I know you guys at CG don't see these post, or reply, or probably care, but the forum is here for us fans and players to discuss things.
I try to be optimistic with every change and think of an outcome where it really won't be as bad as it is being made to seem. I try to ignore the fact that someone can start tomorrow and as long as their pockets are deep they can get an insane roster in a couple months compared to a couple of years. I understand you need revenue and you need to keep dangling the bait for the whales. I understand all of that.
What I fail to understand is how the folks that have been playing this game for so long are so often ignored. We may not have super deep pockets, but what we do have is commitment and dedication to the game. We long in everyday and do all we can to stay competitive. Often times we get super frustrated but we keep grinding. We love the game, the lore, and the community after all. But sometimes enough is enough and there has to be a point when we have to stay STOP.
I do not have an insane amount of expendable resources. I do not have the best of the best rosters. But I do remain competitive (top 100 arena, top 50 fleet). And that was helping me stay a float, get enough crystals to do the refreshes everyday and keep up with Jones's. It has gotten a lot harder to do that as the meta has continued to shift, but fortunately the wonderful minds that play this game have found ways to beat these teams and stay competitive.
I had been farming for falcon way before it was announced that it was coming back. I was on track to get my needed ships to 5 stars a day before the event ended and I was so stinking happy about that. I was spending 150 crystals on energy refreshes, and 150 on node refreshes but I was getting results. I was averaging 6-8 drops a day of both of the ships I needed.
Then came the update, the one everyone pleaded that you don't do. The one that so many folks tried to argue both sides for. All of the reason why it was or wasn't a good idea. I never thought it was a good idea, so I signed the petition like a lot of people did. But then last night, it hit all of our devices. And I had done a node refresh earlier in the day knowing I was going to get some more energy so I could finish it off later (I do this all the time).... but when the update came, my refresh was gone. Attempts were reset and the refresh I bought (50 crystals) was re-activated... but I wasn't refunded for the crystals I spent on that refresh earlier in the day. But I just ignored it because it wasn't/isn't a big deal because its only for 5 refreshes which may seem like not a big deal... but after today I realize, it really is.
This morning I did my normal routine, I bought all available energy refreshes (150 crystals). I then went to my ships and started my sims (5, refresh 25 crystals - 5 sims, refresh 50 - 5 sims)... I did those for both ships.... and my drop rate of 6-8 turned into 1-2. Less than half, at this rate I will not be able to finish my farm in time. I was on pace to finish it, but because of the update and changes to the drop rate, it is going to take me roughly a month compared to 6 days. This one really hurts because I didn't chase meta, I didn't go for the revans. I just really wanted the falcon, and now my chances are way to slim.