So I’m sitting here playing the Archelon tournament this weekend and I’m done with it after 7 matches or so. The reason being I work up to about the Predator league, beating newer players early on and then hitting this wall of maxed out gold fusions, VIP and tourney dinos. Every tourney since the Segno one where Ludia tried the level 60 and under bracket has been that way. I’d only been an on and off casual player for a couple years until that Segno tourney. Finished Dominator in the under 60 bracket and then I signed up for VIP. Guess the bracket idea didn’t take cause I haven’t seen anymore of them, but I think it could get a lot of new players hooked with a few tweaks. Instead of doing brackets based on level, Ludia could have several brackets that are based them on performance in the last tourney. I don’t think it would be too hard to implement, considering they already divide the player base into tons of 100 person groups in each league. They could still do tiered rewards in each bracket, stepwise with the current reward packs. Or they could use lower brackets for unlocks with non tourney critters. Side note: Now that I’m higher level, I’m a bit worried I may not get the chance to unlock the rares I don’t have under the current system.
I think the moral is this. Under the current system, I see two choices. Spend truckloads of cash or don’t participate. Personally, I love the game, but I’m not spending $100 a pack to be competitive. But I think Ludia could get more casual players hooked and spending a few more bucks here or there if they fostered a competitive environment between player of similar ability. That is how Ludia earned my $10 a month. For the time being at least.
Some more variety would be nice too. I’m guessing Cenozoic and aquatic tourneys never happen because participation is low. I’m guessing participation is low because people don’t invest in those sets since they aren’t used. Take the initial loss to break the negative feedback loop and end up with more participation. I guess new player’s also don’t have access to those groups yet, but the bracket suggestion would let newbies have a dino tournament instead. My guess for the lack of interest in modded tourneys is cause the mods are just too pricey.
Didn’t mean for that to run so long and I don’t even know if Ludia reads these. I’m curious to hear eveyone’s thoughts on the subject though.