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I've been seeing lots of threads and posts about how this game is P2W mainly because of the LP and the CS LP Potions.
This is not pay to win.
If you guys think this is P2W then you have never played some of the seriously play to win games. LIKE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS BECAUSE SKINS MEAN WINS
Games with ridiculous upgrading systems like Perfect World. Less than 1% chance to succeed. On fail break your end-game weapon you got after 50 dungeons. Only protection for breaking/success increase? In the cash shop. Benefit: 10x the damage versus a F2P. Or better yet 25$ for a +1 refine. 100$ for a +5.
Games where you literally buy power. Again Perfect World, about 200$ for legendary pets (basically required for pvp). Atlantica Online, you can buy mercenaries that are way more powerful than end game characters. The only way to win tournaments, pvp, or anything.
First the 150$ Alpha:
Somehow this has become a point towards P2W/"Trion sucks." You choose to pay the 150$ so you get to play the game a couple months earlier. "But 150$ is a disgustingly large amount of money for alpha." Then don't pay it. No advantages here.
LP/LP regen/LP Pots:
This gated system, while annoying, is not anywhere close to P2W. It's faster but you still get the same items in the end. Even then it's not THAT much faster. (2x, 3x faster even is fine. Games mentioned above have systems that you can grind towards also, but it's on the level of 1 day vs 1 year for full gear)
"If I subscribe I shouldn't need to have my LP capped"
This is actually closer to P2W. But it still remains that the buyer will still have to actually play the game to make use of that LP. (Although the viability of this is a different discussion, I support making LP uncapped for personal, selfish reasons)
You can buy CS stuff with in-game gold, is not really a valid argument against P2W. It's all about the amount of time it would take to make that much gold. If a buyer can buy all the items (read gear) that would take a grinder a month to grind in the matter of seconds, it's still fairly P2W. But what you're paying for is basically 2x the speed, which is still reasonable. Hell, that's what being a subscriber basically is. And even then you still have to actually go and play the game to get the mats the extra LP got you.
ArcheAge is nowhere near P2W.