I’m not sure we’re playing the same game.
Atlas elite, in my opinion (emphasis added to, you know, emphasize), makes Atlas playable - even in its current form. Farming the amount of gold necessary to upgrade primarchs and train troops without the Elite bonus would make the game unbearable for me. That’s why I did absolutely nothing in Atlas for the first two months I had it. It was only once Elite became available that I started building, and my corresponding attack power in the normal game has nearly doubled as a result. Why? Because I can craft legendary gear and earn Atlas Elite gear, and level that gear up.
Disclaimer: I believe that it was immoral for PG to nerf the product without reducing the cost; I’m absolutely not arguing that. But I’ve personally made the decision that I’m willing to spend the money for Atlas Elite in its current form, despite acknowledging that PG finance are a bunch of soulless devils.
It’s like some people believe that Walmart and Amazon are evil companies, but still continue their patronage because, you know…cheap and convenient.