For a long time Empires and Puzzles has stayed ahead of the match 3 RPG game industry - - - and still likely will for a long time.
All I want to say is, Small Giant can EASILY retain its position at the top of the pack to the exclusion of all rivals (whoever they may be and however low they may stoop) so long as it listens to its fan base by introducing more ways for the average joe to pull better heroes and get mats, be it through shards or some of the other great ideas or mechanisms offered.
It really shouldn’t matter who or what comes along.
Small Giant has nothing to fear. They have got this and will remain the best in the field so long as they listen.
But will Small Giant listen? There is a loud banging on the door at the moment, can they hear it? I don’t know. I hope so.
That’s all I want to say.
I hope I have stayed within forum rules this time @Garanwyn, apologies for the last unpolished post