I am a long time player who can see the inevitable coming. Within three weeks, I will be very close to building out the world and will start accumulating iron to such an extent that it will not be spent. I hope that SG can act to prevent this for most of its players.
I have level 20 stronghold, watchtower, iron and food storage, etc. With the double builder and increased iron drops from raid arenas, I am two weeks from maxing out my forges and houses. After that, everything will be maxed except a couple training camps. I do the upgrades on those during challenges because they are constantly used; however if I wanted to they could be maxed as well in a week or two.
Excess iron can go into items as well as buildings. However, I have a lot of those, and the shortages of farming materials make it difficult to generate enough ingredients to make more. This contrasts with food, which may be used to level heroes and (with gems) to increase troop levels. We need a similar outlet for iron. Otherwise, everyone will be constantly carrying large excesses of iron. While I don’t mind donating it to my fellow players via raids, it is not a good idea for everything to be clogged up. There is even a mission for 100 million iron farmed, but that can’t happen if you have no iron storage left.
This issue was present before the double builder was put out. That delayed the iron overload date, but I know I’m not the only one facing this issue. Here are some suggestions of what to do to combat this issue.
Season 2 – the obvious solution. Hopefully the map will take longer to complete. However, there are unsubstantiated rumors that this is somewhat delayed, so we may need another solution.
Convert iron to ham or gems – probably won’t happen for many reasons
Items for purchase or trade. What about avatars if you deposit enough iron into a vault?
Other ideas likely buried in the forum