I am now on server 12 and a Free to Play player and please allow me to tell you all how I feel.
First of all, I have never been able to reach the level cap before they release a new one. When it’s 80, I’m 77. When it 95, I’m 89. I think you get the picture. Everyday I do my dailies, use up all my free stamina that I could get but I hardly keep up with others. And that’s fine because I enjoy the game at my own pace. I couldn’t care less about other trying to be on top or anything (I don’t that is a bad thing). But now, with this update, it is very hard for me to even do that
When I upgrade a heroes, I just choose the skill I deem useful to upgrade, not all of them. Like Nick Wilde, my most beloved one, I only max his white and purple skill. Callhoun and Quorra, just their purple one, Mr. I just his blue and purple one… The other skill I just upgrade them at some point then I drop because I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH GOLD.
Before the upgrade, I had 1 mil and something and the minute I got to 89, I upgraded all my main heroes’ skill (top 15) and wala, all my gold gone! Like they never existed in the first place. Then came the upgrade… It made everything worse! I haven’t upgrade any skill of my main heroes because it was too much for me to handle and just some of them are 4 maxed skills
If Perblue say that you don’t need to focus on every heroes, then I think it’s hard to understand because:
Team trial. To complete them to get the bit I need, I have to upgrade the heroes that most of the time, I don’t use. Especially the blue team trial. Before elsa and shank come, I am stuck at blue team trial 75! Because in that team, my only mains heroes is just Stitch (with his white, blue, purple skill max) and Callhoun. If you don’t encourage us to upgrade nearly all the heroes, why you make the team trial so hard?
Friend Disc. Sometimes, when I get lucky, I get the friendship that have both of my main heroes, so there is almost nothing to say, after Perblude make friend campaign easier. But most of the time, it consists of my main heroes and the other one I rarely use. To unlock that friendship, I need to at least level those to a certain level. And upgrade their skill a little bit to last at friend campaign. And that’s not everything. During friend campaign, they will choose for me some other heroes to HELP me. God forbid those are the one I don’t like. And after (by some miracle) completing those exhausting fight, got the disc, to level up that, you need to level up the friend’s level! How is that fair? I only need them to unlock the disc, I don’t want to level up some heroes I don’t use!
The drop rate is insane. To craft 1 purple/ orange badge, It takes me days or even weeks to complete and nearly ALL of my heroes need them. So what could I do? I keep grinding and grinding, spending and spending the little amount of stamina that I got… And I gets me nowhere
You say that we could get gold in Heist and please let me tell you something, that is a total LIE. In Heist (which I play like every single day), we only get Heist token, influence and a bonus of power disc (from medium mode above) so where is the gold that you mention. And I have completed the very hard mode so no, I can’t find it anywhere in Heist
When you said above lv 86, the Gold and Exp bottle increase, I thought It only applied to the heroes level. But no, it affected all my heroes because it is based on team level. So now, even if I want to upgrade someone (like Ursula, who I haven’t got the chance AND gold), I can not do that without neglecting my main heroes.
I feel like Perblue doesn’t care about us - the free to play player. They hardly give the player anything and if they do, it always comes with a price (barely give us more gold then increase the cost! What an amazing help!)
Some players pay to get ahead fast and to be on top (I do not blame or criticize them), but when they realize, there nobody to get ahead of, they will stop spending and ultimately, playing. So yes, the one who pay is important, but also the one who play for free is.
So, Perblue, in your next upgrade, If you do not change the situation, I will have no choice but to quit, even though I am so in love with my guild right now.
P/s: If your company does not want player to hoard gold, then don’t offer gold in the deal. Like today, player could buy 5mil gold, yesterday was 7mil. Hm… I wonder how gold hoarding problem exist?
And NO, we do not hoarding gold… The only thing we have hoarded so far is the disappointment!