Yes, if you're that dumb to think the first 19 levels is indicative of the overall difficulty of an MMO, you are rubbish.
Big A.S.S monster ? ahauhuhu!
wait for 23 day.
I don't care how many people fall into that category. If their desire to play Tera is so fragile they weren't going to stay very long no matter what, and it doesn't bother me in the slightest if they take off early, nor should it you.
The casual, flighty players who treat games like a "flavor of the month, cuz I'm having a tiff with WoW" do not make an MMO successful. All they do is provide initial sales for capital.
Great, they made the game money...they can leave any time after that and it won't hurt the long-term success of the game.
What WILL hurt the long-term success of the game is if EME caters to them. When you cater to a category of players that never intended on playing for years to begin with, you end up having catered to players that are no longer there three months later. And the players who are left aren't interested in the watered-down game left for them.
It has happened in every single MMO since WoW that tried to copy WoW's business-model. Every single time.
The players who would be so...'ADD' to leave a game based on the first 19 levels because it was too easy aren't the type of players that make a community, so I don't give a sh*t about them, and neither should you.
I can't imagine customer retention numbers of people demanding non-newbie friendly play so soon will make much of a noticeable dent. The days of hardcore are long dead, it's time for everyone to accept that. Except maybe EQ 3.
The posters on this forum aren't nearly as numerous as one would be lead to believe, even after CBT3. Seriously, if I'm remembering and recognizing names, that number is fairly low.
Is it inexcusable for there to be no BAMmage before level 20? No, it's not. We have ONE but it's so quick for skilled players, yet it's suicidal for many players to go it alone still. We keep forgetting that skill is relative to the individual.
Is it inexcusable for EME to leave things as they are if given every capability to change the situation? There are multiple opportunities to place BAM's into the game at an earlier stage than level 20, so that would be yes.
Scorche's "wave defense" should be replaced with a spammable instanced BAM encounter. Karasche needs to stay where he's at for when IoD populations become low. There's an area south of Deva Silva that practically no one visits with many open spaces that would better serve for level 15-16 BAM's instead of more wandering Devan sorcerers and their pet Spore guys.