Like many I am quitting the game as well. I was never a hardcore gamer and EP was my first game I was willing to put money into playing. But since the GTV combo, I got bored with the game. There’s another forum post recently about whether this game is skills or luck, and the conclusion seems to be it’s skill for choosing the right team, rather than skill for manipulating boards. Yeah ok but with GTV 90% of my raids are now done using the same red-purple stack. And when boards are crap, I lose. When boards are good, I win. Nowadays I can predict with almost 100% accuracy whether I will win a raid just by looking at the opening board.
Then I started playing another game, RPG this time, but also with a hero gacha. There the pull rates are not splendid either, but for every 300 pulls (this counts for both heroes and equipment though, so like pulling for epic heroes AND TROOPS in EP) you are guaranteed a 5* hero of your choice, and there is also one 5* obtainable by farming, and training and ascension costs are lower. And the game’s RPG, so in addition to forming the right team (just like EP) there’s actual skill involved in gameplay (rather than board luck in EP) - and aside from the normal battle, there’s even the occasional puzzle or race mode. PvP and alliances also exist.
That’s when I realised there are many games out there that are done way better, fairer and more humane than EP. I guess the gaming market is very competitive so developers need to listen to user feedback more, and SG doesn’t exactly do a good job either. But the lesson for me is, the world is much larger than just EP, and once I got out of it, I cannot stomach the unfairness, stinginess, and narrowness of SG and EP anymore. If SG hadn’t been so poor in managing the game after being acquired by zynga (and zynga is of course famous for making gambling/slot/casino games), a casual gamer like me would not have been pushed to find another game - I have SG to thank for that.