I think we actually agree on quite a lot, however I think the game is at a different point than it was in the past. That is probably where you and I differ in perspective.
ET is pretty damn broken and should not have been ever implemented, so I'm not sure I am buying the whole saturation argument. I also am not seeing how they shouldn't be compared. If you purchase BB's, you still have to kill them. It's not as if it's a huge effort to get to floor 5 of ET where an MvP with a popular card is. If you know what you're doing, you only need 2 or 3 people to get at least halfway through ET. That's at least 10 MvPs.
I have no bets on this as the only thing I purchase from the Kafra Shop are cute hats, however I know people who would be willing to spend a few bucks at the chance to get a couple of BB's. I'd prefer a classic server with absolutely no kafra shop, but I realize that that time has long passed for RO.
Indeed, we don't differ that much. I also believe ET is retarded and should have never been implemented. But that was gravity anyway. They also did implement a whole bunch of retarded stuff. Then they tried to fix all the -_- they did with Renewal, and brought along even -_-tier -_-.
Anyway, I do ET sometimes, solo. I get my LK and go until White Lady, then I leave. That floor is really boring. I know a bunch of people that have 30 LK's. They're not that hardcore players, I'm sure there's people with more than 30.
My point is: they had to do something IN-GAME to be able to hunt those mvps. At the very least leveling the LK's. Grouping with friends and doing something IN-GAME if they want to kill more mvps. And of course waiting a whole week before each of this characters can go ET again.
Spending RL cash should NOT be as rewarding as doing ET, not even close. Because regardless of how stupid or easy farming ET is, it's still an IN-GAME effort/time spent. IN-GAME>P2W. That's all.
On a side note, my ET runs with ~rampage are absurdly fun. We go with 4-7 people, using whatever classes we want to. We never got past Ifrit. But srsly the amount of laughing in TS is gigantic and it's one of my favourite week moments of Classic.
Let's hope no one read this and ddos our TS again while we're in ET, right?