I have ran everyday since the update and I have not pulled not one Stat tome. Well that is not entirely true, I'll rephrase. I have not pulled a stat tome in a quest, for earlier today I did pull a +1 Dex tome on a roll of 100 on the silver roll. Really? As for the skill tomes dropping in the stat tomes place, I must ask dear Turbine this question.
Does management actually think that we the customers(players) don't see through their schemes to make even more money? I understand that for a business to succeed or even stay in business they need at times to seek alternative income streams. However, have they not already taken away the VIP gets all the new packs included in there subscription rate and made VIP's pay for all the updates? Why be a VIP anymore? That is where they are missing the boat. Now they add in taking away Stat tomes, adding in +3 and above ability tomes like Dex upgrade +3 to 4 and thus not allowing +2 or +1 to +2 ability upgrades to drop? They have to be bought?
I have played this game for over 7 years, and I love it, but this is absolutely getting ridiculous! When you start to bleed your current customers(players) to death to squeeze out every dime, you start to lose customers. I have seen it time and time again. For in life I am a manager myself, of sales people no less. If you continue to shrink your current customers through, what I would like to equate to say government over taxation, then you start to take a toll on the economy (your business Turbine income). What you need to do is balance it out more, not over tax(charge) your current customers so much while aggressively trying to market and add to your customer base. Say new customers!
If you continue on this path you will find what we all have seen. Less players(customers) playing, thus less income for Turbine, then comes the axe to your employees, then comes less productivity by your employees, then over taxation again of customers. A Downward Spiral from there till there is nothing left but......