I’ve been playing the game pretty much since it started. I don’t have a second job to support in game purchases, BUT I do the 70 gold a day thing, and I’ve belonged to “the club” a few months . . . basically $35/month. If there’s a cool $1 or $2 sale, I’ll do it if it’s especially good.
That being said, I play almost an hour a day . . . longer some days, but definitely every day. I know I’m not going to be in the top 3 factions because they spend enough to cover the GDP’s of small countries to keep up. Still, I liked to play some, and I tried to stay reasonably competitive. I’ve been kicked out of “competitive factions”, and that’s okay. I understand those people are more serious than me.
All that being said, the last two wars have been, well, even more frustrating that usual. I worked up what I thought would be some reasonably competitive teams, and thought I was ready. Not so much. In my S9+ team fights this weekend, on five occasions I was killed in round 1. I was trying to get an early first or second round kill with my team. The defensive team, pow, round one they killed all five of my team. The first time it happened, I just thought it was a glitch or I picked the wrong team. The second time, that got my attention. The next three times, I’m just slack jawed.
On other fights, in round two, I had one or two people that weren’t stunned. After that, in more fights than I care to think about, I would just sit back and watch 2-3 rounds just go by with my entire team either stunned or confused. While it only happened once, I got down to three people and LITERALLY, just watched till the game ran out of time. They couldn’t kill me, BUT I never got control of any of my team for the entire time limit.
I actually got used to some teams actually getting to do their abilities on round 1 and even the quick “we have extra life now” move literally on round 0. Ok, fair enough, but when you can have toons that can kill all five of another reasonably competitive team in round one before they can do anything, I don’t know where players like me go from there. I’m looking at the toons I have coming up, and they have nothing for those teams. Basically, it can only get worse because I’m not shelling out a couple of thousand bucks every time a new toon comes out. Scopely, I don’t mind paying some, not even regularly, but that doesn’t get me much of anything, and when I DO get something, it’s two generations behind. So, tomorrow I’m cancelling all my pay options, and I’ll start weaning myself off this. It’s more of a habit now, and not something I enjoy like I used to.
I have full confidence Scopely that you know what you’re doing regarding the commercial end of this game. My gut tells me that you’ll continue to play to your core audience that has the funding to keep these kind of teams up. I figure that’s what’s happening because I’m seeing more and more of these amazing teams and less of the normal people like me. I figure people like me are dropping out. It’s just sort of a bummer for me because I used to like this game, and, without a doubt, I wouldn’t consider any of your products in the future nor would I ever recommend your products to anyone because I figure this is your mode of operation. That’s NOT to say it isn’t lucrative. Evidently it is, and more power to you. I just can’t support it any longer.
If everyone wants to pile on my post, feel free. I just wanted to throw this out there. I’m a long term player, and I took a lot of lumps along the way because I paid “hundreds” a year instead of thousands a month. This past 2 wars, though, it’s so lopsided now it’s no longer fun.