Well it´s been a while, so I figured I´d update this, by saying - YES, this round of Path of Valor is worth it, once again. The cycle continues, so do not expect the next one to be just as easy.
This will be my last post in this thread, as I no longer will be maintaining it though. So to help new players along to quickly recognize which round of PoV is worth buying, you simply have to look for two things, most of all, and that is:
Whether or not the Raiding Requirements are tied to a specific category - meaning, do you just need to kill a certain amount of Heroes (have a xx amount of victories) Or do you need to be victorious in Gold/Diamond/Platinum?
Whether or not the Titan Requirements are tied to a specific star or not
That´s pretty much all you need to keep an eye on, as those two goals often make or break it for new players.
So yeah. But, after months of frustration with the game, I have decided to step back and spend a lot less time on it.
The last month in particular has been incredibly uphill, both with lack of ascension materials (I have played for a year soon, and have not been able to ascend a single five star yet), as well as matchmaking in tournaments. I continue to face teams, that are far out of my league. Yes, I know, that I can beat a 100 emblemmed - level 15 troops - LimitBroken set of heroes, if I´m very lucky, but with zero emblems, zero LimitBroken heroes and level 1 troops, I will always rely so much more on a lucky board, that it simply ends up being a source of frustration, more than a source of fun.
At this point, no matter how much time I will spend playing this game, I will never be able to catch up. New Seasons, new heroes, new things such as Limit Breakers continue to get introduced, and it´s a never ending battle to reach the top, not to mention impossible at this point, for a new player. The latest Q and A with the development team left me discouraged, as it´s rather clear, that the focus is on endgame. It´s a great game. I was simply too late to the party.
I´m also too competitive by nature to be ok with always being down here. I think spending 700 hours on a game should have resulted in something different, than where I am now. So I´ve decided to bid you farewell.
I wish all the players of Empires and Puzzles all the best. You´ve been an inspiration to follow