It’s a slow game, and it’s designed to stay slow for quite a while if you don’t buy. That’s SGG business. I only bought the Rudolph special at first, so no easy heroes for me. I spent a week farming 7-7 because 8-7 was tough. I had trouble getting to 12-9, so spent weeks farming 8-7. And I played harder than a lot of people, never using autoplay so I could farm as high as possible. My TC13 was a bust, but it did eventually give me Skittleskull three months into the game so I could have a rainbow 4* then.
Now some people are advancing faster by paying, and in some ways they are. They can pay and do more summons and be very picky about which heroes to level. The game is designed to reward spending that way. Accelerating base building is really expensive, but VIP does help. And you want to build up. Just bringing the forge up is important to do the rare quests for the first time, plus all the class quests. You don’t need a 3500 team or whatever the game says. You need experience slinging tiles, useful items, and so on.
Can Path of Valor do a better job of making all sorts of players feel like they’re participating? Yes! SGG will do whatever they have planned, but I would suggest they remove these cliffs. For example, instead of ending up 3150 points short on challenge events, they could have five stages to that quest, 1000 points each. And I don’t think they need to scale up other things as well. Kill 5 for 50 points, kill 10 for 125, kill 15 for 225? There’s no need for that. It should perhaps work like kill 5/10/15 for 65/135/200 or kill 10/10/10 for 120/135/150.
The prizes on the pay side of POV look right for the price. I’d suggest shuffling things a little to get the telescope to reward tier 48. That should sell POV pass a little more. On the free side, I think the rewards need somewhat of an overall boost to encourage people to do it. I’d recommend cramming rewards down a bit so the rings end up at tier 48, then put attraction items at tier 50. I’d move the Telluria avatar to free tier 50 and include there EHT, some loot tickets, and a bit of everything (1 costume key, etc.) — make a big long list, they can afford 1 tornado, 1 nugget, etc.