So apparently right after the most recent copy/cut oct/nov.dec patch with the glitchy witch/rift towers/snow ui, ISPs worldwide spanning from the EU, USA and Canada at the same time decided to get together and screw over routing to Pearl Abyss' servers. Totally 100% every single ISP's fault - at the same time, on all 3 regions. Confirmed because reasons. I'm sure the network experts will explain this in detail for you guys. Time to pay $$$ for VPNs just to play BDO going forward folks!