they are going the other way on raid gear... solo gear is near raid gear. Only missing a couple of points of a single stat or two.
They are already or they intend to do? If we're on the "they intend to do" page, I'd say wait and see as pretty much all is still speculation.
If they are already, then I haven't seen it so. My mainchar is on 75 a while now, but I can't say anything of my gear comes close to anything Draigoch.... not to mention main weapon (crafted 2.age with questitem) compared with 1.age weapon. That isn't just a couple of points or one / two stats away. We're talking about 1/3 to 1/2 better in comparison.
As far as relics or crystals goes: yeah, that may be so. However, aren't we a lot closer to that one / two stats or a couple points away in this case?
And there are TONS of "boost solo gear" threads. The general sentiment is that soloers demand the same rewards from soloing that raiders get.
That's not really a LOTRO problem, but a general one. It was around way before WoW came out and haven't vanished since.
I played Lotro 5 years from beta(lifer/funder). Have 2 75 and 7 low lev alts(71-11 lev) and i repeat Lotro change 2 P2W from F2P with new overpriced expansion Riders of Rohan in my opinion. I can pay for new expansion, but many, many players no = less player base no ppl in kins for raids etc here is problem !
If the price is too high for a lot of players, it won't be sold as much, which in return points to a rather fast discount on it. Rise of Isengard dropped by 50% just one month after release.
Yes, less player base. However you ignored that WB / Turbine has to make money in the first place, or you won't be playing LOTRO much longer at all. You're a funder too - how many dollars they've gotten from you in the last 2 years? I know they didn't make 1 from me before I pre-ordered RoR.
What other major MMO has lag issues like Lotro? What other MMO has the travel system (horses/swift travel) that does not work some times? Not to mention an key end game raid that does not work a % of the time.
I agree that they should polish a lot better. Just the fact that this isn't happening up to now however, should point you to the problem they are facing: they aren't making much money with lifers/funders anymore, if at all. They NEED to make money with expansions and new players. Otherwise, we're not getting any expansion at all.