100% agreed, i have been saying this for years.
Weiner is one of the few "1%s" that can be respected but you are 100% correct in your criticism - if all of the "1%" players would have stopped flocking the same clan & ally this situation would not exist, it is really simple.
If the "1%" stayed in their separate clans, they would have alot of PVP & the game would have stayed active.
But it is probably too late now, too many people have quit and even if the "1%s" of chronos joined/formed 4 different clans there is not enough people ingame anymore.
The 1%s have already killed the servers, they have driven the normal people away - they got themselves to blame for joining eachother & crushing the lower people.
I hope the "lol too easy, carpet mode" was worth it
Suggestion to weiner, tag out of whatever clan you are in at the moment (losbandidos?) with as many people as you can & go back to TheFallen, put some pressure back on MS, It will allow the low-mid tier clans to have fun at castle sieges because when you attack MS it will force them out of every other castle.
Perhaps you were unaware of it, but castle sieges was incredibly active when you were out of MS
It will also make atleast some kind of open-field PvP.
Just those two things goes a long way to get people to stay in the game, i mean, if you think about it no new player will even think of spending a penny when he knows he needs to spend 10.000 to be competitive - for every new player who thinks that, you have one less potential enemy.
If there was active castle sieges where the 1%s are occupied with eachother and the low/mid clans are able to roam freely, those new players might actually enjoy themselves & then spend money.
Just dropping the prices alone will do nothing, you need to give them an incentive to actually spend money.
Its basically a chain effect, if you set an example & work to get the server healthy, more people will follow eventually.
Just needs someone to start it, the longer you wait the less chance you have for a fun game.
Suggestion to NCWest staff, FIX RAID BOSSES!
No man should be able to solo the raid bosses, you put a bleep shield there for a reason! make it work!
Put some more account-bound items in the game, allow the new players to do some kind of quests as they reach level 99 and 101 to get them some kind of boost.
There is no way for new players to gear up! 88-98 raids are impossible for them to kill, 101+ raid bosses are killed by solo players, instances no longer drop items.
They are unable to farm the high level areas that drop r99 items, they are unable to macro anywhere to make any reasonable amount of adena.
They are unable to improve, because of your incredibly odd way of running this game.
Paying should be a means to get an edge over someone who does not pay, but at the moment paying is the only way to play - think about that for a second.
Why not make some temporary l2store items?
7-day dark and bloody runes for people up to level 101, one month bloody/dark set & enchanted weapon that can be purchased once per account and so on.
Give players the taste of some actual "decent equipment", then put some events back on repeat as weiner said & dump the prices.
People will have an incentive to spend their money if they know what they get.