Exactly. They were used to mainly boost your exp gain and to let you log in whenever you want. There are tons of other benefits that come with the premiums anyway so people who actually want them will buy them. For example you save money, loose less XP for death, gain more XP from monsters, return to your BDW/Chaos instance even if you dc..
Why does it seem like you actually expect people to want to spend money on this game? It should be optional and free players should also be able to compete. I have clannies who will spend money here 100% but I haven't spent a dollar on this game ever since I quit USKO and stopped buying premium to log in.
If i'm being completely honest here, I would absolutely fucking love it if we went back to that entire bronze - > plat premium. No stupid exp or DC or war, just bronze -> plat, nothing stupidly OP or anything like that.
And at that level you get like a trina for gold and plat premium i think. So not terribly OP, and not fucking stupidly worthless either.