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Rest in Peace, Bonus Potential.
Recently I talked with a few other users about how fusing level 10 equips until bonus potential shows up can be a way to get an ideal way to get desired potential and bonus potential. Back when I was playing KMS, people fused lowest level equips over and over until they got +1 Atk or +1 Magic Attack on bonus potential (which turns into +10 Atk or +10 Magic Attack when transferred to CRA gears and above). I too used to fuse level 10 staffs ~100 times until I got +1 Magic Attack on bonus potential and spammed occult cube until I got something like Epic + INT %2 and + INT %3, which turns into + INT %6 and + INT %3 when transferred to CRA staff.
I informed people to use this way and stop swiping credit card every few days to buy bonus potential cube, but they had no idea about what I was talking about. I thought this may not known in GMS environment, but looking through the news, it turned out that potential-less equipments can no longer be fused to become an equipment with any potential line.
So this pretty much blocks the only way to get +10 Atk / +10 Magic Attack on Bonus Potentials on equipments without bpot cubes. I am aware that Maplestory involves a lot of credit card swipings but this seems like a serious issue to me. I recall two of my friends (both of which played Night Lord) - one guy had full CRA + Lionheart gear, and all of them had unique potentials from which at least two lines had +% LUK boost. The other guy had Epic gears but his every equipment with exceptions like emblem had +10 Attack on bonus potential. Guess what? The guy that had unique gear can't solo Chaos Papulatus, but the guy with Epic gears and ideal bonus potential beat Normal Lotus with only Bishop in his side.
After I moved to GMS I have CRA with 30% scrolls up but potential lines have been terrible with me (only 6% main stats) and narrower options to improve bonus potential further concerns me. I am honestly not okay with my 171 character at 260k range because at this rate it might not be able to CRA past level 200 (I don't even wish to solo cvel until I get V matrix and get some unions set up).
So, how are you guys dealing with the reality that bonus potential is almost nonexistent without spending immense amount of cash on cubes? Do everyone just go for unique gear sets by spamming red / black cubes? I haven't seen too good gears in Scania auction lately. Or are most people here calling a day after hitting 1 mil range? Thanks in advance.