Me three, my last atlantis coins were underwhelming (a lot of vanilla heroes) but at least I got gloves from the ascension mat chest. I have mixed feelings about it. I did get Inari the one time I paid for a 10 pull, and over the course of completing the provinces I got the 4s that I most desired (wilbur and proteus) and one of the old hotm (Aeron) so it feels like I did reasonably well, considering the odds.
I don’t entirely agree with @Executive though. I was C2P for 6 months, and F2P since then. Having the double builder was helpful for much of that time, no doubt. And gems from VIP and the pulls I did thickened out my roster but the fact that remained that even so it took 10+ months to max my first red 5*. And the rest of the rainbow took more than 6 months.
So yeah, being C2P can fast track your early game and net you some shinies early. Maybe you get some HotMs on the way (I got more HotMs via tokens). And you get to TC20 faster. But then you can get stuck at the ascension wall anyway. And even now, after several months of being dependent on ingame gems and hero tokens the only thing I could actually max today is a 5* ice hero.
So I would argue that there’s no reason why a patient F2P that makes wise choices with what they have can’t have a fine time, so long as they manage their expectations. Certainly I’d say, based on the forum, that disappointment is quite common in those who spend as well