I think this is Chicken Little.
Let’s speak realistically. @Tacet, I’m sure you play Gems of War a lot. Have you been playing PvP much? How many ingots do you have? Let’s abbreviate rarities as C, R, UR, E, L, and M.
I’ve only been able to play for a few hours, and I spent a lot of my time in Arena/Explore where you don’t get PvP. But a few tasks needed PvP. I got 35 C, 10 R, 1 UR, and 1 E out of my matches, so we can see I played about 50 total matches.
So I have about 1,235 C worth of ingots, but only 35 of those are in C form and will cost 1,000,000 to convert upwards. If I assume this is the typical spread, at the end of the week I might have 245 C, 70 R, 7 UR, 7 E, and probably a legendary or two due to luck.
It is doomsaying to pretend the only reward we get is 1 C per match.
If I get 1 R ingot, not only does that count as 10 C, I didn’t have to spend 100 souls. So 1R = 10C and 100 Souls. More or less, an ingot’s soul cost is 10 times its C cost. Let’s look at it that way.
PvP Tier 1 awards 1 M, 2 L, 3 E, and 4 UR. So you get a free 1,234,000 souls per week. From roughly 50 PvP matches, I have 12,300 souls worth of ingots. Everything you get that isn’t a C saves you souls.
We don’t know how future events are going to award ingots, but we do see that PvP generously gives us 1 M weekly. I’m willing to bet raids/invasions hand out at least one L, probably more likely rewards similar to the PvP tiers.
Everyone is desperate to portray this as terrible, but let me tell you what I think.
Yesterday, Tacet the Terror was a badass endgame player across several alts. He only had to spend souls when he wanted to. Farming didn’t exist anymore. Today, he’s been shown there are months of farming he must achieve to get back there, and the souls he’s hoarded only marginally help him along that journey. This is why he’s mad. Every endgame player is feeling that. The goalposts have moved, and we all have to hustle.
Now look at it from the viewpoint of a new player who started yesterday. They’re level 50. They barely have any weapons. They don’t have Dawnbringer. All of these things take months to accomplish. Do you think this player’s bothered that they might also have to spend months accumulating ingots? I don’t think so.
This panic is entirely endgame player-motivated. They know it’s important to get newbies scared off if they want it to change. I don’t think that’s cute. We haven’t even had 24h to gather Ingot data. We have no clue how weekly events hand them out. Save your giant essays for when you have impressive data to show.
Right now all you’ve convinced me is I’ve “made” 12,000 souls for doing nothing. It’s hard to argue with that economy.