One of my Kinship member said to me, “In the old days of Lotro, you would run Helegrod every week. You might have to run it 300 times to get the best bow in the game, but it was worth it. This new Legendary Weapon system is just a grind.”
Whenever people talk about “the good old days” in an MMO, they mean the good old days for them. When you first play an MMO, especially your first MMO, you have way more tolerance for grinding. There’s nothing particularly superior about doing a multi-hour instance hundreds of times vs doing a weapon-xp instance hundreds of times. But in our memories, the old system is always better. The old mmo, with less features, had more charm.
But for the newbies, the new is better. The new is better, and old way is out-dated.