I disagree with the interpretation of the open skill tournament. Any person who collected the right dinosaurs, which there are many, at ANY level, could have competed in that tournament. the only barrier to winning was time. It wasn’t about how much money you spent leveling up dinos, it wasn’t even about how much time you spent getting DNA to level up dinos. The level 1 Terror bird could wreck havoc. Did you or did you not have the time and resolve to keep battling and the skill (and luck) to win and not be stun locked by a sino. The only barrier to entry was a measly 100 hard cash. Other than coins there really is little that is ‘worth’ spending hard cash on. The open skill tournament was a fun side car even if I only got the participation prize.
Regarding regular area, my jury is still out on how much fun it is. Before Boosts I was in middle Lockdown. After the botched update I spend a little time in sorna, mostly I think because of lucky wins because of time outs of other players, etc. I got beat back down into lockdown. I was back up in sorna for two battles yesterday, Then got trounced down to 2800 trophies will trying to get a couple of incubators and slowly worked my way back up. Got 2997 trophies on my last incubator, it was a 24 hour. So close to an arena 7 one… So sad.
This morning, while filling my daily I got knocked back down to 2800, but I ended at 2954 before stopping with full incubators slots and daily done.
Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.
I consider myself a committed casual. I play when I have time, I don’t always go out of my way to do more, dart more, or seek out things, but I player regularily. My current team. 17 T-rex, 19 Allosinosaurous, 18 Indominous, 18 Utahsino, 18 Proceratomimus, 16 Stegodeus, 17 Suchotator and 17 Dracocertops (yes I joined the dark side. When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die, though I don’t know how happy I am about how it truly plays in my play style). I was unable to exploit the boost sale, but I did the strike tower. Purchased the one time speed boosts on sale, and have collected my dailies, so all of the above dinos have some level of boosts added to them between Tier 1-3.
So I’m holding out optimistic hope that things settle out.