Spoiler, If you dont want to read about the downfall (in my eyes as a EQ player from Ruins of Kunark *EQ1*) of EQ2, go ahead and skip this over. *rather hoping this will catch the devs and GMs eyes* As stated, I have played EQ for the better part of going on 12-13 years. I remember the first time i watched it played at my friends house thinking to myself "Wow, how could you sit there all day and play that silly looking game" Untill the day came he grew tired of hearing me make fun of him dieing and shoved the keyboard at me and made me play his Iksar Monk. The next day i was begging him to let me play, it was in my veins. The grouping of people, making new friends, team work and adventure was a rush I would never let go of. I bought EQ the next week, and made an Iksar Monk, Named Monk Iksar on the Rathe server. I loved going out to the planes and splitting groups of 4-6 mobs for my group to chew up and spit out like the vile creatures they were. Months later i would be grinding in PoI, hours of play tugging heavily at my eyelids, i would zone out of PoP and passed out at the keyboard (as i KNOW many of you have) only to wake up at the login screen. Hmmmm maybe a GM saw me just standing there and kicked me...ah well hit enter and start going at it again. Immagine my anger and disbelife when i saw my name had been changed too! I was looking at this Konem Iksar name fumeing.....after /petition a GM contacted me and said they had changed it for me after seeing me at the zone in to PoP due to the name 'not having anything to do with the game".....after a heated discussion i won Munk Iksar. I was back...kinda LOL. I was playing 3 accounts across 3 computers...."Boxing" for us vets, Almost all of my free time was devoted to Everquest and SOE. Then GLORY BE THE DAY they announced EQ2 and i caught a glimps of it. My heart about jumped through my throat. Its all i could talk about, think about and hope for. It got even better the day SOE emailed me my Beta Key.....i had to go clean myself up >.< Not knowing if i would get that privlage, i also signed up for the WoW beta, low and behold....i got both! So, here i sit swapping back and forth knowing full well EQ was going to be it, only playing wow during patches for EQ. Then the week ramping up to Live launch. WoW and SOE were in a deadheaded race to see who would release first. If memory serves, it was EQ...and taking a hit to server stability for it. But it was fine, the mechanics, game play, grafix, all well out weighed the child like toons and simplified toon builds of wow. But alas, it came a time for me to put away my love of the game as a family had come into my life, though the nagging to play was allways there...adulthood and real life had to take presidence. Oh joy to the day of EQX FTP. I could play without having to worry about hurting my self with a reuccuring charge, sure i had to change servers...but the groups were there as well, the comrodery, making a what seemd to be a failed group pull together and finish the instance and all saying Wow, we did pull it off... So sporatic game play came into effect, but heart always true to my first love of MMO's. Expansions were comming, anticipation is growing...oh jow higher levels, better gear, more fun with friends! DoV came, rocked my world...getting close to Planes maybe? Not yet, AoD is to come with help! Mercenaries! Man that would be nice to have to help with quests when dungeon grinding gets to be just that. Wait, what just happened? No more groups in dungeons? No more groups at all? What is this place? This is not the EQ i grew to love. Im a healer, a pretty good one at that and there is no ques up? I have waited for better than 5 minutes now....wt* is going on? Oh, wait theres one....must just be a slow day. Whos this dude in group with a blue name? Its an SK tank, ok we are 3 of 6...in no time we will be rolling. Whats that, we are moving through with just the 3 of us? ok, clear trash no problem. The deathbox and xp debt was just around the corner....time and time again. WT* is going on here...wait for group to fill. Minutes pass, nothing. The teamate grows tired of waiting and leaves the healer to sit there alone. Have you began to see a picture come to life with this little tale? Call me a noob, a wuss or what ever you like; but I know im not the only one here hurt from the collapse of grouping with outher people...hell thats what the game was built on...not going and buying a merc to solo everthing you do. SOE, Devs, GM's, hear my plea.....nerf the mercs in dungeons. make them non useable unless your in an outside zone questing or solo grinding. These mercs have taken my love for the game away....and may others i am sure. If this is to continue on, I will have to bid a fond farewell to this game with a very heavy heart. I have recently converted my fiancee from wow to EQ, only to bring her into a world with no groups.....the one thing i promised her would be the best part and my fondest memories of EQ. Have i made her leave a game where she was in the top 50 healers of her server on a lie? Please tell me this is not so.