A bit of self-reflection?
I think you need a better mirror.
I get why the passive fad has taken off, and it is true that much of this is beyond your control, and getting angry about it, just ages you faster. And while you may feel a bit happier for having found the “ZEN” in the game, and if that is true, I am quite humbly happy for you.
But from what I’ve seen that isn’t actually what’s been happening. It’s less Zen and more cognitive dissonance. If you think the artwork here is that crappy and off (yes, yes, yes it is.) by accident your wrong. If you want to argue artwork, I offer to you Lianna. That chic isn’t hitting anything on purpose.
How about Layla? Go ahead, try and copy that bodily stance.
It’s easy to be zen about things you think are out of your control, not so much once you discover your basic assumptions are wrong.
This game isn’t a passive players paradise, you can, and should engage your brain, and stop bashing it against the wall. Your leaking sticky stuff on the walls.
This game is entertainment, so there will NEVER be a “beating the game”, it’s a win if you feel that your money and time are well spent.
That being said, if you really think, “it’s beyond your control” (see Dangerous Liaisons) you haven’t been paying attention.
Does the game deliberately work against you? of course it does, the game cheats, it has to or it would have trouble making the math work. You don’t have a red hero in your ranks, then there’s a ■■■■ good chance the starting board will be red. I love this one, just enough color matches to deny a critical healing opportunity by just a little, itty, bitty, bit. Soooooo close it hurts.
Or the cheating works for you, when from out of nowhere the magical life sustaining cascade lay waste to the battlefield before you. Of course it looks and feels a lot like cheating when that one item you need to ascend from 4 to 5, just so happens to come in a gift package, for $4.99US.
Of course on top of that, is the deliberate stress the game makers put on you to get you to part with your money. I have to tell you, that 2nd builder is a ■■■■ nice thing to have upon occasion, and you get a baby fire breathing dragon too, so cute, right?
By means of a real world example in Chicago, a new apartment building had been completed, but the tenants complained vociferously that the elevators were too slow. The following month, all but a very few complaints had stopped.
So did the apartment managers put in faster elevators? Nope. Make the old ones run faster? Of course not. What they did was, upon the recommendation of a psychologist, install mirrors on and around the elevators on each floor. Turns out that it really wasn’t an issue of speed, it was a matter of entertainment. People played with theirs and others reflections, which made the speed of the elevators less important.
So you can play as a zen pebble skipping across a lake, or you can use your mind and find the levers of power in this game, and use them to move the odds of the game in your favor.
Ok, I’m getting off the soapbox now.
If you have any questions, good, go find some answers for them.