With GM_Skudy's extremely accurate response to the crashed GRB this past weekend, it gives me hope that we may finally have someone that expresses concern for our enjoyment for the #1 most popular remaining event in Shaiya - the GRB.
We have been promised for a couple years now that there will be a new GRB, but nothing seems to be happening.
When all 4 servers were merged, 120 ranked guilds were compressed to 30 guilds per faction. Not everyone wants to be ranked #1, but most guilds would like to have a guild house so that the guild members can have a place of their own.
The contents in the Guild House are outdated to the EP2 era.
The GRB maps are well known, and the order and strategy in killing the bosses and mobs are now just a procedures that is repeated over and over and over. The main strategic advantage one guild has over another is how well the guild can respond to players being DC'd during the GRB. That means outside influences to the game are affecting the results of the GRB. A new GRB map with new puzzles with higher level mobs, and more advanced strategies are needed.
Because the former 4 US servers are down to 1 server, and there is a possibility that the German servers may merge with the US server, we need more guilds that can rank and get a guild house. The number should be significantly increased. 50 at the minimum.
The items in the Guild House should reflect EP7 not EP2. Most of the items that can be obtained from the merchants is useless to all of the players in this game, regardless of player level, grinder, or PvPer. The merchants needs to be upgraded to reflect EP7 and the way the game is played today and the types of gear people use now.
Blacksmith? come on now, stat 7 or 8 lapis? what advantage does having a special blacksmith get you if you rank #1? Nothing.
Because of this, GRB ranking is only for bragging purposes.
Since GM_Skudy has voiced compassion for our pain with an untimely crash right after end of the GRB, maybe we as a community can rally behind the new GM's/PM's to help them champion our desire to upgrade the GRB/Ranking/Guild House system to the developers that this is a very important part of the Shaiya experience.