This is information from other ver BNS (Korea, China, etc). Based on what I know after B&S 2.0 or 3.0 patch, Hongmun weapons (weapons that every users received one in the beginning) transformation tree will be gone. This means all the hard work to upgrade Hongmun weapons become pointless (USELESS). As BNS update the max level to 50, entire weapon transformation system will change (based on KR BNS). There will be black/white ridge weapons (lvl 50) legendary weapon. Max weapon level is 12. After level 5, weapon will have very fancy effects (visual effects) which many people wants.
So what is wrong with this?
1. Getting a black/white ridge weapon is very hard (a lot of time consuming even though there are 3 different ways to get these weapons).
2. * This is the main problem. Upgrading (not transforming the weapon) is very tedious (need shit-ton of materials). It is not 100% success upgrading. If upgrade fails, weapon is no longer upgrade-able.
3. Weapons become trade-able and it will be ridiculously expensive. (at least what I saw from Korean ver BNS market, level 6 white ridge weapon was 40,000 blade & soul gold or higher).
Without these weapons, it will be hard to play the pvp and some later dungeons because people will kick you out without these weapons (at least in Korea Ver.).
Hardcore gamers (players who buys Blade And Soul gold with real money) will not going to have problem playing this game because they will use there shit-ton of money to buy the BNS gold.
For these reasons, many Korean players move to NA B&S version. Korean players do not transform their hongmun weapons too high because they are worried about the 2.0 or 3.0 patch later.
Based on recent rising water patch, some conclude that there are possibility that hongmun weapon tree will exist after the 2.0/3.0 patch.
These are information from Korea Blade & Soul, so this is possibility if NA BNS follow the Korean updates.
I currently have True Profane Sword. Should I upgrade to Awakened Siren Sword?
If NA change to Korea ver, NC will get rid off Hongmun weapon transformation tree. This makes pointless to upgrade Hongmun weapons.
I agree that right now NA B&S is not pay to win. However after 2.0&3.0 patches (like korea or china ver), game will become pay to win if NA follows the Korean patch. what I saw from Korean ver B&S market, level 6 white ridge weapon (this is level 50 legendary weapon) was 40,000 Blade And Soul gold or higher. Also people buy fully upgrade lvl 12 white ridge weapon for $1000-2000 dollars in Korea right now.
Korea have website called “Item Mania.” People sell and buy game items with real money. ncsoft made the upgrade system for legendary weapons miserable in patch 2.0-3.0. Also ncsoft will make weapons trad-able, which will turn this game into pay to win.
Many people failed to upgrade the legendary weapon. First of all, getting a legendary weapon is hard. Upgrading (not transforming the weapon) is very tedious (need shit-ton of materials). It is not 100% success upgrading. If upgrade fails, weapon is no longer upgrade-able. Then we need to redo the process of getting a legendary weapon and upgrading process.
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