With three challenge events out of the way, I think it’s something that could be discussed. I mean the possible involvement of newer players in the future challenge events.
Basically: I don’t see how they can stand a chance of competing with the old dogs. Anywhere.
In theory there is the Beginner tier, and let me tell you, I think it’s actually the hardest tier to climb in right now. Last event I finished in top 22 there, I pushed because after completing it without trying I was around top 100 I think. So I saw a chance.
This time around doing it in the “whatever click click” way landed me in the top 800.
What this means to me is that the ladder got really stacked. Tons of players had a chance to pimp up their teams, build fancier compositions, level up their troops.
Let me be clear: I’m not whining cause I didn’t get it. I didn’t want or try to climb there this time around.
My concern is how the events develop (and will continue to develop) with newer players in mind. I brought Beginner tier an example, because it changes the fastest, but it shows a trend that will obviously affect the other two in given time.
There are a few factors that decide your chances in the event:
- Luck of the boards
- Battle items
- Team composition
- Troop level
#1. This is simple and equally fair for everyone.
#2. This is where things get a bit lopsided. The longer you play the game, the more materials you accumulate. But it’s still not the worst, if you prepare right and use the items wisely you can do without a mad stash.
#3. Now we hit our first brick wall. Leveling heroes. Even if a newer player spends some gems and gets a bunch of nice heroes, there’s no way in hell for them to ever catch up to the older players. Fodder heroes to train and, of course, the ascension materials.
With titans/raids you can in theory get away with having 1 good team. In events soon it will be basically impossible to compete without having a team tailored for the specific color. Older players will dominate the newer ones automatically. Keep in mind, I mean newer players, not new players. Newer player might still have a year of play time under their belt (well not yet, but in a several months).
#4. Good luck power leveling troops lol. Unless you’re swimming in cash and want to spend hundreds of $$$ (or abuse the bugs lel) you are not gonna have troops anywhere near the level of the older players. And they are moving ever further away.
My point is more a question than anything else - how can newer players, several months from now, ever hope to truly participate in the Challenge Events? How can they find a challenge in the whole affair when they’re starting with such huge disadvantage that’s basically insurmountable?
Right now it’s mostly Beginner tier. But Intermediate will follow soon after. Next month we may only see people with 3 or so fully ascended heroes of the proper color dominate the boards. This time placing in top 50 without a perfect team was still doable, but will it last?
Just something to think about I think. Would be a shame if newer members of the community felt like they’re hitting a massive brick wall in the arguably most fun part of the game currently and each month just completed the boards knowing that trying for anything more fun is completely pointless.