I read the update notes, thought I understood everything for the most part (at least the stuff that applies to me; stuff about dinosaurs I’ve never seen don’t count), and then go into the battle arena and NOTHING MAKES SENSE.
It seems like, all the sudden, none of my dinos do as much damage as they’re supposed to, but my opponents all do more damage to me than I’m expecting, based on what I know about each dino’s ratings. And they all seem to get extra swipes at me, completely unrelated to the new “swap-in” ability. And who has the initiative to strike first NEVER makes sense, or works in my favor. NEVER. And suddenly my Velociraptor never makes it into the arena, even though it’s my 2nd most advanced member (and everyone ELSE’S Velociraptor does make it in against me).
Brief example: one opponent opened with his Velociraptor, who managed to take out my stegosaurus and my allosaurus, AND LIVE. My dinos are level 15 and 14, respectively, and his Velociraptor looked to be around that, but lower (he had less than 1000 health anyway). Seemed like my dinos couldn’t get a swipe in edgewise, at all, and when they did they never did anywhere near the damage they should have. Normally my Allosaurus can take out a Velociraptor with one bite.
Is anyone else having these kinds of issues? Do I just need to completely relearn how to do battles now? The Arena used to be fun, even though I probably got my butt kicked at least 1/3 of the time. Now that seems to be all I do, except for a very occasional, barely-by-the-skin-of-my-teeth win (which always feels like an accident); not fun anymore, just stressful and frustrating.
I’m sorry if I sound whiny; I’m just genuinely confused and frustrated, and feel like just as I was starting to get attached to this game it got taken away and replaced with something meant to punish me. If other people are feeling the same way then we need to speak up! If I’m just missing some basic but important new information then please enlighten me.