Okay, this is entirely my own personal experience with Delves and Delve Events. I’ve tried to tone it down. I’ve given myself hours to chillout and calm down. Despite that, it may come across as a rant - it’s not intended that way but despite the hours behind this incident, I’m still p*ssed off.
Disclaimer: This isn’t a statement of what is or isn’t good/bad/indifferent about Delve events.
And not to be an a**hat but anyone trying to tell me I experienced something other than what I say can shove their opinion back into the gaping brown hole it came out of.
I finally completed a level 500 pure faction delve. I did it during the weekend delve event for The Black Heart, maybe not the best choice but I haven’t seen a weekend delve event that wasn’t a newly released delve for a very long time.
I paid money for extra gems because I ran out of gems and sigils, as a first time spend on Gems I got the 100% bonus amount. It isn’t the first time I’ve spent money on the game, just the first time buying those. I ended up buying 200 and then 100 which equated to 400 and 200 with my VIP bonus added on top of that.
I feel ripped off. My own fault for spending and deciding to do this event, but still feel like I got shafted.
Valravens are rare. They aren’t as common as they are during other weekend events, like towers or dooms. No, their rate of appearance is just sh*t. I ended up buying through to tier 7, the potion of power, just to get to level 500. I never lost a fight and never lost a raven all the way through to and including level 500. And I cleared every room of every level.
By this point I regretted even starting the event. I could see it was going to demand real money to get a pure faction run completed.
Which brings me to the pure faction team. I used a recommendation which was two blackhearts and two of the stealthy assassin dudes. I got destroyed 3 attempts in a row by the 2nd room.
The percentages as listed in the troop description are a lie. Pure fiction. There are actually two different % chances. One for you, one for the enemy. Your chance is the listed % minus the difference between your team score and the enemy team score. The enemies % chance is the listed % plus the team score difference. That may not be the actual percentage changes by the way but it is definitely affected by the team score difference. You can see this in other game modes. It leads to the common idea that the AI is cheating. (There is no ‘AI’ in this game. It is all programmed reaction/response. With some apparent ‘RNG’ elements.)
Obviously seeing my troops getting one shot by the above mechanic and my attempts at one shotting the enemy failing almost 100% I was feeling like GOW was trolling me. And of course I needed more sigils which meant a trip to the cash shop. So not just trolling but actively running a scam.
But I had committed to finishing it. So I paid their ransom demand.
And still failed. That ‘RNG’ mechanic failing me repeatedly. Not just in the first room, but in subsequent rooms. Resulting in a need for more sigils and another trip to the cash shop.
And again, I was too far committed to back out now. Ransom paid.
During all of this, I had upgraded my hoard to 180, kingdom level 17, 2 guild task bonuses plus the artifact bonus from the current event. I was an idiot thinking this would be enough to complete the delve event.
I decided to alter my pure faction team to 4 Blackhearts. Generally the first two would always get oneshot and the remaining two guys would get one shot by skulls dropping from the sky in favor of the enemy team.
So of course I had several potions of power going by this point and I destroyed the first room! No losses. I couldn’t believe it.
Next room, entangle. Couldn’t lose the entangle on my first guy, kept blowing up the board for that extra life and armor but he still died and was only doing minimal doom skull damage because he was entangled. My second troop, also got entangled immediately. I couldn’t get a skull match. But eventually I was able to whittle forest troll down and he died before my second troop did. 3 Troops left, next room.
A joke. Less than a minute I was collecting my ‘failed’ reward.
Two more attempts and actually made it to the boss room. This was my third time making it to the boss, I had 3 troops and finished it with two. At the end I was viciously swearing, “I will never do one of those f*cking events ever again” and many variations.
I have never wanted to quit this game until now. I started playing in November or December of 2016. A long freaking time.
Right now I hate this game.
And I consider myself lucky for not having to go back and buy more potions of power. I think it was 5. Maybe 6. I was so angry when I finally finished it I didn’t think to record exactly how many attempts or how many potions.
So what is my recommendation to anyone wanting to “try out” a delve event? Forget it. Set yourself on fire, it will be more enjoyable and you’ll feel better knowing that the pain and suffering you experience is 100% caused by your own actions.
If you are happy being forced to spend money to complete an event and having the game mechanics obviously stacked in the enemy favor and don’t mind spending hours and hours at it for no real reward, then go ahead. But if you do, you can only blame your self.