"It won't affect them at all as they won't know what they were missing." Reboot. Imagine how hard it'd be getting range now. Buffing Gollux and making the drops insanely expensive limits new players from getting strong enough to do damage. This effectively makes getting decent gear hell. I'm assuming you're probably at endgame, and these changes don't affect you as much, but the new player base has to work unnecessarily hard for gear that's unreasonably exclusive to endgame players. (gollux gear shouldn't be harder to get than CRA because they're literally accessories and the drops aren't instanced)
I play Reboot and I didn't use this gear to get to end game. I know that hell all too well.
You assume that just because I'm end game means I don't know what these changes mean, I do.
I agree with you on the time taken to get a piece of gear. That's maybe a bit extreme. But I think the boss itself is fine.
Nexon could either raise the coins obtained or lower the cost. Instanced loot would also help.
I think the boss itself is fine, more so when you consider that bosses are supposed to be done in a party, not solo'd.
Although I'm fine with the changes because I feel like overpowered gear is finally locked behind a difficult boss, I'm still not happy about Nexon's handling.
Nexon really needs to be more transparent and warn players before massive changes like these are made.
If you follow the trends it was somewhat obvious, but just because it's obvious doesn't mean Nexon doesn't have to say it.
Take a moment to consider that we got additional power creep with this patch; familiars with potential. Fairly easy to get, and very powerful bonuses.
Also consider that the gollux shop now restocks weekly and lets you buy every accessory instead of relying on RNG.
You'll be just fine waiting a bit longer to get end-game gear. I think it's a fair trade-off.
Consider alongside the bolded point that I've heard people gripe about doing hellux for weeks, more than a month, and still not having a superior belt or pendant drop. If you still don't get a drop after weeks and weeks of doing the boss, you'll have enough coins to simply buy it instead of just being up a creek.