And even at 75 it feels like it makes little difference. My point being that the game caters not to those who spend but to those who SPEND!!! I get that life isn’t about giving you anything for free, but when you buy a subscrition to the game (and how I wish they would convert to a flat rate sub), there should be this ability that everyone in the game shares at a base level, making skill a larger aspect of the results. I would be much happier to pay 20 a month and have everyone actually grinding, and competing for the same end result and it being based on a combination of luck, effort, and committment.
So, the whole reason I brought this up was related to the where are the FTP specialists? They are where every other FTP toon worth anything are…no longer to be had. Unless you were around year 1, war 1, the ability to score the top toons is a no go. With the way the game is evolving even 200 a month was getting me nowhere. 3 years of effort and 200 a month, I still had no human shield, no healers to speak of, and the Jesus from depot my only revive. I left the game for a year out of disgust, returned to have a common interest with my spouse, spending 50-75, no difference in the end result, just a difference in the amount of grinding required at times.
Now, scopes wants us to pay for the gear that we used to be able to farm for free. We are expected to pay for items (comparable) that used to flow freely while the most people had to bitch and moan about was that the same 3 factions would win the top characters every week. There was never a sincere effort put forth by scopely to create a gaming balance, never a desire to meet the wants or needs of those playing the game. The 6 star reset became a joke the moment scopely purposely created a bottleneck to level those characters. Effectively granting the whales their overlord status once again. To top it off, they destroyed war with subpar rewards that make you question your dignity as a human being if you even bother to acknowledge that war exists by participating.
tl:DR, I don’t mind paying to play an enjoyable game that everyone can have a great experience with, but paying to come in last got old. I came for the party, I stay for the lasting friendships I made. I get my fix elsewhere where gaming is concerned, from companies that get it right and know how to do it better.