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Lets think rationally, the issue stemmed from players who completed the event in 2013, that's 6 years ago. The test server doesn't have the capacity to test out issues like this, nor is there a real rhyme or reason they happen. The servers went live and they found the problem, knowing how to fix it they decided it was the best course of action to take the servers down to provide a better game play experience to their players.
This is not only good communication, but a great course of action for us, the players. There was also the unintended issue where items from the previous event weren't properly removed, another issue that realistically only affects the live servers that'll also be fixed ASAP.
Please do not spread FUD on the forums by assuming things are bad in your own head.
I do want to say this just so it gets out there. This is the first extended maintenance we've had in a very long time. The majority of maint days have ended an hour early for weeks. An issue happened with the games services and the team was trying to remedy this situation. Reading the announcement post about today's maint shows that the issues were with the new VIP service. The team was desperately trying to get this running before the end of the work day and have the servers live for us (the players) to enjoy. Things happen, issues come up, and when the parent company is time zones away communication and fixes become more challenging. At the end of the day they decided to take the VIP service down and put the servers back online so that, even while everything wasn't 100%, the players had a game to play.
So, Lets get this started, Hi I'm Alchemy from the Nao server, Alchemy is situationally good, but probably one of the most expensive things you can do in game.
The major flaws in alchemy is that is essentially requires an Erg 50 cylinder to use effectively. At erg 50 the cool down of chain cylinder is reduced to 0 seconds. This allows you to infinite chain cast water cannon or flame burst. You combine this with the future addition of the lvl 75 ego cylinder buff (-1s Water cannon animation lock) and you can blast out WC faster than firebolt. Flame burst with the flame burst duration increase can hit 8 times (hat reforge level 15) or up to 9 times (echostones level 20). This a flame burst some of the best AOE dps in game as it can do 8 tics of damage in 4 seconds at Erg level 50.
The problem is, getting to Erg level 50 is very hard and very expensive. So expensive that you'd realistically want to do it on a best in slot cylinder, that being the Perseus or the Revenant. You can get away with a revenant to avoid getting two kraken hearts, but it's still a very costly subject matter. What it really comes down to is that for the amount of money it would take to get alchemy to being useful, you could use that equal amount of gold elsewhere and get more out of it.