And this is the frustrating part of costumes as a solution to the need to improve the season 1 heroes. I’d be fine paying X gems to buy a costume from the gem shop, level it up with food and feeders, and end up with a buffed S1 hero that is now more competitive in the current landscape of the game.
For example, the new Vivica is not as tanky as Kunchen, but she’s in the same arena - more healing, more defense down, dispel instead of cleanse, but no HOTM extras (which is fine). She was already a decent hero, and with her costume, she’s got a broader appeal. It solves the problem that family bonuses could have helped with.
But to lock it behind the RNG paywall is a disingenuous manner of providing balance. If I have acquired that hero, I’ve already had to deal with the RNG process once, even if it meant I waited for a pull from a TC20.