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I decided to do a break down on how to get by Age of Wushu's pay2win aspects.
For the most part it's really not that hard to overcome a paid player. You just need a push in the right direction. Below is a few examples of how that can be done.
Exp Limit= Leave your account online somewhere. It is wise to leave it online somewhere that has a high cultivation rate.
Chi Limit= Fight Heroes through out the world. The all drop chi pills which can level to the limit fast. You can even hold the pills for a day. So you can farm one day. And not have to do it the next day if you farm enough.
Have Multiple Alts= Being Self sustaining saves you money in this game. Also will make you strong fast. Just as fast as anyone buying their way to strength. As long as you put in work in tradeskill alt characters.
Divinity= The most weird skill to have. That at high levels is very awesome. But no one does it or uses it, due to lack of population.
Sign In= Do this everyday the rewards scale and it's free loot. Also try to log in during 6pm-9pm server time for extra rewards. And a chance at a rare skill.
Farm Factions= it's a good source of loot free skills and chi leveling. This is best done with a friend or random party members.
Farm Dungeons= This maybe the best thing you can do. Dungeons drop skills and expensive items you can sell. Then you can run off and buy whatever you want.
You will notice I left out most pvping. If you can fight or know how. Or even learn the ropes you can add all of those methods in. And you will be better off, and I suggest doing so. But this is for the people coming in thrown to the wolves. Who will struggle and be discouraged thinking they have no hope. That is entirely false and just showing the way.