I’m not quitting, but I’ve definitely gone more casual and stopped spending.
My original alliance leader quit playing about a year and a half ago, because he said the game had become a chore, and he had other RL stuff he needed to focus on. So that’s not really a new complaint. I was sad to see him go, though. He was a stand up guy, very helpful, very honest. He’d straight up tell you that your defense team sucks. But instead of just criticizing, he would then ask about the rest of your roster, and make suggestions to improve it. I was sad to see him go, but it was his time.
Telluria? Meh. I found her overpowered personally, but I don’t exactly have an awesome team anyway, so it’s not the first time that I’ve had to deal with heroes that totally destroy me. I can’t really speculate on whether or not the nerf made a significant difference or not; it obviously made many of the Telly owners mad. And I don’t blame them for being upset, but there were also a lot of other people who were upset about seeing her on every high level defense team… I never had a dog in that fight personally, but it is one that caused a major rift in the game across the board.
Amount of money spent to be competitive is ridiculous? Yes. IMO, it absolutely is ridiculous. But that’s nothing new. I’m over it. Just decided that I can’t afford to be competitive, and that’s fine. When I first started playing this game, I had no intentions of ever being a “top player” anyway. Wasn’t even particularly interested in the PvP aspects. I just wanted to collect and level up interesting heroes. I did actually find Alliance Wars to be fun, because I saw them as being more strategic than your typical day to day raid, though wars can also be emotionally draining (and time consuming for people who just want to play the game casually on their own terms, rather than having to log on at certain times to do certain things).
Then you have the other aspects. Some people used to like spending money on the game, but are no longer able to. I mean, I don’t know what the economy has been like for everyone here, but I think there are probably a lot of people out there who don’t have the same levels of expendable income as they did before. So they are forced to dial back their game spending.
Then you have the people who have just been playing for so long, that they’re just becoming bored. Even the most fun pastimes get boring after doing them too much. I mean, can anyone here honestly tell me that they can be entertained for 12+ hours a day just matching colored tiles? The novelty wears off. I don’t care if you give the monsters higher HP, or add new provinces with different background scenery, etc., it’s still mostly the same thing over and over again.
That’s why it’s so much easier to not get bored when you play more casually / passively. Just click autoplay on the grindy stuff, that way you don’t get completely burnt out with the whole “matching tiles” thing… and don’t worry so much about the damn boards, either. Some days the boards just suck, some days they don’t. Nothing you can do about it.
I’m sure I probably missed several other reasons why people quit… oh, alliance drama can certainly drive people away from a particular alliance. Seen that plenty of times firsthand. Sometimes it can drive people away from the game completely. Big part of what keeps many people playing this game is for the social aspect. When that turns sour, the game itself begins to lose appeal. I don’t think anyone wants to be part of a hostile community.
I’ll add more if any other reasons come to mind.