Cool to have just had a second one, but honestly, every 6 months is kind of a drag. And it really shows over the course of these past two patches especially for a few reasons…
A long weekend to experiment is weird because there’s a lot of meme builds out in PVP just for the lolz and also for the tournament the both the shuffles have curiously fallen on. So you don’t get an authentic feel for the arena during the window, making it difficult to find true confidence in your decisions.
As the shuffle usually follows a patch, unless you are a P2W whale or happen to have huge stock on particular DNA due to being a long time player or something, it’s hard to bank on even adding a brand new creature to your team if your team average is way above their unlock level, and if you hold your boosts, you usually sacrifice your trophy high score until you do, which promotes dropping and clogging up the arenas.
With due respect to the game’s development team, we have received some neat new mechanics like flocks, and wild new creatures into the mix like the Scorpius Rexes, who came after the shuffle, so for the majority of the player base it sucks not being able to play with the shiny new toys at their full potential for such a long time, considering there’s usually 6 updates worth of creatures in between each shuffle.
Adding to that, before anyone says that “you should’ve planned accordingly” the meta has the potential to shift at any given patch, thus any good decisions you make at the time can be taken from you at will, so no matter what, you are at the mercy of the developers at all times.
All of this being said, I believe there should be some action to make shuffling boosts around easier than waiting 6 months or taking such a harsh penalty. Maybe not a full shuffle every month, but 1 creature a month free or via a hard cash exchange, etc.
You developers work hard to design fresh creatures all the time for us… don’t you want to see more of us use them? For diversity’s sake and the much needed end of stagnancy, let’s make something happen.