I have yet to see anyone say something reasonable to why they are happy/agree with the nerf to these places. No one is forcing you to to go to these places to train. If you wish to be a masochist and spend time taking much longer to get to the same goal for some distorted belief of what you think is "challenging", be my guest. No one is stopping you. What I don't understand is why so many of you are so selfish, in the sense that, if you wish to train a certain way, everyone should have to train that same way. I'm gonna go on a limb and say grinding for many, many maplers is the least fun-aspect of the game, while Party quests, Guilds, Bossing, Socializing are the more fun aspects of Maple. I don't know where people get this silly idea that time consuming = difficulty. Making something take longer is not necessarily making it more difficult (this could vary when applied to bosses), but what it does do is make it more boring and tedious. Tedious being the key-word.
What I'm getting at is that, many people don't wish to spend a lot of time leveling at lower levels. They and myself find it boring, and find the game far more fun in the later levels where nearly everything is available to the player (bar level restricted pqs etc). So the way I see it is: If you wanted to level faster and get to end-game content, you were happy to have monsters like jesters and aliens which provided a quicker way to get to the part of the game you actually enjoy more. Whereas, those who wish to make the game more challenging for themselves (although again..its my strong belief that time consuming =/= difficulty) perhaps similar to a test of endurance can gladly do that. They aren't forced to train at those better training spots, and they can still derive the same enjoyment from training at their slower spots.
Same thing applies to LHC. No one is forcing you to use those party play area's. If you wanna be anti-social/a loner/what have you, be my guest. You can still train at other places without having to *gasp* join a party. Actually this part is funny because those same people who are for the LHC party play nerf, use SH,HOH, Twilight Perion. Bunch of hypocrites, lol.
So I'm open to your responses, please tell me why this was a good idea. And no I don't want to hear because YOU like to train a certain way those spots should be nerfed to compensate. Variety is the spice of life.
I posted this on basil but I would like to see hear SP's response to this as well.