I started playing this game a little over a year ago. Since the beginning, I have always dedicated countless hours to improving my roster and my team. The goal was never to be the top player in this game, but just to have a strong, competitive team.
When I started, Dracoceratops (the rat) was not a thing. The swap in dino at that time was Dracorex Gen 2 (dg2). I remember finally making it to the badlands and fighting a team that swapped in to kill me with a dg2 for the first time. I was amazed that my super powerful Allosaurus just got taken out with a swap in shot and there was nothing I could do. My initial reaction was jealousy, not anger. I needed to figure out how I could get my weak dg2 strong enough to do that exact same thing to other teams.
Once the rat was released, and it turned out to be even better than dg2, I realized it was going to be a race to power that monster up to beat other teams. I went on a relentless 6 month hunt for every dg2 I could find. Living in Area 4 and working in Area 3 made it a difficult task. I had to make a decision there - how to best get to Area 2 as often as possible.
I changed my daily route to work to drive an extra 10 minutes, stopping at every dg2 on the side of the road to dart. I took my family to the not as good, more expensive Mexican restaurant for dinner 5 miles away in Area 2 instead of the better one by my house. I had family members sharing my phone to dart dinos at the dinner table. We picked up fast food from the slow drive through McDonalds in Area 2 just to get an extra 300 dna. I busted my tail to scrape up every last piece of dna possible to piece together that monster from scratch.
After months and months of hard work, gas sacrifices, route and schedule changes, I finally pieced together my level 30 rat. I purchased as many boosts as I possibly could to put into it, and it finally came to fruition. It wasn’t easy at all - it took countless hours of hard work to get it to where it is. I did all of this knowing it could possibly get nerfed…and it did. A recent update took away the defense shattering ability. Yet people still complain about the rat being overpowered.
When I read all of the forum comments about people who say how the rat is unfair, I think to myself “what is stopping any of these players from working hard themselves to get one of their own?” I can’t think of a reason.
When I read people commenting that it is a sign of weakness to use one, I think to myself “if it is so weak, how come some of the top players on the leaderboard have a rat on their team?”
When I hear people comment that it is poor form or how it takes no skill to use one, then I think to myself “what makes a swap in attack any different than a bleed, an immunity, or a dodge? Why aren’t there any comments about using those being poor form or a lack of skill?”
In the end, it all kind of sounds like a lot of jealousy and bitterness to me. I love my rat and I do not mind others using their rats on me either. If you put in the work to get it, I applaud your efforts because I know how much of a struggle it was to get mine. If anyone thinks that trying to shame rat users in the forum or letting a 15 second timer count down will stop ME from enjoying the fruits of my labor, sorry but you are sadly mistaken.
tl;dr - I worked too hard and sacrificed too much time, money, and gas to ever stop using my rat.