Only play Megaten, only voting in regards to Megaten. And this month, I'm hovering around a 4.
I waited to vote in this new poll for the new maintenance. And, quite frankly and possibly weirdly enough, I would have rated service much, much lower if I hadn't seen how this patch went down.
This patch was, yes, an absolute disaster. It broke a lot of things, didn't address some long term problems, but it did one thing. It really felt like a lot more effort from the GM team than we've been able to see for a while.
I watched as GMs stayed up through the night to see the patch go live. And the patch was content. A lot of content that we've been asking for. A lot of content that was long overdue for our server. Admittedly, most of it wasn't active and it broke a lot of things, but it was a start and a step in the right direction.
And honestly, maybe some of the bugs could've been avoided, but the response since then has been pretty impressive from the GM team. I've seen GSes that I rarely see active in usual events going out of their way to help players report bugs with this new patch. GMs have been very responsive when it comes to things that could potentially harm server balance (ie: rumors-- later proven false --started coming in that an incredibly rare item's drop rate had been changed with the new patch. A GM was there immediately to investigate and to stop the potential situation from becoming worse).
This is in addition to a lot of the effort we've seen from them with the Get`Sen event. I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty disappointing to realize that if you did every non-IRL event, you would end up one point short of the highest tier. But, it was a big event that really had a lot of the server shaken out of their usual routines. And the Halloween event? Well, I don't know what happened with the content we should have gotten (and I hope it's closer than it sounds), but it was a good effort to help create some energy.
There's been a lot more noticeable response to player feedback lately. The spawn event we asked for and the runestones and AP demons available as event prizes were awesome to see. Promotions have been gradually coming down to much more reasonable levels and have been featuring a lot of the much requested items.
So, yeah, the new patch has been absolutely horrible (and at the same time, incredibly promising), but the staff itself? Well, it really feels like they're doing the best they can.