It was necessary. You cannot buff dragons without increasing the max. The idea is to make it fair for the majority of players. Naked dragons (and I don’t just mean no rider or buff) are the minority.
Games need competition throughout the game. Not just the top, not just the bottom. The whole game.
They could either adjust towers or adjust the base stat of the spells. The latter is a simpler change. (Can you imagine if they touched all levels of all towers as part of this change)
All new dragons should scale a ton better. For everyone.
Pathox is a special case and if you ignore it, you personally won’t be feeling a nerf anywhere else unless something isn’t working as intended.
I’m absolutely certain this is not the case. It’s entiely possible we could get them to gift a bunch of these buffs.
Buffs make pg next to no money. They are a relic… they are manageable even for free to play players. (You can craft them as well as win them)