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Well money is the easy path to getting the gear you want, someone could go through all the effort of getting that specific weapon you want and all you have to do is shell out a few million to get it.
Freemium players can't get enough money to be throwing it at everything you want, as you said we have to get what we want through RNG, now this wouldn't really be a problem if it weren't for FIXA augments adding additional RNG. Premium players are more likely able to skip most of the RNG involved with getting the right gear for their build.
If FIXA augments dropped from bosses like regular augments then that would be great honestly, it would help alleviate some of the RNG involved.
Because of their access to the market they're able to obtain far more income compared to freemium players, meaning maxing out gear far earlier while continuing to line their pockets with market superiority alone.
Freemium players don't hold a candle to the amount of money and gear premium players can obtain in a short time frame.
Ship 4 block 69 knocked them all out in a single night with a bunch of randoms.
Leveling in this is game ridiculously easily, I just got my first lvlup cube and I barely play.