This may be too late and was something I had mentioned in passing on the forums before, but sort of wanted to see what people thought of it.
SG announced that Season 2 wouldn’t be strictly for the end-game players: totally makes sense.
Why not actually enforce the “newbie” experience again with star-limited content just like we do for events? Taking the current distribution as just a random example:
3 flag zones = 2* heroes
4 flag zones = 3* heroes
5 flag zones = 4* heroes
6+ flag zones = 5* heroes
Doesn’t have to break down like this, could just be a split between 3* max and everything goes, but it’s an idea to get more out of the planned content for the established players while still making it fully accessible to new players too.