Hey - don't really want to post this in the forums, but just a quick heads up from one whale. While I understand the drive to gain new player base, and also to possibly weed out a group that doesn't financially contribute, please keep in mind that there are many like myself who have spent upwards of $4000 in the couple of years we have been playing (I play regularly with several). If you aren't really hearing the wake up call about how scaling will defeat a desire for progress, please listen to it now. You will inadvertently kill the fruit bearing trees while trying to just prune the dead branches.
Thank you for all the work, but please don't ignore the community's (albeit sometimes obnoxious) calls for change to how it currently stands.