveling is a lot faster and convenient. Challenge mode is really good imo. It kind limits you time spend on grinding so you can do other stuffs (collection my personal favor)
Critical items are no longer time-gated by dungeons. You can just run the most difficult game content with good primus gears (as support of course). So you dont need to make alts to rush the same dungeons over and over again.
A lot people complain about RNG part of the game such as ichor. I found it funny because 5% success rate is pretty high for the end game gear in my mind. I can make around 10m a day and asio recipe is only around 30m. Plus you dont even need it to participate all the game contents.
The only thing I hate is pardoner shop. This thing single handily destroyed early game play. New players dont get to enjoy the beautiful maps of tos and quest lines. They just jump to lvl 300 right the way and find themselves stuck in a daily loop.
Overall I am very happy with the game current state. The only thing missing in my mind is GVG. Back then I was in one of the guilds (shout out for the old “Diamond” buddies) that could face on Crimson and still had a chance. It was fun and we had earned like 2k TP with it. If IMC can fix gvg and put enough reward to keep players engaged, it will be nice.
I also read a lot about rebuild. There are many positive things I am looking forward such as increase quest reward, free class change with earned point and minimize weapon RNG by increase base value. I think all these changes are really make tos more “casual friendly”.
I am writing this just because there are many doomsayer posts out there and I dont see it represents the game current state. Thanks.