It's completely optional and they long ago changed mobs to spawn an elite in each mob o_O? That's like saying pvp in a game is a turn off, when participating is totally optional and something you can completely ignore if you don't want to do it.
Either way I don't see myself going back to it any time soon, still aggravated about the last time. I really love the game's soundtrack, but urgh. I'd go back to maple before I go back to sword. I'm on and off on maple like a cheap ***** ~_~