I’ve suggested in other threads that Training Camp levels 14–18 (Advanced Fire–Advanced Holy) be repurposed to train troops instead of heroes. I’ve yet to hear from anyone who uses these levels for hero training.
Mate, I agree with you. When leveling up troop started,it started as you have mentioned in your post. But things have changed. When I look at the leader board player I see not only their Hero’s but the troops too. Let me clear (before IT technicians jump in to correct me) Mathematically, they might make a minor damage than Hero’s but visually(to me) the team look formidable with the troop level right up . To be honest,at the first look I don’t care to go behind the engine and do the calculation of the damage they do. No matter what, I want my troop to fully leveled up.
On the flipside while I have pretty well levelled troops, they’re nowhere close to level 30, and I smashed the individual with level 30 troops in raids twice in a row… so they don’t suddenly make your team unkillable, but I agree every little bit helps.
Ballpark assuming random distribution and a 10% chance for a 4* it takes USD $2,320 to max one 4* of every color.
Put another way it’s 63,800 exp to max a 4* which would be feeding 1595 1* troops.
Pay a lot, or get comfortable… to say nothing of the ham costs involved.