Emblem deals i don’t feel are common enough to fall into “keep up with whale” territory as emblem deals are typically low cost compared to other SG deals. 4* mats and high level troop sets are still the big chase for spending to keep up with “whales” in my opinion.
That bein said, i don’t see it changing much in each spending bracket outside of raids but raids don’t count for much anyways.
As far as wars, if i had to guess i would say alliances that spend typically face other alliances that spend so not goin to change much in that regard
For titans, emblems aren’t needed unless you’re trying to punch above your weight which could be easily fixed by droppin down to an alliance that is more suited for your time/experience
Challenge events, the emblems aren’t out of the price range of those that compete for top 10 as they typically regularly spend anyways and anyone not competing for top 10 don’t need the emblems to rank(i actually think top 10 can still be had without emblems but unless i do it myself, i cant say for sure)
Anyways all just my 2 cents. I get it cash4emblems isnt ideal and does suck it went this route but we all saw it coming from the first mention of the word “emblems”, just way it goes but i don’t think it’s a “world is ending” type of matter. All just my opinion and i could be way off base since we dont face c2p or f2p alliances
Basically the emblem chase is just like anything else. Players that dont buy emblems wont have as many as other people, that could be said for everything else in the game. They have lower troops, less maxed 5s, lower quality maxed 5s, etc etc so having less emblems than someone that spends shouldn’t change much