I love how everyone is currently blaming the BOTs for the situation the game's in right now.
A wipe is not going to magically fix everything. All the BOTs did was speed up the natural process of any grind-heavy game. It took the game 6 months to reach this state instead of like 9 or 12.
As long as players can generate currency and not have to waste it, there will always be a surplus of currency, especially if there isn't much to do. If there's a large amount of currency going around then prices go up. This would've happened with or without BOTs. It's the natural way grind-heavy games go after a while.
Active players are farming -> generate currency -> no real reason to waste currency -> surplus of currency.
A wipe would not prevent this, it would just prolong the inevitable. Wipe everything, give it like 6 months again and we'd be in the same spot we're in now. What then? Break promise again and wipe? Why are you people always just jumping to the wipe option? Show me other MMOs that are wiping everything every few months. That's a borderline braindead solution and will do more damage than good.
If you have problems with aquiring currency: Adapt. Stop sitting around and wait for everyone to do your grind for you. Gather items and sell them for current prices. It's not that hard.
Also currency-seller websites will not be defeated by this wipe. They'd be back as soon as there's a surplus of currency in the game.
Also, this "too many people with +12-15 EQ" argument is just meh. What did you expect would happen if you increase Upgrade Stone drop rates, nerf the "Broken" card and give players nothing to do for months on end? Exactly this, a new EQ-Level standard. That change put everyone on equal terms, which is good.
All the BOTs did was farm Upgrade Stones so the players behind the BOTs would have more tries at upgrading. Legitimate stones were used to do legitimate upgrades. How these stones were aquired may be shady, but at the end of the day, anyone could've gotten that kind of gear if they farmed long enough.
Even after a wipe, we would still be able to make +12 to +15 EQ, because we'd still be able to get White Stones and protect EQ during upgrades. A wipe wouldn't fix anything, because, and hear me out, BOTs aren't the root nor the cause of this "problem".
A new client would also not make much of a difference. What's encrypted by man can be decrypted by man. It's the same with the Pokémon games for example. The game drops and a few hours later everything is pried open and people write and release their Save/Pokémon Editors. Pokémon Sun/Moon was fully pried open and hacked WEEKS before its release.
So what would happen here? New client gets released and people that desperately want BOTs are gonna pry that client open and start writing their new BOTs that are compatible with the new client.
It's a battle ONE MAN alone cannot win. Even multi-million-$ companies have problems fighting BOTs/Hacks. So with all due respect: Stop living in this Fantasy World where a wipe + new client is going to save this game. It's not going to.
There's nothing that will save this game from its inevitable death. DBO is a 7+ year old niche & grind-heavy MMO that doesn't want to adapt to the current times. Unless it actually does adapt there is no hope for survival in this market.
Atrocious grinds for minimal returns, vertical difficulty, useless classes, haphazard nerfs/buffs, a gorillion RNG Walls to overcome and a community with full of players that rather play with themselves via 69 accounts than with other actual human players. That's why people are not staying. A Nostalgia Boner can only get you so far. At a certain point the glaring flaws just outweigh the little actual fun you get ouf of this game. You have to put in more work if you want to keep an active and happy playerbase, which Daneos & Co. just aren't doing.
Other KMMOs that learned to adapt, like Elsword for example, are still here and kickin' after 10 long years.
All this wipe is going to do is make a huge chunk of the actual In-Game Playerbase, that probably doesn't even know this is being discussed here, quit. The returning players would just be same old whiners you see on here that will immediately quit again as soon as someone with CP-aquired items crosses their path.
Just do me, and every other In-Game-Player, a favor DBOG-Team and announce it now if you're actually going to wipe. Don't just put your head in the sand and act like you didn't see or hear anything for months, just to announce the wipe like a week before it happens. Actually warn In-Game-Players NOW, so they don't waste their f-ing time even more than they apparently already did.