I am still trying to figure their need to focus on low / mid content when the population for this to happen is not really in the game at this time.
A “master forger” does not want to craft low level tools just to make them nearly as powerful as unforged higher tools as that’s the reason for becoming a master forger to be able to make end game items more powerful and not mid game items unless there was a market for it and right now it’s minimal.
Punishing high end crafting with random quirks, even with some minor buffs in some cases, will cause many issue for people that craft them or people that are trying to sell / buy tools as now we have to check every item to make sure it’s not useless because of these problems.
Getting to end game crafting should be rewarded just like every other game does as it costs more materials to craft and takes more time and not punished for trying to do just that but still take the drawbacks.
Yes if we ever get more people in the game it can help and making positive changes for mid game forging is fine but killing off high end at the same time is not the way to go.
The biggest thing for high end forging is the increased efficiency cap and two more deck slots.
However more boon points from compounds was not really a thing as now people have no reason to use higher powered compounds since it was already easy to fill the bar.
And the two more deck slots will be used up to remove these quirks or deconstruct until another new way gets discovered to make similar powered tools until it gets nerfed again.
True we will have to see how the increase flexibility works but that just means more boon points really and with the extra vigor / stability drain to remove all the silly quirks on high level gear and without vigor renewal then the days of decent 1 shot aoe t6 tools can easily be over except for those that have the stockpiles.
Instead of trying to kill end game like it seems that keeps happening to slow the resource gathering you need to try to figure out ways to use up these resources instead of the continuous nerfs we have had happen to do just that.
If this was as serious a reason then tossing out more planets that have a ton more resources then the other planets have was the wrong way to go also as that has just made things many times worse.
As people have pointed out pure boon 3 looks to be the way to go as it provides 800 boon with it maxed and no negatives yet shortly this could all people use and it will get nerfed so then what?