I couldn't bear the Grind
Did you play before they put level caps on the skill levels? I played back when it was brand new and they didn't have skill caps for each level. You could hit Trans at lvl 20 lol. It was a fun way to get amazing skills and make leveling on red mobs really easy. Plus you could destroy any newb that wanted to PVP you xD. That's probably what pissed me off the most about losing my first account. I was above the cap on my character. I was only lvl 89 but I was Trans. Right now I'm stuck at A.Expert until I hit 60 -_-
You're right about the grind, though. It's way easier if you just pony up 5 bucks to get access to the dummies. Give your character like 2k mana pots, start attacking a dummy then go do something else. Takes the intensity of the grind down a notch. But I really don't mind grinding because the combat is so intensive and active. It's not mindlessly pushing keys like nearly every other MMO. You have to concentrate to get the combos.
ETA: But playing tonight, it looks like they've changed a lot of stuff since I last played about a year ago. There's not a magic skill set for bladers and all of the auras and buffs you had to activate are now passive buffs. It takes away some of the "powerful looking" aesthetics but it's much more convenient. I personally liked being able to make my person/swords glow.
This post was edited on 7/22 at 1:30 am