So I have not been around mmo's recently in the last 3 years. Decided to try EQ2 again after I played it the first 2 years of release and loved the game back then for its raiding and at least its competition it had. Now honestly starting backup I noticed how much of a pay to win it has become and how easy the game really is now. It sucks EQ2 is not like it used to be, at least the time and effort you put into the game equaled how well your character was geared. Daybreak and Sony seem to have ruined this. What I am talking about is the Heroic characters they give you to entice you to purchase the game or P2W marketplace. It's so easy for anyone to just be advanced, no time really needed to level or gear. I hate the I want it now mentality players have.
If EQ2 had no marketplace it would for at least me make it more appealing knowing everyone starting fresh has to go through the process to level and group and find players to play with to get content done. Vets love to make new toons when bored of mains.