So it really has been a while since I have been active. I already explained some of the reasons in earlier posts, but right now I have been of the game and site for some weeks almost completely. Personal life took a front seat and already narrowed the available time to play the game, but also the game itself hasn’t been as fun to me as it used to.
In essence, with all the new features and additions and content being dropped in a small time frame over the past months, this game for me at least, needs too much time spent per day for players to be competitive. For me, even with this site, this still remained a mobile game to me, which I play(ed) on my phone for some time a day, but definitely not hours on end (I know many of you do though).
On of my older articles detailed a set of 10 daily things to do in the game, but such a list today, with all the new features would require a lot of time if you want to stay ahead of the game and competition. Acquire gear, farm Tokens, Hero Skills, Mining, endless batches of tournaments…I can’t just pick up the game for an hour a day and expect to be competitive in any sense, and I find that frustrating. Sure there were always times, like during tournaments, when more time and effort was required, or if you wanted to farm a lot of Smaug tokens, but there were also stretches of time when less time was needed.
And that is no more. Putting Tokens in mines might be a solution to the auto-bots, and in theory even spice things up a bit, but in an active server, mining can be frustrating and requiring attention for quite some time. I want to play this game on the side, not spend hours a day just to keep up.
But there are more things that are bothering me. Especially the pay-to-win model Kabam enforces is failing to keep me interested. I started out not spending a dime on the game, and for a year, that wasn’t necessary. Once I became a member of a top Alliance, I did spend some, and it felt good, but that feeling didn’t last. Spending, in my humble opinion, should of course give spenders an advantage, but not make them better or nearly unbeatable in every aspect of the game. Spending to get your hands on the first level 8 Artamir gems and Legendary gear made you invincible basically. Right now things are evening out again as most players acquire these items themselves, but the process will repeat.
Ugh, this probably sounds whiney to most, but I just want to explain my absence a bit. Given this site it should be clear I loved this game, but it slowly fading, which is really sad, because especially the team members/alliance play is what makes this game great.
So that said, I will slowly resume putting out articles and updating older ones, such as on the Hero Skills. I will try to keep up to date with new features, and hope I can find both the time and motivation to really start playing again….