I am still a relatively new player, only in the level 20’s. I have a 5 star hero, the rest are 3 stars.
I can’t advance my 5 star any further due to lack of ascension items, particularly trap tools.
Trap tools are available in the new event, but only if I place in the top 10 of the advanced tier. A tier where I can’t even complete stage one.
Can I craft them? No.
Can I buy them? No.
Can I trade gems for them? No.
Can I earn them? Yes! But only by performances far, far, too far, above my abilities. Like top 10 advanced tier event, or A+ loot tier VII of a ? star titan.
If an item is a necessity for the ascension of any hero, there should be an accessible way to obtain one. For example: Province reward, alliance trade system, gem swap, maybe even an alternative to the daily summons…use your summon token on a chance for a small ascension pack.