Here are a few things that I think will help improve arenas and make them something that bridges the gap rather than widening it further. (Not by much, just a bit better.)
There are Six Arenas in a week now, Make it Seven. Three Domination and three Endurance plus Champions. Ensure modes like draft and old school remain domination only. The Champion Arena can be either but entry restricted to Golden Tickets only. No coining in.
Remove Veteran Rings from being exclusive to Arena Rewards, maybe its time for a 6-star gear and VR roadmap? or at the very least reduce the number. Maybe 5 for #1 and then in descending order but also, every participant should get one at least. This need not apply in Champions Arena.
Find a better way for players to earn champions tickets. (either make it top 10-15 arena rewards only or change up the milestones so that people who buy a ton of arena tickets don’t automatically get a 5x entry and then some. I have no ideas here, would be great if someone pitched in theirs.
Remove the trophies from all arenas except champions. Scale down the number received in champions. This will make each arena seem less a chore and ensure that people who play the game regularly but aren’t willing to spend on tickets don’t get demoted and make their hard work feel wasted.
This is just my opinion, could be flawed. Post your thoughts, please.