Here’s an idea for a new event to spice things up – “Flash” Raid tournaments. A “Flash” raid tournament would last 24 hours and would consist of 24 1-hour long Raid Tournaments, each with the same prizes. Every hour, on the hour, a new tournament would begin, and people could race to see how many battles they could complete before the hour ends.
This would turn the current GRIND of a Raid event into a high-adrenaline race. Since it runs 24 hours, every player could theoretically find an hour of that event that they could fit into their schedule. Active players could participate in multiple events. Reward structure should be tuned so that only the top 10 or 25 would get any significant rewards. (My suggestion would be something like the lucille tokens – varying amounts of tokens which would allow you to pull for valuable characters and trainers/gear. Ditch the hiking boots booby prizes, though – that does NOTHING but piss off your valuable players.)
I think this would be reasonably easy to implement (just schedule 24 raid events back to back, each one hour long – or, if that wouldn’t work, do 12 one hour events that are spaced one hour apart), and it would give Scopely another event type to rotate to keep the mid-week from getting stale.