Hold on…so what you’re saying is that it’s BETTER for the game for people who spend money to get LESS value for their $. ???
My goal with all of this is for MORE people to have stronger teams…also remember that just because you get a bunch of heroes, you still need ascension items to make them viable at all.
So when I’m comparing spenders vs non-spenders, for “non-spender” or F2P, I’m not actually talking about a player who spends absolutely NOTHING. I have zero concern for game balance for anyone who won’t spend a single dollar. The game has grown to the point where if you got rid of every single player who hasn’t spend a dime, the game would have enough players to still be healthy. So in my mind, there’s a different category I call “casual spender” that’s ACTUALLY the bulk of the players (or rather the bulk of the players that I or probably SGG care about, because lets face it, ad revenue for Mystic vision is small compared to the paid portion).
I’m talking about the casual spender…the kind who will buy a $1.99 deal a few times, or a $4.99 deal here and there, or a $4 deal for a 4th ascension item. There’s hundreds of thousands of those types of players.
For those people, who decide to spend a small, but non-zero, amount of money (not me FYI), it sure would be nice to have a more specific selection of things to get. Would you rather pay $25 (roughly the cost of 2600 gems for 10x pull) and have a tiny chance at a 5*, but most likely to get a bunch of 3s and maybe a 4 or two? OR just be guaranteed a 4* or two?
Or what about people who do an initial 10x pull for 2600 gems, get a bunch of Friar Tucks and Valens? If you’re on the fence or a casual player trying to figure out if this game is for you, is that going to make you more or less likely to stay?
If you could pay $10-20/month for 3-5 months and know you were going to get hero(es) that would make your team stronger, as opposed to more friar tucks or Valens, would you be willing to spend that $10? My educated guess is that there’s a lot of folks who either don’t spend because of the lottery nature who would spend a bit to guarantee they improved their team as well as folks who spend a bit early to get some initial 4* and then as their team grows, adding 4*s would help, but they’re basically paying epic/10x pulls and getting expensive feeders.
Then take someone like me - I’ve probably spent more than most…around $700 from Aug 1st through today, but it’s not close to being a “whale” who will spend anything to get every hero. I have all the 4* standard heroes and a bunch of 5*, some very good (Joon, Sartana, Azlar) and some that will never move past level 1 in their current state (Guardian Owl and Kong). For someone like me, continuing my current spending rate would be insane. Dropping $100 or 200 in a month made sense when nearly every 4 or 5 * hero improved my roster. I did 140 event pulls. I got a bunch of 2 Merlins, a bunch of Lancelots, the HOTM and a bunch of really expensive feeders. To me, was that worth the and itunes gift cards it cost for what I got? Hell no. Will I do that again next month under the same system? Hell no. A lot of the players in that similar price range are coming to that realization. I’d be happy to continue spending $100 a month from my entertainment budget if it meant I would get $100 of value.
And less money for SGG means less event content not more, it means fewer heroes, not more. It means longer between map seasons, not shorter.
So my suggestion was not to slow down the spenders getting new things because it’s not fair to people who refuse to pay anything; but the goal behind my suggestion was to give BOTH the casual/low spender AND large (but not whale) spenders a reason to continue spending and continue getting value. This will actually improve game balance because a casual spender getting a new 4 or 5* sees a huge increase in their team’s power, whereas a big spender who has a lot already is basically filling in niche’s. So the casual/low spender will speed up in catching up to large spenders, not the other way around.
PS: I don’t even consider whales (someone who’s going to drop $1k a month or whatever it takes to get what they want, because they are going to spend what it takes to get what they want).