It’s not just the money, we get that. To use your analogy, it’s like a theater is offering a free screening but then they tell you, oh we can’t do that right now but if you want to watch a movie you have to pay for it.
I don’t have a problem with Scopely putting out premier toons. When Ascension was announced, I fully expected it. I just don’t understand when they made a specific list of 12 existing characters that would become ascendable and gave a 6 month time frame, in 2 months they’ve only released one yet released 10 premier toons plus Dwight.
The remaining 11 existing toons could very well be put in the premier wheel. Very few have all 12. And if their 6-star version is good, players will pay for pulls - especially now you can pull a straight 6-star.