There will likely be a paygate option to skip whatever artificial obstacles placed in game in the future. You will not think too much about it, you will like it, be grateful for the ‘opportunity’ and most importantly you will pay for it cause you want to… support the devs and so on…
Honestly, I saw enough value in this package that I do the second builder even though I already had a nearly maxed base at the time. Days where I can pull double troops are nice, and the gems deal works for me!
What is the purpose of the 1st builder once you max out your base ?
If you are only getting the VIP Pass for the second builder, the annual VIP Pass is not a good option.
My family purchased two annual VIP Passes.
MY PERSONAL OPINION
I don’t see people worrying about the Daily Summons x2 when they finish building Training camp 11 ( extra low cost training ). In one year of Daily Summons x2 you get heroes worth 360 recruits and 22 hours of World Energy and 180 troops ( 1*, 2* with occasional 3* )
Gryphonkit, my wife, has an all maximum base. I rage quit for 4 months and did not use 1st or 2nd builder for 120 days. But both of us are happy with the annual VIP Pass.
I am actually happy Gryphonkit has maximum buildings. Unlike other games, Empires starts you out at a huge disadvantage with your Stronghold level 1. Until you finish building Training Camp 11, you waste hours of resources ( Note recruits cost ). Forges are useful for fighting Titans, but only for top level Titans that reward 3 ascension item rolls. Barracks, which is not available until Stronghold 10, is the only building that cannot be replaced by spending gems in the shop.
Gryphonkit uses her daily gems to summon ( gain heroes behind the paywall ). I use my daily gems to buy more Loot tickets ( gain ingredients, food, XP since high map levels are so terrible compared to s1-7-7 for recruits, 1* & 2* troops, and 1* & 2* heroes ). Also the leveling with loot ticket trick ( see Notes ).
Personally the major reason I bought us both annual VIP Passes was to support a game she loves.
==Leveling with loot tickets trick==
Recruits are often the most expensive part of leveling a hero from 5* 1.1 to 5* 4.80 compared to food and low level ascension items ( 1* and 2* items ).
If you’re not using the second builder, but you’re still willing to spend $5/month, you can buy the little gem packages we see once or twice a month, usually with the Challenge Event, and get 1000 instead of the ~900 from VIP. You don’t get the double daily summons, but as @Gryphonknight points out, that’s not a huge perk.