So PG’s response inspired me to crunch some numbers. I had posted previously that it would cost about $2000 to get my kill island to all 85s. Since those posts, I’ve chipped away at the levels a little bit (not enough), and began wondering what it would take to get all of my current towers to 85.
So, using Mechengg’s spreadsheets to ensure I was properly considering event prizes, I learned that it would take about five years of playing without spending to get my existing towers all to 85 (this includes two perches). I currently use the two small islands and the long middle, so we are talking four islands total. What’s more, my first small island has three flaks and a perch that need to be leveled (the other two are already 85). My second small island is all 85, except for the perch. I am me in game, so feel free to take a look.
In figuring out what it would take, timers were by far the biggest gating item, then pearls, then embers. I assumed that I would always get at least to the 450 sigil Mark, that my D2 team would always place between 6th and 10th, and that we would always get level 10 quest chests.
Well, five years seems way too long, and undoubtedly by that time, 85s would be meaningless, so I decided to factor in some spending as well. The best value is the $99 pack during pvp with 25 gold chests and 35,000 rubies, so I used one such pack per pvp. Because I assumed embers would be the most important, I opened these hypothetical packs during fort. What I learned is:
If I spend $7,000 over the next 110 weeks, I can have all my current towers and my two perches at level 85.
So, $7,000 saves me three years, but it still takes two years of playing to max my base. And by then, I doubt it would be maxed.
I have no problem spending when I see the value and the resulting progression. I am far from being a whale, but I have spent regularly on this game. I kind of need to, I’m a crappy flier, a crappy base builder, and a crappy planner. But, I can no longer rationalize the kind of spending this game requires to be relevant in competitive leagues. I have 250 days on legacy elite and 14 days left on atlas, and am also debating whether to continue spending on elite.
I hope that those of you considering what you want out of this game (and are willing to put into it), particularly those of you asking how many flaks you can support or when you can afford flaks, can learn something from this. I’m not calling for a boycott (at least certainly not in this post), and please understand how much I enjoy playing this game. But, I simply can no longer rationalize the terrible value proposition that PG seems unwilling to address.