So, when runes came out I thought “Let me for once get ahead of things and purchase this, since I’ve been catching up the past 2 years to older players”.
5 months later, rune slots made no difference at all for those who purchased it at outrageously high prices.
The rune I have most of is one of those crappy “increase resistance” ones, and I got close to 550 of those, meaning I am close to a lvl5 rune.
Players that don’t have all the slots will be close to a lvl4 right now, so all the investment made has got me a very small advantage. “Oh look, my resistance is not 2400 from rune, its 2700”. RIDICULOUS.
To get to a lvl 6? Still an abyss remains. At the current rate, should take another 20-25 months to get there.
That’s not to say the runes with special effects come more scarcely, I only got 200 or so of those for the rune I have most of. So a lvl6 rune of the special ones should take 60-75 months to get.
That’s also not to say my lvl 5 rune won’t get applied anytime soon, considering game balance changes frequently and the item I equip it to might become obsolete in the future, rendering 5 months of rune gathering useless.
Before naysayers jump in, I don’t think runes should be easy to achieve, specially lvl6. I am only pointing out the fact that selling rune slots was a major scam, they make no practical difference at all.
I could argue some offers that came later with gems were a much better deal, but also that is not the point here. We got sold something for a premium price that makes absolutely no difference at all in game.