NC Soft playing the russian roullette with their player base. I mean, look at f5 prices, pods still 95g, the transmutable pets still under 30g. All that means is that a bunch of them flew under the radar. And i don't even want to touch on the people who already got max pet/talisman by using this, don't even get me started on that.
This was as mentioned a russian roulette. There was either a bullet on the chamber when they got to you and shot you into oblivion with the hard earned items you bought fair and square off f5, or there wasn't and you got away with everything. Hard to just