So, I turned in my 8 wins Arena run to look at the new price for buying troops. It’s now 20 gems, up from 1 gem.
Allow me to provide some context. I’m around level 400, no big guild, fairly active player. I’ve got all common troops to mythic, all rare troops to legendary, thanks to gold keys. I’m utterly starved on anything with a higher rarity. I like to buy the Arena troops for the ultra-rare, no matter what it is, just to make some progress with my collection. I couldn’t care less about the common and rare troops.
Now, this is where math and expectations kick in. For 10 gems I can get a gem key, which nets me at least an ultra-rare drop, possibly even better. I don’t care which ultra-rare, I’ve got none at mythic, they are all welcome. I might even see an epic or legendary, which in my experience have become so scarce as of 1.0.8 due to the absence of iron keys, they might as well be extinct.
For 20 gems I’ll buy 2 gems keys, even when drunk.
For 10 gems I’ll buy 1 gem key, without blinking.
For 5 gems I’ll eventually buy 1 gem key, because I could get an epic or legendary troop.
For 3 gems I might buy the Arena troops, if the ultra-rare is something I really, really want.
For 2 gems I’d probably buy the Arena troops, if tributes have been favorable.
This doesn’t even factor in that I have to have leveled up those troops to 15 before buying. And that I now have to get to 7 wins to be able to buy them. To put it in Pasa’s words: “Arena troops poor value!”.