I think that boosts have ruined the game and so do almost all the players that I ask. If you agree that boosts have ruined the game, please like this post. Let’s show them how we feel about this important issue which I believe will determine whether JWA survives long term or not. I’m sorry this post is so long, but I do hope and believe it’s worth your time to read it.
In any normal game, the pieces are set and so based on those set pieces, you can formulate a consistent strategy for how to play them. With boosts, it means that all the pieces (even of the same kind) are different all the time and so you are forced to try to formulate a plan in less than ten seconds while battling which is impossible to do well.
For instance, in Magic the Gathering, a named card’s stats and abilities are always the same. This means that you can form a reliable method of playing, and when an opponent plays their card, you can recognize it by its name and instantly know what the stats and abilities are without having to look at or study the card. This allows players to form complex strategies based on reliable information.
In JWA, even pieces of the same name are now almost always different. Thor can have all different values for health, attack, and speed whereas before, I knew what health, attack and speed a Thor at a particular level would have. When an opponent plays their Thor, I have to try to look at their Thor and determine what boosts and how many boosts they have put into each of those values and then try to determine what attack i should use, which creature I should play, or whether to switch creatures in less than 10 seconds. It’s like trying to play chess where you never know what abilities your opponents pieces have from match to match. One match their Queen can only move 4 spaces in any direction and another match they can move unlimited spaces in any direction. It does not allow for the development of strategy.
In addition to issues created by the pieces not being the same, people can now just spend a lot of real life money to purchase in game Hard Cash (HC) to buy tons and tons of boosts. Even IF matchmaking were working well this is still completely unfair pay to win to the extreme, but matchmaking is NOT working well at all and leads to nightmare matchups. Even if boosts couldn’t be bought and were only awarded through battle incubators, I would not like them for the reasons I listed above, but the fact that they can be bought 2-3 times a week made the death of the game almost instant.
Then to make matters worse, when I’m trying to get my Arena Incubator slots filled, I’m constantly slaughtered until I’ve lost enough, and then I will finally get at least a few matchups where I’m not instantly beat to a pulp before I’m slaughtered again. I rarely make it past the 30 second countdown to get the option to Fight AI, then when I do and breathe a sigh of relief, there is some problem with it. Sometimes the button to play AI doesn’t appear, or if it does appear, I press the button and nothing happens! Other times, I press the Fight AI button, and it goes into the game, but only the creatures appear, nothing else at all is on the screen and even if I reload the game, it loads right back into the ongoing match that has nothing on the screen except the creatures and no abilities or any way to actually engage in the match. This is on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, so this is not due to my phone being old or slow.
Some people have put ALL of their boosts on only a few creatures and then those creatures are unbeatable against a well rounded team. That means no strategy, no fun and the same creatures are always used. Boring and unfair. I can’t even reliably one hit a golden rat with my Level 30 T7 Attack Thor or my Level 26 T6 Attack Erlidominus. If you can’t one hit them, they can just regen 1st turn and switch right away.
I stopped spending any money at all on the game since boosts came out. I spent the hard cash I had at the time and don’t intend to buy anything at all anymore.
I guess the more than 25 million they made in the first 4 months of the game’s release in 2018 before the time of boosts was not enough for them. Isn’t it EVER enough? The only way they will change things is if people stop buying the boosts, so if you don’t like boosts, then don’t buy them!