Allow me to explain my grumbles a bit more adequately.
In most games when you reach max level, you play that game at that tier as the competition grows from people reaching that level it becomes more about skill than about gear/lvl/rng. I played world of Warcraft from vanilla and spent months/years at level caps not gaining any experience.
This is considered a normal part of the experience in a progress based game with a lvl Cap. Playing while not receiving exp is the norm. When an expansion comes out, everyone competes again to reach the new lvl cap and become competitive at that new Max level lvl. I’ve never seen an adjustment for experience after a lvl cap raise in any game I’ve played.
I was personally looking forward to reaching lvl 20 and was getting to the point where I had over half my non legendary gear maxed or the rest mostly 1 level below, so by the time I reached 20, I could take a shot at the big boys on a more level playing field. People like me would have eventually entered to top level fray and made it more competitive, if they stuck around that long, because as we all know, it’s a slog after lvl 15 or so.
Now that the lvl cap has been raised, as well as the gear cap, that’s a long way off again, but it’s not the first time I’ve had to grind my way up and that’s again a part of the game.
Most people at my lvl are at about the same gear lvl as I am, as gear progression and lvl progression are pretty intertwined, and most folks with lvl 20 heroes already had mostly maxed gear, barring legendaries and silver hands.
Thus, the longer A player sat at lvl 20 he was most probably gather excess gear in all the slots, as well as higher gold reserves from selling some excess gear. this was my plan to gather gold without spending IRL, capping my gear before max leveling, so I wouldn’t lose this experience and be able to seek the excess gear to build up gold reserves.
Now that the gear cap has been raised along with the level cap, the players who gathered excess gear can now convert it into exp that was not accessible before, as referenced to some folks getting almost to 30 from excess gear alone. This reflects that longevity at lvl 20 was already proportionally rewarded according to gear reserves.
Now some folks were smart in anticipation and waited to not level past 19, but that is a gameplay choice, and these people reaped the benefits of that choice. Indeed as some people stay at lvl 10 and only advance gear, this is a gameplay choice.
What I see happening with this additional exp reward is those of us that were a couple months of gameplay away from reaching lvl cap and wanting to continue to play to reach that point in the first place, are now an additional 2 or 3 months on top of that away.
The gear lvl increase compounds this as now the cumulative effect of the gear increases along with the lvl increases is going to cause a stark divide between those who were at the top tier (about 50 or 60 active players) and those that were getting close to getting there and looking forward to breaking into that echelon.
So this is why the 400k exp bonus, that serves relatively few players who were already at the top of the game and factors mainly into battles between those folks, serves to expand this divide between the top tier and the rest of the players in the game, and is seen as excessive to the rest of the players who were trying to break into the top and were almost there. While it is a reward for a few, it comes across as a punishment to others.
I am not lamenting the players for receiving the awards, but rather that it’s a hamfisted way to deal with the underlying issue, which is gaining EXP in the game. 400k exp is just so much EXP, like giving 20 new lvl 15 Silverhands, that is putting a hard earned goal much farther away for everyone not in the top tier who benefited from this reward.
I fear after the sugar rush of new content wears off, this will see more players leaving the game out of frustration, because advancing in PVP will become even harder than it was before, and this will be a worse gaming experience for us all