When I saw the announcement of stat boosts in the 1.7 patch notes I was, like some others, pretty sceptical that this would be just another way for ‘pay to win’ players to have a further advantage and really just a cash grab from Ludia. However saying that, i was also relatively optimistic knowing that if implemented correctly, we could see a much wider variety of creatures being used in battle as lesser used creatures could potentially be boosted to a competitive level.
Although after playing about a week of 1.7, for me stat boosts haven’t been a success. Although yes, it is possible for the lesser used creatures to be boosted to a higher level, the vast majority of players I face are using identical creatures to pre 1.7, just stat boosted to hell. Instead of encouraging players to use different creatures, its only made players further boost the usual ‘over-powered’ creatures such as Erlidominus and Thoradolosaur. I personally just do not see the appeal of playing 130 speed Trykosauruses and 4000 health Thoradolosauruses which i consistently face in battles. And with stat boosts available regularly from the store, it feels really difficult to compete as a ‘free to play’ player. I like how they are available in daily battle incubators, I now have an incentive to complete these, however its difficult to compete when players can buy 25 health and attack boosts daily from the store.
Overall, I do feel this mechanic has potential, it just hasn’t been used correctly. I feel stat boosts should not be available regularly in the store, weekly at most. Another way to fix this which really isn’t possible now is to only make stat boosts available to non-hybrids. I would also have the stat boost cap at a way lower point than they are now, I feel speed boosts should only be able to boost a creatures speed by 10 or 20 max and health and attack boosts have a much lower cap than they have currently. For me this mechanic just hasn’t worked and has created a pretty dis-functional battle system.
Happy to discuss with anyone whether you agree or disagree. Feel free to disagree.