My fishing event spot is more crowded every week tho.
1) Battlegrounds Daily, noone wants to waste their precious time being farmed by pre-mades, its cancer and makes game anti-fun, its not about finding or creating your own pre made, there are X number of dailies and with the new raids players cant spend hrs trying to get a good BG and get daily done.
Noone wants to efficiently use their precious time winning after they join a pre-made and- oh wait they do.
I am still doing all the dailies and try to cap on important stuff (parchments, maple seals, etc.) and I am still having fun in this game. Noone is stopping your progression, they slow it sure, but even if you are unlucky in the raid you can already buy a piece of 75 equip almost weekly through parchments or get lucky though fishing/treasure hunting. Next gear level should be coming in september with hard raids so you still have over a month to gain high enough gear.
To the main point, game is not dying, the hardcore players who feel like there isn't enough hardcore content for them are leaving the game, this is to be expected at every "new" game. But the amount of players still playing is sufficient for the game to stay alive.
It does feel like the game is as they called it ''bleeding players''. People I know stopping with most or all dailies now. Its just too exhausting (over time) to keep doing all of them every day. Dont do them and you fall behind pretty hard.
I imagine this is even worse for casual players that dont have the time to do 1-2 hours of dailies & weeklies each day.
''get lucky try fishing and treasure hunting'' you have to be really lucky indeed, as being a competitive fisher I havent seen one yet myself. There are only so many golden fishing holes to be found, after all. Especially when everyone is looking for them for the astral points linked to them. Speaking of competitive fishing: the majority of the usual top doesnt even bother to do the event anymore and it seems its due to losing interest for the game in general.
Fishing is perhaps literally the only place where player count doesnt seem to decrease. Perhaps many players still mistakingly believe they can get equipment from the event.