I’m surprised by the results. Not sure why the beginning of the game is getting so much love. I didn’t like it. If you think it’s hard now to progress as f2p, it was impossible back then. It took me well over 6 months to get a five star. The game was not f2p friendly at all back then, even less than now. There weren’t any league toons, legacies or event toons that I can remember from. Then of course came the one turn teams, one of the most boring periods in the game imo. I know players like attacking and winning, but it was too easy.
I really thought the game was its best during the early part of the six star era. Players were on about as equal footing as they have ever been. Even when they started selling six stars that were op, good players could use active skills and synergy to beat them. Unfortunately, they introduced mods to combat the active skills and the game has steadily gone down hill though since then and now at an all time low due to S Class.