I have read these forums for about 9 months now (about 1 a week, more near the time of an update), but never posted and have created an account just for this post.
I’m an average player 4.9k trophy count, uniques about level 24-27, achieved through the odd purchase and in the last 2 months I upgraded to the monthly pass as despite still thinking over £80 a year for a mobile game is stupid I pulled the trigger and try to forget the cost and focus on the benefits
I thought the concept of this tournament was a great idea, it levels the playing field and made it all about strategy (and a bit of luck). I loved it and battled more yesterday than I think I have in the last 2 weeks combined, as I always focus on darting
I went to bed last night at about rank 200, thinking that I could maintain that and I would be delighted. However I awake to the news about how certain players had been exploiting a loophole to climb the leaderboard. For 4-5hours of battling yesterday, every time I saw that button I ignored it as I thought I best sit it out in the lobby as AI matches don’t count (how wrong was I)
I’m done with the tournament now, I actually don’t feel like darting at all today, but I will just about to help get my alliance over the line on the last level of alliance missions. My view is that if those at the top have done this, others lower down will have done the same once it became known just to try and keep pace (as I said at about rank 200 I could see the option to battle AI just ignored it)
I’m not daft enough to think anyone will care if I play on or not (I will but it’ll take a few days for me to be motivated again). But I do hope someone takes notice of this, i believe for every voice on this forum there is at least another 10 who like me choose not to post on forums. They learn through their alliance chat like I did today about how exploitation continues to ruin the game, they too will start to drift and question how much they really should spend playing a game (time and actual cash).
I get the human nature desire to cheat and exploit, it’s just disappointing to see, and makes me realise i shouldn’t be spending money on a game, that I can still enjoy just free to play.
I need to temper my own ambitions, realise that that I won’t get the high trophy count or the uniques quickly, but I can play whilst the game is popular and then when others come along (games come and go) I can swap knowing I haven’t invested anything other than time in the game.
So there you have it, I don’t expect things to change, I don’t expect people to care about me, but I just want people to understand how a (slightly above) casual player feels about what has just happened.