I’m fairly certain that if given the ability to purchase the ascension items necessary, more people would spend some $ on that. I’d be happy to drop $20, $30 every now and then if I were SURE to get the items I needed for the final ascensions for some 4* or final 2 ascensions for some 5*.
Right now, for the colored ascension packs,you’re spending 600 gems (roughly $7.50) and MAYBE getting a single 3 or 4 star ascension item. sometimes none. I’d happily pay $1-3 EACH if I could choose the one I needed and was 100% sure I’d get them.
I’m fairly certain lots of other players are in the same boat - we’d spend a more moderate amount consistently since we’d be guaranteed what we needed to progress and have fun, rather than spending a ton more for very little worth having. The reward/ isn’t there right now.
Just my two cents…
PS I was thinking about buying some gems to do a 10x elemental summon, then thought, oh wait, it will be three years before I can level them, I’ll just wait and see what the devs do.