Folks seem to forget that SL has been a good place to lvl. But most of the gear was eh… and everyone still runs RK dungeons for the gear and progress through it all.
When people think of SL, too often they assume pocket tanks and standing around at hecklers. That won’t happen because 1) level caps. You might lvl there? But many won’t and try to progress through quests and collecting gear they may need at the cap. 2) there are no 220 pockets! Hard to do pocket heckler groups when you have no pocket. There are lots of big things missing from the SL expansion atm. Many classes have key items that they are missing until SL (nt, trader, etc) and the balancing between many professions is way off without some SL content. The RK enhancements to melee based classes with crypt (battle rod is another example) is extreme. Melee classes will have access to weapons designed to balance perenium weapons from SL… while all others will be sitting dry. Unfortunately, we are playing current day AO, with all its balancing changes and gear, that are balanced and designed to go with SL! Without SL, it’s just an unbalanced joke with many professions left behind in terms of their progression ability.
We are approaching the half way point of 2019 rather quickly, and I personally was hoping for 60% or more of the year with late game in focus. That is what takes the most time. That is what is most challenging. The early game stuff is fun to revisit and do again, but I really don’t want to waste the year sitting at these low frustrating lvls where I can’t even progress through the drudge. Some professions excel at these caps, while others barely get by. The whole RK 2019 so far has taken way too long to move forward. This is the fast part of the game. This is the content that some folks focus in on later and make twinks for, but I have interest in the progression. Almost all of which happens at the 100-220 range in my book. I was just excited to break through the floor on this slow march or boring camping and waiting, and actually have something to work towards in terms or progression that matters for the characters in this server refresh. Everything we are all doing now is wasted time, as none of this stuff will make a difference to our characters by the end of this thing. Stuff done after 100+ starts to make long term impacts to character progression. That, and we really need these expansions rolled in really soon. Current 2019 is an unbalanced mess