Bear with me, this is a long post!
I am at a point in the game where I have a strong team, a solid back up team, and over 30 heroes at either 2-50 or 3-60 (or above) for a formidable war team. I am content with my roster and though I haven’t gotten any 5* heroes in a long time, I am still playing. Though, my spirits are starting to drain. I am at a point where I don’t ever expect to get any more 5* heroes due to ■■■■■■ odds (while also being FTP), I can’t ascend the heroes waiting, and I play the same exact levels to farm over and over and over again. Though, I keep my head up high (barely) and keep playing.
What is truly making me lose spirit is the lack of unique strategies and diverse competitive tiers. I am starting to loathe raids because I use the same team (with one or two variations) on repeat. I don’t have the ability to change up my team or test out new teams unless I am willing to drop a ■■■■ ton of cups. I love war because it gives me the ability to try out new heroes in new team orientations but that only occurs two times a week. I love when raid tournys are limited to 3* or 4* heroes because it forces me to use heroes I never get to use. I am SO LUCKY to have Guin, but it gets boring playing with her for every single match every day.
Tangent (though it does connect), I have always been competitive with pokemon and I have played on Pokemon Showdown for almost 6-7 years now. If pokemon had only one tier to compete in – then you’d see the same pokemon over and over and it wouldn’t be fun. That’s basically what E&P has turned in to. Luckily for Pokemon, there are a ■■■■ ton of tiers to compete it! You can compete in little cup (all first evolution heroes), NU, RU, UU, OU, Ubers, and the list goes on to a bunch of different formats. I get to constantly use and play against different pokemon constantly.
What would really KEEP ME invested in E&P is if they increased the competitive aspect of the game to a variety of tiers. Why can’t we open the raid icon and find 5 chests available? You can compete and fill chests in either Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond. Lets also be real, its so rare to get anything good in a chest, does it really matter to have a few more? We are just going to get ham/iron and arrows anyways. Plus it still takes 40 heroes to fill each one which still takes awhile. Each tier can have a specific range for team power to compete in. For example, if you have a team power of 2950 then you compete in Gold, but if you have team power of 3100 then you are competing in Platinum since 3000 is the limit for the Gold tier (just an example, haven’t thought of the actual team power ranges for each tier yet).
This could completely revolutionize the game in terms of strategy and player base. It will force players to come up with the best strategies for 2* teams, 3* teams, 4* teams, etc. Or maybe the best strategy for a Gold cup is one 5* at 2-50 and the rest are 4* at 3-60? Who knows? That is for the metagame to decide what strategies work best and what doesn’t. I have so many 4* heroes that I NEVER use and don’t even get to make it into war sometimes but I think they are super interesting and would love to test out. I sure as hell can’t test out a Gobbler in my diamond raids cause I would lose everytime and get kicked out of diamond cup.
Also, how many times do you finish a raid chest and you leave those 6/6 raid flags there all day and unused because you don’t have any need for them cause you don’t want to lose more cups if you lose? Now you can use those extra raid flags towards other tiers and try to work out a new 3* team strategy and make the leaderboards for Bronze cup.
I get bored with the same old 5* heroes, I want to make leaderboards for having the best strategy of a 2* team or the best 3*/4* mixed team.
Tl;dr We need a more competitive gameplay that allows different tiers of leaderboards that allows you to use a greater variety of heroes. Pokemon is a fantastic example of how you can be skilled, competitive, and strategic while battling 1st evolution pokemon in a specific tier. E&P needs to be more like that.