First let me say that I think your opinion is bias because you complete an entire line in a week, the effort/money you spend is completely out of line with the majority of the player population and the decisions that most players make aren’t even a thing for you to worry about.
Lets roll back a little, the entire argument about a team just getting into atlas, whether they focus on gear or not is beneath the point. Atlas is a huge advantage as is, you cant argue that, with this changes atlas will be a much bigger advantage than it already was.
lets compare two players, both level 100’s (around the level of my alt), both are fairly active in the game, they have elite but don’t spend money on anything else for the most part. Now this players can only get about 30k sigils per season on their budget gameplay.
New season comes along and we have a great selection, we got Necryx, Spindra and grogg.
Player 1 Atlas: Will be able to get token bonus, Necryx, the first page of the rider, and since he has atlas he will probably be able to snap a mix of common and rare gear on it with ease.
Player 2 Non-Atlas: Will get token bonus and the first page for the rider, now he has to make a choice, will he get necryx or will he get some gear for his rider?
The only way non-atlas players will be able to get gear for their riders, is by either sacrificing not getting a dragon that season, or by spending money. Atlas players get shards and scrolls by default and there is nothing else to spend it on anyways.
Actually in atlas you get a good amount of timers from doing the events to get the components for the gears.
This is why I think your opinion is extremely bias, you don’t need to sacrifice something in order to get the seasonal gear because you will likely finish every line anyways.
No tony, this is a pogression game, do you know how many players will be disheartened to play after learning that what they have work hard for, others of their same lvl or lower can get it much easier simply cuz they have atlas? Regardless of w.e league some1 is in, there shouldnt be infinite cupcakes for diamonds while platium only gets the leftover scraps.
Im aware the higher the league the more $ players are spending, but if we keep treating lower leagues like shit, we cant expect this game to grow anywere near its full potential.