Let's enjoy the final days! Check out what changes and events started this March here: http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/news/article/56485/sunset-in-maple-world
MapleStory 2's servers will be officially closing on May 27th: http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/news/article/56486/service-discontinuation
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Its not really a rush, I would say getting to lv 50 is barely an investment compared to how MS1 is (or was, I have no clue how it currently is)
In Ms1 people looked at levels like an achievement as not a soul was level 200 and everyone looked at the top few as either no lives or cheats using multiple people on a single account to grind. Even then levels would stay the same for days or even weeks at a time for someone to grind out a level up.
In MS2 each story instance gives exp and some gear and each one gives you enough to access the next story segment and in such a way that at the conclusion you'll be lvl 50. If your invested in the story then you'd get to lvl 50 in a day. You won't have all the achievement points and whatnot since some are tied to achievement but you'll be 50 and decently enough geared in addition the acheives will be easier since you've been around the map and have the added power.
Merging is what most people expect and its a normal occurrence for games to merge a few servers early on to keep people from leaving when the maps start to get thin. When that happens they might just add the old suffix of the previous servers to your name as I've seen some places do before. If they do the other way people will straight up quit which I've also seen. It's a snowball that can very easily get out of control.
Also this is general discussion meaning we can discuss anything so despite what people say about S & F ignore them as its been a day and they haven't even reply'd to your question.