The truly fun endgame in Lost Ark are the Legion Raids, but to get there without a honing buff feels like a mobile game simulator that is a mind numbing experience.
With my time on other regions and the honing buff there, I could find myself very fast at T3 or even buy the 1302 powerpass (yes, for money → something that should interest a reasonable company) and skip most of the menial gated content.
So at 1340 the first non 100% hone was introduced, and it felt like honing was gatekeeping the endgame, instead of creating a fake barriers even before that. I do not feel motivated to grind to these extends just so I could do the goat raid once on a character a week, and I am still sane enough to not even consider this on the alts as that would again require me to invest another minimum of hundred of hours to get Argos ready (compared to other regions, which takes around a week at most 2 of really casual play after the 1302 powerpass)
So the Roadmap revealed Valtan is due in May or even later, according to playerbase’s ilevel statistics, but as a player I don’t want to log in to grind mind-numbing content, so I could do a cross between a guardian and an abyss raid that is really not that challanging, and other than what is the content that is available to us that is exciting? some few guardian raids and the oreya’s heart dungeon is a clownfest (literally).
Untill the honing buff is released, together with the additional material influx, I am reluctant to level alts, I am even reluctant to log in daily to my main to do the 2x chaos dungeon and 2x guardian raid, knowing that I’m just about to hit the T2 barrier again and then run out of content after an excruciating T3 deadzone. (I went from EU Central to West when AGS spectacularly miscalculated the interest and EU Central was unplayable - got to T3 on west and went back to central to play with friends).
Maybe it wouldn’t feel as bad if Oreya was a bit more challanging and or fun at least, but at the current time, and having gone through all of this once, I will be waiting for the honing buff or 1302 powerpass before actually returning to play this game for real.
Most of the posts that point to the positives of the game on the forums are currently sending the following message: “Guys, please be patient, the good content is coming soon”. And I agree, it is coming, but not nearly fast enough. Saying you’ll release Valtan when the ilevel of the majority is appropriate is like saying you’ll turn the traffic light to green only after at least 2 or 3 intersections are completely filled out by the traffic lane waiting for the light. Maybe avoid this alltogether and catch us up with what we like of the game?