I’m extremely bored today and have an hour to kill so I decided to spend some of it going a bit deeper into analyzing how good the deal is. TL;DR at the bottom of the post.
The current offer is $19.99 for 3000 gems, a few ascension mats and multiple battle items.
$19.99 for 3k gems = 150 Gems per $1.
+2 Free Unfarmable AM
$19.99 for 1.8k gems = 90 Gems per $1.
No AM included
You get 60 more gems per dollar vs the regular shop. Nothing to sneeze at imo. Also, the inculsion of unfarmable AM increase its value— especially since one is a 4* ascension material and the 3* one is gloves which is harder to get from Challenge Events than Compasses. If you’re willing to shell out the $20 its better than the regular shop by far.
VS Rare Deals
in terms of gem deals, is this one of the better deals to expect, or are better discounts common?
If my memory is correct two rarest type of deals during the December seasonal event were the ones named “mystery offer” and “presents from rudolph”:
$4.99 for 700 Gems = 140 Gems per $1.
+2 Free Summons
So in Gems received alone the current Epic Offer is actually better. The game values 1 epic hero token as the equivalent of 300 gems and 1 Epic troop token as 200 Gems. The value of the gloves and rings are much harder to put a solid value on since there’s no way to buy them directly. If you argued rare mats and the chance at an epic troop and a legendary hero are around the same value then the current offer is actually better than this very rare offer.
Presents from Rudolph
$2.99 for 400 Gems + an eventual additional 900 Gems = 433 Gems per $1.
Probably the best deal ever for CTP but Im fairly certain this is also the rarest deal ever, so I don’t count on seeing it again any time soon.
VS the seemingly random deal
I feel like this middle priced deal pops up quite a bit. Probably enough that the bigger spenders can skip it w/o regret but probably not enough to call it common
Anyways compared to the current deal its just not as good.
$9.99 for 1000 Gems + WE
$19.99 for 3000 + 2 Unfarmale AM
You get 1000 gems less if you bought the $10 one twice than if you bough the $20 one once. Also tickets and a WE flask is a worse bonus than Unfarmable AM.
VS Common & Relatively Common deals
First the most common is the one that comes every month now. Atlantis.
$1.99 for 400 Gems = 200 Gems per $1.
+25 Atlantis Coin
Thinking in purely Gems per dollar this common deal is better. It depends how you value the AC+extra 50 gems per dollar vs unfarmable AM, though. It could be argued the Epic offer is better for this reason. However, each atlantis summon gives you a point towards the ascension chest, and you can buy the Atlantis deal four times, so there’s that to consider. I’ll let you be the judge of which is a better deal.
Next is the other $1.99 offer thats relatively common. I dont have a screenshot from the Xmas event. But the below example is the same as the common deals that showed up during the christmas event aswell as during other kinds of special events, holidays or whatever special occasion:
(I recall $0.99 for gems + nothing deals also being offered but these $1.99 for gems + A USEFUL THING deals seem to be more well liked.)
$1.99 for 200 Gems = 100 Gems Per $1.
+1 Free Unfarmable AM
Thinking of purely Gems per dollar, the current offer is objectively better.
Subjectively, i’m not inclined to call it better. SG is kinda annoying in that they don’t have a cheapo option in the shop for $0.99-to-$2.50 like nearly every other game I play. So if you ever need just a few more gems to summon from a limited tme gate before it gets traded out but don’t want to give them a fiver at the time, you’re screwed. So these cheapo offers along with the atlantis ones are kinda precious. Secondly, you can usually buy multiple of these type of cheapo offers in the week they’re offered; similar to how you can buy the atlantis offer 4 times while the atlantis gate is open. So if you buy this kinda offer 4 times, you spend $8.00 to get 4 unfarmable AM. That definitely seems better than $20 for 2 AM — so i wouldnt buy the $20 offer if it would prevent you from buying multiple $1.99 ones.
TL;DR: The Epic offer is better than the shop, and some rare deals. Its definitely better than the mid-priced common-ish deals. A few rare deals are better. The low-price common deals can be considered better than it, and they are imo, but it can be argued they aren’t better just on par
notes/FYI: all prices are in USD and have been rounded to the nearest whole dollar before calculations. I didnt include battle items in the value of the epic offer for the reasons of; simplicity, I don’t know anyone who actually drops gems on battle items, and I think SG just tossed them in to make the offer visually look more appealing.