First off this isn't a rant about the situation of the game, because a paid element has always been included within the game and is there to improve and enhance a players experience at a quicker rate.
However with the release of the Rey Hero's Journey event I feel as if a change has occurred. The requirement of the event suggests to me the developers have finally subtly admitted that this event is solely aimed at paying players. Before the rage comments about this being a F2P rant .....Let me explain this :
1. With previous events i.e. Luke's Hero Journey the players who were able to unlock him at 7* where either VETERAN players, who had been playing for a long period of time and subsequently had all the required characters at 7 stars. Another group of players would be those who were willing to PAY money to 7* the characters. (NOTE: For reference I am not a F2P player, the one time i spent money was during this event, in which i payed to 7* Old Ben, because i felt that it wasnt worth missing out on a legendary simply because i was missing one character).
2. But here's the problem. This event has removed one of those groups previously mentioned. The veteran characters required have only been farmable for around a month, because of this the amount of time you have been playing the game is irrelevant. For example you could have been playing for a year before they were released or a week before they were released and still would not be able to 7* before the event. Personally the period of time suggests that the Dev's have purely based the event around Pay 2 Win players because that is simply the only way to achieve the requirements.
I understand that a pay element has always been available in this game and i have absolutely no problem with that, alternatively i completely understand that F2P players may have to indeed wait a little longer to acquire a certain character. But the consensus from this event now suggests to me that paying money is no longer a way of simply improving your game experience but is REQUIRED in order to keep up and compete in the new meta.
Okay...... let the rage comments flow through you .....