Events like the one that gave us Michelle and the pathways event seemed like the best of both worlds to me. It was grindable to get rewards but spenders had the option to buy items to get the final rewards more quickly or get more rewards on top of the main one (like the crates in pathways).
Players seemed to mostly enjoy those events, we asked for more like them, what we got was events where FtP and mild spenders can only get half of what they need. Only the big spenders get the main rewards (which aren’t even that good) making it pointless for the vast majority.
I just don’t understand what is so wrong with keeping all of the player base happy instead of just catering to a select few? I know it’s about money but surely they’d make more in the long run if they gave mid-spenders a reason to keep spending as well as the whales.