I will give you guys the truth about mariapower. MAYBE just MAYBE he is using a few bots, but this is what I believe.
Mariapower owns a GOLD FARMING COMPANY somewhere in a country where getting paid 30-40 euros a day as one of Marias “Gold Farmers” is worth it. He is not using bots, I can attest to this 100% back when the old lotus spawns were active. Silithus, EPL, BS were all controlled characters by maria, in my personal opinion, every character or every 2 characters was being manually played by a single person who would watch tv / do whatever during the 45 min lotus cooldown after being picked, then be responsible for watching a screen or two for the next 30 minutes until lotus spawned, grab it, and repeat.
Believe me, Maria is NOT botting. There has been too many occurences where one of the dead ghosts hovering over a lotus spawn would signal to another farmer in the zone to come help him “Take it” because I was there waiting for it too. ( The fact ghosts can see invisible / stealthed players even as level 1 is absolute lunacy but this can be talked and complained about elsewhere ).
There is no other explanation except for the fact that Maria OWNS A GOLD FARMING COMPANY that employs people to watch screens 12-20 hours daily, maybe even at some points 24 hours a day and has people come in shifts. I whispered one of these so called “Workers” one time and he said “There are 40 of us here”. If 40 people are controlling 2 characters simultaneously and come in on shifts to cover the 16-20 hour per day farm sessions that maria does then yes, that number seems quite legit.
The only reason you see less now is Maria cannot employ 90 people to sit on every spawn in the 3 zones he was accustomed too. That + Lotus price dropping means Maria probably had to let some “Workers” go as it is no longer cost efficient to do the aforementioned.
Take my post as you may, but I believe this is the 100% truth and maria is not using bots, just abusing the fact that people will watch a screen for 30 euros a day in whatever country he is from.
Edit: Oh and yes, first time I picked a lotus on this server when I transferred I immediately was whispered by Mariapower, “Hahahaha you dog, I was away for 2 minutes. That will be last lotus you get. Don’t Cry”
BTW Maria has a farmer in EPL with him literally called DontCryNoob. While I would love to see maria banned at least I get some laughs out of it.