This message will be long and full of english mistakes because I suck and I'm to lazy to re-read all of it.
First of all, properly speaking banning people for botting make sens in itself.
But truth is, that's actualy not the problem here, despite how it look like.
The problem is the hypocrisy and avoidance of Gameforge and Krafton (BHS) over this whole situation (and not only over BotFishing).
You will all agree that, even if Botfishing is bad and indeed should be banned, there is far worst abuse and exploit in this game.
As exemple, you can exploit your way to level 70 on 5 character in maters of 3 days, while fishing need over 50 days NON stop for a single character.
There is also exploits letting you abuse closed dungeons, or clearing dungeons alone nearly One Shoting each boss... and much more.
All these exploit are FAR worst than fishing as they are THOUSANDS times more efficient in XP making or Gold making.
And guess what ? You do NOT get perma banned instantly for these, like you would for fishing.
Let alone the unfairness of these Ban as Gameforge doesn't have any automatic way to detect BotFisher, and so only a very small % of them will get perma Banned while others doing the same deed will keep playing just fine.
If that's not hypocrisy, I don't know what it is.
In that sens, while you should punish FishBotters, instantly perma banning them in this current situation is retarded.
Now what about the avoidance ?
Let's me ask you something :
Why did people started to mass BotFish (and yes I say MASS, there is much more people botfishing that what you think) all of a sudden ?
All of a sudden ? But fishing (and botfishing) is here since months ?! Why wasn't it such an issue before ?! Why did it became so big at v80 release ?!
Wow MegaBigBrain ! People actualy have a reason to suddenly, with v80, break the ToS go unethical and BotFish ???!!!! UNBELIEVABLE.
A-And, let's take a very risky guess here (Kappa), would this reason be, XP ?! People wanting to get over this absolutly awfull, horrible and unfun 65 - 70 leveling you gave them. NO WAY ! Tera doesn't have any issue am I right...
Btw, many people are still very unaware of it, but as you might have understood now the mass BotFishing occuring is NOT about gold. Most of them couldn't care less if it gave any gold or not, and there is far more efficient way to get money.
My dear Gameforge, My dear Krafton, just like everything in life if you don't resolve the core issue of a problem, in one way or another said problem will remain. If my sink broke, wiping the floor from all the flooded water won't solve the core problem that my sink is still broken (messy exemple but you get the idea).
And XP is just one of the issue.
Pretty much everything implemented in this game since patch v80 is downright trash. Or some new systems are good in itself, but their implementation isn't.
You keept adding new gearing items and new system that ALL have 2 very things in common.
(Leveling XP) / Relic / Halidom / Partner / Skill Advancement XP... They all have HIGHLY grindy/P2W poor implementation and HEAVILY rely on RNG.
And that lead to fiew problems :
Heavy RNG increase players gearing disparity (and A LOT, we aren't speaking about fiew irrelevant difference anymore here) over something they cannot control (RNG), and that lead to unability to obtain either similar gear or BiS gear anymore. For a game like Tera that is gearing focused where gearing is so important and change things A LOT, This is downright retarded. there is no other words.
Other problem being the HIGHLY grindy/P2W poor implementation, I can already see the whitknights comming like "You just want everything instantly", but that is not true.
My issue is not about how slow things take, but about how poorly they are implemented.
As exemple, I'm fine taking 400h to get level 70 in FFXIV, as all my 400h are filled with different and interesting things. But asking me to bash the VERY SAME COMPLETELY USELESS MONSTER for 150h ??? No thanks. And that's sadely what Tera 65 => 70 is currently about. No wonder people are cutting some slack by BotFishing, anyone sane would do the same... And let's not even speak about Skill Advancement XP it's not better either.
Btw, Partner power buff system is the ultimate facepalm, let alone the ability to get new pets to use it... As mater of exemple, having over ~40 Fellowship point is 100% RNG, NOTHING ELSE. And 40 Fellowship Give 20 Power buff, while 50 Fellowship give 40 Power !!! 20 more Power, the buff itself DOUBLE, it's INSANE, and that's 100% RNG driven... such a good idea....
Let's not even speak about the huge lack of content....
I don't know what new Krafton Tera dev team is thinking about, but it would be a good idea to remind them that Tera is a "Holy Trinity" MMO, mostly about dungeons gameplay (and a bit PvP). While i'm not agains't adding some solo content here and there, the game and class themselves aren't meant to do solo things all day long (Let's just play a solo game at that point, or a game without Tank/Heal/DD), this isn't BDO.
We are currently about to do a WHOLE YEAR with :
+2 New dungeons (Well Technicaly it's one dungeon but NM / HM)
+2 Recycled dungeons (Again, just one but DF NM/HM)...
Let aside the loss of 13 dungeons (soon in EU, if you were wondering), we are getting one single new dungeon (NM/HM) over a full year ?_? Are we joke to you ?
Should we even speak about Coins system ?... What a middle finger move that was as well.
As least don't bring over 350 Coins entry cost. Oh wait, it will be the case for incoming dungeons...
PLEASE, give us Coins for VG points like 125 Coins for 50 VG points, like we could buy Reset scrolls back then.
The Haste Coins ones aren't viable at all as they give very little (Haste 4 give 400 Coins over 5h... no comment) and force you to spread your playtime, and most people don't have all their day to spread it.
Do you expect people to buy Coins purse out of the shop ? What a nice expectation indeed, afterall, none could have missed the new P2W button on H tab. But most people would do is simply not playing anymore once they are out of coins, and simply give up with the game as they wont be able to keep things up like that. On the other hand, that also lower the amount of players available to play with, especialy in lower dungeons as high gear players now save their coins instead of helping in lower dungeons time to time... What a great system that is, totaly not killing the game itself.
I also understand this whole issue is most likely because they are slowly swapping the game from level 65 to level 70.
But HEY, WAKE UP if you are about to take more than a year just to transition the game from level 65 to 70, don't leave people with such trashy content inbetween for that long, do you have a death wish ?... Also, I don't see how Coins, Relic, Halidom and Partner system implementations will improve anyway, even once level 70 content is ready to go. So the problem remain regardless.
Even if this whole thing is maybe generating more money income on the short end right now, keep looking away at the core of the issue and you will just dig your own grave in the long run.
On my side, I left the game until it get any decent (if it ever does, my hopes are getting lower each patch), and canceled my subscription for the first time in 5 years, and I hope I'm not alone because right now this game isn't worth supporing with money or playtime at all.
Thank you for reading all the way, have a nice day.