Go to iRO wiki or Warp Portal forums. You'll see the endless complaints of 200k+ Spirals on MvPs from LKs, not even RKs as spiral damage is based off of gear, not stats/level, you'll see people moaning and crying about how Suras are one shot wonders, except now, instead of one shotting someone, and then being useless for like 3-4 seconds, they have this cool new skill called Gates of Hell that is much more spammable than Asura Strike. Royal Guards are just destructive offensive and defensive. Most people have ditched the supportive Devotion build, and gone for offensive killing skills while reflecting mass amounts of damage. Rune Knights, if they have Tao Gunka card, can apparently kill whole guilds within a matter of seconds (2-3 dragon's breath), for this reason, everyone wears fire armor. Did I mention how partying is useless in renewal when grinding regular monsters? Doing lh3 is pointless as it's not any faster than places where you can solo (Base/Job Exp:HP ratio is bad). You say that iRO's staff can run a renewal server, thing is - hundreds of players left when both their god items were disassembled in the premium server mega merge and when renewal hit, as they were both very close in time frame. iRO is dying, and pretty fast in my opinion. Ymir can't even get 1k+ players, Ygg has like less than 400 and Valkyrie only has near 2k because 1/3 are venders and 1/3 are bots. iRO is now a giant cash shop and everyone knows it (or at least the top players do...) but they've already invested so much time into that server that they think they might as well have fun with it. From what I hear though, jRO is doing GREAT and kRO is doing okay, pretty sure pRO and bRO are also doing pretty well considering there is a massive amount of pinoys and BRs even in p. servers. If iRO survives until Diablo 3 comes out, I'll be very shocked (I except Blizz is now actively working on d3 since WoW has started to die), so 2-3 years max before iRO closes. It was a good decade for them I guess, getting a GM's account stolen a few weeks after getting out of beta, having the whole server hacked a few years ago, etc.