Before I begin, I should note that I literally have not touched anything Maplestory related since sometime around the beginning of the Big Bang Patch (quit shortly after because of those Cubes), so I am writing this based on my knowledge from the older Maple. Despite me quitting and all, I love Maplestory and it will forever reside in my heart. I, however, do not miss Nexon.
So anyway, I was thinking on one of my many walks home one day, "wouldn't it be cool if Nexon rolled out a server where any and all purchaseable NX benefits were absent from the Cash Shop?" This includes items like:
-Scissors of Karma
-EDIT: Safety Sharms (How did I forget these? They were a huge deal back then.)
-Vega Scroll/Pam's Song, etc
-Any future Gachapon box events (if Nexon still does this. Again, I'm out of the loop.)
-Anything else I'm forgetting or whatever Nexon has pulled lately that fits the bill of "Pay to Win"
-EDIT:MTS service unavaiable forever.
-EDIT:Cannot World Transfer in, but can Transfer out.
The way I see Modern Maple, the game looks and feels way too easy. In a server where these items were absent from the cash shop, it would feel more like the old maple where bosses like Zakum and Horntail used to be hard, while still retaining the ability to unlock the potential of items, but not change them, so you basically get one chance with Potential. "Powerful items" would be harder to come by, and might increase in value. The idea here is to revive the feel of the older Maple where players didn't have to spend enormous amounts of money to get super godly equips, and instead will have to get them the "hard way". Players might prefer to spend their excess nx funds on misc cash shop items such as Clothing and other things that effect the game in no notable way, since they would now have "nothing better to spend it on".
The items mentioned are unarguably the ones that generate the most profit for Nexon. I'm probably the only one who thinks this would be a cool idea, though. Still, anyone else have any thoughts on this? Of course, a man can dream.