Massive undesirable pain point for me would be in inequality of atlas access and how I think things are beyond the point where a little addition here or there that would be happening in any other game for something new.
I joined War Dragons after clicking on an add while playing TWD but I stayed for my team. Since joining in Dec 17 I have become aware of the amazing capabilities that developers are working on for this massive multiplayer online environment that fits in my pocket. Wow it was free. A real time filler. I had no idea I would be here for a long time. Not only did I become accustomed to the balance and the time required to keep ongoing progression but they were happier days. We never worried about mysterious dates for game expansions and if we were even recognised as good enough. Atlas (in my beginning) was this thing and wasn’t yet ‘becoming more a part of the main game’. It never mattered as much if players had it or not because we knew the games top end champions had this and it made more sense back then. That isn’t true anymore and we are left squabbling over whose fault it is that atlas isn’t stable or whose fault it will be if access becomes more equal.
After further additions (including an under announced lottery that was only open for a limited time) more and more teams began to feel excluded. People began to realise the benefits of these big plans that PG had been working hard on and as natural response many who didn’t have it wondered when they could, why there were such large gaps between additions and became upset that they were often left battling with peers that did.
My concern is that we are now at a point that regardless of what the original atlas intent and plan is there is a disparity within leagues in regards to access. Even though teams were granted access depending on their rank (or lucky lotto attus was) ongoing merit and capability doesn’t seem to have much to do with it and the online community is left bickering over whether that is a big deal or not. We tell people that don’t have it that they don’t want it or shouldn’t have it or they aren’t good enough like this is all the online community’s fault. If they want it too it gets treated like a doomsday wish. Any negotiation is about meeting in the middle- maybe we shouldn’t exclude everyone left… just most of them?
We should not be bargaining or suggesting who we are going to exclude or revoke access from in desperation that a team we have in mind is not excluded. I feel like this has positioned us to not think clearly and worry or argue about things that shouldn’t even be a big deal.
Improve quality of life by being capable of the atlas plan and dream you had desired. Bring equality back to teams and make sure your servers are capable of handling the load so like a bunch of teenagers fighting over wifi so everyone can play fortnite we aren’t left fighting over something primitive. EXPAND! Fix atlas and recognise that post suggesting exclusions are based on players no longer believing developers can sort this out anymore and THEY ARE SO DESPERATE for a solution that they are worried about game changes, improvements and any positive fresh ideas you want to pitch because atlas now feels like a half finished task on an idea that was amazing. Until you sort this (stability AND inequality) genuine good ideas will be undervalued and badly timed because all this time has passed and you have instead left your community divided. Carry the expansion on, make your game capable of carrying the load and follow it through. Sort it out. I am sick of hearing about it! Hearing the statement that it is now becoming more like part of the main game grinds my teeth a nice little jaw ache.
*Kudos and acknowledgements to the strength of all the current platinum teams that are not new but instead have been adjusting to these exclusions and survived being rejected by other players in favour of teams with atlas for a long time. They have been a candy bar for recruitment to all those upper league teams and have still not disbanded. Here they are still in Platinum.
PS your add for war dragons I clicked on when playing TWD in 2017 is absolute garbage. I came here to kill 5 mins thinking I would be applying cosmetic changes to a dragon Yup that’s what your add said. 1 year later I finally got an ugly piece to actually use. What the heck? New add is much better.