Okay, I’ll bite. I apologetically hate to admit it, but I drop now. I never used to. I despised those who did.
With all of the changes, however, my fully boosted lvl 30 team barely makes the cut in Library anymore (don’t be too anxious to reach that pinnacle). I used to be in mid/high Gyro and was excited to be working my way into Shores. That all changed under Ludia’s latest strategy. I am F2P and cannot afford to throw away 50% of my boosts. Still, I need to get battles and incubators. And the fights in Library and Gyro often include Testa and flocks, so they can go on forever.
So now, when I reach a certain level, I toss in a fun, unboosted lvl 21 to 25 team knowing full well that I will fall into a lower arena, given lots of people wins on my way down. I then begin to work my way back up. Like the poster in your image, I do not do it to frustrate others, although I am sure that it does at times. I would never do this (I love fighting droppers ludia - #2 by G_81)
Here is what I find aggravating about dropping (nicely, as I try to do). As I play my unboosted team and reach high Aviary I start running into boosted lvl 29/30 teams (not a couple, but several). So, I switch out to my A team, thinking that I have hit the ceiling as I move into Library. What does Ludia pair me up with next? Level 23/24 teams! What kind of matchmaking is this? I honestly feel bad and wish we had a sorry emote for these times.
I hate to say this, as everyone is accountable for their actions and how they play the game, but Ludia is truly to blame here. They created the issue and I believe that they not only condone it, but support it. It creates an amygdala hijack in the player that helps Ludia sell boosts and incubators in the store when angry/frustrated players need to get that win.
With the new Meta of the Month and power creep approach that Ludia/Jam City has taken I believe you will start to see a lot more of this behavior unfortunately. People will struggle to have relevant teams and will begin to drop more and more to get their dailies done.
Here is the good news, if there is any. It seems that a lot of people are leaving the game. With a smaller number of players working into the bottleneck that is Library/Gyro this situation may fix itself and people will be less incentivized to drop. Heck, even now it is getting harder to get a PvP in arena. Tried 3 times with no battle. Might be at end game for JWA I am afraid.
Go ahead and flame me if you want. Like many others in the game these days, I no longer care…