The same could be said when Boost were first introduced.
I grinder everyday for a year. I maxed my coins from orange and green supply drops and sometimes the 4 treasure chest a day. I would dart all event dinos every week plus use my scents. I defeated or attempted every strike tower. Battled until I had a coin limit reached. I was/am a super loyal FTP player.
Then they introduced the boost in 1.7. All of my hard work and time was useless. I dropped from upper aviary to upper ruins. I lost so many trophies and even more battles. There were so many frustrating battles and battle periods.
My team was and still is solid but because I didn’t buy boost or use my free boost I was the handicap. Even if I did use my free boost I still would’ve hit the inevitable wall of someone out boosting me and losing.
This whole time Boost have been out I have never reached the trophy amount I was at prior to boost being released but I did end up getting close.
Now with boost 2.0 I’m at an all time high of 5328! I made it into the Lockwood library for the first time and I’m actually staying there and have steadily been increasing. I win way more than I lose. I am still 100% unboosted.
Now I’m able to defeat all the players who defeated me solely because of their Boosted dinos that had no business fighting my team. A level 16 boosted should never defeat a 25+ level creature unboosted. There’s too much investment opposed to you unlocking and boosting. Same goes for a Boosted 21 vs unboosted 25+ it was ridiculous.
So for me, there’s no more unholy abomination Thor coming through murdering my whole team in single shots or me having 1 turn the whole round. When I lose I’m not slaughtered, well maybe here or there.
The point is that the game is actually fun again after all these months of tortuous playing. So the loyal player that has played almost from day 1 every single day without missing can enjoy the game and it’s fair again. Even if I don’t use Boost. You can still pay to win but there’s some play involved now.
Here’s a recent pic of my team. Unboosted.
Here’s how I feel about the green supply drops.