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I play eq2 from time to time and though i think its the best mmo out there at the moment ,I feel SoE indirectly is encouraging pay to win.
Basically in most mmo i played in other to win an item you have to be present at the kill.this can be a drawback for people who are willing to pay to win because the raid has to create a slot for you,you probably have to spent time following them and they hope you don't do something to wipe them and more importantly the price is fixed before you go in .all very troublesome for those selling and buying looting rights.
In EQ2 its not so.Raid does its buisness and then puts in auction channel the loot and anyone can bid for it get zoned in and out ,and they don't even have to be there for the kill.
This was something a looong time ago SoE actually planned to fix but then stopped suddenly.Same time they stopped what is called the plat run which also was meant to be fixed.Plat run means 2 guys can go into an old zone and wipe it which was originally meant for 24 ppl and get loads of plat aka gold.
What this has lead to is now raids are boxed by 1 or 2 ppl who sell this looting rights and in return people buying it sell back game card and station cash which can be used for exp potions,actual 30 day subs,mounts etc .
This is done openly .
I was in an instance with a freshly levelled 90 guy who had pretty poor gear.Next day i see him selling 25 gamecards for plat aka gold in channel.Same day i see him making high bids for raid loot.Few days later the dungeon finder pair us up and he is decked in gear which all comes from hard mode and some easy mode but highest raid zones.
His story is common and i can't help to think while people do buy their way to best loot and wins ,SoE actually thru error or intentional but certainly plan to keep the system has made it so easy and open to be able to deck a character in best gear if he is willing to shell $400+ to them.
They gain because raiders who sell this loot rights now use 6+ accounts each rather then the single one they pay for previously and the raiders get their accounts paid for buy people like this dude.