Definitely too late for the change you should of already considered this when you lowered the amount of WoE castles, and also when the economic system got changed.
Granted I don't play much but I can definitely tell the decrease of players that are interested now and it's sad to see the game dying as so but I guess these changes are taking its toll.
Even if it's lowered to 36 now, what good will it do with the shite population that do WoE now compared to when it was active before these changes.
You guys pushed these ridiculous ideas without any community feedback from people that actually play the game and not even give us a warning or even a preview of things.
All this means is now the bigger guilds are getting their excess chopped off and having roughly the same amount of members they would on an average day, which doesn't really make an impact except for the guild leader having to clean up the guild and endure more stress, most likely having to kick people who shouldn't be kicked as they're a part of the guild, but not really active and it kind of sucks to be honest.
The prime guilds will still be dominant at the end of the day and the next thing we'll see is 'oh its getting reduced to 20 people now cause why not :-)'
Really, WoE will not be much different as it is already as the damage has already been done and you can sit there and complain 'oh all they do is complain about changes' it's because we're never aware of what happens.
It's nice you've posted this prior to the maintenance and telling us what to expect but this is just my opinion.