Yes, I agree, EP is an addiction.
When you continue doing something that you no longer like, that is actually detrimental to you, but you still do it, although it gets on your nerves and you do not enjoy it at all, on the contrary - then that is an addiction.
I realized that a little while ago.
As to not wanting to stop something, because you have invested so much in it, please google for “The Sunk Cost Fallacy”.
The time, effort and money is gone. Period. What counts is the present and the future. It makes absolutely no sense to make your present and future miserable, just because you have invested something in the past.
And I fully agree with getting tired of collecting this, collecting that, leveling up xxx heroes - and the game, RNG, boards and whatever often telling you “You still are not good enough, babe”
( This statement comes from one who had 4100+ team power. You can imagine the work … etc … that went into this account)
For me, those emblems were the catalyst.
Bother with more things, to collect more stuff? For all eternity? Or watch my nice account sink into oblivion? Lose any chance of having fun in raiding? Lose all the fun that I had in this lovely pvp line group? Because I do not wish to bother with one more grind? For all eternity?
Over and out.
I saw the first quest for those emblems - and immediately took the decision to leave the game.
I left my alliance on that day. Merced for 3 days, giving help (and some joy) to 2 small alliances, found that I like helping people but can no longer stomach the game, and left the game on day 3.
I feel released.
That is my own experience.
Maybe my own experience can help another unhappy player to come to a decision as well.
Oh, I am not being negative. I am being honest.