I’ve stated above what I think the ultimate reason for this is… and what seems to be Ludia’s goal these days in virtually everything they are doing. From mods, to taking away the free cooldown speedups, to more battles for less prizes, removing DBs from packs, and so on. Someone decided they weren’t making enough money off the game (can’t imagine WHY when the packs are so absurdly expensive) and it’s become a game of how much they can put the hurt on us before we pay up… or leave.
As for the DB trades, heck I agree the apato fossil trade was almost ridiculously good. But there’s certainly many other alternatives they could have gone with other than this horrendous paltry 50 DB for a legendary dino. I just hope enough players turn their noses up at the idea of having to pay monthly fees for what USED to be something you could collect via gameplay, but newer players in particular may feel it’s their only choice the way the game has been so completely stripped of DB opportunities.