There’s plenty of criticism around here but I’ve got to say - I really like arenas.
When they were announced, I figured it was going to be a p2w event - because you needed to buy tickets to play. Having one free ticket for each arena and having them drop fairly regularly in other events, though, has proven me wrong there. Also, Domination as a scoring mode means that you don’t need to sink a load of tickets to get decent rewards. Despite all the complaints about RNG, I think this is actually a positive thing for non-spenders.
The variety of styles of play is refreshing too. Old School is a retro breath of fresh air, Draft is an amusing look at how the other half live and the other modes each provide their own challenges. It’s an area of the game where you actually need to think a little about your choices - which is a welcome break from the usual grind.
My one complaint (besides known issues/bugs) is that the Champion’s Arena is totally pay to win. Spenders already have a major advantage in classic arenas by virtue of having stronger rosters. They don’t need the additional help of being able to buy additional entries. But it is what it is.
Anyhow - despite teething problems, it’s the one area of the game that I consistently look forward to and which has been rewarding even as F2P. On the whole, well done for proving me wrong.