So, humor me this. I won't take the answers as the whole truth, but it should be enough.
1: How much funding came from your stash account to get the gear you chose? [I know this had to have occurred as it is statistically improbable, borderline impossible, to farm the medallions for the king sets in the maybe 1-2 days you had after reaching level cap]
2: How much did you spend on item mall?
I'll wait for those answers and reply to them later, but will address the remainder of your post now.
See, now you've defined something entirely different. You're not a collector, you're a 'rare collector'. Those two share similarities, but are very different based on definition of what specifically you seek to acquire. That being said, you're leaving out an additional important part.
You're not collecting to gain a sense of accomplishment. You're collecting to be different, unique, 'special'. The problem with enabling a system that promotes special treatment or advantages though, are that you have to intentionally dis-advantage others for it to work.
So tell me. Who should the DEV's intentionally dis-advantage so you can feel special?
Surely not the IM purchasers, they're after all the back-bone of why ROSE continues to exist.
How about the Veterans who continue to support, assist and volunteer to keep things going? They're spending time that could be used to play the game to study it and improve it. Should they be dis-advantaged so you can feel special?
I'd like an answer to that question, 'Who should the DEV's choose to dis-advantage so you can feel/look 'special'.
Something else that bothers me.
Your goal here seems to be to represent yourself, and that you feel like you are a unique person. However, everyone shares SOME commonalities between other people. So why do you deem people who share expressive choices as 'scrubs'? You would think that it would make you feel good that there are people out there with similar tastes as you, and you would want to support and advance them alongside yourself. Yet you seem to despise them, and wish for the DEV's to limit them and prevent them from expressing their interests?
Also, there are plenty of challenges left in ROSE for end game players to do. You just don't value them. After-all, you already hinted that you don't value questing for story telling, you're only looking at it as a method to a physical reward, not a reward of the mind or curiosity. Questing after-all is a two part reward system. Story telling, which I personally value significantly, and the chance at something neat you don't normally see [not never see, just not normally]
There's also assisting in the future expansions of the game. Designing items, or proposing new unique skills to be obtained. Sometimes you can even be rewarded for this, but often times this is more of a sense of desire to help.
You could also work towards hosting community events, and becoming a renowned and respected individual. Of course this comes with few physical rewards, it's mostly done for self satisfaction.
Starting to notice a theme?
Based on my observations of your representation of yourself Callum, I can be pretty confident when I say that I believe without a doubt, that if something doesn't provide you a physical reward; something of quality that you can use to gain attention, that it doesn't interest you. In fact, you seem completely opposed to anything that is done for the simple satisfaction of advancing the content and enabling others to enjoy the experiences ROSE can provide in general.
So here's my final curiosities for this post.
If you're done collecting, or see no 'value' in it, and you've completed the game by your own standards; then why are you upset about others working or being given access to do the same? You've already done everything you claim to be of importance to you. Why do you care if others do it? In fact, aside from nostalgia, why do you care at all about ROSE anymore? You profess that it's garbage and been destroyed. You deem everyone around you as worthless and not worth anything. And you protest to anything that allows others to make achievements that you've either already done, or are working towards? Explain this position to me, because I don't see anything but greed and detestation in it.